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Summer heat is on the way, and so are scammers.
Attorney General Ashley Moody on Tuesday warned Floridians that the summer season typically brings with it a rise in HVAC-related scams.
Common scams include repair companies that push consumers to replace functional parts or buy an entirely new air conditioning system at an inflated price. Grifters may also try to sell customers an unnecessary amount of refrigerant or claim that problems with an HVAC system can be solved with a refrigerant “recharge,” a service that HVAC systems do not require.
“Floridians, especially our seniors, could not endure the hot Florida summer without air conditioning. So, when an HVAC unit malfunctions, they rush to have their units fixed. Bad actors may attempt to take advantage of the situation to sell unneeded repairs — or entire new systems,” Moody said.
Tips to avoid falling victim to HVAC scams include getting a second opinion from a separate repair company, being wary of high-pressure sales tactics, and insisting on a written agreement. Consumers should also become familiar with how HVAC systems work, at least at a basic level.
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