LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Before the Indianapolis explosion was ruled as a criminal act, investigators were looking into a potential gas leak or even some furnace problems. Now, some heating and cooling companies in the Lafayette area may be using the explosion to their benefit.
It's that time of year when having a working, running furnace is of the utmost importance. And that's why Ruben Guzman was so concerned when his 74-year-old mother's furnace stopped working last week. He said he's thankful it hasn't been really cold outside.
"If it was like ten below zero, that might make some people make a rash decision," said Guzman.
Because it wasn't cold, Guzman said a repairman for a heating and cooling company had to use different tactics in order to get his mother to make a rash decision - a $5,000-$6,000 decision at that.
"He was using some scare words like the explosion in Indianapolis and carbon monoxide, which is kind of understandable, but he really didn't get into the options," Guzman explained.
Owner of Heartland Heating and Cooling Todd Miller said there are plenty of options. He said sometimes an old furnace may need to be cleaned or it may just need a new part.
Miller said in order to protect yourself from getting scared into an unnecessary purchase, ask and look around.
"Always, always get a second opinion, two or three. Most companies offer a free estimate," Miller said.
Miller also advises people to be informed about a new law which will require newly installed furnaces and air conditioning units to meet a 90 percent efficiency rating. He said companies may say it's cheaper to install those before May 1 of next year. However, homeowners will eventually save in efficiency.
Miller said some other tips to protect yourself from getting conned include talking to neighbors and friends about which companies they prefer. Also, take advantage of free estimates and really listen to what the companies have to say.
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