I need to change the air handler on my AC. Will it hinder the performance if I use a different brand?

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I need to change the air handler on my AC. Will it hinder the performance if I use a different brand?

Asked by Linus Samoht

I changed only the outside AC unit for a Trane XL 14i model 3 years ago. I did not change the air handler at that time because it was working fine. Now I have problems with the ductwork and am planning to replace the ductwork along with the air handler unit. I contacted Trane authorized installers. The quotes I received from 4 of them were unbelievable. I then found an independent AC company who quoted me half of what the others did for installing a variable-speed Luxaire air handler along with changing the ductwork. Will it hinder the performance if I don't go with a Trane unit?

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Bill Bradbury's picture

It could, but if the cut-rate guys do everything right it will not hinder performance.

Do your homework and talk to previous customers.If things don't go well, are they going to take care of you?

  • Will they install a TXV?
  • Will they fill the linesets with nitrogen before soldering?
  • Will they use the high % Ag solder or the cheap stuff?
  • Will they evacuate the lineset for 1 hour, at least, to remove moisture?
  • Will they seal every joint in the ductwork with mastic?
  • Do they understand the intricate dynamics of airflow and charge?

Be careful!

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