Sometimes, the last thing you want to think about is replacing your whole HVAC system but, for one reason or another, you may end up having to. Maybe you are trying to update to a newer and more efficient system. Or maybe a malfunction has forced your hand, and the last thing you want in Michigan’s ever-unpredictable climate is to be without heat or A/C. Whatever the case is, we’ll walk you through what to expect during HVAC replacement!
Estimation and Calculation
Before any kind of replacement, it’s necessary to assess your costs. Collecting quotes will give you an idea of the cost, but the HVAC professionals will do more calculating on their end. They will be measuring square footage, performing load tests, and assessing the structures ability to contain conditioned air. Your HVAC professional will be able to recommend the right system for you, helping you avoid something that could end up being inefficient and costly to run. They may even make additional recommendations such as resealing or replacing windows and doors or updating insulation in an effort to make your building more efficient. Especially in the varied climate here in southeast Michigan, cold and warm weather efficiency is a must!
You’ll also want to make sure the contractor you work with is licensed and insured! The last thing you want is an unqualified candidate making recommendations for your home.
Replacing the System
Even though one component, like a compressor, may need to be replaced, it’s recommended to update both systems. Another recommendation is to have the ductwork inspected at the very least. This ensures your HVAC system is operating at maximum efficiency. It may mean more cost up front, but will help you save in the long run with everything running optimally.
There is some prep work involved. Your professional HVAC contractor will ensure proper protection for your property. But it doesn’t hurt to cover heavy furniture, for example. It also helps to make sure access ways to your system components are clear, as the crew will be moving large and heavy components and tools, and disassembling old equipment. Keep in mind, your contractor will need to access basements, attics and crawl spaces to access components and ductwork.
How Long Will it Take?
The length of time in a project will depend on how involved it is. Ductwork replacement could prolong a project more than simply replacing a component. Certain things like replacing electrical components or circuit breakers could require other contractors. There are other unforeseen circumstances, such as structural repair, that could take time, so try to plan accordingly and liberally.
There will also be a testing period once the system is installed. This is to ensure the optimum efficiency of the system, and also make certain all components are in working order. The contractor should also touch on proper operation and warranty information, as well as answer any final questions.
This should give you a pretty good picture of what to expect during HVAC replacement. Have more questions, or ready to get started? We’re here to help!