Determining Air Conditioning Unit Quality
When installing your air conditioning unit, ensure its quality and long-term performance by considering the following questions:
- Is the sizing correct? The equipment must be accurately sized to deliver optimal air conditioner performance for your home. Professionals measure your home and perform load calculations to determine the right size.
- Is the duct system suitable for the air conditioning unit? Damaged, leaking, or incomplete ducts can impact your air conditioner’s performance. Your air conditioning contractor will repair or install additional ducts, if necessary, to ensure everything works efficiently.
- How is the airflow? Proper airflow is essential to avoid increased energy bills or hot spots in your home’s rooms. A contractor can measure the volume and adjust ducts or vents for optimal airflow.
- What about the refrigerant? The refrigerant cools the air flowing through your home, and its liquid is consumed by the HVAC system. Insufficient refrigerant can lead to increased energy consumption and excess moisture in the air. An HVAC professional will check the refrigerant charge and make adjustments if needed.
Central Air Conditioning Warranties
When you install a new air conditioning unit, it will always come with a warranty from the manufacturer. The length of this warranty may vary depending on the manufacturer, typically ranging from five to 15 years, with an average duration of 10 years. The manufacturer’s warranty provides coverage for the equipment and parts within the machine.
In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, there is also a contractor’s warranty. This warranty covers the labor for A/C unit repairs and any additional work required, such as encasing the air conditioner in protective metal and wiring it to the home.
Keep in mind that products with indoor air quality (IAQ) modifiers have a separate warranty, which may be shorter than that of a central A/C unit. So, when considering such products, it’s essential to take their warranty coverage into account before making your investment. You may also invest in an extended warranty, which can cover:
- Cost of replacement parts
- Additional years for repair costs by a third party (i.e., no out of pocket expenses)
- Coverage by the manufacturer
Extended warranties can be pricey, often exceeding the cost of regular maintenance. These warranties typically come with strict limitations, which may necessitate upfront payment for repairs and repetitive follow-ups for reimbursement. Moreover, if you move out of your home or decide to upgrade your system before 10 years, you might end up paying for a warranty that you no longer utilize.