Things to Know Before Buying a New HVAC System

Replacing your HVAC system can be overwhelming. At DelFera Heating and Cooling we provide free estimates with our highly qualified home comfort consultants. Here are some questions that we recommend asking before making your decision with any HVAC company.

Should I repair or replace?

Sometimes a major repair can be costly and depending on the age of your furnace, you should consider replacement. Our technicians can tell you what the problem is and what the best solution would be, whether it’s worth it to repair the system or if replacement of your system would be the smarter solution.

Should I replace all of my HVAC equipment at the same time?

Ideally, yes. Your outdoor unit and indoor unit work as a team to heat and cool your home properly. A mismatched system may not deliver the same energy efficiency or performance as well as a complete new system.

What is a SEER rating?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is a rating system developed by the U.S. Government to indicate the efficiency level of cooling equipment. All cooling systems today must have at least a 13 SEER rating. A heat pump system must have at least a 14 SEER rating.

What size system do I need?

Ensuring that you install the right size furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or complete HVAC system is critical to providing consistent indoor comfort for you and your family. It’s also important for saving energy, which can be wasted by either a too-large or too-small system. Since energy savings translate to monetary savings, in today’s economy you simply can’t afford to ignore system sizing when selecting your new HVAC equipment.

DelFera will ensure your new system is the right fit for your home. Our comfort consultant will perform a detailed load calculation that will determine the capacity of the equipment needed for the correct distribution of air to each room in your home.

What is the warranty coverage like?

When you are purchasing a new HVAC system, you should be aware of the details of the manufacturer warranty as well as the warranty from the HVAC company you choose. Make sure to ask the company about their maintenance plans, and whether it is included in your estimate for the new system. Also, be sure to remember lack of regular maintenance can void your warranty, so make sure you have a plan in place to protect your new home investment.

Are there any rebates available for a new system?

DelFera offers a wide variety of Energy Star Certified, ultra-high efficiency products excellent warranties and possible $$$ savings with Federal Tax Credits, Peco and Manufacturer Rebates.

Considering a new system? Call to schedule your free estimate today at 610-494-1114.


101 Responses to “ Things to Know Before Buying a New HVAC System ”

  1. Scott says:

    I like that you recommend to ask the HVAC expert if it is better to repair or replace your furnace. My wife and I have noticed that our furnace hasn’t been working like it used to. We moved in to our house a couple years ago and the furnace worked just fine. However, this winter for some reason it hasn’t been turning on when it should be. I’ll have to make sure to ask the expert if we should have it replaced or fixed.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment and checking out our blog! If you ever have any questions or would like to have someone out from DelFera Heating and Cooling just give us a call at 610-566-0900.

  2. Max Jones says:

    I’ve been looking into getting a new HVAC system for our home for the summer, because we recently moved into an old home with what seems to be an older air conditioner. I like how you talked about choosing a new HVAC system with a good SEER rating to be sure we’re getting a good one. I want to make sure that I’m getting what I pay for when it comes to a new HVAC system, and I would love to be able to get a great SEER rated system!

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much for checking out our blog! Absolutely, SEER rating is important and when looking to get a new system it is definitely something that can be discussed based on your budget and how efficient you would like your new system to be. If you would like to schedule an estimate with one of our Comfort Consultants. Feel free to contact our office at 610-566-0900.

  3. Kevin R says:

    My grandmother has not had any maintenance done since I was little and now she’s paying the price for it, unfortunately. Her HVAC is too old and nasty to be able to be repaired and turned into decent condition, so the family is having to chip in to help her get a new one so she doesn’t suffer in the heat. Lesson learned: Get your HVAC checked!

    • admin says:

      Kevin, that is very nice of your family to chip in to help get her a new system. Unfortunately, we see this sometimes and that is why it is so important to regularly get it serviced to ensure the longevity of the system.

  4. I like that you mentioned that you should replace your entire HVAC system at once. It makes sense that you would want a matched set for efficiency. I am going to have my HVAC system replaced, so I am trying to get all the information I can. This should really help, thanks for sharing!

  5. admin says:

    Thank you for checking out our blog, Ernest! We are so happy you found our article informative.

  6. It’s great to know this about getting a new HVAC system. I didn’t realize that the size of the system was so important to its function. We definitely want to save energy and money, so I’ll be sure we get the right size.

  7. Yaroslav says:

    After reading the article I’m definitely sure I will replace my old conditioner.
    I’m very appreciated for this information and your explanation about the HVAC system.
    Have no doubts about the replacement that is information I was looking for.
    Thank you, guys!

  8. I agree that it’s important to pick the right size and specifications of your HVAC system to provide comfort for the family; doing this would mean jotting down your expectations while considering your options in the market. I also liked the idea of seeking a professional’s advice in filtering your options as regards to buying an HVAC unit. This is something that my husband and I will keep in mind as soon as we finish building our dream home and putting new equipment and stuff in it.

