Are You Being Mis-sold a Heat Pump?
As a business that trades on its reputation and tries to operate ethically, we thought we should highlight some of the mis-selling practices that we are increasingly coming across in the industry.
We take 5-6 enquiries a month from customers who have been approached by ‘dodgy’ heat pump installers – their sales approach and offer looks something like this:
- Cold-Calling: The customer has been cold-called;
- Exaggerated Energy Saving Calculations: They have been told they will make substantial energy cost savings against their existing heating system irrespective of what fuel their existing heating system uses;
- Promised Excessive Subsidies: They are promised excessive subsidies under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme;
- Overpriced and Oversized: The heat pump system proposed (generally air source) is substantially overpriced, sometimes by as much as 200%, and the heat pump is often substantially oversized;
- Persuasive Selling Strategy: In the worst cases the salesman will ‘door-step’ the customer and try to coerce the customer into signing a contract there and then.
How Do You Know If A Heat Pump Is Mis-sold?
Mains Gas: If you have mains gas to your property then a heat pump system is unlikely to make financial sense for you – running costs for mains gas heating systems are similar to heat pump systems and have been for the last 5 years.
Subsidy Promises: As of September 2017 the Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic installations has been capped. In practice this means that maximum subsidies for air source heat pumps will be in the region of £1,500 per annum and for ground source will be in the region of £4,300 per annum, both paid for 7 years.
Heat Pump Pricing: Current typical supply and installation prices for an air source heating system (excluding any radiator changes), including hot water and using a high quality heat pump with a 7 year warranty, are somewhere in the region of:
8 kW – £9,500
12 kW – £10,500
16 kW – £11,500
For heating only installations, around £1,500 can be taken off these prices.
Equivalent output ground source prices are in the region of 50-70% higher, excluding the groundworks.
If you are being quoted substantially more then you are probably being mis-sold.
If you are being quoted substantially less then:
- It is probably not a quality heat pump
- It will probably not be installed to a decent standard
- You probably won’t be able to contact your installer in 6 months’ time due to poor post-installation service or even liquidation!
Installers you can trust…
If you have any doubts please give us a call:
– We don’t do pressure sales
– Advice based on our expertise and experience is always freely given
– We won’t sell you anything we wouldn’t do ourselves.
*Figures quoted are correct as at September 2017
Get In Touch
We would love to hear from you. For new installations we offer a free initial consultation and site survey with no high pressure sales.
Use the contact form to send us your query, or call us on 01636 555 011 . Our consultancy always starts with a short telephone conversation to understand your needs.
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Sherwood Energy Village