In a nutshell… Yes.
In addition to the safety benefits of choosing this method, you are also very likely to retain your full warranty from a local, licensed installer, or company. The downside to this is that most larger and reputable companies simply refuse to install equipment, unless you buy it from them. Keep in mind that most larger local companies who are willing to install equipment you purchased yourself will simply quote the job for you as if it were their equipment, ask you how much you paid for your equipment, and subtract it from the price. This completely negates any benefit you may have realized by choosing this route of replacing your home system.
All is not lost however, and if you follow the tips below, you will find a qualified installer, willing to take on your project at a discounted rate.
Tips for Finding a Qualified HVAC Installer for Internet Purchases
While the majority of local contractors have not come around to installing equipment they don't sell you, there are many who are finding a niche market in this area, and grasping the work that is out there. This is an emerging middle-market and many contractors are realizing that this is a no-lose situation for them!
- ALWAYS be up front, before you have them come to your home!
If you call out a local contractor and only after he arrives to quote your job, do you tell him you already purchased the equipment, you should expect to pay for a service call charge at minimum. Be up front when you call them and let them know ahead of time that you already have your own equipment and you are only interested in a free estimate to install it, and remove your existing equipment. It will save both parties considerable headaches and time.
- Search Craigslist in your City for Qualified Installers
Craigslist is an online message board for just about anything you may need! Go to your City and search for HVAC in the left side search box, choosing services from the dropdown menu. In most cases, you will find 3-5 technicians who are either self employed, or looking for side work. Again, pay attention to tip #1 when you speak to them on the phone or via email.
- Ask Family and Friends for References
The HVAC industry is very broad and in most cases, you already know someone in the field! Ask your friends and family if they know anyone who specializes in the heating and air conditioning industry. Most will gladly do a side job on the weekend to help out a friend.
- Ask the Technician who Told you it Needs to be Replaced!
90% of the time, the technician who advised you to replace the unit will know someone willing to install your own equipment for you. Many will even do it themselves on a weekend as long as their company does not forbid side projects.
As we continue to expand our website, our HVAC Directory will have a specific section for contractors who are willing to install internet purchased equipment. It is still the responsibility of the homeowner to pay due diligence to the qualification of the person you hire.