If you have a central split-system installed in your Orlando home, you know it features two primary components: a compressor/condenser unit situated outside, and an evaporator/air handler unit located inside. This configuration allows the system to draw heat and moisture out of your indoor air and expel it outdoors. In a properly matched system, these components are fully compatible and specifically designed to work in unison.
Why Your Home Needs Matching HVAC Components
Often, one of a central HVAC system’s two major components gives out first. If this happens in your home, you might consider replacing just the failed unit. Adding a new component to an existing HVAC system is a bad idea, and doing so can have serious repercussions related to your:
- Energy consumption. If your current system is older, it will likely have a lower efficiency rating than a new component. The mismatched system will operate at the lower efficiency level, so you won’t reap any energy saving benefits.
- Equipment reliability. Although your system will run with two mismatched units, it puts extra strain on the older component and increases the likelihood of a breakdown or failure.
- Convenience and costs. When your older component breaks down or fails because of added strain and wear, you’ll have to deal with discomfort, inconvenience and the expense of repairing or replacing the unit.
- Warranty coverage. Manufacturers of split systems only warranty the equipment against factory defects if the installation is done to their specifications. This is impossible if you install just one new component, so you’ll lose this valuable warranty coverage.
How to Make Sure You Have a Properly Matched System
If one of your HVAC units needs replacement, working with a reputable HVAC contractor is the best way to ensure that your new system has properly-matched components. A pro can evaluate your home, then size and design a system that perfectly suits your needs, and install it correctly to the manufacturer’s specifications so it meets their warranty requirements.
To learn more about the importance of having a properly matched system in your Orlando home, contact us at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).