Monday, 23 July 2018

What to Look for When Considering a Used Furnace?

If your furnace has stopped working, you may be exploring different ways for saving on replacing the system. Buying a new furnace can be extremely expensive but there is another way of saving money: by buying a used furnace.

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Here are some things one must look for to get a good deal.

Always buy from a commercial seller who offers refurbished furnace

You may be tempted to buy a used unit from a private seller. However, the possibility of added costs and scams are not worth it. The seller may hide problems, and in case the system requires uninstallation, that will be an added cost.

Purchasing from a commercial seller is a lot safer. You can depend on the claimed quality of the equipment. However, it is still wise to get a technician to inspect the unit professionally before buying it.

Things you should ask a seller selling a used furnace:

Do not get roped into promises of a cheap rate. You must ask the furnace seller the following questions:

  1. How old is the furnace?
  2. Why did the previous owner want to sell?
  3. Which brand is this?
  4. What kind of fuel does the furnace use?
  5. How good is the performance?
  6. Has the furnace received regular maintenance?
  7. Is the furnace under warranty?
Some of the things you must check before making the purchase:

You must remember that any heater that was previously owned has experienced at least a little wear and tear. This may lead to several issues. Make sure you check the state of following components before you purchase a used furnace:

  1. Pilot light or electronic ignition
  2. Burners
  3. Heat exchanger
  4. Motor and blower fan
  5. Pressure switches, limit switch
  6. Mechanical gears that may squeak, rumble, or rattle
Things to consider when installing a used furnace:

Installing a refurbished furnace to save money is a great idea. However, if you do not get it installed professionally, you may miss an important aspects required for efficient, safe, operation, such as fuel and venting pipes needed for models with high-efficiency. The ductwork may also waste energy by leaking, leading to increased heating bills.

Investing in a proper installation done by a specialist will add to the upfront cost of purchasing a refurbished furnace. However, improved longevity and performance are all worth it! Moreover, you can be rest assured that your system is properly installed.

If you are worried about investing money in a refurbished or used product, you have other choices for saving money. You can purchase a furnace from a wholesaler at reasonable rates. Models of the previous year can also be bought at a discounted rate.

Irrespective of where you purchase a new furnace for sale, it is extremely important to hire a professional HVAC expert. It takes years of knowledge and experience to diagnose the issues, determine overall condition and assess the age of the furnace.