When you choose a split-type air conditioning system, your AC contractor will need to install two of its major components: the indoor and the outdoor unit. Most systems will include both of these units. Over the course of your system’s life, however, it sometimes becomes necessary to replace one or the other.
There’s no rule that says you can’t pair one brand’s indoor unit with another brand’s outdoor unit. The bad news is that doing so may lead to unexpected results that affect the efficiency and performance of your whole HVAC system. Our experts at The Ice-Man recommend matching both parts of your air conditioner for the following reasons.
Product warranties. For new installations, warranties can cover AC repair or replacement should your system experience certain problems. Warranties often come with a lot of conditions, and while these can vary from one manufacturer to another, there are a few terms that are similar across the board. One such condition is that all parts of your system must be compatible with one another. Mismatched units often have a lot of issues, which can void your warranty.
Energy efficiency ratings. HVAC units are tested thoroughly to ensure that they’re energy efficient. The results of these tests can be seen through their energy ratings, giving you an idea about how well your system will perform under different conditions. Mismatched units, unfortunately, can perform unpredictably, so the ratings on the label may no longer be accurate for both units.
Compatibility issues. Most heating and air conditioning systems are designed to work as a set. This means using a unit that isn’t part of the set can lead to performance issues and, in worst case scenarios, even cause the whole system to malfunction.
At The Ice-Man, we can help you build a matched HVAC system to maximize performance and energy efficiency. Give us a call at (609) 466-9020 or fill out our contact form to schedule an inspection visit and request a free estimate on new HVAC installations today.