You’ve done your research and read several articles. You’ve weighed your options with BTUs, tonnage and SEER ratings. You’ve considered the pros and cons of replace versus repair, and you’ve decided to purchase a new air conditioning system for your home. What happens next? When it comes time to install a new HVAC system, how disruptive will it be? Many homeowners have questions about what to expect. Here is a brief overview of an HVAC system installation. (Disclaimer: Every installation is unique. Without knowing the details of your particular situation, it’s impossible to provide specific predictions. Please take the information in this blog post as general guidelines for the installation process).
Your HVAC System – Multiple Components and Complex
Because your HVAC system goes largely unnoticed until something goes wrong, many homeowners are surprised to learn how complex it is. Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is made up of many component parts located both inside and outside your home and, along with the system of ducts and vents, stretches throughout the entire house. The major components of your system are the compressor, condenser coil, evaporator, air handler, ducts, vents, and of course, the thermostat. There are electrical motors, fans and moving parts and extensive electrical wiring involved. In choosing a new air conditioner for your home, a key decision will be whether you need to replace all, some or none of the ducts. Our experts will do an inspection of your duct system and provide you with an assessment as to what’s best for your home.
How Long Will It Take?
Depending on the type of system you’ve chosen, the size of your home, location of the outdoor components (ground level or rooftop) and the extent to which you will be replacing your duct system, an installation can be accomplished in as little as one full day or may stretch into multiple days. Because there are so many variables involved, a simple blog post can only establish a range. Typically, installations last from eight to sixteen hours and longer if extensive duct work is required. A consultation with one of our service technicians will establish the timeline for your specific installation.
How to Prepare for an HVAC Installation at Your Home
Obviously, the shorter the installation time, the sooner you’ll be receiving the benefits of your cool new AC. Our goal is to get your new system up and running as soon as possible. With that in mind, here are some steps you can take to make installation go smoothly:
- Clear the Areas Surrounding Your Existing Equipment – Service technicians will need easy access to all the areas where your current components are located. It’s important to have a clear path to the outdoor condenser and if it’s covered with leaves or branches, it would be a good idea to have that area cleaned. Try to make sure patio furniture and other obstructions are removed.
- Equipment Delivery – Space for Trucks on the Driveway – Components will be delivered, and the crew will need space for trucks on your driveway. If your unit is being installed on the roof, then a lift or HVAC boom crane will need clearance in front of or on the side of the house. When installation day arrives, it’s a good idea to have the driveway cleared of any moveable items (flower pots, garden elements). Bikes, boats, jet skis, RVs and kids’ toys should also be removed from the general area.
- Duct Repair and Replacement – Extensive repair or replacement of ducts will require service technicians to be working in the attic and throughout other areas of your house. It is important to have the attic cleared of boxes and storage containers wherever the ducts are going to be replaced. Dirt and dust will be raised as a result of working on ducts. Every precaution will be made to minimize dust and prevent dirt from circulating. Furniture may have to be moved or covered in the process.
- Kids and Pets – For the safety of all involved, we ask that kids and pets be kept indoors and away from the installers for the duration of the installation. We love kids and pets, but there are a lot of heavy items being moved and electrical work being done.
Installation Details and Timeline
So much of the installation process depends on the specific nature of your order, the equipment you have purchased and access to the locations where the components will be installed. Our experienced and knowledgeable service pros will review all details with you well before installation day. Give us a call today. We’re happy to review the process with you.