I try to resist door-to-door sellers, but I know how irresistible they can be in sneaking past your defenses and into your wallet.
The latest scam is the person who comes to inspect your rented water heater and give you an upgrade, disguised as a gas fitter working for your local utility. See my column here.
You’re thrilled to get a newer, better, safer, less wasteful water heater and you fail to see that you’re switching to another rental company and agreeing to stay for up to 15 years.
Later, you may face higher fees, improper installation and double-billing from your previous supplier (if the old tank wasn’t returned). You may also get telemarketing calls from your new supplier, anxious to replace your furnace as well.
Check out the Ignore the Door campaign from the Consumers’ Waterheater Income Fund. This is an affiliate of Direct Energy, which also employs door knockers to sell fixed-price energy plans.
Do you think DE is promising never to use unethical tactics again? One can only hope.
Summitt Energy is also now replacing water heaters, using this as a foot in the door to sell other products, including its Evergreen carbon offset program. See comments below about this company’s practices and my Star column.