Just Say No to Cheap HVAC Installs: These Common Mistakes Will Cost You In The Long Run

HVAC Installation Errors Have Frequent, Expensive Consequences

HVAC installation, service and maintenance
A “jack of all trades” isn’t the best person to install your HVAC system.

Everybody wants to save money, especially when it’s time to replace an HVAC system. With a myriad number of choices, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by prices and options available. Many customers understandably try to cut costs by hiring an inexperienced HVAC installer, handyman, or general maintenance person to handle the task of putting this new equipment into a home or office environment.

Unfortunately, we see a lot of these folks in subsequent service calls. People just aren’t aware of how easy it is to install this equipment incorrectly, or worse, how expensive those simple mistakes will later turn out to be.  HVAC products have changed a great deal over the years in response to changing consumer needs and overall energy usage goals. While this newer equipment is far more cost effective to operate than the models of previous decades, it also requires a greater appreciation of the technology behind it, and a granular understanding of what these systems need to work properly.

Space Considerations and Overall Design Matter

This truism goes for both residential and commercial customers. Frequently a contractor unfamiliar with HVAC models beyond early 2000s might suggest you purchase a bigger air conditioner or furnace than your home requires. Why not, right? Surely bigger has to be better. But the irony is that in 2019, nothing could be further from the truth.  An air conditioner too large for your home will not only result in poor indoor temperature control, but greater energy usage, and more humidity, since the equipment can’t cool properly.  You’ll essentially pay more for less. An oversized furnace is just as bad, blasting too much warm air or not enough for the indoor space, running up energy bills while also overtaxing the equipment, causing premature system failures and frequent breakdowns.

Ductwork, drain systems and exhaust flues also need to be properly designed for the space and the systems they will serve. System output capacity and size must be considered. An “ordinary” contractor, handyman or maintenance person may not be aware of the nuanced challenges presented by newer equipment. In turn, you’re left with supporting ducts that don’t work correctly or actually undermine the system you just purchased. Worse, you could experience dangerous carbon monoxide buildup from a poorly placed exhaust pipe, resulting in anything from more frequent headaches to an actual explosion.

Questions to Ask When Choosing an HVAC System and Installer

Before purchasing the HVAC system you’ll hopefully keep for 10 years or more, ask some questions. Are you talking to NATE certified heating and air conditioning experts? There are governing bodies for this industry that uphold rigorous standards for membership and certification. Next, are the folks you’re considering buying from or having install this equipment receiving ongoing training in the field? HVAC products, research and technology are constantly changing, and a qualified technician will be kept up to speed on important developments.

The bottom line? Caveat emptor. A too-good-to-be-true price when it comes to HVAC is often a formula for extra maintenance, costly repairs and outright replacement sooner than necessary. Stick with straightforward, well-qualified service people. You’ll enjoy more indoor comfort and peace of mind for years to come.

Need HVAC service or maintenance for your home or office? Call the pros the San Gabriel Valley trusts for all their heating and air conditioning needs. Get in touch with Air-Tro, today. (626) 357-3535.