Debby’s floodwaters damaged many homes. Among the casualties are many, many outdoor air conditioning units. For some of these homeowners, there’s a more serious issue that they haven’t considered yet.
Back in March, our codes changes. These are the codes that govern the replacement of units in existing homes. From the 15th of March forward, the counties have decreed that permits cannot be pulled unless the units match and provide a SEER of 13 or higher.
For many homeowners in the wake of Debby, this will mean that the entire system will have to be replaced. How can you tell if you need to replace the whole system? You will have to do some homework. Take the time to educate yourself so no one will lead you astray. Go to the arhi.org website. Click the consumer link. Type in the model of the inside unit of your aair conditioning system. Look for 13 SEER matches. If you can’t find the match, the odds are pretty good that you will have to purchase a new system to be code compliant. Make certain your insurance agent allows for that! If you need help, email or call Eric or Cathy at 800-535-4505; both of them are on the site daily and would be happy to look up this information for you anytime. Or email in your model number to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will look it up and let you know!
Another change is that your AC contractor must run a heat load calculation to affirm that your unit is the right size for your home. If you’ve added on to the home, upgraded windows, added insulation, or made other changes, don’t be surprised if the size of your AC changes too. You will be glad in the long run, as it will lead to greater comfort.
Our estimates are always no cost or obligation. Make sure you don’t pay too much. After a tragedy like Debby, we’re here to help our neighbors. Don’t sweat, Call Bayonet!