You need a new heating or cooling system, but can you afford one right now? Maybe you think you can save some money with a used HVAC unit. However, that may not be the wisest decision. Here are a few factors to consider before buying a used system.
- Age and condition. With proper care, the average AC lasts between 12 and 15 years. A furnace will last 15 to 20 years. So if the unit you’re looking at is 10 years old or more, then the money you save will likely just go toward replacing it before too long. Likewise, consider why this used unit is for sale. Does it have problems? Does it break down a lot or use too much energy? Be sure you get a system that will run smoothly and not be more trouble than it’s worth.
- Size. When you buy a new HVAC system, the technician will measure your home to calculate the load you need before determining what size unit you need. If you’re looking to buy a specific used HVAC unit, it’s important to find out if it’s the correct size for your home. Otherwise, it can get overworked, running up your energy bills and breaking down frequently.
- Installation. Many HVAC technicians won’t install used systems. There are too many variables. If the unit doesn’t work, it’s often difficult to tell if it’s due to poor installation or simply a used HVAC unit. If you do find someone willing to install your system, make sure they’re licensed and NATE certified for the work they’re doing.
- Warranty. A good HVAC system typically comes with a 10-year warranty. However, in many cases, the warranty is voided if the unit is removed from its initial location and installed somewhere else. If you’re buying a used HVAC unit, be very clear about what kind of warranty you’re getting with it, how long it lasts, and what it covers. Otherwise, you’re out of luck the first time something goes wrong.
For help finding the right HVAC unit for your home, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We provide Indianapolis with quality home-comfort solutions.