Furnace Fiascos Avoided

Three Reasons To Buy A New Furnace Over A Secondhand One

At first, buying a secondhand furnace might sound like a good way to save money. After all, buying secondhand is a great way to save money on cars, lawnmowers, and other items — so why not a furnace? Well, as it turns out, buying secondhand is not such a great idea when it comes to HVAC equipment. You'll save money upfront, but that's about the only advantage of this approach. Here are a few key reasons why you should always buy new, not secondhand, when it comes to furnaces.

Your secondhand furnace won't have a warranty

New furnaces have warranties. If the furnace breaks and needs repairs during that warranty term, you will not have to pay for the cost of those repairs. A secondhand furnace won't have a warranty. Even if it is still technically under the warranty period, HVAC companies usually won't honor a warranty once the furnace has been removed from the first home and installed in a new home. It's not unlikely that a secondhand furnace will fail and need repairs, which can be expensive. With a new furnace, you don't have to worry about these costs.

Your secondhand furnace may not be as efficient

Furnaces are becoming more and more efficient over time. With the rising costs of energy, you really want the most efficient furnace you can buy. A secondhand furnace is likely a few years old, and as such, it is likely less efficient than a new furnace would be. So while you might save upfront by buying a secondhand furnace, those savings will quickly be eroded by increased energy spending.

You may have trouble finding an HVAC contractor to install a secondhand furnace

Most HVAC installers are not going to install a secondhand furnace for the reasons described above. They want to make sure their customers get the best. And installing a secondhand furnace yourself is not a good idea. If you make any mistakes during installation, you could face the risk of electrical shock or ventilation problems. It's a lot easier to hire an HVAC company to install a new furnace and know that they'll do it safely.

When it comes to your HVAC system, skimping is not usually the best way to save. A new furnace is almost always better than a secondhand one. Focus on choosing an efficient furnace, maintaining it well, and monitoring your temperature; these are smarter ways to save. For more information on HVAC repair, contact a company near you.