  9. Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for suggesting that you should ask if it is better to replace or repair your current unit. My husband and I have noticed that our heater is n’t working and we want to get it fixed before winter. I’ll have to look into finding the best company in our area to come and take a look at it.

  10. Thanks for explaining when to replace or repair an HVAC system. I think you made a great point about getting a technician to take a look at your system and to give you an idea of how much it might be to make repairs versus what the cost of a new system will be. Our unit has had some problems so I will have to call someone and get a quote to see what we should do.

  11. Joy Butler says:

    Just recently, our air conditioning system has been malfunctioning and I wanted to know what might be the cause as there’s no cold air coming out. It might be a refrigerant issue so I suppose calling for service would be a good choice. I am a single mom, so naturally, I wanted to make sure that our expenses are well worth it before I shell out the dough. Thus, I want to know it can still be repaired or needs a replacement.

    • admin says:

      Joy, I totally understand! I would definitely set up a service call with a local contractor. They will be able to diagnosis the issue and give you a replacement vs. repair cost. Hope this helps! Have a great day.

  12. Sam Li says:

    I like what you said about these systems providing consistent indoor comfort for you and your family. Hiring a reliable company to install and administer repairs to boilers is the best way to keep the desired temperature constant in your home. If I were to experience problems with my system, I would look for a reputable repair service in my area that can make it like new.

  13. Caden Dahl says:

    With my home, I am looking at getting the whole HVAC system changed out as it is a bit old and not as efficient as it used to be. Now I would want to probably upgrade to a slightly large system as I did add an addition to my home. As you said, it would be a good idea to find someone to come and find out what size of system you need. That way, you wouldn’t be getting a furnace that couldn’t keep up with the demand.

  14. Duncan Lance says:

    There are a ton of questions to ask when choosing a new HVAC system, especially when trying to choose the best one for your home. I particularly like that you ask the question about the kind of size that you need. After all, the size of the system will have a major impact on how efficient it is when heating or cooling your home.

  15. I thought it was great how the article talked about how a technician can tell you what the problem with your HVAC is and whether you should repair or replace it. My father is wanting to sell his old home and get a new one, and he has been thinking about replacing his curring HVAC system so that he can get more money. It would be beneficial for him to hire a reputable company that can possibly repair it for him or recommends a replacement.

    • admin says:

      Dean, thank you so much for checking out our blog! We really appreciate it. Yes, it would be beneficial if he is selling his home to consider replacement. That is something that would be very desirable when someone is considering buying a home, that the HVAC system is in good working condition.

  16. Adrian Jones says:

    I like how you mention that getting the right sized furnace is critical to providing consistent comfort for you as well as the family indoors as well as being important for saving energy and consequently paying for expensive bills. With today’s economy, taking the correct size into consideration is important especially when it comes to selecting the properly sized furnace that a house system needs. Although my furnace hasn’t shown signs of breaking down yet, it’s best to call for a professional repairman to take a look at it just in case there’s something wrong with it that I’m unaware of.

  17. Thanks for pointing out that we should consider replacement if our furnace is old. My husband and I have been having problems with our furnace’s efficiency. We’ll have an HVAC technician come take a look and help us decide what to do.

  18. Larry Weaver says:

    I didn’t realize that the size of an HVAC system could impact how consistent your indoor comfort was in your home. My dad just bought a home that is well over 100 years old, and we would like to get it set up with air conditioning right away. I’ll advise him to figure out what size of a unit he needs to ensure that the entire home has consistent cooling.

  19. Bluestar says:

    Nice Blog! Thank you so much for sharing this kind of wonderful things.

  20. Amazing post. It’s really informative post. I love reading this information . keep posting and keep sharing like this,

  21. I liked that you explained that replacing an HVAC unit or making a major repair can be costly. I would imagine that making sure that you schedule routine repairs and maintenance will reduce the chances of a large repair needing to be done. I will be sure to hire a professional to perform regular maintenance on my HVAC unit so that I won’t have to handle a major problem.

  22. proper working and maintenance of your home’s HVAC system is an integral part of its functioning. Therefore, it is always a great idea to hire HVAC repair contractors to deal with any problems that you may face.

  23. karishma says:

    a very informative article on HVAC. Read my article in HVAC and suggest me if improvement needs it in.

  24. Thanks for pointing out these essential points about when buying new HVAC system .i really love your points.

  25. I like your suggestion to consider the warranty coverage when choosing a new system. My brother wants to have a new air conditioning system installed in his home. The info you shared here should come in handy when he starts talking with an AC service about choosing a system!

  26. I agree that it’s better to hire a technician to give you an estimate on repairs and when to replace the unit. My neighbor’s A/C unit has been malfunctioning and he wants to repair it. I’ll help him find an HVAC contractor to help him determine whether to repair or replace the unit.

