What to Do Before Your Next HVAC Installation
HVAC installation, Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment is not plug-and-play. There is more work involved in their installation than
Check Your Ducts Consider having your air ducts checked before you install a new air conditioner. You may find that the reason your home is not as cool as expected is that all that cool air is leaking out before it reaches your air vents. If the ducts are intact but filthy, have them cleaned. This will remove dirt, dust,
Clear Space around the Condenser.
Condensers are where your HVAC system draws in outside air. This is the time to clear the area. We are not just talking about removing dirt, leaves and dead insects. Remove the fence posts piled up in the corner. Trim back the bushes in the area. Everything you can do to open up
Double Check the Thermostats.
Before your new HVAC system installation, research the compatibility between the new HVAC system and your thermostat. It is easier to install a new thermostat to go along with the HVAC system than spend hours trying to figure out the error messages caused by their incompatibility. If you are aware of potential problems, the HVAC tech may be able to install the necessary software or sensors to make things work. Conversely, this may be a great time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you did not already have one.
Educate Yourself about Maintenance
If you are driving a used car, you may not take good care of it because it will eventually be replaced. When we buy a new vehicle, we tend to learn about its proper care from changing the oil to caring for the exterior paint job. We do this so that we can maximize its operating life and its performance. The same should be true for your new HVAC
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Prepare for the Installation
It is wise to prepare for the installation just as you would other home contractors. For example, determine how they’re going to access the installation site. You may want to lay down boards so that they can transport HVAC equipment to and from the site without ripping up your yard. Check the size of the units involved relative to your access gate. You may need to remove the gate from the hinges so they can get everything in and out. Taking care of this in advance of the arrival of the technicians will prevent literal shortcuts. This information also allows you to take steps to solve the problems before they arise. Perhaps you need to switch to a unit with a narrower body. Alternatively, they need to bring a trolley that can carry the AC on its side. Clean up the yard and remove trip hazards so that the work crew has room to maneuver. Arrange for your pets so that there is no risk of your dog attacking the HVAC installer. Plan your own schedule, if possible, as well. An HVAC installation will take eight to twelve hours. You want to be available to answer questions and give input on problems. Verify the work order and invoice before the equipment is installed. Otherwise, you’re committed to the final bill for the new HVAC equipment.