Don't get ripped off by AC repairs

Don't get ripped off by AC repairs

By / State News / Tuesday, 02 August 2016 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - Soaring temperatures mean air conditioners are working overtime. If your AC goes out, it may be tempting to get it fixed as quickly as possible, no matter the cost.  But try to keep your cool and do your homework before hiring someone to fix your air conditioning.
Each year, dozens of consumers contact our office to complain about problems with air conditioning and heating repairs. To avoid problems:
• Get recommendations. Ask friends, neighbors and co-workers who they use for repairs.
• Check credentials. Contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM and your local Better Business Bureau to learn about the company’s complaint history. To see if the repair person is properly licensed, contact the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors at (919) 875-3612.
• Get a written contract. Read it carefully before you sign it and make sure it includes all promises made orally. Remember that state law gives you three business days to cancel if you sign a home repair contract at your home rather than at the company’s place of business.
• Don’t pay upfront, don’t pay until you’re satisfied, and pay by check or credit card—not cash—if possible.
If you experience problems with an air conditioning repair job, call us toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov
To protect yourself from higher temperatures, learn the warning signs of heat-related illness.
Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010 . Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.
Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated and to keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:
• High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won't evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
• Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.
You can also contact New Hanover County DSS at 910-798-3400.

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