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11 Red Flags When Buying a New HVAC System

When purchasing a new HVAC system for your home, it’s important to be aware of potential red flags that could indicate a less-than-reputable company or a poor-quality system. In this blog post, we will highlight 11 red flags to watch out for when buying a new HVAC system.

1. Get the Right Size System: If a company provides an estimate without taking proper measurements, it’s a red flag. The size of the system should be based on factors such as square footage, window infiltration, insulation levels, and other influences.

2. Buy the Right Technology: There are three types of HVAC technology – single-stage, two-stage, and variable speed. It’s important to discuss your needs with a technician and not let someone else dictate which technology you should choose.

3. Choose the Right Brand: Some brands have bad reputations due to being cheap and low-quality. On the other hand, the most expensive systems may not be suitable for your home. Research different brands and make an informed decision.

4. Choose the Right Contractor: Even the best HVAC system won’t work properly if it’s not installed correctly. Ensure that the contractor you choose has experience and expertise in installing HVAC systems.

5. Check References and Reviews: If a contractor doesn’t have any online reviews, it could be a red flag. Lack of reviews may indicate that they are not licensed or may not be a legitimate business.

6. Using Big Companies: Large HVAC companies with many employees may charge higher prices to cover their expenses. Consider the size of the company and whether it aligns with your budget.

7. Licensing, Bonding, Insurance, and Sales Agreements: Ensure that your contractor is adequately insured and has the necessary licenses. Lack of insurance could leave you liable for any damages caused during installation.

8. Contracts Should be in Place: A reputable contractor should provide an official contract that clearly outlines the terms and conditions of the installation. If a contract is not offered or lacks clarity, it could be a red flag.

9. Does Your Contractor Pull Permits? For major HVAC jobs that involve modifications to gas lines or the structure of the house, permits should be pulled. If a contractor asks you to pull the permit instead, it could be a red flag.

10. Maintenance Plans: Modern high-efficiency HVAC systems require regular maintenance. A reputable contractor should offer a maintenance agreement to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your system.

11. Warranties on New HVAC Systems: New systems typically come with a ten-year parts warranty. Pay attention to the labor warranty as well, as a short labor warranty may indicate a lack of confidence in the installation.

By being aware of these red flags, you can make an informed decision when purchasing a new HVAC system for your home. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, do your research, and choose a reputable contractor and brand that meets your needs. AARD Mechanical Air and Heating have been serving Southern CA since 2016. Schedule an appointment and we are more than happy to help

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