Sizing for a replacement air conditioner, do i need a full replacement?
situation: my old a/c, 2 ton system, is not blowing cool air, the outdoor unit runs, is about 28 years old, but does not cool-
i assume there is leak of coolant, since the unit is so old, i'm have gotten 2 bids for a replacement: outdoor compressor and coil, for a 2 ton, estimator did not say i need
a different size of equipement,
the second bid ended up to be for a 2.5 ton, reason: the estimator measured the total cooled area ( about 1000SF) and his computer calculations insist on a bigger unit, but the original furnace will be used -
1.shall i get new compressor, coil, furnace (about 18 years)
2. if new furnace, why,
3. who is correct with sizing the unit? here is more info: house '84, no new insulation, ranch style, 3 windows shaded by porch, 1 window and sliding door- north orientated, 1 window - west
4. will the old furnace work with the higher sized 2.5
what questions shall i ask the estimator?
Have you cooled fine all these years til now? If so, stay 2 ton. Usually most duct systems are borderline for what you have so if you go 25% bigger, you need to add 25% to your duct system and number of supply & return outlets. Did he tell you that? My 1000 sq ft house from 1988 I can hang meat in 100° weather with a 2 ton. With north facing, shaded windows and only 1 window facing west, sure doesn't sound like much of a load.
You need at least new unit & coil. If furnace is solid and you don't want to change it, keep it as long as it blows enough air for the size A/C you choose. You'd likely need to stay 13/14 SEER with existing furnace as you won't get much more without high end blower motor.
sf of house, relation to unit
he old unit is a 10 seer, the quote for the new is a 13 seer
Originally Posted by BaldLoonie
the salesperson mentioned that the furnace needs to have a certain power?to work
the unit properly?
so what would is he talking about? any idea?
thanks for the quick reply- B
He's probably talking about the fan on the older furnace. I'd also recommend staying with the 2 ton AC as the old furnace worked fine with this size and going to larger AC could cause problems with air distribution (blower or ductwork). 13 SEER is now the minimum efficiency you can purchase.
Got a model # of your furnace?
If the furnace is also 28 yrs old- I'd replace it at same time as a/c.
2 tons is plenty for 1,000 sqft in most areas/homes. I just installed a 2 ton in my 1600sqft house, keeps it 75 on a 100degree day. If the furnace is 18yr old I'd replace it also.