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Run the Costs of Repair Parts vs New Furnace and AC Unit

07/31/2020

The reality of HVAC repairs is that they’re bound to come up sooner or later. No piece of machinery can last forever. But as you work through the repairs, it’s never wise to overpay for what you actually need. At Surplus City Liquidators, that’s what we’re all about.

 

Your Furnace or AC Unit is Out—Now What?

There isn’t always an easy fix to get the heating or cooling back up and running. But it’s still best to consider the simplest solutions first. Staying smart and carefully thinking through all of your least expensive repairs at the start is always better than making a hasty decision to invest in an entirely new system. Of course, you also don’t want to be stuck in a loop of paying for expensive parts. No one wants to make a repair just to have the unit break down in a couple months from a different problem. That’s why it’s important to consider the big picture.

 

Run the Numbers for the Best Long-Term Plan

Turning old HVAC equipment into a money pit is never a good idea. However, if you can get the system to power through a few more years, that could potentially save you (or your clients) thousands of dollars. It just depends on what’s actually going on with the unit. That often relates to the age of the furnace or air conditioner. Other times, it’s just a matter of working with an experienced HVAC contractor—or being one yourself.

Before you make that big decision to replace the furnace or air conditioner altogether, check with Surplus City Liquidators first. The unit may have stopped working now, but that doesn’t mean it’s done for good. It’s always worth looking into replacement parts. The replacement cost for a new system is such a major investment. You don’t want to jump to that scenario until you’re sure it’s really the right call.

 

Check for Savings with the Surplus City Inventory

HVAC contractors, property management companies, general contractors, and other industry professionals call Surplus City to find their replacement HVAC parts because they know they can count on us to give them the right price. Plus, they can save themselves from the hassle of reaching out to multiple suppliers and wholesalers.

We have an extensive inventory for common HVAC parts. What’s more, after 45 years of business, we also have many “hard to find” or “obsolete” parts for HVAC systems in every brand. That goes for both residential and commercial units! Let us help you find the right HVAC parts to make your repairs and keep that equipment running.

 

You can always browse our inventory online. And if you have specific questions or need to speak with someone in our warehouse, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (800) 428-4339. We’re here to help you get the job done!

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Why Smart Buys Don't Always Need a Warranty

07/31/2020

If there’s one misconception about HVAC equipment, it probably relates to warranties. Maybe you’re in the middle of working on a repair. You just need that one, specific part to save the entire system. The problem, though, is that it isn’t being manufactured anymore. It’s difficult to find, but luckily you’ve been able to locate it online. And even better, the price is right! But the part is out of warranty. Does that matter? Or can you still make the repair and save the day? 

The Reality of HVAC Part Warranties

Having questions about HVAC warranties makes sense. Everyone wants to have an extra line of defense to help make sure their equipment lasts. With a warranty, you think you might be able to avoid costly repairs if something goes wrong down the road. But in reality, that isn’t always the case. Warranties are only designed to work under very specific circumstances. Taking a closer look at the parameters of a typical HVAC warranty can help you understand what’s actually necessary for your repair—and what might be money down the drain.

For example, when you consider the big picture, HVAC units don’t normally stop functioning within that warranty timeframe anyway. And the majority of the issues that do arise will come from the installation, not the unit itself. So, if 9 times out of 10 the problem is the fault of an inexperienced technician, then going with equipment that’s out of warranty shouldn’t really make a difference. An older part that’s brand new can still get the job done right.

At the end of the day, there are all types of factors that can void a warranty. It might be that the unit itself or other parts weren’t sized correctly during the installation process. Or perhaps the owner hasn’t kept up with their HVAC equipment maintenance over the years. Even forgetting to change the air filters regularly can interfere with the warranty. Not to mention, the warranty can be voided if the system wasn’t installed by a licensed tech. That’s why paying attention to all of the details matters.

Other Options for HVAC Equipment

There are so many reasons why a warranty won’t actually hold up for homeowners and property managers. Ultimately, that warranty itself may not need to impact your decision. You probably just want the heating or cooling system to work like it should. If you can save a good chunk of money on your equipment by ignoring the “lure” of a warranty, then you might have a great path forward—whether for a replacement part, or a brand new and unused unit.

It all comes down to communication. For general contractors, the costs of finding specific HVAC equipment for their jobs can add up fast. But if you can watch your bottom line and buy without a warranty, you could end up saving yourself and your clients a lot of money. When you understand the cost difference and then do the install or repair correctly, working without the warranties can be a win-win.

 

Then, if you still have reservations, you can always look into purchasing a home warranty or rider to the homeowner policy to help make up the difference. Making the right decision for your budget and peace of mind means weighing all of the options. Sometimes that warranty can help, and other times you may not really need it after all!

