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How to Make Sure Your HVAC System Stays Up to Code in Winter

Is your HVAC system in compliance with local building codes? It’s not something you think about often, but it’s important to know. Here’s why — and how to make sure your system is up to code.

When Building Codes Matter

Assuming you use a qualified, reputable HVAC contractor, when they installed your new system, they most likely followed all current building codes and did everything according to Manuals J, D, and S. However, over time, codes change.

Particularly if you have an older system, what might have been fine when the system was first installed will no longer cut it. Fortunately, old systems are covered by a grandfather clause. Even if they’re not up to the current code, as long as they were when they were built, you should be fine.

However, there are some situations in which your system does need to be brought to code. If you’re moving, it’s important to make sure your equipment is in compliance before you sell your house. Likewise, if you’re remodeling, you’ll want to update everything to comply with current building codes. Finally, many insurance companies won’t approve you for coverage if your HVAC system is outdated.

Being Up to Code

If you want to make sure your system is up to current building codes, it most likely means upgrading. When you do, your HVAC contractor will take steps to ensure compliance.

First, they’ll size your HVAC system’s load. How much heating or cooling does it produce and how much does your house need at its size? Too small and the system will waste energy. Too big and it will cycle on and off too quickly, wearing out the system.

The system’s location matters too. The unit must be easily accessible so your HVAC technician can get to it to perform repairs and maintenance. Finally, your technician must ensure your system has the right kind of refrigerant and that it meets the minimum energy-usage requirements for your area.

For help ensuring your HVAC system is up to code, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We ensure Yuma systems are not only up to code but also working smoothly and efficiently.