If you need to have your HVAC system replaced, you may be curious as to what you should expect during this process. Replacing your unit should not take long and will help you to save money and keep your home’s temperature where you want it. There are several things that you will need to know before the process begins.
When to Replace Your HVAC Unit
If you have a unit that is over the age of ten, you should consider a replacement. Units that are older than ten have a lower seer rating. The lower the seer rating, the higher the energy costs. By getting a new machine, you can help keep your utility costs down.
Due to older machines’ inefficiency, you may have rooms in your house that are too warm or too cold. This is because the aging machine is not efficiently moving air around your home. The unit may also not be sized correctly for your home. Getting a new unit will help to ensure that every room in your home is the temperature that you want and that your unit is sized correctly.
In addition to utility costs, new HVAC units are less prone to needing repairs. Older machines may have issues with the fan motor, heat strips, and more. If your old machine breaks down all the time, consider getting it replaced.
Another reason to consider replacing your HVAC system is if it has R-22 refrigerant in it. R-22 was deemed not to be safe for the environment and has been phased out. If your machine still runs on this, it can be expensive to get. The new 410-A refrigerant has been deemed safe for the environment. If you want to be more environmentally conscious. You may want to switch to a new unit with a safer refrigerant.
Getting an Estimate
When you decide that it is time to replace your heating and air system, you will need to get an estimate. An HVAC technician will come to your home to evaluate your system. They will inspect the ductwork and determine what size unit you will need. They will then present you with an estimate for a new system. You will want to make sure that you take your time in considering the estimate and make sure that it is something that you can work within your budget.
The Replacement Process
Once you have chosen the company you are going to have to put in your new system, they will make an appointment to come out and set up your system. New system installation should take just one day to complete.
However, in complex cases, or in cases where the ductwork may need to be replaced, it may take more than a day. You can speak with the technicians to see when your system will be finished and ready to use.
There are several steps that will be done during the installation process.
- Protecting your home. Before work begins, the HVAC company will come in and place drop cloths or plastic sheeting on your floors. This will help to minimize any dust or dirt tracking on your floor. To help, make sure that you have no obstacles in the way and put up your pets.
- Removal of your old unit. Your old unit will be torn out and disposed of properly. If you are getting new ductwork, the ductwork will be removed at this time. Your thermostat will also be removed to make way for the new one.
- Inspecting your ductwork. If you have chosen not to have your ductwork replaced at this time, the technicians will go over it to make sure there are no leaks or tears. If you put in a new unit, but have issues with your ductwork, this could lead to higher energy bills and a machine that does not run well.
- Installation of your new unit. After the old unit is removed, the technicians will install your new heating and air conditioning unit. They will install a new air handler and heat pump in their original location unless you have decided to go with a package unit. A package unit will be set entirely outside of your home.
- Inspections and tests. After the HVAC installation has been completed, your HVAC technician will check the pressure and do a vacuum test. These tests will ensure that the heating and cooling system is working as it should.
- Installing refrigerant. Once the tests and inspections have been done, the refrigerant will be added to the system. It will then be activated. The refrigerant used in new machines is 410-A. This refrigerant is more environmentally safe than the R-22 variant that was used before.
- Repeat inspection. After the refrigerant is added, they will reinspect the unit to ensure that there are no leaks, and everything is in good working order.
After the installation is completed and inspected, the HVAC technicians will then go over the operation of the system with you. They will show you how to work the thermostat and how to troubleshoot if any problems occur. They will also provide you with warranty information. You will be given instructions to call them if any issues occur with your new machine.
Getting a new HVAC system installed can help to save you money on your utility bills, be more environmentally friendly, and have a longer-lasting system. If your unit is aging or you have dealt with a lot of repairs, consider upgrading your system today.