The Answer Guide
For that matter, what is SEER?
Why should I care? How does 13 SEER affect me?
How else will I be affected?
It will be essential to replace your evaporator, or indoor coil with a certified and rated match to the condensing unit located outside. This will ensure proper performance, energy savings, and prevent a host of potential comfort problems. If the new designs require a larger evaporator coil, space requirements may necessitate replacing your furnace with a more compact model. Due to the need to ensure proper dehumidification of the indoor coil and maintain overall cooling capacities, a full engineering load calculation is mandatory. You might need a different size unit and/or a variable speed fan.
Should I wait to replace my air conditioner?
If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, it might be wise to wait until after 2005 to replace it. You will pay more than you would for a 10 SEER system today, but you will receive an even higher efficiency product, saving more energy and reducing the environmental impact. On the other hand, if your air conditioner is 10 years old or older, it’s a gamble to wait on a replacement. If your system suffers a major breakdown, it is often foolish to throw money away on expensive repairs for an old air conditioner when you can invest a little more for a new air conditioner, enjoy greater comfort and lower your utilities. No one knows what kinds of supply disruptions might occur during 2005 and there have already been some indications of product shortages in 2004. You will spend less money replacing now and have a better selection to choose from. Certainly if you’re facing an expensive repair, it is better to replace now than wait.
Regulated by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Texas Air Conditioning License # TACL A09991C