my ac company wants to change my airhandler heat element from 10kw to 8kw what will be the effect?

4 Answers

  • 2 years ago

    Why is he wanting to do this? Why did you call for assistance? Was the breaker tripping? There's a reason for this and he needs to explain why. It sounds like it was installed improperly (small wiring and breaker) and this is the cheapest and easiest method of remedying the problem.

  • 2 years ago

    It will draw less current while running, which will cause it to heat slower. Lower heat could make some components last longer, longer run time could wear the motor out sooner.

    It will require smaller minimum wire size and smaller breaker, he may want to install a smaller unit to bring it into code compliance.

  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    It will produce less heat which means the unit will run longer for the same ambient temperature. Now, there is a proper length of time that the unit should run based upon your comfort and space being heated. A unit too large would cycle on and off too often and a smaller unit would run longer and more consistent. That has to be fitted to your individual situation. Like size, insulation, outside temperatures, maximums, minimums and averages. It works down to an expert opinion which is experienced based. You need to be sure that is the reason for the change. Ask, the AC company why he wants to make the change and listen to the reason. Likewise, you should have some experience with the 10kw and an opinion of it was OK or too much. Now, there is a trend amongst governments who buy into the global warming thing to reduce electrical consumption by putting in smaller heating elements. That may be what is going on.

  • 2 years ago

    it'll reduce current draw at the expense of making it take longer to heat the house in winter.

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