Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 25 Years, Gibbon is a "Total Service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their Heating & Air Conditioning and Plumbing related requirements they provide a Trusted Tip on being aware of Furnace Con Jobs .
Saskatoon is still enjoying pretty great Winter, but freezing days are right around the corner. There's a growing concern about fly-by-night furnace contractors who may try to rip you off
1. What's the set-up for this con game? Like many contractor cons, this game begins with a knock on the door. The guy on your step may look the part – dressed as a workman, with a clipboard and tool belt – and he’ll offer a “free inspection” of your furnace. If you resist the offer, he might tell you horror stories about a neighbour “a couple streets away” who had major problems and was unaware of the danger or remind you of some real disasters that were recently in the news, like the house in Regina that blew up in May after an undiagnosed gas leak...or the Neighbourhood in California last year that was destroyed.
2. What happens when the con man does the inspection? Without fail, the con man finds a huge problem, one that requires immediate attention – he’ll almost always try to convince you that the house will explode or that your home is filling up with noxious gases even as you’re talking to him – and he’ll offer to get his “emergency crew” to you the same day if you’ll pay some portion of the inflated estimate up front. If you resist, he’ll threaten to “red tag” the furnace, which he says would mean you’d have to have a city inspector out to restart service at additional costs.
3. What’s the reality here? Even if your furnace has a major problem, no reputable and Trusted company is going to claim that the house is going to blow up if you don’t write a cheque in the next five minutes. Most of the time – even in the worst cases – you can shut off the gas, open a window, and be safe enough to call for a second opinion. Whenever anyone tries to convince you that you need major repairs on the spur of the moment and wants money up front to start the job, you need to stop everything and think about the decision. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured, and definitely don’t let a con man throw you into a panic. Unless you’re talking to a city employee with proper identification or a contractor you’ve called to your home because you suspected a problem, there’s no reason to drop everything and run screaming from your home on the say-so of a stranger. Con men are experts at causing pressure and panic. Don’t fall for it.
4. Do the furnace inspections offered by local dealers make sense? Absolutely! Gibbon Heating and Airconditoning offer Furnace inspections for a reasonable fee and SHOW you what to look out for , so you can rest assured in the future.It’s not a bad idea to invest in the visit. Most of the time, besides checking for cracks in the pipes, leaks, and other serious problems, the worker will change the filter and get the unit ready for winter. If you don’t know anything about maintaining a furnace, that’s a great way for you to stay ahead of costly repairs and make sure that your furnace is operating properly. Plus, there’s a certain amount of trust built into the fees a reputable company charges for its work. Companies might offer free inspections, and some do that as a courtesy, counting on a percentage of those inspections resulting in lucrative jobs, but the temptation for some businesses to find something wrong – anything wrong, really -- when they’re offering their expertise is pretty high.
You can find Gibbon Heating and Air online www.gibbonheating.com or check out their listing here in the AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE Category on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence..they are your Trusted AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE EXPERTS Right here in Saskatoon!
In other News Trusted is proud and thrilled to announce that www.trustedsaskatoon.com has been nominated for not 1 but 3 SABEX awards in Saskatoon. Sara the Trusted Founder received this email today that we would like to share with you:
"Dear Sara Wheelwright, Congratulations! Your company, TrustedSaskatoon.com has been nominated for a 2012 Celebrate Success SABEX (Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence) Award Presented by PotashCorp.! Your company was nominated in the following categories: Customer Service (Sponsored by CIBC), New Business Venture (Sponsored by SaskPower), and Small Business of the Year (15 or less employees) (Sponsored by TD Canada Trust) Excellence inspires - At The Greater Saskatoon Chamber it is our mission Build the Best Business Climate in Canada, Thereby Creating a City of Opportunity. This is our opportunity to annually recognize you, our business community, for your continued contributions and achievements. Let us showcase your organization at the 2012 Celebrate Success! SABEX Awards Gala Event. This our 17th year of celebrating excellence with our 2012 Celebrate Success Awards Gala Presented by PotashCorp. The awards banquet is scheduled for May 17th 2012 in Saskatoon."
We wouldn't be even in the running if it weren't for the Trusted Team who work so hard finding these wonderful businesses in Saskatoon ( and Regina), and if they didn't do such a good job and live by the principles and integrity that we set as a standard then the Saskatoon Public wouldn't go to the site and love the site so much ! If we win anything that will be a bonus, we are just so happy to even be considered what a great start to 2012!
Source:BBB Oklahoma Sept, 2010