1: How do I know if my current system is rated below 13 SEER?
A: Most units denote the SEER rating somewhere on the external unit, either on the top or sides. If you canít find the rating on your system, an HVAC professional may be able to help determine the rating.
2: Is there anything I can do to make my current HVAC system last longer?
A: Regular maintenance helps all home systems last longer. HVAC systems require new filters that need to be replaced on a regular basis; keeping old filters in place puts undue stress on the unit. See your owners manual or contact a HVAC professional with your questions.
3: Why did the Department of Energy change the current standards?
A: The U.S. charges the DOE with managing the countryís use of gas, electricity, natural gas, and other forms of energy. The department is committed to continually reducing Americaís dependence on foreign oil and developing energy efficient technologies.
4: How long with these mandates stand? What if the Department of Energy passes more efficient standards?
A: It may be helpful to note that the 10 SEER, effective through January 22, 2006, debuted in 1987. Congress mandated 10 SEER in 1992. Therefore, we do not expect additional changes for some time.
5: What is a TX Valve?
A: A metering device or thermal expansion valve (TXV) helps to regulate the flow of refrigerant from the condensing unit to the evaporative coil. The metering device can solve some compatibility problems and may also be a sensible (and less expensive) repair for A/C systems.
6: What is JACS doing to help me through the process?
A: JACS will be your trusted resource for 13 SEER questions by providing specialized training to a select group of phone representatives available to assist you.
7: I still donít understand what 13 SEER is. What do I do?
You can also obtain more information online through the Department of Energy at www.energy.gov.
8: How do I get more information regarding the efficiency mandates with the Department of Energy?
You may contact the DOE directly: By U.S. Mail: U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585
Contact us if there are further questions. (865) 925-2523