Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing an Air Conditioner
If you’re in the market for an air conditioner, you may already be aware of the many different brands, models and features that are available. An A/C unit is more than just an appliance — it may be the greatest single investment you make in your home.
There are many benefits to gain when choosing a new air conditioner: increase your comfort level, improve the quality of indoor air, reduce utility costs or boost the value of your home in Cedar Park, TX. Selecting the right AC system for your needs is important! From our team here at Arise Services, here are a few mistakes to avoid when purchasing an air conditioner.
1. The Wrong Sized Unit
It is easy to buy a unit too large or too small for your space. A larger unit does not necessarily mean more cooling power. AC systems are designed to meet the needs of your space based on certain criteria – desired temperatures, size, type and age of the home, number and type of windows, and amount of insulation. A unit that is too large or too small will be inefficient, uncomfortable and results in energy loss and money wasted.
At Arise, we perform an industry-approved evaluation called a “Manual J Heat Load Calculation” to determine the exact size of AC you need. One of our HVAC certified in-home consultants will meet with you at your home to gather all information necessary to perform this evaluation.
2. Hiring an Unqualified Contractor
Make sure you hire someone that is licensed by the state, certified and experienced to do the job correctly. As a homeowner, this is your greatest protection. Doing the job correctly and according to local codes may cost more, but hiring someone that is offering a lower upfront cost could end up costing you a lot more money down the line in both repairs and inefficient energy costs.
Check the certifications and qualifications of any company you are considering hiring and be wary of someone that is going to install an AC unit without a thorough home evaluation.
3. Not Getting a Written Estimate
You should always get a detailed estimate in writing. Make sure your estimate includes a description of the features, brand and model numbers of each component you are purchasing. Make sure your warranties are clearly stated. Make sure you have a guarantee of installation and timeframe details, as well as terms for payment. Again, this is for your protection.
4. Shopping by Lowest Price
We all like to save money and looking for the best deals is a smart way to shop. Make sure you are comparing equipment and prices “apples to apples” so that you make an informed purchase. However, shopping for the lowest price is not always the smartest move. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is usually true. Sometimes the lowest price is the best purchase option. Sometimes you will get a lower price because it is reflective of the low quality equipment and poor quality installation workmanship. Typically a higher price means greater efficiency, equipment longevity and a quality installation. In Cedar Park, TX, your AC is the main appliance in your home with the potential to significantly reduce your utility costs. With the proper equipment and installation, your upfront cost may be higher but you will save money in the long run.
5. Non-matched Air Conditioning Components
If you are replacing your air conditioning system you should almost ALWAYS replace the indoor and outdoor components of the system at the same time. These pieces are designed by the manufacturer to work together. A mismatched system can be costly to run and costly to repair later. When buying, be sure you know if you are buying a complete brand-matched system that will replace all components or if you are buying a partial or mismatched system. Non-matched equipment can affect your ability to qualify for rebates and/or tax credits.
Things to Remember
Purchasing a new air conditioner requires an investment of both time and money, but it doesn’t need to be stressful! Just do your research, check for rebates or special offers, and investigate the company you choose. Also, be sure you get a maintenance plan with your new unit to keep it in pristine condition.
If you’re interested in purchasing a new air conditioning system, give the experts at Arise Services a call at 512-267-5000 today. We offer a free, no-pressure in-home consultation and take great pride in the fact that we spend the time to educate you on what to look for when purchasing a new system and what to look for in the companies you are interviewing. Call Arise. We are always happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have!