Replacing the AC system may not be the most exciting home remodeling project, but it’s necessary if your system is more than 15 years old and if repairs are getting expensive.
Here’s what you should expect during AC replacement.
1. Budgeting and choosing the right size system
Decide if you’re going to pay for the entire HVAC system, or if you’ll need financing. Ask your HVAC technician for brand and model recommendations and consider choosing an energy-efficient model. Even if your heater is working fine, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire system, since you won’t need to pay for additional labor in the future.
An HVAC technician will also help you calculate the right sized system for your home. Bigger isn’t better, and smaller isn’t less expensive. The right size for your home is tied to square footage.
2. Hiring an HVAC contractor
Before signing a contract with an HVAC company, check their license and insurance. You should also carefully review your quote to make sure it has all of the following information listed:
- Job start date and completion
- Process details
- Name of new HVAC system
- Material costs
- Clean up costs
- Cost to remove the old HVAC unit
- Warranty details
3. Preparing for HVAC replacement
Before your HVAC contractor arrives, remove all valuables and items away from the unit for easy access. If you have pets, move them away from the work area and ensure they don’t get under the technicians’ feet during the job.
Most HVAC system replacements can be done within one day, but homes that need advanced additions may require extra days. Upon arrival, the team will lay drop cloths and/or protective paper to protect flooring and cover heavy furniture and other household items that can’t be moved with plastic.
4. Replacing the old HVAC system
The HVAC contractor will then cut power to the HVAC unit, remove any refrigerant form the current AC system, and begin disassembling and removing the old equipment. In some cases, the project may require duct repair and or modification. While this is being done, the lead installer will begin assembling the new system. The team will then install the new HVAC system according to manufacturer instructions.
5. Testing the new HVAC system
Once the system has been installed, it will be tested to make sure all components are working properly. The HVAC contractor will explain how to operate the new system and answer any questions the client may have.
If you’re considering AC replacement, call Roger The Plumber for recommendations and installation.