 

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How Can Property Management Companies Save on HVAC Costs

07/31/2020

Property management companies know a thing or two about making a smart real estate investment. You want to have a great location to appeal to your tenants, but you also want all the right amenities. And of course, you need to make a profit! That’s why watching where the money goes is so important. There’s no reason to splurge on basic repairs.

For example, say you’re working through a remodel and you don’t like the color on the walls. You wouldn’t tear down the walls and start from scratch. You just buy a new gallon of paint. The same thing can happen with HVAC parts. Why pay for a new unit when you can just buy an affordable part?

 

COVID-19 Impacts on Property Management

Companies have always needed to take care in watching their expenses. But with the coronavirus outbreak, the pressure of protecting your bottom line has only increased. Every industry has reasons to be concerned about the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Unfortunately, this is especially true for property management companies.

As individuals and families have been hit hard from work furloughs and job loss, they understandably have faced struggles paying rent. That means property management companies might be dealing with their own loss of income. If you want to better protect your business bank account, finding new solutions for cutting costs will be crucial in the coming months. Securing new savings with HVAC equipment can give property managers a real leg up.

 

Great Prices for HVAC Parts and Equipment

While technology continues to improve year over year, there’s no avoiding the inevitable AC repair or furnace problem, especially for busy property management companies. These maintenance calls are always a top concern. You can’t leave your tenants without air conditioning or heat. But you also can’t afford to overpay for new HVAC equipment or HVAC parts. That’s where our inventory at Surplus City Liquidators can help. 

Being able to repair your units instead of replacing the systems can save you—and ultimately, your tenants—thousands of dollars. The ROI of making a repair with a rare HVAC part or other piece of equipment can be a major win for everyone. When your maintenance costs are lower, it’s easier to keep rent lower. It’s just about finding the right supplier for your HVAC equipment.

 

Protect Your Margins with Surplus City

With seven warehouses and over 600,000 square feet of storage, the Surplus City HVAC inventory can help property management companies and general contractors find all of those “missing parts” for their tricky HVAC repairs.

We even have new, priced-to-sell HVAC units. That way, you can get your property set up with reliable heating or air conditioning and still get great savings for your projects. Customers come to us for both residential and commercial HVAC equipment. No matter what you need, be sure to check our inventory first.

 

If you have other questions about how we can help, please send us a message. We’re proud to work hard to meet all of our customers’ needs. Let’s find a solution to help get you the affordable HVAC parts and equipment you need for a truly sound investment.

 

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Impacts of COVID-19 on the HVAC Industry

06/24/2020

Effects of COVID on HVAC Parts

 

Every industry has felt the effects of the coronavirus, and the HVAC industry in particular has been faced with some unique challenges.  Without the right supplier to obtain your replacement parts and equipment, the ability to repair or replace your HVAC needs quickly and affordable has become very difficult.

Property management companies and HVAC companies know that fast service is the name of the game for their tenants and customers. But it’s also crucial to protect your bottom line.  By accessing Surplus City Liquidators seven warehouses full of quality equipment and parts at rock bottom pricing you are able to deliver both.

 

HVAC Supply Chain Disruption

No one should be too surprised to learn that some HVAC parts may become harder to find because certain manufacturing plants have shut down. Even as they begin to open their doors again, we might notice that HVAC manufacturers are reducing workflow to respond to social distancing. If you don’t know where to look to find heating and cooling supplies, these types of disruptions to the supply chain can lead to some real setbacks with your own work.

 

Repair vs Replace HVAC Equipment

As consumers we always want to know we are getting the best deal but that can be difficult if you are not familiar with the HVAC industry.  Repairing equipment instead of replacing is sometimes a way to save money however in some instances you are better off spending a little more to get a brand new unit. If the repair bill approaches the $500 mark you should consider replacing and if you are not sure, call us, let us help. We are non-commission sales and are here to assist you in finding the most cost effective way to get your system going.

 

Building Trust with Better Service

The other shift we’re noticing is a general sense of unease with consumers. Many of us have seen this just shopping at the grocery store. But it can become even more complex for the HVAC industry. The need for open and honest communication is needed more than ever before. As many homeowners may feel weary of having a HVAC technician coming into their home to work, the contractor may be nervous as well. So by letting your customers know that you are employing the latest safety/health standards and well as using PPE will help build trust and ensure future business. Promoting maintenance for air conditioners before the big heat waves hit can help make sure existing systems are working correctly. Avoiding costly repairs or replacements is sure to be top of mind this year.

 

Check with Surplus City First

In order to stay competitive within this changing landscape, HVAC companies and property managers will need to have a reliable source for their replacement parts. What’s more, they’ll need to have good pricing. That’s how we can help you shine.

 

Surplus City is proud to help HVAC technicians continue to do their essential work, and our bargain prices can work to protect your own company’s margins. Then you can pass some of those savings on to your customers. We understand that money is tight. When you buy from us, you can get those brand name and new parts at reduced prices. Check our inventory first for bargain pricing—and keep more money in your pocket! 

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