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Pre-service and Proper Installation

If you're in the market for a new air conditioner, furnace, heat pump or other heating and cooling equipment, you're probably already prepared to spend a decent amount of money. HVAC equipment is a major investment, so it's crucial to ensure that it's properly installed. Incredibly, many people spend thousands of dollars on top-notch equipment but aren't able to make the most of it due to mistakes during installation. With that in mind, it's important to have the right HVAC contractor install this equipment for you. By being familiar with the most important pre-service and installation steps, you're far more likely to get precisely what you need.

What to Expect before Installation

Regardless of what you're having installed, there are certain steps that should be taken prior to installation. Expert HVAC technicians will make sure to complete all of these steps before installing your new equipment. In many ways, the pre-installation steps are the most crucial. Without them, you could end up with the wrong heating and cooling system, which could negatively affect your ability to stay comfortable at home. Furthermore, your equipment's ability to function efficiently may be compromised.

At the very least, you should expect the HVAC contractor to take the following steps prior to installation:

  • Load Calculation - The importance of a proper load calculation cannot be overemphasized. Without completing this step, there is no reliable way to end up with heating and cooling equipment that can meet your home comfort needs. There's more to performing a load calculation than simply plugging the square footage of a home into a computer program. Your HVAC technician should also consider factors like the layout and design of your home, the amount and type of insulation that's being used, the number of people who live in the home and the types of appliances that are used on a typical day. Proper load calculations allow contractors to select equipment that is effective and efficient.
  • Efficiency and Performance - Don't just take a contractor's word for it that the equipment you're buying will get the job done. Ideally, the contractor should voluntarily provide proof and show you how he arrived at his conclusions. For instance, your equipment should have AHRI certifications confirming its efficiency ratings. Performance data should also be available. There should be no doubt in your mind that your new system will be able to keep you comfortable throughout the year.
  • Ducts and Vents - How can you be sure that your new system will deliver heated and cooled air where it needs to go? The HVAC contractor should inspect your home's ducts to make sure of this. The same thing goes for ventilation. Furnaces produce combustion gases that need to be vented away from the home, so your vents should be assessed as well.

What to Expect During Installation

The installation of your new heating and cooling equipment should go off without a hitch. In addition to installing the equipment, the technicians should measure the airflow to ensure that it's going where it needs to go. Is it blowing out of registers throughout the home? In the case of air conditioners, refrigerant charges should be checked at least a few times to ensure optimal and efficient operation. During installation, the tech should periodically check the functioning of the thermostat as well.

What to Expect after Installation

The technician shouldn't march right out the door as soon as your new equipment is installed. A few things you should expect following installation include:

  • Measurement Records - When your equipment is serviced and repaired in the future, whoever works on it will have a much easier time when there's a record of the measurements that were taken at the time of installation. Make sure you're given a copy of this record, and keep it in a safe place. It will make future work go a lot more smoothly.
  • Manuals and Warranty Paperwork - While you're unlikely to sit down and pore over your owner's manual, you're going to need a copy nonetheless. The same is true about warranty documentation. There may be warranties from the contractor as well, so make sure to get paperwork for them also.
  • Installation Checklist - Before leaving, the tech should give you an installation checklist. You should also receive information about when maintenance will be due in the future.

Achieve Optimal Comfort

The primary goal of buying new heating and cooling equipment is to improve comfort in the home. Your new system should also reduce your energy bills by performing more efficiently. You'll get the most out of your system with superior installation, so keep the preceding tips in mind for best results.