Allowing an HVAC contractor to begin working without an agreement is wrong

I am used to having things fixed around my house, then we discuss the pay later.

Mostly it’s been from technicians, plumbers, electricians, and carpenters that I have known for a while.

However, when I moved house, I carried on with the same habit albeit with new professionals. I Should have known better because this was a different town with a different living standard. So on this occasion, I had just moved into the new house but I wanted an independent assessment of the HVAC equipment just to be sure because the landlord was not giving a straight answer regarding the previous inspection. The a/c workman came over, took a 30-minute tour around the house testing, and inspecting the cooling system and the radiant heater. Once he was done, he slapped me with a $300 bill. I was taken aback and asked what he did to justify the ticket. Nothing was even spoilt to require an air conditioning installation or major HVAC service. He insisted those are the standard rates in town. I paid half-heartedly and went on an investigation mode to find out if I was being ripped off. I contacted several AC providers and every HVAC business confirmed the rates vary between $200 and $400 depending on; the size of the house, condition of the HVAC, old or new HVAC, seer ratings, the type of air quality systems installed, and the availability of an air conditioning service plan. So one advised me to work with a single HVAC contractor who understands the essence of quality HVAC. Otherwise, I’d end up using a portable space heater or cooler if I can’t afford good service.

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