Pros and Cons of Buying Your Air Conditioner Online

by Dave The Handyman on October 6, 2012

The world of the Internet has been fully embraced. You can get your news online, learn how to do new things and even handle the grocery shopping from the convenience of your own home. So many items are now available online that you can even purchase a new air conditioner for your home through the Internet. The savings can be tempting, but there are some things you should keep in mind before deciding to buy an air conditioner through the Internet.

Why you should buy vour AC online

• Find lower prices – With the ability to compare prices and vendors, you can find cheaper units.

• Find the best units – You can also compare information from different manufacturers and models to find the one that will be best for your home.

• Convenient – It’s convenient to shop from the comfort of your own home, especially when you have a busy schedule.

• Greater selection – It’s always nice to have more vendors to choose from, particularly if you live in the country where you have limited options.

…And here’s why you shouldn’t do it

• Finding Someone to Install the System – You may be able to find a cheaper air conditioner online, but do you know how to install it? Before you start scouring sites to find the best deal, it’s important to note that most HVAC contractors will not install an air conditioner you bought online. They don’t know where it came from or what condition it’s in, and they won’t be willing to take on that liability.

• Do-it-Yourself – You may be considering changing out the unit yourself. However, installing an air conditioner is not like replacing a door or even a new light fixture. HVAC specialists have years of schooling and experience. You will not find a how-to guide online that clearly steps you through an installation process, and you certainly won’t find guides for troubleshooting problems if the unit won’t turn on or there are other issues.

• Size matters – As a homeowner, you probably don’t know how to properly evaluate your home to determine what size is needed. Contractors don’t always use the proper size, and a unit that is too small or large will be inefficient or won’t work at all.

• Warranty – When you buy from a faceless entity on the Internet, you have limited resources available to you if there are problems. The company probably won’t assist if there are any problems, and pursuing them legally becomes challenging if they decide to close shop and vanish. With a local contractor, you will have a better warranty and resources available to help you if there are problems. The last thing you want is to wind up buying another unit because that great deal from the Internet turned out to be a dud.

A sweet deal on the Internet is certainly tempting, and it’s understandable that you would want to save some money. However, your air conditioner is an investment and should be treated as such. Providing comfortable temperatures in the home and keeping humidity under control, you want to know that your unit is properly sized and will last for at least 15 years. The best way to ensure proper installation and sizing is to trust the chore to the local professionals.

The author, Helen Marino, works with a NYC AirDuct Cleaning service as their content contributor. If you want, you can connect with Helen on Google+.

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