Purchasing a new HVAC system is a big decision with a big price tag, and should not be taken lightly. HVAC systems have likely changed a bit since you last purchased one, so it is important to understand what is new in the industry. With a little preparation and research, you can be sure to maximize your investment and choose the system that is best for your home and family, while avoiding the common mistakes homeowners make when replacing their heating and AC systems.
Here are a few common pitfalls to avoid when shopping for and purchasing a new HVAC system.
1. Going with the lowest quote
Some less reputable companies offer enticing discount offers that turn out to be phony. Promises of HVAC installation and replacement at very low costs often end up costing homeowners more as the companies add on unexpected charges. In some cases, the work is simply done poorly and needs to be corrected, or the system never works properly costing homeowners more to operate without providing sufficient comfort. To avoid this, do some research to understand the reasonable cost of a new system.
2. Only considering the biggest companies
Choosing the biggest company often means paying more unnecessarily. Determine your budget before you begin shopping. Look for systems that best fit your needs. This will likely not be the least expensive, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the most expensive. A good rule of thumb is to choose the most efficient system you can afford. Don’t forget to ask about available rebates.
3. Not getting a written guarantee.
Be sure to get everything in writing, including all the specifics of the guarantee. Include the installation completion date, with a penalty if the contractor fails to meet the agreed upon deadline. Make sure you understand everything in the agreement. Ask questions and don’t sign until your questions have been answered satisfactorily.
4. Hiring a disreputable contractor
The quality of the installation is as important as the system itself. So much of the performance and efficiency of the equipment you are investing in hinges on a proper, professional installation. Be sure to choose a trusted, reliable company for installation and service to avoid headaches down the road.