No one likes the thought of throwing thousands of dollars towards air conditioning replacement (I do, but I'm an air-conditioning contractor). In the last 6 six years working residential HVAC service I've come to the realization that Houston Tx. homeowners Do Not have enough information on why to replace, how to replace and different manufacturer options. It is necessary to provide our customers with valuable knowledge to help aid in our customers HVAC buying decisions. Good Luck!
Why Replace HVAC equipment?
Whether it's a growing concern for the environment or a quest to get your electricity bill the lowest on the block. Eventually, equipment will need to be replaced. The ideal time to replace shouldn't be dependent on the weather, but rather when the cost of repair no longer is the best option or when system becomes a safety concern. Manufacturers across the board now offer 10 year warranties when installed by licensed HVAC contractors. The minimum SEER rating that can be sold today is 14 SEER, the most efficient rating we have worked up to is 27 SEER. These efficiency ratings correlate to the price of equipment (lower SEER, lower price of installation).
How to Replace
The existing equipment in your attic or closet could be held together with a shoe string for all I know. Starting your New HVAC System on the right foot is critical for its longevity. This requires all transition connections to line up correctly, have three screws, tape and/or air sealant. Drain lines desire a slight tilt to remove the condensed water from the space. Duct work needs to be supported every additional three feet from plenums. System should be tested in BOTH heat and cooling mode prior to signature for work completion. Knowing this information will help ensure you are getting what you pay for.
Our fave Manufacturers as of now
As much as I like to say there is a raining champ among these Manufacturers, I can't. I've experienced mechanical failure with all of them, BUT the Trane 16 seer system hasn't let me down yet! They're a little on the luxury side with enough real world to get parts quickly if needed. Love it, and so do the customers I've installed them for!
I've chosen as my second go to, Lennox a more cost effective solution while still maintaining the current technology. I really appreciate the approach they took on the Lennox Harmony III zone-board. When dialed in correctly, this zone system can achieve 35% better efficiency annually. It pays for itself (they had a damper motor problem, but switched designs...New motors a stronger!). Lennox is also very good at having parts available for replacement quickly.
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