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  1. #14
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    Me personally, I like it. They don’t pay much but I’m just starting out. It is low reward but also low risk. I have been doing these jobs for a while and it has worked out so far. I didn’t realize so many people just call their insurance company when the unit isn’t working without calling an Hvac contractor. I have seen from just a bad capacitor to a stolen unit. I have ran behind a lot of companies just trying to sell units. I think it is needed big time now and days due to the high number of dishonest people and contractors out here. The money could be better but I think it sort of weed out the dishonest contractor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceWhiteice View Post
    Me personally, I like it. They don’t pay much but I’m just starting out. It is low reward but also low risk. I have been doing these jobs for a while and it has worked out so far. I didn’t realize so many people just call their insurance company when the unit isn’t working without calling an Hvac contractor. I have seen from just a bad capacitor to a stolen unit. I have ran behind a lot of companies just trying to sell units. I think it is needed big time now and days due to the high number of dishonest people and contractors out here. The money could be better but I think it sort of weed out the dishonest contractor.
    I think when you see the biggest rip off at amps will be by shops that pay their men straight Commission. I've seen a few of these things on TV. I think the biggest scam of them all is the duct cleanings people that don't really clean ducts they just show up with a Shop-Vac in a blow some air around and say they clean their ducks

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekux View Post
    I think when you see the biggest rip off at amps will be by shops that pay their men straight Commission. I've seen a few of these things on TV. I think the biggest scam of them all is the duct cleanings people that don't really clean ducts they just show up with a Shop-Vac in a blow some air around and say they clean their ducks

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    I had Investigator come out to check over the Unit that got Burnt By Power Surge ( Fried )
    He said He got paid by all His Insurance Company's as an Appraiser . . Drove one of those small Ford work trucks - Claimed it got Great Mpg ..
    I didn't ask If He got Rate , seems He said was a Flat Fee per Home $150-$175.00 or around there .

    Anyhow the Insurance - Co certainly are Tight - A- Holes , , I Had to Threaten with a Lic. Insurance Moderator to Settle .. Then they started Up Ticking on the Money .
    I Suggested - They Hire someone to get Quotes make sure they could all be Here on Wednesday - Please check References and Photo of Sheet Metal Work .. My Lic. Insurance Moderator SAYS -
    That's 2 Days Works - Right There . . ( Up Tick ) . .
    Just really Pisses Me Off that these Co - all say but that Unit is Just Seer13 and It's 15 Yrs. Old .. ( It was the Best at the Time ) ( Now Your Going to Place the Best seeing I have Replacement Cost )
    1. It's Part of the Home like a Roof , and is Life & Home Saving - Part of that Home .. It is Not a Refrigerator . . !

  5. #18
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    Does anyone know of any other companies similar to HVAC Investigators? In other words, companies that pay independent HVAC contractors to assess damage for insurance purposes. I have done a fair bit of work for HVACI and really like the simplicity and year-round free leads. Also, has anyone managed to negotiate better per-call rates with them?

  6. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mil89 View Post
    Does anyone know of any other companies similar to HVAC Investigators? In other words, companies that pay independent HVAC contractors to assess damage for insurance purposes. I have done a fair bit of work for HVACI and really like the simplicity and year-round free leads. Also, has anyone managed to negotiate better per-call rates with them?
    I'm with you , I like it. I haven't negotiated a better price but on some thats far out, I ask and usually get what I want. Over the last year I have done over 100 assessments.

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    not in bed with insurance companies, but to flat out say that lighting took it out, especially if no other circuits were affected, no light bulbs or other appliances lost, is a bit like being a mind reader, isn't it?
    remember, with electronics; when its brown,its cooking and when its black, its done!!!

  8. #21
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    I got involved with them for a while, got screwed over 1 to many times. They would take the bill and chop it up, knock off what they didn't want to pay and give you part of the pay for the services you did. You could not promote your own company, and you had to give them repair/replace prices but only for the issue, could not include what caused the issue. For example, HO claims lightening, the compressor is stuck - no electrical damage on anything, bad duct. Had to price compressor replacement or system replacement but couldn't include fixing the duct work.

    I had one this summer where the customer claimed hail damage. The coil had hail damage, mostly old, but it also had a leak on the bottom tube of a side with no dings in the fins so hail didn't cause the issue with his unit. The HO had me replace it and take the unit to my shop so his insurance Co could look at it. They sent out a guy with HVACi, he had to drive over 100 miles to get here.. What a moron. I showed him where the leak was and you could see the oil stain. The HO still got over $4k out of a 12 year old heat pump.

  9. #22
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    I have done work for them little over a year and for the most part worked out for me. You are not gonna get rich off of it but it is steady all year. I have gotten 2 referrals off of them and they paid good money. I try not to travel too far for them cause there goes your money. It is a lot of crooks out here and claim damage. It is necessary I feel. I had one company that’s all they do is claim lighting/surge damage. I have found just failed capacitors and contactors to just low on Freon. I love that companies like these exist to catch the bad guys.

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    You are wise my friend to decline further work for them. We done several local jobs for them with no problems. Then they wanted us to go over 100 mile away, they have not payed or call us since. We also refuse to work for anyone out of town wanting us to sub for them. Our experience is they are RIP OFFS!
    Good luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahowell View Post
    You are wise my friend to decline further work for them. We done several local jobs for them with no problems. Then they wanted us to go over 100 mile away, they have not payed or call us since. We also refuse to work for anyone out of town wanting us to sub for them. Our experience is they are RIP OFFS!
    Good luck to you!
    You do realize this thread was started in May 2017 and last posted in nearly a year ago?!?!?!?!

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