Should You Buy a Secondhand AC or Heater?

Living in the Southeast Valley requires that you have a working cooling and heating system. But it shouldn’t require that you break the bank to stay comfortable.

A secondhand AC or heater can be your best bet if you’re on a budget.

But before you make any big appliance purchase, consider the pros and cons of buying used versus new.

Keep reading below as we break down the most important ones.


The biggest advantage to buying a secondhand AC is the cost. A used HVAC system will almost certainly save you money.

You Can Find a Great Deal

Doing research up front will benefit your budget greatly. And there are many different places you can look to find the best deal.

Investigate used appliance stores, a neighborhood garage sale, or ads in your local paper and online to find the perfect unit for your home.

If you take the time to research, you can find a used AC or heater than not only works but looks good in your house.

Get a Brand you Trust at a Fraction of the Cost

Many people have preferences for certain brands based on experience and reputation.

Buying a secondhand AC from a brand you trust can give you peace of mind and still work within your budget.

It may also make it easier to find parts should anything need to be replaced.

Refurbished Units Are the Next Best Thing

You can get a working used HVAC system with a brand new motor that will function like new.

And often these newer parts come with their own warranty. This way you’re protected and the most important parts of your new-to-you equipment should last a long time.

As long as you’ve inspected the unit to make sure it’s working properly and you have a great maintenance program, opting for a refurbished AC or heater is both cost-effective and smart.


Though it is tempting to opt for a secondhand HVAC system, be careful with what you purchase.

You could end up costing yourself time and having to endure uncomfortable temperatures in your home at the most inopportune time.

You Must Investigate Thoroughly

Make sure any used purchase is in good working condition. You will most likely not be able to return it.

Ask all the necessary questions about the history of the unit before you buy. And learn what options you have, if any, should something go wrong.

Limited Warranty

Most appliances, especially used ones, have a limited warranty period. Make sure you know what coverage you have and the difference between a limited and full warranty.

In many cases, only the parts of your unit that have been refurbished will be covered under that warranty.

Factor in the cost of any repairs you might need to make.

Chances are that you will need to replace parts that may be difficult to find and may make the actual cost of your AC or heater higher than you anticipated.

Consider how old the HVAC unit is before you buy it. Will it survive only one particularly hot summer (and they’re all particularly hot in Arizona) or is this a unit you can count on for years to come?

Will Your Used HVAC Match Your Decor?

A secondhand AC or heating unit will have some wear and tear that you must consider.

Are there obvious scratches and dings? Do you care? Factor in how much the aesthetic of your unit matters to you.

The last thing you want is to bring something into your house that you’re uncomfortable with. If you need everything to match or look a certain way, this may not be the best option for you.

We Can Keep Your Secondhand AC or Heater Running

Climate control is not optional; it’s vital! Choosing a refurbished HVAC system makes a lot of sense for many people.

And we have you covered to help you get the most out of your purchase.

We have maintenance, repair, and installation services to fit your needs and budget. Our experienced and knowledgeable professionals work with all major brands.


Whether it’s service, repair or replacement, we are the trusted HVAC company in Gilbert, AZ.

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