Broan - Heating and Cooling Systems

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Air Conditioners Online

The warranty of your HVAC system will be voided if it is purchased online.

Buying and installing a new air conditioner or other HVAC system is expensive. This means it is tempting to go online and try to find a better deal. After all, you are only going to have to find someone to install if for you right?


Without the advice of a knowledgeable HVAC specialist, you are likely to get a lower price for the equipment, but with major, money-draining consequences in the long-run. These are three important reasons you should avoid buying a new HVAC system online.

1. Say goodbye to the warranty.

Manufacturers of these HVAC systems, like Broan, will void the warranty on the equipment if it is purchased online. This is because buying equipment online often leads to poor installation, which will, in turn, negatively affect how the system performs and how long it lasts.

2. The equipment is the wrong size.

Buying an HVAC system that is the wrong size can lead to problems with the proper heating and cooling of your home. If the equipment is too small, it will never efficiently cool your home during the hot summer months or heat your home in the winter. If a system is too large, your home will heat or cool too quickly, leading to uneven temperatures and stagnant air.

A qualified HVAC contractor will perform a Manual J load calculation to determine the right equipment size for your home. Without getting this calculation done, it is like buying shoes without really knowing what size you are. You may be able to squeeze your feet into them, but they will never fit just right.

Good Air Tip

Finding a quality contractor is just as important as having the right system, but many contractors will not install a system that was purchased online.

3. Improper installation.

Finding a quality contractor is just as important as having the right system. However, because of the reasons listed above, many of these contractors will not install an HVAC system purchased online. A good contractor doesn’t want their reputation put on the line because they installed equipment that has a voided warranty or isn’t the right size. The contractors who will be willing to put their reputation on the line are probably not as qualified as other contractors.

Even if you buy an energy efficient air conditioner at a lower price online, without proper installation, you can never expect it to work at the peak of efficiency and save you money. With HVAC, proper installation is critical for the best performance of your system.

In the end you will always get what you pay for.

The air conditioner you bought online is definitely too good to be true. You may be saving money now, but over time you will reap those costs in the form of inefficient performance and replacement costs sooner rather than later. Hiring the right local contractor may cost you more now, but his expertise is invaluable when it comes to finding the right system to meet the heating and cooling needs of a home your size and in your area. He is trained and qualified to know just what system is right for you, and he can also inspect other things, such as duct work, that will affect the performance of your HVAC system.

At the end of the day you will be pleased with the performance of your air conditioner or heater if you take the advice of an expert. By doing this you can expect quality for years and years.

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