So you are thinking of purchasing a second hand air conditioner,
or maybe you have received one for free.
This air conditioner could have been removed from a house that Is being demolished or renovated. Maybe the old air conditioner has been upgraded to the newest and greatest. The owner is hoping to sell the old to offset the cost of the new air conditioner they have just installed.
Split system air conditioners are not designed to be removed after they have been installed! You might not know the history of this air conditioner. You cannot even test if it’s working. If the air conditioner was removed because of any upgrade, it probably wasn’t working as efficiently as it should of. The owner likely wanted a newer model with new technology, with R32 refrigerant which is more energy efficient. Even if the split system was removed by a qualified refrigeration mechanic you have no guarantee this second hand air conditioner will work once re installed, will work efficiently, or will even last past 12 months.
Do you feel lucky?
Even if the air conditioner works once installed, there is a high chance there will be noticeable flaws, noisy fans, low gas pressure. If you’re lucky the air con may work well once installed and cool the attended room perfectly. What happens after 6 months, the air con may stop cooling completely, or wont turn on. You have just spent $550 (price example for standard install of a 2.5kw) on installation for an air conditioner with absolutely no warranty!
Air conditioners are not a product to purchase second hand to save some cash, they could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. It’s a different situation with buying a second hand fridge, microwave or TV, you can test these before purchasing and do not need to pay a qualified tradesperson to install it for you. These second hand items are also less risk, because split systems have complicated moving parts, they are designed to be installed once. To remove and decommission an air conditioner, then reinstall there is chance it will never work as well again, especially if the product is out of it’s 5 year warranty. If the air conditioner is removed before its standard 5 year warranty, this warranty is automatically void, as warranty is only covered for the first installation address.
You will receive zero warranty from any installer who installs the system for you. But you will still be liable to pay for their material and labour charge. Which won’t be cheap, the install cost will be more compared to a brand new air con, as it’s more difficult to install a second hand air conditioner.
Our company does not install second hand split systems, we refuse to install any product without a valid warranty. From a business perspective it’s very risky for us to install a product that may not work well or even at all once installed. We understand that a customer would not want to pay for our services, if the air con did not work after installation. So, it’s not worth the risk of us taking on.
Count the possible costs:
Get used air con, possibly for free. But lets say you buy off Gumtree for $150
Pay to have used air con installed $550 (2.5kw standard install)
Used air con works. Needs to be regassed - $280
Used air con, needs further maintenance and a service - $150
Next summer rolls around, air con no longer cools
Quote to supply and install new air con - $1500
Cost to now remove used air con you paid $550 to install - $200
Cost of installing second hand $150 + $550 + $280 + $200 + $1500 = $2680
Cost if you installed new to begin with = $1500
All costs are for example purposes only and don’t reflect on actual costings. Prices can vary greatly depending on your specific requirements.
Simply put, why risk installing a second hand air conditioner to save a few hundred dollars.
Risk certainly out ways the reward.
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