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Would you have any tips/recommendations for purchasing a central AC unit?

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Jul 6, 2008
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Toronto

Would you have any tips/recommendations for purchasing a central AC unit?

Looks like my AC has finally bit the dust.
I've never had to purchase an AC unit before but if you have any tips, I'd greatly appreciate it - whether it's a recommendation on a particular brand or installer, or perhaps something I should avoid.

Money is particularly tight these days so I want to be sure I get some value and am not taken advantage of.

Thanks!
Last edited by chixdiggit on May 25th, 2020 1:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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I’ve got no brand recommendations, it seems like it’s mostly luck that ensures you get a trouble free unit. Only advice I have is to upsize if possible, I got one as per the installer recommendation and wish I would have went one size larger, during bad days it can barely keep up
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Hard to recommend an installer without knowing location. In terms of brands look at Amana or Trane if budget permits, if not maybe a Lennox or Carrier.
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Tha_Doggg wrote: Hard to recommend an installer without knowing location.
Thanks for the brands. Location is midtown Toronto
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chixdiggit wrote: Thanks for the brands. Location is midtown Toronto
There's an installer here on the board. Search some threads but I believe his username is newlyborn.
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I am of the opinion that no one should spend too much money on AC regardless of financial situation. AC runs barely 30-60 days total in the whole season.
Most AC's are pretty reliable these days however the difference in price between reputable brands is 500-1000.
chixdiggit wrote: Looks like my AC has finally bit the dust.
I've never had to purchase an AC unit before but if you have any tips, I'd greatly appreciate it - whether it's a recommendation on a particular brand or installer, or perhaps something I should avoid.

Money is particularly tight these days so I want to be sure I get some value and am not taken advantage of.

Thanks!
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