  27. Samantha says:

    Today virtually every home and business in developed parts of the world has air conditioning, but few people know how to care for it properly. Air conditioning can mean the difference between comfort and excessive heat. However, if you don’t take steps to maintain the system properly, you will find yourself replacing it much sooner than you should. Your cooling bills will also be much higher because the system won’t run as efficiently as it could.

  28. It’s good to know that getting an HVAC system that’s too large or too small for our needs could waste energy. Our system is getting pretty old and doesn’t work well anymore, so we’re probably going to be looking for a replacement pretty soon. We’ll definitely have to ask for a recommendation on what system would be right for us.

  29. I didn’t even think about how you could waste energy if you bought a system that was too big for your house. I wanted to get a bigger system because I thought it would heat up my house faster. Now that I know better, I’m going to make sure that I get the right size to save energy and money.

  30. Last summer, my AC unit started acting funny, so I should probably have it looked at before we get into the hot summer months again. You mention that it is a good idea to get everything replaced at the same time. If my furnace and AC unit are the same age, should I also get those replaced at the same time even if my furnace isn’t showing any signs of needing to be replaced?

  31. Ron Booker says:

    It was very informative when you indicated that the size of an HVAC system could impact how consistent your indoor comfort is. My wife and I are thinking of getting rid of our old cooling system to install a new one. We will reach out to an HVAC contractor to figure out what size of the unit is best for our house.

  32. Vivian Black says:

    I love how you talked about what size system you need and how it depends on the fit it has to your home. My husband and I are looking for heating repair services since our heater stopped working last weak. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  33. Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned you need to be aware of the warranty when replacing your HVAC system. My husband and I moved to our new apartment and noticed that our HVAC is not working properly. I will let him know about the benefits of hiring a professional contractor to let us decide whether to replace or repair our HVAC system.

  34. Thanks for sharing this great article. It will give the customer to decide and give idea on their air conditioning system.

  35. I like that you explain how the size of the system is important to make sure that your comfort inside is consistent. My husband and I are in need of some heating system services to help our system work properly. I think we should find a professional with experience in heating system services that can help us return things to normal.

  36. Jay Jorgenson says:

    My neighbor turned his garage unto a guest home, and he needs to install an HVAC system because his inlaws will be visiting this summer. It was nice of you to share that he should keep in mind the size of the unit because that is an important factor that will help him save money. Hopefully, he can find a reliable HVAC contractor in the area and help him choose the right system for his project.

  37. charles walk says:

    I thought it was helpful when you suggested considering the warranties that are offered on an HVAC system before we would get one. We want to find a contractor to install a new HVAC system to our home, so it could run efficiently, and it will be important for us to know that we could trust in everything that we choose. I will be sure to consider their warranties.

  38. Ellie Davis says:

    It’s interesting to know that it is recommended to replace your outdoor and indoor unit at the same time. My husband and I noticed that our HVAC system is not working properly, and we are looking for advice about what to do. I will let him know about your recommendations to understand what to do with our HVAC system.

  39. Burt Silver says:

    Thanks for explaining that an oversized HVAC system could waste more money so it is important to install a unit that is adequated for the property. My son wants to install a new heating system in the house he bought, but he is not sure what t look for in the system. I will pass him the details so he can consult with a professional and help him choose the right size for his home.

  40. I’m planning to have an ac unit installed in my apartment, which is why I’m currently looking for an HVAC contractor that may perform the job successfully. I agree with you that the chosen unit must have at least 13 SEER rating. You’re also right about the importance of choosing the right size and verifying whether the unit is energy efficient.

  41. I didn’t realize that getting an HVAC unit that is too big could cause as much harm as getting one that is too small as far as being energy efficient. My neighbor was telling me last week that she thinks she may need to get a new AC unit. I wonder if she has looked into what size would be best for her house?

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  44. Dominic-NOEL says:

    Really helped a lot. Nice article. Thanks for sharing such valuable tips.

  45. It makes sense to think how a major repair could cost more than replacing your furnace altogether. I just want to save as much money as possible. I’ll look into getting a new one installed and then compare the prices.

    • admin says:

      Chris, yes exactly. Looking at the option to repair or replace and see what makes sense the most for your family. Thanks for checking out our blog!

  46. Joseph says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing information…

  47. Thank you for explaining what to expect when buying a new HVAC system. I can see that you are professional. I am new to this business and I am excited to learn more from you and your company.

  48. Sirvard says:

    Thank you for the sharing good knowledge and information its very helpful and understanding

  49. Thanks for the tips. I want to get my AC ready before the heat even thinks about getting close this year.

  50. Chance Cook says:

    I can see how major repairs could be costly. I’ll get the advice of whichever technician comes to see my unit. That way I don’t make a mistake.

  51. I spotted your blog’s link posted by a friend of mine on Facebook. Thanks for putting useful information on the web. It’s hard to get this stuff these days.


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