An HVAC system is crucial for any home or office. When an HVAC system fails, it can be easily detectable. If it’s unusually hot indoors, especially in the summer, it’s often difficult to get any work done. While the process can seem a little daunting if you don’t know anything about HVAC systems, replacing one is not hard. Here’s what to expect when replacing your HVAC system.
When Is It Time to Replace an HVAC System?
My HVAC system needed to be replaced because my energy bills were mysteriously creeping up. All of a sudden, what should have been a regular bill suddenly looked far higher than it should have. In addition to the extra expense, I needed to run my air conditioner all the time just for it to (somewhat) work. There are other signs though.
If your HVAC system is older than ten years, there is a good chance it might need to be replaced. Many people get used to hearing the common sounds of a settling house, but if your background noise consists of a loud humming or banging noise, this could be an indication that the air conditioning unit is no longer working properly.
Replacing Your HVAC
Before replacing your HVAC, it’s wise to first get an estimate on the installation cost. This number can greatly vary. Not only do different companies charge different fees, but air conditioning units are all unique. Depending on whether this is a commercial HVAC or a residential, you may need to decide what kind of replacement you’ll need.
Different HVAC systems are available depending on your needs. If you buy an HVAC system that is either too big or too small, it may not work correctly for your space. Gauging the right size is important when finding the perfect replacement.
Since air conditioners can be a costly expense depending on what you need, I hired a professional manual calculation. The Manual J Calculation measures square footage, climate, number of windows, natural light, and ductwork. In my case, someone came straight to the house to handle this for me so that I could get an accurate estimate before replacement.
How Long Does It Take?
The original HVAC system must first be removed before a new replacement. This can involve a technician crawling through the attic or basement to cut power. Before this happens, there are some steps you can do to speed up time.
Clearing the area where the AC is located can help a technician remove the old one faster. I made extra space in the backyard for the installation team.
Depending on if you need duct repair or not, technicians can take longer. After that, the installation process depends on the type of HVAC system you decide to use. Typical replacement can take between 4 and 8 hours. This timeframe is what to expect when replacing your HVAC in most cases.
Is Replacing an Entire HVAC System Worth It?
Absolutely. Without proper air conditioning, it can be difficult to concentrate, let alone function. It may seem like an HVAC system is running fine if it’s running at all, but this really isn’t the case. Just because air conditioning is still pumping indoors doesn’t mean the system isn’t working twice or three times as hard.
A faulty air conditioning unit can cost a fortune in bills. By replacing the HVAC system, you can save hundreds of dollars per month since it doesn’t require nearly as much energy to keep a space cool. Replacement is not a difficult process. If you have a hard time deciding which HVAC system would work best for you, I highly recommend getting a professional estimate. This can make the process easier so that you can feel comfortable throughout the year.
Contact Hammock’s AC
If you have any questions involving why you should replace your HVAC system, call Hammock’s AC to speak with one of our seasoned technicians. We can inform, inspect, or repair any cooling or heating system in most cases quickly. These are just a few examples of frequently asked questions about replacing HVAC. To find out more, please contact us to see learn more about what to expect when replacing your HVAC.