When it’s time to replace your HVAC system, you’re likely facing a new experience and have no idea what to expect. With proper maintenance, an HVAC system lasts 15 to 25 years, so, understandably, you haven’t needed to have your HVAC system replaced before. When you’re replacing something as important as your HVAC system, you need to know that you’ll be in good hands, get a good deal, and that the contractor is qualified. This is why we’re providing some helpful steps to prepare for your HVAC system replacement.
Estimate Replacement Costs
When searching for HVAC companies, don’t choose the one listed first. Instead, call a handful of reputable HVAC companies in your local area for quotes. They’ll need to measure square footage, load calculations, and how well the unit contains air. Once finished with the assessment, the contractor will recommend a type of HVAC system and the size of unit your home needs and will work with your budget.
Choose Your Contractor
During the estimate period, not only do you need to find out how much it would cost for them to replace your HVAC system, but you also need to ensure other pertinent information. You need to check if each contractor has a current HVAC license and insurance; you need to know how long it will take to complete the job and when it will start.
You also need to know additional material costs, clean-up costs, and understand what is included in your warranty. You also need to have your HVAC estimate signed and dated by each contractor doing the estimate. Once you do your homework, it’s time to choose your contractor.
Prepare for the Replacement
Move any irreplaceable items to a safe location before the installation crew arrives to replace your HVAC system. You should also move your pets to a quiet area away from where the work takes place. While your pet might be okay with strangers poking around their home, they can get underfoot and cause delays or unintentionally injure themselves or others.
The HVAC crew will use plastic to cover any heavy furniture or items that you or they can’t move as there will be dust. They will also use drop cloths or protective paper to cover the floor. You should expect your HVAC to be completed within the day, but it will take more time if you have a more complex project.
Once the installers complete the replacement, they will perform tests, add refrigerant, and activate the system to retest it to ensure everything works. Once they complete their testing, they will instruct you on operating your new system, your warranty information, and answer any questions.
If you believe it’s time for a new HVAC system, it is now the time to act. Contact AirCo Heating and Air Conditioning Services today to learn more about our heating and cooling services.