Air Conditioning Replacement
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT? HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT TO DO?
When servicing your air conditioning system don’t believe heating and air conditioning contractors when they tell you your air conditioner has so many problems (failed ignitor, burners failing, bad sensors, thermostat,) that it’s not worth repairing and needs to be replaced. Virtually every air conditioning system can be repaired.
WHEN INSTALLING A NEW SYSTEM SIZE DOES MATTER
If considering a system replacement you must demand that the contractor conduct a detailed “load calculation” to determine the exact size of system that your home requires. According to Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, an HVAC system that is too small cannot deliver adequate heating or cooling in extreme weather. And a system that is too large will not only cost more to operate, but provide poorer temperature and humidity control. According to Energy Vanguard the majority of systems being installed are over sized. Over sized systems will “short cycle” because they accomplish the desired cooling or heating in a very short amount of time and this puts more stress on the components of your system, causing them to wear out faster and potentially cost you thousands of dollars.