As the new year begins, please be aware of a door-to-door furnace scam that seems to pop up every year in Calgary and the surrounding areas. In this version of the scam, salespeople walking door-to-door claiming to be inspectors or government officials to gain access to the home. Once inside, they pretend to “inspect” the furnace or water heater and happen to find “significant problems.” Most often, they try to push homeowners into buying a new furnace or water heater on the spot to avoid facing steep fines—that aren’t real.
JPS Furnace wants to remind everyone to be wary of anyone that is trying to gain entry into your home. If someone comes to your door without an appointment asking to see your furnace, water heater or any other home comfort system, please don’t let them in.
When this door-to-door furnace scam surfaced last year, the Calgary Police Service offered the following advice for dealing with someone who has come to the door:
- Always ask to see identification.
- Any city of Calgary building inspector generally makes an appointment or stops by only during an emergency. Either way, they will always have City of Calgary photo identification and drive marked City of Calgary vehicles.
- If you are told your furnace does not meet safety codes and needs to be replaced, do not sign anything. You can check with the City of Calgary to verify the information or call your own heating and cooling company.
Remember that these door-to-door furnace scams work by using high-pressure sales tactics, so if you feel uncomfortable—don’t sign anything! Take down as much information as you can and call the non-emergency police line or your own trusted heating and cooling company.
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