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When it’s Time to Replace, Should You Buy the System or Just the Unit?

When it's Time to Replace, Should You Buy the System or Just the Unit?Buying an HVAC system is not only a complicated process, it’s also an expensive purchase. It’s tempting to replace either the air handler or the outdoor condenser to save money. While it’s less expensive, it’s usually not a good idea because you may be compromising your comfort, the warranty and the ultimate lifetime cost of the system.

Most central HVAC systems are split into two major components that include the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser. Although they’re separate, they’re designed as one system. If the parts inside either aren’t compatible with the other, the entire system can’t perform well. It’s similar to replacing parts in your vehicle with parts designed for a different car. Even if it runs, it may not run dependably. One or more parts within the system may experience premature failure, as well, adding to the ultimate cost of your HVAC system.

The crucial components that have to match when replacing an HVAC system are the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil in terms of their refrigerant, capacity, pressure and refrigerant type. When you’re selecting a system, ask the contractor to verify that the two components are compatible by checking the AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute) registration for both parts.

Problems with Mismatched Components

When you’re buying an HVAC system and the air handler and condenser aren’t compatible, you won’t achieve the same energy efficiency, humidity removal, or air delivery, especially if the existing ductwork is too large or small for the newer component. The manufacturer may not extend the warranty to the new equipment.

Most rebate programs, whether public or private, require the AHRI certificate of compatibility, as well. Tax credits and rebate programs help offset the cost of a new, energy HVAC system. Local utilities and jurisdictions periodically use them to promote energy efficiency at the local level.

The best approach when buying an HVAC system is to replace both the air handler and the condenser as a matched system for maximum durability and efficiency. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing trusted HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about buying an HVAC system and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Don’t Forget About HVAC Rebates

Don't Forget About HVAC RebatesAlthough high-efficiency cooling and heating equipment will reward you with lower energy bills, the higher purchase costs can make this equipment seem out of reach. HVAC rebates bring the costs down, making efficiency affordable.

Rebates Extend Your Budget

An HVAC rebate lets you claim a partial refund on the amount you spent on heating and cooling equipment and related services. Utility providers and equipment manufacturers offer these incentives to help homeowners afford higher-efficiency equipment. Most of these rebates are available on the condition the equipment meets certain energy efficiency standards. These are often higher than Energy Star standards and are defined by each individual rebate provider. If you’re planning on cashing in on a rebate, carefully review the eligibility requirements before you buy.

To claim your rebate, you’ll need to fill in a form and mail it before the stated deadline. This can be as little as a month, so claim yours as soon as possible after purchase.

Where Rebates are Available

HVAC rebates are most commonly offered for heating and cooling equipment. This includes central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source (standard) heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, furnaces, and boilers. The more efficient the equipment, the higher the rebate amount it can qualify for. Rebate providers often require A/Cs and heat pumps to reach at least SEER 14 and sometimes as high as SEER 16 in order to qualify.

In addition, rebates are often available for programmable thermostats. Less often, you may find rebates on water heaters, and high-efficiency doors and windows.

Weatherization and HVAC maintenance services frequently qualify for rebates because these services make your home more energy efficient. Rebates are offered for air sealing, duct sealing, and upgrading wall or attic insulation. As a bonus, these services can reduce the size of equipment your home needs, helping you afford higher-efficiency equipment. Occasionally, rebates are available for home energy efficiency evaluations, and HVAC equipment inspections and tuneups.

For help finding HVAC rebates on the equipment and services you need, contact us at Powers Heating & Air anywhere around Peachtree City.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC rebates and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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