Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing an Air Conditioner

A homeowner in Culpeper, VA, calculating the cost of a new A/C system.

If you’re in the market for an air conditioner, you’re well aware of the many different models and capabilities. An A/C unit is more than just an appliance — it’s an investment. Whether you’re looking to weather the warmer seasons in Culpeper, VA, or looking to boost the value of your home, selecting the right A/C system for your needs is crucial! From our team here at Able Heating & Air, 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. Each A/C system is designed for certain sized spaces, different cooling needs, household age, etc. A unit that is too large or too small is inefficient and results in energy loss and money wasted.

One of the HVAC Nate certified technicians in our office can provide you with an evaluation and calculation of the most appropriate system. There is a series of mathematical calculations that go into determining the right size for your home.

2. Hiring an Unqualified Contractor.

Make sure you hire someone that is experienced and certified to do the job right. By hiring someone inexperienced at a lower cost, you may save money up front but it could end up costing you more 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 a unit without a home evaluation.

3. Not Getting a Written Estimate.

You should always get estimates in writing. Make sure your estimate includes a warranty, guarantee of installation and timeframe details as well as terms for payment.

4. Shopping by Lowest Price.

We all like to save money and looking for the best deals is a smart way to shop. You should compare prices so that you can make an informed purchase. Shopping for the lowest price is not always the smartest move. The saying goes, you get what you pay for. Sometimes the lowest price is the best price, sometimes you get a low priced system because it is reflective of the quality that you are installing. Usually a higher price means more efficiency, less repairs and thorough installation. The reality is that your upfront cost may be higher but you will save money in the long run.

5. Non-matching Air Conditioning Components

If you are replacing your air conditioning system you should almost ALWAYS replace both the indoor and outdoor parts of the system. These two pieces are designed to work together. A mismatched system can be costly to run and costly to repair later.

Things to Remember

Purchasing a new air conditioner requires effort, but it doesn’t need to be stressful! Just remember to do your research, check for specials or discounts, and get a maintenance plan with your new unit to keep it in pristine condition. If you’re interested in purchasing a new cooling system, schedule service online or give the experts at Able Heating & Air a call at 540-718-7556 today — we’re always happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have!

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