3 Questions To Ask When Replacing Your AC System

Your AC system is meant to last, but it is not meant to last forever. Therefore, a time will come when you need to improve the function and efficiency of your air conditioning by replacing the entire system. Fortunately, this process does not have to be intimidating. By asking the following questions, you and your home will be prepared for the process of replacing your AC system.

Will It Be Sized Properly?

Many homeowners are under the impression that bigger is better when it comes to everything and anything. However, when it comes to your AC system, that is not necessarily true.

Of course, you want the system to be sized properly so it works efficiently, but that does not mean it has to be bigger than necessary. Not only is a larger unit more expensive, but it can also lead to costly problems for your home.

A system that is oversized for your home will short-cycle, which means it will turn off once your home reaches the desired temperature. Yes, this conserves energy, but if it does not run long enough to pull both the heat and the humidity out of the year, you will have moisture issues in your home.

High levels of moisture can damage the walls, paint, wood, and air quality, causing you to make costly repairs while living with allergy symptoms related to humidity.

To make sure your system is sized properly, ask your contractor to conduct a load calculation on your home.

Is New Ductwork Necessary?

Another question to ask your contractor is if your ductwork needs to be replaced in addition to replacing the actual AC system. While surprising to learn, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of conditioned air is lost through leaky ductwork. This air loss is not only wasteful, but it can also be costly, increasing the amount of energy your system uses to heat/cool your home.

Contractors will inspect your ductwork, ensuring it is in good condition and sealed properly at all seams. Replacing the ductwork will increase the cost of your system replacement, but it is a worthwhile investment for your energy efficiency and family's comfort.

What Warranty Does the System Include?

It is perfectly fine to hope for the best, but you should plan for the worse. For example, most people hope their AC system will work well after installation, but planning for a potential problem is smart.

When choosing an air conditioner replacement, ask the contractor about the warranty offered by the manufacturer. Also, ask the contractor if they offer a warranty on their labor. Having these warranties in place will protect you and your bank account if and when issues arise with your new system.