AC Scare Tactics
Numerous news reports these days have depicted your neighbourhood air conditioning business as being dishonest crooks. As this really is true for a particular percentage of companies, not all of us are out to getting over you! The A/C Today team has made it our mission to let consumers recognize that not all A/C companies are dishonest. We now have compiled a few statements that we’ve heard other companies use to try and scare clients right into a buying goods and services they don’t even need.
“I’ve found a quantity of mold inside your air handler, this could kill you. Really, the only way to remove it would be to replace you’re a/c system.” Mold/mildew is well known to cold in warm moist environments, like the inside cabinet of the air conditioning system. However, you do not have to replace the complete system to remove it. All the components within the air handling unit may be cleaned and sanitized. There are many antimicrobial solutions available to remove mold and mildew from the inside areas of an air conditioning system. This is just a scare tactic to scare you into purchasing new systems.
This statement is frequently presented whenever a technician is out for routine maintenance. “Your system remains to be running but I don’t see it lasting for just several weeks, it’s on its last leg”. There are several indications a system is getting tired. These such as high amp draw, low refrigerant charge, low temperature differential. However, there is no such thing as a time clock telling the technician when it’s going to quit. Request specifics from your technician. Have them demonstrate first hand what the issues are that made him/her come to the current conclusion. If they can not demonstrate and explain the issue in laymen’s terms, odds are they’re just attempting to sell you a bill of goods. This is another way of a scare tactic.
The following is a reasonably common scare tactics. This is frequently done whenever a technician is out for just a tune-up. We now have discovered this when out on several 2nd opinions for clients. What happens is that the technician will come inside and obtain the homeowner to point out to them a “problem”. The tech will have the blower door off on the air handling device and demonstrate to the homeowner of the fact that copper refrigerant pipes are frosting/freezing up. Usually after doing this, they are going to say how the unit is low on Freon. Trying to clarify that the unit has a Freon leak and will need to be replaced. This trick is pretty believable. Especially because they physically showed you the frozen pipes. How it really works, is that when the blower door is off of the unit there is certainly not enough air going through the coil, dropping the coil temperature below the freezing point. Therefore, freezing up the refrigerant pipes. The Refrigerant level will register low and show frost on the refrigerant piping. All while any door or panel is removed from the system. Remember to verify that every one of the doors are securely attached on the air handling unit when the technician is testing it. All these scare tactic are simply scams. Educate yourself on your AC unit so you can point out the technicians that are trying their scare tactic on you.
Unfortunately, many companies are sending out crooked salesmen instead of technicians to complete the routine maintenance and upkeep on your air conditioning system. This is a disservice to you and you’re A/C system. As a result of insufficient experience the salesperson has verses a real technician. A salesman is merely concerned about your wallet. However, our technicians concern is to make your A/C system run and function efficiently. A/C Today sends technicians to your property, not salesmen! Don’t buy into their scare tactic.
Written By: Daniel Kinnetz