When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
Living in a community governed by a homeowner's association has its pros and cons. If you're planning on replacing your central air system, your HOA's strict rules on upkeep and overall appearance can have an unexpected impact on your replacement. The following information highlights some of the issues you could run into when replacing your HVAC system in an HOA-governed community.
Size not only matters to your home, but it may also matter to your HOA. Your HOA may have restrictions on the physical size of your outdoor condenser, which in turn restricts the overall size of your central air system. This can have an impact on your home's ability to keep itself cool, especially if you own a large home that needs an equally large unit for effective cooling.
Your HOA may also have specific sound requirements for your air conditioning equipment. A new central air system that's noisier than expected could draw some unwanted attention from your neighbors and, eventually, your HOA. For this reason, choosing a central air system that offers the quietest operation is crucial. You can contact your local central air replacement services for more information about available options.
Most HOAs are sticklers for appearances. Maintaining the visual appeal of the neighborhood is one of the most important tasks for a typical HOA, so it's no surprise to see HOAs weigh in from time to time when it comes to the appearance and placement of a new central air unit.
Your HOA may have restrictions not only on what type of outdoor condenser your home uses, but also where and how it's placed on the property. For instance, your HOA may require you to conceal your outdoor condenser with landscaping or an HVAC-safe enclosure to improve the aesthetics of your home and the neighborhood at large.
Your HOA may also prohibit wall-mounted outdoor condensers from being used, making some ductless mini-split systems unfeasible. You should keep these and other requirements in mind when shopping for a new central air system.
In some communities, the responsibility for replacing central air systems may actually lie with the HOA instead of the homeowner. Even though you may own your own home, your HOA may actually own your HVAC equipment. These situations are quite common with condominiums and attached housing with decentralized HVAC systems.
Before replacing your central air system, it's important to determine who actually owns the central air equipment and who's financially responsible for any replacements that are needed. Doing so will help prevent any complications that could get in the way of a new HVAC installation.