When your HVAC system quits on you, it can be overwhelming. You’ll want to find a replacement pronto, but you might not know where to even begin. Here’s a quick guide to help you know what to do and what not to do when it comes to your HVAC replacement.
Do Know the Right Size You Need
The first thing you need to decide for your HVAC replacement: the size. When it comes to your HVAC system, size does matter.
Installing a larger unit may seem like a great way to ensure your home stays cool in the Arizona heat, but it doesn’t quite work like that. In reality, an HVAC system that’s too big or small for the square footage of your home will be less efficient in keeping it comfortable. For example, a system that’s too small will become overworked trying to supply your home with the cooling or heating it needs. A system too large will use extra power, costing you more money.
Most HVAC systems are based on the square footage of your home, so if you want to figure out which system will be the best fit, go off that measurement.
Do Set a Budget
Before you get too excited and begin searching for a replacement, it’s essential to set a budget for yourself. The cost increases with the size of the unit. It will also vary depending on which specific components you need to replace. A budget will help narrow down your choices and help you decide between realistic options. It will also allow you to determine the best system for your money. When you know what you can spend, you can fully explore all the options available within that price range.
Do Test Out the New System
After you get your new HVAC unit installed, it can feel like a huge wave of relief. But before you send the technicians away and let the system do its job, you’ll want to do a test run.
It may sound obvious, but testing the new system is crucial. It may run exactly as it’s supposed to and you can then enjoy your system worry-free. But if the replacement isn’t in sync or running efficiently, you’ll know right away with the test. Then the technician can fix it immediately rather than you having to make another appointment for them to come back and make repairs.
Don’t Ignore the Warranty
You need to know what your warranty includes. Why? Because some warranties can be extremely helpful or not be helpful at all. Either way, you need to know what it entails for your protection.
Some warranties can save you money if you find a faulty part after installation. Others won’t refund a replacement or could even void the warranty entirely if you haven’t performed proper maintenance. Make sure you don’t forget about yours so you don’t end up paying a large sum of money for replacement parts or doing something that could ruin the warranty.
Don’t Avoid Regular Maintenance
You may think your HVAC replacement will be good to go for a long time because it’s new. But just because it’s new doesn’t mean you should go long lengths of time without caring for it.
Annual maintenance, including inspections, safety checks, and tune-ups will keep your system running at peak performance for as long as it’s meant to. Not only will taking care of your system extend its life, but it can save you money from future repairs by catching them early. So make sure you schedule regular maintenance with a technician every year.
Don’t Install the Replacement on Your Own
It may be tempting to install your HVAC replacement yourself. If you do it yourself, you won’t have to pay the labor costs that come with professional installation. But there’s a reason professionals perform this and other HVAC services. HVAC equipment is complicated and requires the right tools and more importantly, the right expertise.
So unless you have HVAC system knowledge and tools, leave it to the technicians. They’ll ensure the job is done right the first time and that every mechanical and electrical component is secure.
Let Comfort World Air Conditioning & Heating Lend a Hand
With these do’s and don’ts in mind, you’ll be ready to replace your HVAC system. If you need a hand, reach out to Comfort World Air Conditioning & Heating! We can assist you with your HVAC replacement, repair, and maintenance needs. We’ve been bringing comfort to the valley for over 30 years, so you can count on us to get the job done right. Our highly trained technicians in Scottsdale, Arizona, want to bring a little more comfort to your world!