The typical HVAC replacement cost runs about $5,000 to $7,500. That is a lot of money to invest in your new home as soon as you move in.
On the bright side, replacing that old HVAC unit can save up to 40% on your energy bills. In a few years, what you save will be equal to how much you spent on the new unit.
To get that kind of performance, you need to avoid a few common mistakes with HVAC replacement. Before you talk to an HVAC contractor, make sure you know what problems to avoid.
Use this guide to make a list of questions for your contractor. This way you are all on the same page.
1. Replacing an HVAC Without Trying to Repair It First
When you move into a new home, make a list of items that might need a replacement. Before your follow through with replacing them, bring in a specialist to inspect it.
It’s far cheaper to pay an HVAC technician to replace a part than it is to replace the whole unit.
HVAC parts that are an easy fix:
- Fan belt
- Drain lines
- Cylindrical roller bearings
Keep the HVAC unit’s age in mind, too. Replacing parts in units older than 15 years may get expensive after a while.
2. Picking the Wrong HVAC Unit Size
It might tempt you to buy a smaller HVAC unit to save money. The truth is, a small unit runs all the time to keep your home at the right temperature.
On the flip side, an over-sized unit adjusts the temperature too fast. The uneven temperatures in your home are uncomfortable. The frequent cycling also runs up your energy bill.
3. Ignoring the Energy Efficiency Labels
Don’t rely on the HVAC contractor’s sales pitch to make your final decision. Take the time to read the labels on the unit.
Energy Efficiency labels include information on:
- The unit’s key features
- The manufacturer
- The unit’s size
- The SEER rating
- A comparison between the unit and similar products
SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This number is found by dividing the BTUs per hour used during a season by the number of watts. The higher the number, the more efficient the HVAC unit.
4. Choosing the Wrong HVAC Replacement Contractor
An HVAC unit that isn’t installed correctly won’t last the usual 15 to 20 years. Vetting your HVAC contractor ensures everything will go smoothly.
Look for a contractor willing to answer all your questions. Make sure to check for their licenses and ask for proof of insurance. Without insurance, a small mistake during installation can end up costing a lot.
5. Forgetting to Replace Old Ductwork
HVAC ductwork is the unseen hero of the entire system. It directs air from the HVAC into the home, meaning even a small leak is a problem.
When you’re deciding whether or not to replace the HVAC unit, check the ducts as well. Chances are they are the cause of your high energy bills.
Avoid These Common Mistakes with HVAC Replacement and Save Money
There’s a lot to do when you move into a new home. Making sure your HVAC unit will keep you comfortable should be easier now. Just keep these common mistakes with HVAC replacement in mind while shopping.
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