If you plan to replace your old air conditioner with a new one, you might have many questions about the process. Buying a new air conditioner is a significant investment, and you want to make sure you get the best value for your money. You should ask your HVAC contractor several questions.
1. What Is the Best Type of AC?
The options available include central AC, ductless mini-split, heat pump, and window unit. You must consider your home size, layout, cooling needs, budget, and preferences. You'll also want to consider whether a particular AC unit is easy to repair. Your contractor should evaluate your home and recommend the best option for you.
2. What Is the Ideal Size?
The size of your air conditioner is measured in BTUs. If sized correctly, it will cool your home efficiently. At the same time, an undersized or oversized one will waste energy and cause problems such as short cycling, humidity issues, and uneven temperatures. Your AC might become damaged over time and need to be repaired or replaced if it wears out because it is improperly sized.
3. What Are the Efficiency Ratings?
The efficiency of your air conditioner is measured using SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, which indicate how efficient a unit is. You'll save more money on energy even if it costs more initially. Your contractor should explain the benefits and costs of different SEER ratings and help you choose the best one for your budget and climate.
4. What Are the Installation Requirements?
Installing a new air conditioner may involve changes or upgrades to the components in your home, such as the electrical wiring, duct work, thermostat, or air handler. Your contractor should inspect your existing system and tell you what needs to be done to accommodate the new one.
For example, you may need to replace or seal your ducts to prevent air leaks, install a new thermostat compatible with your new system, or upgrade your electrical panel to handle the increased load. The unit might become damaged if your home is not designed for your new AC.
5. What Are the Warranty and Maintenance Terms?
A new air conditioner should have a warranty covering parts and labor for a certain period. The warranty may vary depending on the manufacturer and the model of the system. Your contractor should explain the warranty terms and conditions and provide the necessary paperwork.
You should also ask about the maintenance requirements for your new system, such as how often to change the filters, clean the coils, and check the refrigerant levels. Regular maintenance will keep your system running smoothly and extend its lifespan so it doesn't need to be repaired as often.
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