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What to Know about Purchasing a Refurbished Transformer

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If you need to purchase new or replacement transformers for your business, then you may already know you have several options. Among these options are new, refurbished, factory refurbished, and used. What you may not know is what each one of the refurbished descriptions means. Before you settle on a refurbished model, there are a few things you need to know about what each option means for the transformers and your business.

Differences Between Refurbished and Factory Refurbished

The first thing you need to know about refurbished transformers are the different types. A refurbished model means that the seller, or a third party, has taken apart the transformer and run a diagnostic test on all parts. Any parts that are failing or are worn down in some way are replaced. The transformer is then put back together and sold as refurbished.

Though this may be an ideal option for you, another option may appeal to you as well. The other option is a factory refurbished transformer. The factory refurbished generally means that the factory or manufacturer themselves has refurbished the transformer. This means that it is certified by the factory or manufacturer and meets their quality standards.

Warranties on Refurbished Transformers

Having a warranty on the transformer you decide to purchase may be a concern. You don't want to purchase a transformer, only to have it breakdown within a few days. This is especially true if you don't have the funds to replace it again. A warranty may not cover you for several years, like a new purchase might, but it will cover you for a bit.

For this reason, you need to keep in mind that most factory refurbished transformers will have a longer warranty than a third party refurbished option. The third party refurbished transformers may have a small warranty on them that lasts for 60 to 90 days. In some cases, you may have to buy a warranty from a third party yourself.  If no warranty is mentioned, ask before purchasing to ensure you are covered should something happen.

Installation and Maintenance of Refurbished Transformers

When you go with a refurbished transformer, one of the things you may not have the luxury of is installation and maintenance included in the cost. In many cases, you are just purchasing the transformer and nothing else. These means the installation, maintenance, and in some cases the parts that go with the transformer for hooking it up may not be included. Keep this in mind when you are considering the overall costs of the refurbished model versus a new one.

After you have considered what each refurbished definition means, you may be ready to make your purchase. Once you are ready, consider contacting a transformer sales representative for pricing, delivery and installation.