DonÕt Buy Online: Leave Buying and Installing HVAC Equipment to the Experts

Westinghouse Split System Air Conditioner

Online air conditioning shopping can look like the right thing to do. A contractorÕs bid may look far too high when compared to the prices you may find online. After that it seems like all you have to do is find someone who can install it. Simple as that, right?


The prices you see online may seem like a deal, but they have hidden costs which will end up draining your bank account as the unit ages. When buying this equipment online without the advice of a heating and air expert, there are three main pitfalls that lead to costly inefficiencies.

1. Buy online? Warranty voided.
Many manufacturers, like Westinghouse, will no longer be able to promise homeowners that their expertly crafted equipment is being installed with the same expertise after being purchased online. The efficiency and longevity of these systems can no longer be accounted for because the person installing the equipment canÕt be vouched for. Therefore, purchasing on the Internet will void the manufacturerÕs warranty.

2. Size matters.
Tonnages may mean nothing to you but they have serious implications for the proper functioning of your HVAC system. If an HVAC system is too small it will not be able to heat or cool your home correctly, making your house too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. If the system is too big it will heat or cool your rooms too quickly, leading to stagnant air and temperature variations within your home.

A qualified contractor will be able to choose the correct size for your home by doing a Manual J load calculation.

3. Incorrect installation.
Your system is only going to run as smoothly as the contractor who installed that system. A heating and air expert contractor who sees you have no warranty, and that the system is the incorrect size, is not going to want to go risk their credibility by installing it. The technician who is willing to do the install may not be as reputable as the other contractor. They may not even know how to properly install that type of equipment at all.

An incorrectly installed system will not run efficiently and will not last as long as its properly installed counterpart. This means that you will spend more money over the lifetime of the system in repairs and utilities. This isn't even mentioning the fact that you will have to go through the whole process again when the system breaks down sooner rather than later.

Less isn't always best. When you hire a more expensive HVAC contractor you will be getting more bang for your buck with less problems down the road.

Buyer beware

If you want to pay less up front for your system, expect to face more costs down the road. When you hire a more expensive HVAC contractor you may be paying more now, but you are getting much more for your money. A skilled contractor is going to be able to provide training, experience, certification, and you will be able to call on someone you trust when your system needs to be maintained.

These heating and air experts are going to be the ones that will be able to point you in the direction of the right system and install it correctly.

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