Avoiding Scams by Bogus Repair Workers

Air conditioners are on high and people claiming they can fix them are out more often as triple-digit heat hits

With temperatures in the triple digits, air conditioners across Southern California are working overtime.

But there are a few things you can do to save a few bucks on your bill.

NBC4 consumer reporter Randy Mac tells you what you need to know about keeping cool, saving money and avoiding being scammed by bogus repairmen.

  • Your home's air conditioner should be serviced twice a year, every six months -- once for the air conditioning unit, once for the heating unit;
  • Save on power by using digital, programmable thermostats;
  • Be wary of telemarketers offering special deals for air duct cleaning or seasonal HVAC tune-ups;
  • Always ask for the state contractor license number before considering any offer;
  • Make informed decisions about hiring a contractor or company and review the contractor’s detail page to assure the license is in good standing;
  • If you’re not sure about a company’s offer, get a second opinion from a different, licensed contractor or company;
  • Talk to your utility company to verify the accuracy of costs and potential savings the telemarketer offers for HVAC systems;
  • Make sure the contract contains the notice about the three-day right to cancel.

For more tips, visit the California Contractors State License Board website.

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