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    Is This Legit?

    Ok, a friend of mine knows that I'm in the market for a new a/c unit. I told him about the bids I rec'd so far. His suggestion was this: That I could make a purchase on the Internet or have a retired Hvac person (his father-in-law) make the purchase for me. I then, would hire some installer to install it all and save a couple grand in doing so. It sounds good when he talks it up but I just don't know. What do you all think about this? Could I save some cash or is it all BS?
    I told him I would post this in the Forum.

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    I charge the same amount for the job minus my cost for the equipment and I know you will pay more for it than I will. You do the math.

    There would be no equipment warranty either, you bought the equipment you handle the warranty.
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    The replies you get should be obvious...

    This is a professional forum, we make our living selling and installing equipment. The obvious part is we would be nuts to reccomend buying it on the internet...

    Secondly, the internet will not come to your house when it's broken, nor will you get anyone locally to warranty any part of it that fails.

    You save money up front, and pay tons more when you have a problem.

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    good call on that karstman

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    There is no warranty on equipment sold on the internet from what I understand. Saving $ short term may cost you more long term.
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    There are a number of things involved with an air conditioner install, that are important for the equipment to run properly over time. These important installation procedures will likely go unnoticed to the homeowner. A terrible air conditioner intall can potentially look just as good as a highly skilled, professional install. As long as cold air is coming out of the vents you probably will be happy.

    A person working on the side or working for wages does not have a vested interest in the longevity and reliabilty of the air conditioner. A business owner, on the other hand, understands the obligation to stand behind his work, and do the job well. Referrals and reputation are important to the business owner. A person working on the side, however, tends to be interested in collecting at the end of the day and forgetting about the job after leaving the driveway.

    You can take a gamble with the internet purchase, and hope the person working on the side has your long term interests in mind. You can also hope that the equipment doesn't break down, since internet purchased equipment (probably a Goodman) doesn't carry a warranty. From what I've seen in the field, your best bet is to find a contractor with a good reputation, and have him install his equipment.
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    Your friend has good intentions.
    The path to somewhere is paved with good intentions. Are you ready to go down that path.

    Priority service is given to customers that buy their equipment from us. So if your unit you bought yourself breaks down, you wait. If its 2 days when its 95* outside, the money you think you saved, becomes trivial.
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    The internet prices are still over my cost, plus there is shipping.
    you can use the internet to better understand why some units cost more than others. I would be looking towards 410a as the r22 unit production will be ending soon. I've worked with HO's (Home Owners) trying to save money. I have friends that are very talented and have work with them to save'em some cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senior Tech View Post
    The replies you get should be obvious...

    This is a professional forum, we make our living selling and installing equipment. The obvious part is we would be nuts to reccomend buying it on the internet...

    Secondly, the internet will not come to your house when it's broken, nor will you get anyone locally to warranty any part of it that fails.

    You save money up front, and pay tons more when you have a problem.
    Funny I just had this same conversation with my brother n law basically told him same thing and he asks why would I do that. Tried to explain that I do this for a living this is my business and yes I would charge same also no breaks and no warranty. He then asks me if someone hooked up and brazed line set themselves and all I would have to do is charge it up I told him well price has now doubled. His response Homeowners Never buy any HVAC equipment online just to try to save money. You are hurting yourself by doing this.

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    Yep! That's what I thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Your friend has good intentions.
    The path to somewhere is paved with good intentions. Are you ready to go down that path.

    Priority service is given to customers that buy their equipment from us. So if your unit you bought yourself breaks down, you wait. If its 2 days when its 95* outside, the money you think you saved, becomes trivial.
    Aah......So true......especially when my lovely wife is chewing my behind out because the a/c isn't running!!

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    Hmm

    Quote Originally Posted by selfemployed View Post
    There is no warranty on equipment sold on the internet from what I understand. Saving $ short term may cost you more long term.
    My friend forgot to mention anything about the warranty part!

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