Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Air Conditioning Unit
What is the Right Air Conditioner for You?
Purchasing a used air conditioner can be a smart investment, especially if there is an active warranty intact. Unfortunately, investing in a previously-owned unit does involve some risk that can easily be overlooked with the excitement of saving extra cash. Weighing the pros and cons associated with purchasing a used or refurbished unit can help you decide which option is the best route for you.
Lower Cost of Unit
The average air conditioner can cost anywhere from $160 to upwards of $1,300 per purchase. When investing in a secondhand HVAC system, consumers can expect to pay as little as one-third of the original cost. Although this price drop seems inviting, the delivery method directly plays a part in the final price. If you're looking to get the product delivered by a service such as USPS or UPS, you can expect to pay around $49 or more for the final shipping costs. A much more ideal option would be scheduling a meetup if possible to avoid hefty delivery fees.
Limited or No Warranty
New HVAC systems typically come with warranties to ensure customer satisfaction if something fails within the unit itself. Used air conditioners may come with the same warranties, but they will likely be limited due to the time that has passed since the seller made the initial purchase. If an extended amount of time has gone by since the original purchase, the warranty could be inactive altogether. Inquiring about the unit's warranty before committing to the sale is a key part in protecting yourself during the buying process. Also find out if the original manufacturer offers extended warranties on the model you're investing in to see if you could buy extended protection.
Inability to Perform an Internal Inspection
Spotting external flaws within an air conditioning unit such as refrigerant leaks may be quite easy, but recognizing internal issues can be harder to do. If you aren't an experienced HVAC professional, knowing which symptoms signify a larger problem such as broken thermostat sensors or broken evaporator coils can be harder to do. Ask the seller to power on the device before you finalize the sale in order to ensure that the unit functions properly inside and out. It is important to note that even after performing this step, there could still be some internal issues within the unit that are harder to pinpoint right away.
Saving a lot of money on an air conditioner this summer may seem inviting, but protecting yourself from purchasing a faulty unit is essential. The only foolproof air conditioning investment is one that is backed by a team of HVAC professionals with your best interest at heart. Contact TDI Air Conditioning at (903) 597-8381 for more information on how we can better meet your cooling needs.