It’s tough to know who you can trust when it comes to repair services for large appliances. It’s not like walking into a retail store where you can ask to see the technician’s license. There are some ways you can protect yourself, though.
There are two types of scams related to repair services for large appliances. One is when the repair is never done, or when the customer is overcharged. The other occurs when shoddy repairs are performed that break down again soon after the work is done.
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Here are 4 ways to spot a scam appliance repair service:
Look at reviews online
If you are looking for a company to repair your appliance, start your search online. Check the company’s website, looking for reviews from past customers if available. If not, check out reviews on sites like Yelp.
Just because a service says they’re certified and professional doesn’t always mean that it’s true. You can always check out reviews online for any appliance repair services you’re interested in working with. These reviews will give you insight into how honest and reliable the company is, so you can make sure they’re someone worth hiring.
You’ll want to get several bids on the cost of the repair if possible. While the company will most likely give you a price over the phone, you can get even more accurate pricing if you call around for quotes. Be sure to do this before you schedule an appointment with any companies, so that you know what you’re getting into before paying for their services.
As with any other type of service, you should be aware of how much it costs to repair appliances. It is always good to know the price range for fixing your appliance before you call in a repair service. This way, you can compare the prices with other replacement appliances you are considering.
Beware of services with offers you can’t refuse
Low prices are a warning sign of a scam. In fact, that’s true whether the price is just low or ridiculously low.
There are two main types of scam services: those that will do an incomplete job and those that will rip you off completely. An appliance-repair service that charges a very low price for a very low-quality job might be either type of scammer. You need to know what you’re getting before you commit.
You should also beware of overpriced services. A repair service with high prices is not necessarily dishonest, but it probably has other problems, such as being inefficient or spending too much on advertising and overhead. Inefficient repair services will charge more to cover their inefficiency; advertising costs money; and if they spend a lot on overhead, then they have less money to spend on each repair job.
They ask for upfront cash before they do the work
All good appliance repair services are going to get paid when they fix your appliance. They are not going to need to ask for upfront payment before they do the work. You should be extra suspicious if the service is asking for any money up front. There is no reason why you would need to pay in advance for an appliance repair job, so if you are asked to do so, you should avoid that service.
If a refrigerator repair technician asks for money up front, he’s almost certainly a scammer. That goes double if he says he needs to come out and look at the appliance first (in which case he may even ask for cash before he will make an appointment). Since the refrigerator is broken now, any competent technician should be able to diagnose its problem over the phone; if he can’t, he shouldn’t be working on refrigerators and should go get a job with another company that doesn’t require technical expertise. If someone refuses to give you a price or an opinion without seeing your broken appliance in person, assume that person knows less than you do about refrigerators and isn’t someone you want working on yours.
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