The colder temperatures that are becoming more common as we get deeper into December may have you thinking about giving your furnace a tune-up. If your furnace quits working, you will need a reliable contractor, and fast. The Better Business Bureau has some tips to keep you from getting ripped off.

Investigator Don O’Brien tells The Big Z you should research a company's background and licensing, review warranty coverage, and compare prices and service packages.

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Most complaints concern billing, collections, warranties, and satisfaction with repairs. O’Brien says one way to determine whether a contractor is reliable is by looking at their longevity. He says the ones that have been in business for decades tend to be the ones that have a favorable track record.

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