Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New A/C Unit

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New A/C Unit

Has your A/C unit finally kicked the bucket? Maybe you’re facing a costly repair on an older system or perhaps you’re just finally upgrading to that energy-efficient model you’ve been eyeing. Investing in a new A/C unit is a big decision, but it’s one all home or business owners face eventually. We call it an “investment” because that’s exactly what it is! Investing in a quality A/C unit will pay off with efficiency, lower electric bills, and reliable cooling – which we all know is a top priority in the hot Florida summers.

Even though we all deal with this dilemma at one time or another, people often run into the same common problems time and time again when purchasing a new system. We’ve outlined the most frequent issues facing buyers when buying a new A/C unit so that you can shop smart!

1. Shopping for a low price.

The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is about 15-20 years. That’s a long time to be stuck with the bargain barn A/C unit that was a few hundred cheaper than the competition. Like all investments, you get what you pay for! Aim for a system that provides value (without skimping on reliability or efficiency) from a reputable brand and technician.

2. Choosing the wrong company to install your units.

Finding the cheapest installation price might seem like the best course of action, but hiring an inexperienced or under qualified company could set you back in the long-run. Instead, search for local experts that will offer you a good installation deal when you buy a unit through them (and make sure they have the right qualifications!). You want an experienced professional installing your system to avoid hiccups down the road. Otherwise, the money you save on installation will just find its way back to you in repair costs.

3. Opting for a partial replacement.

A/C systems are really two different parts to a whole: the indoor and the outdoor equipment. Inside are the blowers, fans, and coils. Outside you’ll find the condenser unit. Both of these sets are designed to work together. Replacing part of the system and leaving the rest may look appealing to your budget, but you’ll end up with a mix-and-match system that won’t operate as well or as efficiently.

4. Buying the wrong sized unit.

Some people make the mistake of buying without the help of a professional and they end up with a system that is either too big or too small for their house. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better (or colder). Different systems are meant for different spaces. In this industry, we use what’s called the Manual J Load Calculation to determine the correct size of unit for your property. Be wary of any company that is willing to give an estimate or install without first coming to your property to establish the right unit for you.

If you suspect your unit might need replacing or have any questions about buying a new A/C unit, give us a call at (239) 694-4849! We have the required skills and experience to guide you through the process. D&D Air conditioning and Heating will help you install a new A/C system in your home that will run efficiently for years to come.

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