If you’ve come upon this blog post, it’s likely that you’re starting to look into an air conditioner replacement—or perhaps as we progress into spring you’ve realized that your heater is ready to call it quits and it’s time for an upgrade. No matter the situation, we really can’t stress enough how important it is that you not rush this purchase, and also, leave the installation job to the pros.
There are a number of reasons we advise this. For starters, there’s a lot of work that goes into each and every HVAC installation job we do, and this task contributes to your comfort and the efficiency of the system, not to mention the safety of your home and family. This is especially true if we’re talking about gas-powered heaters!
Read on as we uncover the steps that our technicians go through during an HVAC installation, so you can better understand why it’s so important to trust a pro.
Step #1: Take Out the Old System
This probably sounds like a simple enough step. But you can actually be unpleasantly surprised to learn that this is the most laborious part of the job, if you attempted it on your own. In most cases, it’s also the lengthiest part of the job. It’s about much more than simply pulling out the old system. If this is a heater we’re talking about, and it’s already connected to a gas line, then our techs have to make sure that nothing is damaged or knocked out of place during the removal process.
We’ll also need to check that the new HVAC system is properly sized for the space that it’s being installed in. We don’t just mean that it should be able to slide into place—we mean that it must not be underpowered or overpowered. This means we need to take a careful calculation otherwise you’ll be stuck with a highly inefficient HVAC system.
Step #2: Making Connections
Once the new HVAC system has been installed, and typically this means bolting it to the floor as well, our techs will connect the unit to the components needed for its operation. This includes your ductwork of course—in other words, your ventilation system. Your air ducts must be hooked up to the HVAC system correctly to avoid damaging them. Ductwork often has to be adjusted and shifted during this process, which is where mistakes can happen.
Next, our professionals hook up your HVAC system to its power source. If it’s a new gas-powered heater we’re putting in, we have your safety to consider. Any connections to a gas line requires an experienced and licensed professional to complete.
Lastly is the electrical wiring. Even a gas-powered heating system has electrical components. And with the potential for a fire hazard if this step isn’t done right, it’s easy to see why you should only trust a trained and experienced HVAC technician.
Step #3: Testing the System
What kind of HVAC professionals would we be if we didn’t test your new system to make sure it worked as it should? If we left your home after making the last connection without turning the system on and measuring the output, we could be leaving you with and inefficient system—in other words, the job wouldn’t be completed!
An amateur can’t promise you complete work done well, but we can.