Why You Should Be Wary of Bargain HVAC Repairs
Amazed by the low price on your HVAC repair estimate? Be careful. That low price might cost you more money in the long run. Cheaper is not always better.
You might be amazed at the low-cost estimate you received from your HVAC contractor, but before you sign a contract, there are a few things you need to consider. A cheap price tag might not save you money in the long run. Your contractor could be low-balling the estimate in order to secure the job, only to tack on additional parts and labor later on.
Do you understand exactly what your contractor's HVAC estimate entails? Is your contractor fixing the source of the problem, or simply repairing a part that will need to be replaced in another year or two? There are many things to consider, apart from the price, when hiring a contractor to repair your HVAC system.
Cheaper is Not Always Better
Will the low price on your contractor's estimate actually save you money? There are many situations in which a cheap repair now could cause worse problems, and higher costs, down the road with your heating and air conditioning system. Make sure that you understand why the cost is so low before accepting the estimate.
There are many ways in which a low-cost quote can actually cost more money:
- Labor or parts quoted may not be necessary
- A cheaper part might be less efficient, noisier or more prone to break down
- Reduced parts or labor might ensure short-term performance but reduce the lifecycle of your system
Cheaper is not always better. Make sure you understand the ins and outs of what your contractor is estimating and how it will affect the long-term performance of your HVAC system.
Know Your HVAC System
Do you understand how your HVAC system works? Do you know when it is appropriate to repair a part versus replacing it? If you are like the average person, you don't know your HVAC system that well—not well enough to know whether or not your contractor's solution will actually save you money.
Find a Trustworthy Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor
That is why it is vital that you find an HVAC contractor you can trust. A trustworthy contractor will thoroughly inspect your HVAC system and perform work that will ensure its long-term performance, which will in turn save you money. Remember that while an initial estimate might be higher, it could save you years of repairs and thousands of dollars in the long run.
The experienced team at Zodiac Heating and Air Conditioning is dedicated to providing you with an estimate you can trust. If you are in our service area of Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Northridge, Van Nuys, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, and other nearby cities, call us today to schedule an inspection of your HVAC system, and don't forget to follow us for more HVAC advice!
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