Tips to Prepare for HVAC Installation

A reputable HVAC installation company should have an established process for ensuring the job goes smoothly with minimal disruption. There are things you can do as well. In this article, we will provide some tips to help installers work more efficiently. While there’ll be a lot of activity and noise on installation day, these recommendations can make it a more positive experience:

Clear Furniture and Obstructions

If there are couches, chairs, tables, and other furniture where HVAC technicians need to work, move these items to a safe location. Not only will the workers have a lot of supplies, including tools; many HVAC components are quite large. Remove artwork, antiques, and other decorations as well. Outside, remove debris and trim foliage around where the outdoor unit will be placed. Your efforts here can go a long way in preventing accidents and property damage.

Arrange to Keep Children and Pets Away

It’s best if small children and pets are away from the job site during HVAC installation. Heavy equipment and tools pose a danger to curious kids, while animals can potentially get hurt or disrupt technicians. Keep pets in a secure area or arrange to bring them somewhere else. Before installation, arrange for a child to stay with a family member if it isn’t a school day.

Schedule a Ductwork Inspection

Installing an HVAC system often requires replacing ductwork. But if your existing ductwork will be used, it should be inspected before new equipment is installed. This will avoid any surprises later because leaking, damaged, or deteriorated ducts will make it hard for the new system to distribute heated or cooled air. Ductwork replacement can add time and costs to the project. However, it will ensure you get the most out of the new system.

Clear Your Schedule

As a property owner or decision-maker, it’s important to be present. The installation team will want to do an initial walk-through and may have questions. You should ask about any details that haven’t already been covered and determine whether you’ll need to take time off work. Even after the system is installed, you’ll want to know if there are issues during testing; also, the team will brief you on system operation, warranty information, and future maintenance.

Prepare for the Outdoor Condenser

The outdoor condenser requires an open area that is somewhat shaded. Don’t heed any advice on putting it in a garage or other indoor space; the system will not cool your home effectively. Ideally, the unit should be in a location with three or four feet of clearance on each side. Clear a spot in the yard; or, if the unit is near a fence, make sure the fence has plenty of openings for air to flow.

Plan for Unexpected Issues

A variety of unforeseen circumstances can arise during HVAC installation. Being prepared to replace damaged ductwork, outdated electrical components, or rotten wall studs can help you make quick decisions that reduce potential delays. Some jobs may require removing asbestos and other materials. The installer won’t be able to fully assess the full scope of work until the job begins. Know that unexpected repairs/upgrades can increase the cost and length of the project beyond your written estimate.

Call a Reputable HVAC Installation Company

Black Hills Home Services has a team of experienced technicians who can install a reliable, efficient HVAC system in your Olympia home. Our AC and heating services include air conditioner and heater installation and replacement. We can install ductless mini-split systems and heat pumps as well. For more information or to get started, schedule service online or call 888-704-6293 today.