There are some guests you do not want in your home, including aggressive door-to-door furnace, water heater and other home services salespeople looking to take advantage of a homeowner’s goodwill. These salespeople may try to pressure you into making on-the-spot decisions and can be evasive in answering questions about why they have come or who they represent. Often these sales agents pose as “inspectors” who need to “check” your equipment.
Enercare has for years worked with various government ministries and regulatory bodies, including the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, to develop laws and educate consumers. Enercare supports all laws that provide consumers with transparency, safety and control during the process of buying home services. Enercare believes that the ban on certain door-to-door sales currently being proposed by municipalities across Ontario will raise the standard our industry should be held to; these changes are good for Ontario consumers and good for our industry.
Enercare, government agencies and utilities never promote the sale or exchange of water heaters, furnaces or other home services products at your door.
The Consumer Protection Act (Ontario) is on your side and was recently amended to increase protection for water heater sales. Consumers now have a 20-day cooling off period after signing a water heater contract with a door-to-door salesperson, and companies are required to wait until those 20 days have passed before installing a new water heater. However, Enercare does not believe the current legislation goes far enough to adequately protect Ontario consumers from unscrupulous salespeople. Enercare has heard from its customers and is aware of those who continue to flout the law. Enercare strongly supports the current efforts to more effectively strengthen consumer protection from door-to-door sales in the home services industry.
“We continue to see aggressive door-to-door salespeople who sometimes misrepresent who they work for or make false claims about their service,” says John Macdonald, President and CEO of Enercare Inc. “We remind consumers to be aware of the risks and stay vigilant when salespeople knock on their doors.”
If anyone comes to your door claiming to be associated with Enercare, we encourage you to report them to us at 1 855-255-5458 as falsely representing our business. You may also contact your local police force or the Consumer Protection Branch. If you require service or sales from Enercare, our call centre agents are available, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
For your benefit, below are links to press releases and news articles on this very important issue.
- “StopTheKnocks" Campaign Launched to Urge the Province to Ban Door-to-Door Sales of Home Services (Press Release)
- Markham, Mississauga councillors push for ban on door-to-door sales (CBC.ca)
- Mississauga councillor seeks province-wide ban on door-to-door sales (GlobalNews.ca)
- GTA councillors want to get home service salespeople off your doorstep (CityNews.ca)