Don’t have an air conditioner? Is your air conditioner about to die? Is your air conditioner not big enough?

Did you know that there are a lot of secrets that most furnace and air conditioner contracts don’t want you to know?

These certain well-known secrets within the home comfort industry could cost you thousands of dollars when choosing a new air conditioner for your home.

Unless you know what to ask for, you could pay much more than you should.

Here are 5 costly mistakes you should avoid when purchasing a new air conditioner:

1. Picking the wrong size

Obviously, when you pick an air conditioner, one of the main factors that affects price is the size of the equipment. There are tell-tale signs that you might be making the wrong choice when it comes to sizing.

2. Not knowing all of the available equipment options

Some air conditioner contractors will show you limited equipment choices knowing that you probably don’t understand the options that are available to you.

3. Not asking qualifying questions of the contractor to make sure that they are qualified to install the equipment

Obviously, for your air conditioner to function correctly, it needs to be installed correctly. If the equipment is improperly installed, it could mean unexpected repair costs, lost energy savings, or even worse.

4. Not understanding the offered guarantees presented during the sales process, and whether the contractor can back them up

There have been some incredible advances in technology in this sector over the past few years. However, the reality is that equipment still breaks down. If you aren’t covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, then you’ve either just purchased a new boat anchor or you’re stuck with a large repair bill. Of course, every contractor that you meet with will tell you that they will drop everything, even wake up at 3:00am, if you have any problems or if the equipment fails. But do you actually believe them?

5. Not understanding all of your financial options, and making a mistake based on your current situation

Not everyone is blessed with deep pockets. In reality, most people live paycheck to paycheck, and put most of their expenses on credit. If you air conditioner fails and you need to replace it, do you know what your options are? Do you know that you can rent?

In future posts, we’ll go into greater detail about each of the above mistakes, and make sure that you don’t fall prey to them.