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Question DetailsAsked on 2/12/2016

Any ac unit installers that will install a unit I purchased directly from factory?

I purchased an AC directly from factory, I will pay to install it in my home. Husband is a veteran and disabled. AC is required for his disability. Please help.

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Some Heating and A/C contractors will do this - some will charge additional on top of install labor and incidental materials and refrigerant to make up for the profit they lost from not selling you the unit - maybe not fair but happens - many will charge you the full profit they would have made on the sale (which can be anywhere fronm 10-20% normally to 200% or more in some cases), some will even add the full price they would have charged you for the unit even though they are not providing it. Not fair, but c'est la vie.

You also have a double warranty risk - some contractors will not warranty their install if you provided the unit - so make sure the contract specifies the unit is owner-provided BUT that the contractor warrants it is suitable for the installation and that he warranties it the same as if he had provided it so if you have a warranty problem they cannot blame it on the unit being defective or damaged as you provided it and say they do not cover it.

Also double-check the manufacturer warranty - some void their warranty if the unit is not bought through andn installed by a licensed HVAC contractor (though this is possibly illegal under a court ruling a couple of decades ago against car manufacturers voiding warranties if car repair work was done by other than an authorized dealer), others void it if bought through an unauthorized reseller like on the web or through a clearance warehouse. Some legitimacy to that one because if sold through anyone other than an authorized dealer they do not know its history and if maybe it was previously installed, stored out in the weather on another jobsite, etc.

If required for the husband's disability - therefore a medically necessary home modification - hopefully you have gone through the VA special medical device authorization procedure to have them pay for the unit and its installation. If you missed on that one and are not able to get them to cover it at this late time, at least get a prescription from doctor stating specifically that an A/C is necessary for his condition, so you can at least deduct the allowable portion on your taxes, if you itemize deductions.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


What brand and model numbers? Do you know if it's the correct size for the home or space it will serve?


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC

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