Homeowner Heating and Air Conditioning Survival Guide
It is usually many years before homeowners have to deal with replacing their heating or cooling equipment, so here are some tips on what homeowners should look for to avoid costly mistakes.
Choose a reliable contractor with a valid State Contractors License. Check with the Contractors State License Board at 1-800/321-CSLB(2752).
Make sure that permits are obtained. A licensed contractor is required to obtain the proper permits, and when work has been completed, an inspector should come by to check to see if the work was done properly, and conforms to local building codes.
There are general accepted installation practices and guidelines. A reputable contractor will check and explain things like supply duct sizing, intake air opening(s), refrigerant piping sizes, new vent pipe requirements, new electrical circuit and new wiring requirements.
The higher the efficiency rating of the equipment, the lower your future energy costs will be, provided that the previous items are correct. It’s that simple!
Freon R-22 is scheduled for a gradual phase-out. It can still be used, but most manufacturers have begun installing cooling equipment with new refrigerants.
Get educated, it can save you more than just money!