Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Taking Craigslist too far? Air conditioner replacement?!

Our central air conditioner stopped working last Thursday. It's not just broken, we need a completely new unit. We got a couple quotes from companies around the area, but they seemed really high. So my husband posted the following on Craigslist:
My AC just died. It is a 2.5 Ton. I'm looking for quotes to install a new one and remove and dispose of my old a/c. My line will also require a flush. Please email or call xxxxx at xxxxxx.

•Location: xxxxxxxxxxxx
•Compensation: Will pay for the entire job (the new A/C and labor)
•This is a contract job.
•Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
•Phone calls about this job are ok.
•Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests

Really? We're considering randoms from Craigslist? He received probably 15 calls/emails that day. Now he's talking to each of them and having some come out and do estimates. So far the prices are lower and many of them are moonlighting from their full-time a/c installation jobs. Many are able to offer similar warranties to the ones installed by legitimate companies. I am not convinced.

Does this seem like a good idea to you? Leave a comment and let me know!

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