Are you in the market for a new HVAC system? If so, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the installation process. You also want to vet out different contractors to make sure the team you’re choosing is doing their due diligence with your project! This HVAC installation checklist will tell you what to expect during your new install and how to make sure you’re hiring the right team. From scheduling an appointment to understanding your warranty, we’ll cover everything you need to know!

HVAC Installation Checklist: Before Install

To make sure you’re getting the right HVAC for your house, these are the steps your HVAC contractor should be taking you through:

Did the contractor review the load calculation for your home with you? 

This is an important step in the HVAC installation process. The load calculation takes into account things like the size of your home, the number of windows and doors, and the amount of insulation. This information is used to determine the right size HVAC system for your home.

Did the contractor go through the manufacturers’ performance data with you?

A unit that is too big will have a greater upfront cost, raise your utility expenses, remove less humidity, and fail faster.

Did the contractor review the condition of your duct system?

Leaky ducts can lead to health issues and wasted energy. Furthermore, if the ducts are too small, the HVAC system will require more energy and/or provide less comfort.

Did the contractor explain the warranty to you? 

It’s important that you understand the terms of your HVAC warranty before the installation begins. Common HVAC warranty options are parts and labor, compressor, full system, and No-Doubt service.

HVAC Installation Checklist: During Install

Is the contractor going to measure and document the airflow?

The unit will waste energy if the furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump does not have enough airflow.

Will the contractor run tests on the new furnace or boiler’s firing rate?

The firing rate must be measured and, if necessary, modified to ensure proper function.

Is the thermostat going to be tested?

The contractor must make sure that the device works properly in all modes and that the thermostat is suitable with the new equipment.

Is the contractor going to test the ventilation system for the new heater or boiler?

The contractor must ensure that all combustion gases are vented outside of your home.

Find a contractor that takes most or all of these steps, and you’ll know you’re getting someone you can trust! Now that you’ve found your contractor, it’s time to get started.

What to Expect During Your New HVAC Install

Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, the installation process will begin. The team will install your new HVAC system and walk you through how it works. They will remove your old HVAC system and install the new HVAC system. They will then connect the new system to your existing ductwork and calibrate and test the equipment.

Once they’re finished, they’ll walk you through how to use your new HVAC system! This whole process will take a few hours so make sure to have a good amount of time available.

Common Questions

What does load calculation mean in HVAC?

The load calculation takes into account things like the size of your home, the number of windows and doors, and the amount of insulation. This information is used to determine the right size HVAC system for your home.

What does ton of air conditioning mean?

One ton of air conditioning is the equivalent of 12,000 BTUs per hour.

Why does my HVAC have a venting system?

The HVAC venting system is responsible for removing combustion gases from your home. If these gases are not removed, they can cause health issues and wasted energy.

What does refrigerant charge mean?

Refrigerant charge is the amount of refrigerant in a system. Too much or too little refrigerant can cause problems with the HVAC system.

Now that you’ve gone through the HVAC Installation Checklist, it’s time to start vetting contractors and get your installation on the schedule! And remember the team at Dependable Heating and Air is always here to help with any service or questions you may have!