How to Buy a Used Air Conditioner

In some climates, having an air conditioner in your home can be essential. Heat and humidity levels can rise so high that the atmosphere in your home can get very uncomfortable or even dangerous without an air conditioning unit. However, you might not be able to afford to purchase a new air conditioner at this time. You always have the option of buying a used air conditioner. You just have to be a little more careful about what you buy.

A used air conditioner can still function well.
  1. Assess your capacity needs. The used air conditioner you buy should come as close as possible to the cooling capacity that you need for the square footage of your space. Generally, 5,000 to 6,000 BTUs are needed for an air conditioner to cool about 100 to 300 square feet of space.

  2. Tell everyone you know that you're in the market for a used air conditioner, including friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers. One of these people might have a unit to sell or hear of one for sale. In addition to telling people, you can also post that you're in the market for a used air conditioner on your social networking sites. This can help spread the word even faster.

  3. Check the classified ads in your local newspaper to find used air conditioners for sale. You can also check websites that sell used appliances, such as eBay.com and Craigslist.org.

  4. Ask a professional appliance technician to inspect the used air conditioner you're considering buying before you commit to anything. This can ensure that there is nothing malfunctioning within the air conditioner and that it will be worth the money you spend on it.

  5. Find out the original price that the used air conditioner sold for new to help you determine if it's worth the asking price. If the seller does not have a copy of the original receipt, you can get some general prices from the manufacturer. For example, GE air conditioners generally range from $150 to $300, while Frigidaire air conditioners range from $100 up to $500 for new units.

  6. Get a receipt from the seller. The receipt should state the amount you spent, the exact model of air conditioner you received and its general condition.

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J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.