HVAC equipment manufacturers run the gamut between high-end, highly-recognized HVAC only products to low-priced generic machines. In fact, you might be surprised to know that there are about fourteen name-brand HVAC manufacturers right now, some of which started out making TVs and other small electronics. There are also companies that just manufacture equipment and parts under more generic names. Knowing that you have this many choices, how would you choose a new air conditioning system or heating system? Start with the following approaches.
Ask the HVAC Contractors
HVAC contractors are more than willing to tell you what they think of various companies and their heating and cooling products. Sure, the contractors will want to make money by selling you a higher-end machine or appliance, but you can always counter that with a name-brand product that you think is lower end, less expensive, and/or lower quality to see what they think. Use the same set of questions with at least five contractors to see a pattern in what they all say about this or that brand. If there is a general consensus that Trane products are excellent and Sanyo HVAC systems should never have made it to the market, then you know what products are worth pursuing.
Research, Research, Research
There are three directions you can, and should, take your HVAC appliance research. First, check to see which companies have experienced multiple complaints and/or recalls. Then check to see which systems have repeatedly lasted the longest after installation. Finally, look for information on which systems, appliances, and equipment have needed the fewest repairs.
This will help you select a heating and/or cooling system that:
- Will not give you trouble or cause you to file regular complaints with the company
- Purchase a system that will last several years beyond the expected replacement date of all machines from all competitors
- Require the least repairs in all the years that you have your heating or cooling system
Of course, this may mean that you pay a little bit more than you expected, but it is worth having the best and most reliable system possible. You may even find that a generic company has outdone all of the big brand-name competitors, and they give you the best price, too.
Do Not Forget Recycled and Refurbished Units
People are surprised when their contractors offer recycled and refurbished units. This is an uncommon offering by most HVAC contractors. Yet, it is definitely a cost-conscious and cost-friendly option you should ask about when you are getting a quote for systems and installation. For more information, contact your local HVAC equipment manufacturer.