I did an install at a condo last week..the mother got my name from her son. I was wiring the outdoor unit when a lady asked my "how is your co to work for? I told her I own the Co. She told me she had some "bandits" out to check her unit a couple of weeks ago and was told she needed a new system. It worked b/4 they got there ..hasn't worked since. I walked across the parking lot and checked it out ..not a drop of refrig in it ..saw some oil on the back side of the coil... would you believe it a perfect round hole. Hmmm.. I told her I would repair the leak and charge the system for $xxx.. she said no the unit was 19 yrs old and she wanted to replace it. I gave her the same price as the job I was finishing up. Wrote the contract she signed ..told her she had 3 days to cancell she called me the next day and said its a go. Her son got on the phone and said she wants me to go to hte next condo meeting but is afraid to ask. He said she wasn't the only one "raped" by the "bandits. 300 units in this development. a lot of 19 yr old units.
All little 2 bedroom town houses. I will be at that condo meeting next Tues.