What You Need to Know Before You Replace Your HVAC Zone Panel
Many larger homes with a single heating and cooling system are equipped with what’s called a zone control system, which functions as you would expect: it allows you to regulate the temperature in different areas of your home. This part is what lets you blast the heat in the living room and let the basement cool off at the same time, saving energy and money. The zone panel or control board is the brain of the operation, communicating with all of the other parts in your zone control system to keep it running smoothly.
When the zone control board fails, the panel will usually display an error code via LED lights. If this is the case, your heating or cooling system will not be able to function or control the temperature properly, and that means it’s time for action.
Signs it’s Time for a New Zone Panel
When something goes wrong with your zone control system or the panel itself, it may show an error code indicating the issue. Your HVAC system will likely also experience things like:
Inability to operate one or more zones
Equipment isn’t operating at all
24 volt transformer or fuse failures
How Does a Zone Panel Replacement or Installation Work?
Get an assessment of your HVAC system
An HVAC specialist will take a close look at your heating or cooling system and find the source of your issue. If the issue is with your zoning system control board, your technician will discuss the process of replacing it.
Review the estimate with the specialist
You’ll be quoted based on the type of heating or cooling system you have, your zoning system, and the type of zone panel it requires. You have options, so don’t be afraid to ask questions!
An HVAC technician will come to your house
An HVAC technician will come to your house to replace your system’s zone panel with a new one. This typically takes 2–4 hours, depending on the service provider and their schedule.
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