Hi all. I have a few questions. 1-4
but, wanted to give the facts first.
We are ina 900 sqft Condo in the North Eastern US. It is on the first floor and there is a crawl space below and another unit above. It is near the water (salt) as the canal 50 from the back deck. I plan on upgrading the old HVAC unit since it is the original and 30 years old before 2010.
The Unit is a dual functioning unit Gas heat and AC in one.
"Climatrol" by Mueller Climatrol Corp
It is located in a shed butted up against our Condo.
The size of the return vent is 18x24.
1. Is this a standard size or not common anymore??
My wife had to special order filters for this size (slightly smaller) as she was told it was not a comumon or standard any more. I was not involved and she just paid the $ and ordered them.
The wall that the return vent is on is being repaired due to tenrmite damage but not at my expense. The wall was reframed but before they continue with tape, spackle. I figured I would resize the opening and purchase a new vent cover. I also figured that I would want to do with consideration of accodating a new unit even though I have not idea what that will be.
2. What a standard size would be that is appropriate for a new dual unit that would cover 900sqft?
3. What are some Model units that would be correct for this home stetting and qualify for the 30% gov energy rebate that expires in 2010.
I also wanted to point out that the HVAC is on a 30 amp two phase breaker. I was considering making some upgrades to the electic since the bathroom trips when the hairdryer is on.
Also, the HVAC unit won't start (it has a hard starter in it) and sometimes we have to trip the breaker to start it. The wiring in the condo is aluminum.
4. Is there anything to consider in relation to a new HVAC and what I might need the electrican to do while he is here?