How To Tell If You’re Being Ripped Off With Your AC Repair

At Del-Air, we hire only licensed contractors with the skill and experience to handle a wide array of AC system problems and concerns. However, not all AC companies adhere to the same standards, and many technicians are less than honest with their clients. How do you avoid being scammed by a contractor for your AC repair? Here are a few commonly used cons and tricks in the AC industry that are easy to spot, provided you know what words and phrases to look out for:

  • All you need is more refrigerant. If your refrigerant is low, you need more than a refill. In fact, a shortage of this vital fluid suggests that your system has a leak somewhere that requires fixing. Remember: a functional AC system should circulate refrigerant, not burn through it.
  • Yes, this maintenance tune-up is free. Many AC companies offer free tune-ups, but they come with a serious caveat. In fact, dishonest technicians often use this trick to get in the door. Once they inspect your unit, these individuals are not above “finding” parts in need of repair and recommending costly maintenance.
  • I need full payment upfront for this job. A down-payment is one thing, but reputable AC companies don’t tend to ask for payment in full. If your AC technician asks for cash before the job is done, think about taking your business elsewhere.
  • We don’t need a contract. An AC worker should always provide you with a contract, including start and finish dates, necessary materials, and any penalties the company will incur for failing to complete the work on time.
  • I found more problems with your AC unit. Homeowners should never sign off on costly repairs without asking to see the broken parts. On the other hand, if a contractor has already replaced the part in question, request to see the broken one.

Trust Your AC Repair to Del-Air

The best way to avoid being taken advantage of when hiring a AC repair company is to do your research and find a reputable company, such as Del-Air. In the AC business for more than 30 years, we have the skill and experience to handle everything from basic tune-ups to middle-of-the-night emergency repairs. And unlike our competitors, we never charge for overtime visits. Call us today at 888-831-2665 for your AC work, or contact us online.

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We are so grateful that Del-Air took care of us. It was an easy initial call. They ran routine service/maintenance. In that appointment, Raymond showed us areas in our air units that needed addressing. He took his time and made sure he made a thorough inspection of all the equipment. And what a nice gentleman. We…

Corie L.

Sanford, FL

This was my first experience with Del-Air and they were prompt, professional, and knowledgeable. They were able to get me in on the same day for a maintenance visit, which I wasn’t expecting but very much appreciated. The office staff was pleasant and so was the technician that came out to service my air conditioners. Thanks…

Kenya D.

Davenport, FL

Called at 9pm and they were at our house the next day at 9am. Thorough evaluation , great communication, and fixed our problem without a hard upsell for a whole new unit I. Honest service and I have great confidence with this company moving forward.

Matt G.

Jacksonville, FL

This is our second house using Del-Air and the value and service is why we come back. Our tech Reggie was fabulous! Above and beyond service, super nice, professional and thorough!

Suzanne S.

Tampa, FL

I have been using Del-Air for our home a/c concerns since purchasing our home 8-yrs ago. They have been and remain top- notch.

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Sarasota, FL