I had to know what happened to the old air conditioning unit before we had a new one installed in the spring.
I wanted to have all my ducks in a row, and know if I had done something wrong, that caused the air conditioning unit to break after only nine years.
The HVAC technician told me that some of the older air conditioning units were built more cheaply. This was a cheaper AC unit that had been installed to make the house sell more quickly. It was apparent the old owners wanted to sell quickly, but no one wanted a home that didn’t have HVAC installed. They had chosen the cheapest HVAC system they could find. It didn’t matter if it was sized to fit the house, or if it was energy efficient. The owners wanted an HVAC system installed that would satisfy the realtor and the people who bought the house. I wanted to know how he knew the AC unit was the wrong size. He told me to walk with him, and he would show me what happened to the AC unit. He showed me the model number and then showed me what the tonnage was. He then showed me how much space this AC unit could properly cool without undue stain. They rated the AC unit for a house that was half the square footage that mine had. It was no wonder the AC unit didn’t work well, and why it broke in less than nine years. Unfortunately, I had to eat the cost of a new AC unit, and this one would be more expensive than the one the old owners had installed.