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Why the Cheapest HVAC System Isn’t Always the Best

Published on: February 26, 2021

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With spring on the way, you may be thinking it’s high time to look into replacing your air conditioner, but there’s one problem: you can’t really afford the latest models on the market. It’s easy to look at the prices and assume you can find a cheaper alternative, but hold that thought before you go any further with it! It’s one thing to find a cheap price on something useful such as at a thrift store, but HVAC is a completely different kind of ballpark altogether. You do not want to skimp on the costs for new systems, because there are so many ways that can backfire. Here’s a look at what can happen when you invest in a cheap HVAC system.

  1. More Frequent Breakdowns and Repairs

You know that scenario when you’re tossing and turning in bed because it’s way too hot to handle, or you step onto an icy floor in the morning when the furnace should have been on all night? These scenarios are going to happen much more often if you rely on a cheaply purchased HVAC system. If you don’t know its age or how long it was used before you bought it, the chances of a breakdown or need for repairs are going to escalate.

  1. Less Efficient Heating and Cooling

As with most products, a cheaply bought HVAC system will not heat up or cool down a home as efficiently, reliably, or evenly as much as a recent model. Keep in mind that even the cheapest system can cost upwards of over one thousand dollars. Why spend so much on something that’s only going to fail to meet your needs, time and again?

Another factor that applies to this point is the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). At this point, it’s very unlikely you’ll find HVAC without a 16 SEER, or one that won’t have an effect on your energy bill. 

  1. Shorter Lifespans

Not only is a cheap system a danger to your wallet and energy bills, but also it’s unlikely they’ll last as long as newer HVAC does. That 10-20 year mark you’re hoping for with a cheaper system is basically non-existent. Instead, your cheaper HVAC will not last nearly that long. This applies to all cheaper purchased machinery whether it’s a laptop, kitchen utensils, or phones. You don’t have to pay a ton for good quality and a long lifespan, but cheap HVAC will not make that kind of cut.

  1. Lots More Costs

Not only will you have to pay the same amount it costs for an efficient system, but also you will have to pay more for the frequent repairs and the parts your cheap system requires that are discontinued. You’ll also have to pay your technician several times as opposed to only a few when it’s time for an inspection. Again, why would you consider investing in something that’s only going to cost you more down the road? All these extra costs will add up to an even more unaffordable rate, and then you’re stuck with a system you can’t sell off—you can only get rid of it and pay more by needing a replacement.

  1. No Long-term Benefits

Investing in a cheaper system is not as beneficial as you may think. The energy required is double that of the more efficient systems, there’s likely to be more leaks that harm your home and air quality, and you won’t get as efficient a job done of heating or cooling your home anyway. Put all this together and you’re looking at a way more expensive headache you don’t want. Instead of feeling the long-term benefits of newer HVAC such as lowered energy bills and staying comfortable all the while, you’ll be dealing with constant struggle.

Now that you know the dangers of cheap HVAC, it’s time to find a system that suits your needs and budget the best. If you’re looking for a second opinion from an initial price quote, why not talk to our team at Rep-Air? Our HVAC company not only knows how to find the correct sized system for your needs, but also knows how to get the most buck for your bang. We’ve served the Lower Mainland long enough to know how, so you can’t go wrong by giving us a call. At Rep-Air Heating And Cooling we provide our customers with many options that will best suit your needs from heating and cooling to refrigeration. Contact us today for your complimentary quote: 1-778-728-1476 or and don’t forget to take a look at our website: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for free giveaways!

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