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REBATES: are they as good as they sound?

September 19, 2010 - Lisa Goehle

Rebates: are they as good as they sound?

We are hearing a lot about rebates for installation of new air conditioning systems. The old refrigerate R22 is no longer being manufactured and 410A the new energy efficiency and Eco friendly systems are now being installed. In many places you can’t find any R22 systems available and my understating is once they are gone you will have no choice but to change out to the new 410A when your system stops working.

Many companies are offering a rebate for installing the new 410A system. While this is great, be aware of the fine print on many ads. One I read recently stated a new A/C 410A system 2-ton installed for $2,688 after rebates. In fine print it read full price due at time of installation. So while the $2,688 looked great, the full price was more than $5,000.

Normally rebates are sent back to you after you send in proof of purchase. Tax rebates offered on new high efficiency systems will be at the end of year when you file your taxes.

Most people don’t know about A/C systems except that when they don’t work we know it especially living in Florida. My husband of 34 years is a Florida State licensed in HVAC and I have learned a lot.

With the new refrigerate I was surprised to learn that you have to replace both the Air Handler and the Condenser Unit. So that means if your Condenser stops working and your serviceman says they will put in a new 410A condenser you must also put in a new 410A Air Handler and new copper. The new refrigerate is not compatible with the old refrigerate. Good reputable companies know this and will do their best to provide you with quality service. Remember permits are required even on replacement of systems.

What ever you do to improve your homes energy efficiency take some time to check out the company you are hiring and the rebates offered. To assist with this you can contact the Florida Department of Consumer Services at 1-800-Help-FLA. (1-800-435-7352), en en Espanal 1-800-FL-Ayuda (1-800-352-9832) or You can check on companies and file complaints against companies.

In addition you can register for the “DO NOT CALL LIST” A list that stops annoying solicitation calls for an initial fee of $10 and a renewal fee of $5.

Remember knowledge is power and the purpose of my blogs is to enable you with the power not to be taken advantage of by anyone.

Lisa Goehle



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