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Can I Install a Used Furnace?

When you're faced with getting a new furnace, you may be taken back at the initial cost. If that's the case, you may be looking for any way you can cut costs without completely sacrificing quality. The idea may pop into your head that (similarly to getting a used car) you could have a used furnace installed in your home instead. So, is this a viable option? It can be if you pay attention to certain details.

Choose Refurbished Units from Dealers

While online marketplaces are a great place to buy secondhand furniture and homemade house decor, it’s not a good place to buy a furnace. If you try to buy a used unit from any “Joe Schmoe,” there is no way of guaranteeing that the unit is in good shape and not riddled with problems.

If you want a secondhand unit, make sure you get a refurbished one from an authorized dealer. This will give you peace of mind knowing that the unit has been properly inspected and repaired to resolve any potential problems.

Ask the Right Questions

In order to know that you’re getting a compatible furnace for your home, there are a few questions you should ask, such as:

  • How old is the unit?

  • How well does it perform?

  • Has it been maintained over the years?

  • Why are you selling it?

Ask for Maintenance Reports

When a unit is serviced, the owner should receive a report of the work that has been completed and what parts were repaired and/or replaced. While it would nice to be able to trust the original owner’s word, it is better to ask to see the reports so you can ensure the furnace was well maintained.

For the best furnace replacements in the greater Pittsburgh area, give the HVAC experts at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing a call. We offer free written estimates for all installations and always stand by our work!