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  • Avoid HVAC Installation Mistakes Commonly Made

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    Your HVAC unit has many complicated elements that only an HVAC specialist can understand and determine. Many mistakes with HVAC installation are mostly made by the unprofessional. However, there are mistakes that can be made by some professionals. There are some common errors that can be avoided if attention is keen during the installation process. Let’s explore.

    Furnace Size

    It is important to choose the right furnace size. Bigger does not necessarily mean better when trying to select a furnace for installation. Many HVAC contractors will often recommend that you select a furnace that matches the size of the one you had before. In doing so, you will get an accurate amount of airflow. For the correct installation of your HVAC unit, there are calculations required to make the right choice furnace. A professional HVAC contractor can do the calculations for you, especially in the case that you are moving into a newly constructed home.

    Combustion Appliance Safety

    Modern appliances tend to have a distinctive backdraft that can sometimes be confusing to some contractors. It is important, then, for the contactor to put safety first and check for combustion related to your appliance unit before doing an installation. Some of the essential steps may include:

    • Assessing whether there are any cracks found in the pipe
    • Test for flue gases
    • Depressurization

    Leaks from carbon monoxide can result in dangerous poisoning and harm to your household.

    Duct Lines

    The wrong size duct can cause leakage in your HVAC unit, if not properly chosen. It can also result in improper flow of air or low flow of air, which will subsequently cause the overheating of your furnace.

    The Ventilation

    In any HVAC unit, ventilation is also an important commodity, but there are some HVAC contractors that concentrate only on keeping the home either cold or hot. It is important also to have the right ventilation in order to maintain balance and a clean air flow.

    Home Size

    Additionally, when you are choosing the appropriate HVAC units to install, it is essential to consider the size of the home. If the home is too large, meaning that it has multiple rooms and floors, you should think about installing various units or consider a zoned system for smooth temperature flow in all spaces. If you have a smaller home, a single HVAC system installation is convenient and recommended.

    Conclusion

    Many homeowners will have their HVAC system installed without considering that it needs proper maintenance in the future. For that reason, it is important to install the system at a good location for easy access for servicing and maintenance. For all these nuances, it is best to think about hiring a professional HVAC contractor to get the job done right the first time around.

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  • What is the best Central Air Conditioner brand?

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    If you are an HVAC contractor or specialist, you should have all the products in your inventory necessary to do a heating and cooling system installation. The only time the manufacturer should be involved is when they are creating and testing the product. Air conditioners and furnaces take thousands of dollars in tools to repair or replace. This means that the contractor has to invest in tools to get the job done right. Now, an experienced contractor who has done installations over and over again will know the ins and outs of the HVAC system and what brands are the best and which ones aren’t. Do you agree? It makes sense! It would be safe to say then that the contractor is the middle man when it comes to HVAC parts and products.

    The Recommendation

    What if your central air conditioner broke down or wasn’t performing? You would call on a HVAC contractor to advise you if replacement is necessary and if it is, which brand is best to purchase. That would be the wise thing to do since you don’t know yourself. The contractor is the expert since you may not be able to reach the manufacturer directly for the appropriate solution. In that case, the recommendation should come from the middle man who is the HVAC contractor. You could rely on reviews and testimonials from customers who have purchased the product, but they don’t have hands-on experience and knowledge of the makeup of the air conditioner unit and what it takes to operate it.

    The Most Popular

    While several brands of air conditioner units exist, most of them are manufactured by a handful of well known companies and not necessarily a wide range of companies. The most popular brands of air conditioner units are:

    • Carrier
    • Trane
    • Lennox
    • Goodman
    • Rheem
    • York
    • Maytag and Westinghouse

    The Stand Outs

    Most people would recommend the Maytag because of its years on the market and its selling points such as how quietly it runs and its efficiency. Its SEER ratings are up to a 25.5 level and its EER ratings are up to a level of 15 if you take the cooling capacity into consideration. Lennox, Trane and Carrier are all regarded fairly well by HVAC contractors and many consumers. It may have to do with the reputation of the company and its policies as it relates to qualified and quality installation. All three of these companies are very particular about their product installation, being selective as to which HVAC contractor does the installation. Lennox boasts an efficiency rating level of up to 26 SEER. Carrier does the same thing at a rating of 21 SEER. Trane is a hot competitor with also a 21 SEER rating.

    Conclusion

    So, it is safe to say that Carrier, Lennox and Trane are the better brands and have received national coverage to prove that they are products to contend with. However, when you get ready to change out your air conditioner unit, speak to a qualified HVAC contractor for the best recommendation and solution.

  • Should you repair or replace your AC system?

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    If you are having trouble with your heating and cooling system or just ac system, then you may have to consider whether you should repair or replace it. There are several things that go into making that decision. However, first, it will depend on your budget. If you are contemplating on the decision, this means that you may have to check with an HVAC specialist to discuss your best option. In the meantime, though, if your system is not running as efficient as it used to or you have absolutely no A/C or heating capabilities, it may be time to replace it. In the long run, though, repair could be the better choice instead of replacement.

    HVAC Contractor

    When you are ready to make your decision for ac system repair, contact a local HVAC contractor for answers. If the contractor tells you to purchase new equipment without inspecting the old one, you may have to reconsider using their service. If the repair is going to be expensive and the replacement cost is less, then the obvious choice is replacement. If the repair cost is within your budget and once repaired, the equipment can operate effectively for a few years down the road, by all means, repair would be the perfect solution. First, however, let’s explore the replacement option some more.

    The Replacement

    If your air conditioner unit was built prior to 1992 and you own a standing pilot furnace, then you may think about replacing both, whether these need to be replaced or not. With this type of furnace, you are only receiving 65 percent efficiency and 8 SEER or fewer with the air conditioner unit. Replacing these units will save you tons in utility cost. Take some time to conduct a research and make plans on replacing your unit sooner rather than later. If you find that your A/C compressor is failing and you have no warranty, you could replace the compressor instead of the entire unit. This would cost you less.

    The Repair

    If you have to spend thousands of dollars in repair cost on your ac system, it is not wise to replace, but to buy new equipment. If you are unsure of whether to repair or replace, have an experienced technician inspect the equipment.  However, if you have a furnace that is 15 years or older and the repair cost is $750, then it is time to replace the unit. As long as you are receiving 95 percent efficiency out of the equipment, you can keep it after repairing and not replace it.

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