What to Expect During a New Installation or Duct Cleaning
by The Cooling Company, on Aug 12, 2019 4:35:04 PM
When temperatures are at extreme levels in Las Vegas, having a properly running HVAC system isn’t a luxury but a necessity. If you have an old air-conditioning unit that’s struggling to keep your home comfortable, you may want to consider replacing it. Installing a new system not only increases comfort in your home; it also enables you to save on your energy bills. An ineffective HVAC system may also be the result of dirty or clogged air ducts, which can be cleaned with the help of a professional HVAC technician.
Whether you want to replace your old HVAC unit or have your air ducts cleaned, you should make proper preparations to ensure a smooth process. Here’s what you should expect during a new HVAC installation or duct cleaning visit:
What Happens During a New HVAC Installation
If you’re planning to get a new HVAC system, you have to make sure it’s properly installed. A poorly installed unit can cause a variety of problems in the future, including an uncomfortable home, high utility bills, and frequent costly repairs. As such, choosing the right HVAC contractor and ensuring a smooth installation process can be as important as selecting the right air-conditioner model for your home. To properly prepare for an HVAC installation, you need to know what happens during the installation process.
Before you decide which air-conditioner model to purchase, your HVAC contractor will likely perform a pre-installation check to help you make the right choice. Different homes have different cooling needs, so the contractor will perform a load calculation to determine the size of HVAC you need. This evaluation involves assessing the size, layout, and energy efficiency of your home and interviewing you about your family’s lifestyle habits and temperature preferences. It’s a necessary process to ensure you won’t have an oversized or undersized air-conditioner. You should be wary of contractors that give prices over the phone. Since every home is different, it’s impossible for any company to provide an accurate quote over the phone.
The technicians who come to your home for the pre-installation check may also check your air ducts to see if they’re dirty, clogged, or leaky. Poorly maintained or leaky ducts can make it difficult for them to size your new HVAC system.
After you have chosen an HVAC system, the contractor will call you to arrange a convenient time to perform the installation. On the day of the appointment, the installation team will arrive at your home at the scheduled time. If they encounter any unexpected delays, they will let you know as early as possible.
When they arrive at your home, the installation team will take a quick look around your home to locate your old HVAC system and determine the most efficient and safest way to install your new air-conditioner. They will take care to protect your home from any potential damage that may result from the installation. A good contractor will use foot coverings and tarps to keep your home clean and safe.
Next, the installers will disconnect your old HVAC system and properly dispose of the refrigerant. They will remove all the components of your old air-conditioner from your home and then clean up the area to prepare for the installation of the new system.
After that, the team will bring in your new HVAC unit and all the equipment needed for the installation. If they need to perform retrofits to accommodate your new air-conditioner, they will do that first. In areas with limited space, such as the attic or crawl spaces, they may have to disassemble certain components to fit them into those spaces. If necessary, they will make electrical upgrades to support your new air-conditioner and add drain lines, pipes, or other components to ensure compliance with building code requirements. Your new HVAC system will be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
After the installation is complete, the technicians will conduct a thorough inspection and test your new system. They will flush the old lines before adding new coolant to the air-conditioner and conduct vacuum tests to make sure they have performed a high-quality installation.
Once your new HVAC unit passes inspection, the installers will remove all the equipment and materials used during the installation. Then, our company will send out the selling technician to teach you about the system and inspect everything again. Before they leave, they will make sure you’re absolutely pleased with the job.
How to Prepare for an HVAC Installation
A new HVAC system is a substantial investment, so it’s worthwhile to spend some time and effort to ensure that it will be properly installed. A well-installed air-conditioner will function optimally to maintain a comfortable environment in your home, keep your energy bills low, and serve you well for a longer time. Take the following measures to ensure an efficient and successful HVAC installation:
Create Space for the Outdoor Condenser
Your new HVAC system is likely to come with an outdoor condenser. Ideally, this large component should be located on the north side of your home or in a shady or sheltered place. It should be placed in an area that’s perfectly level and has a minimum of two feet clearance on all sides. You’ll need to remove any dirt, debris, plants, or objects from the area where your outdoor condenser will be located. Also, make sure the path to the area is clear of furniture, hoses, gardening tools, or other objects.
Create Space for Installing the Indoor Unit
The indoor air handler isn’t as heavy as the outdoor condenser, but you can make things easier for the HVAC technicians by creating a clear path to the area where it will be installed. Make sure it can be wheeled in without bumping into furniture, fixtures, or objects. Also, clean and clear the area where the technicians will be performing the installation.
Plan for Your Pets
If you have pets in your home, be sure to keep them out of the way so that they won’t interfere with the installation process. This is especially important if they have a tendency to be aggressive towards strangers. By keeping them in a closed room or at a friend’s home, you will help the HVAC technicians focus better on the job and deliver higher-quality results.
What Happens During Air Duct Cleaning
If you don’t need to install a new HVAC system, you have to regularly service your existing unit to keep it running smoothly. One very important HVAC maintenance task is air duct cleaning. The air ducts in your home can get dirty and clogged over time, resulting in weaker airflow, higher energy bills, and worse indoor air quality. Duct cleaning is something that’s best left to the professionals because it requires specialized equipment and involves accessing hard-to-reach areas in your home, such as behind walls and crawl spaces.
Before Duct Cleaning
Before they start cleaning your air ducts, the HVAC technician will visually inspect the ducts to determine the type and extent of buildup that has accumulated. This will help them to decide which cleaning method to use. In addition, the inspection involves looking for certain conditions that must be eliminated before the cleaning. For instance, if there’s rodent infestation in your ducts, you have to call in an exterminator first.
During the assessment, the technician will check every port, vent, and register. They may use a video tool or mirror to see deeper into the duct system. After inspecting the ducts, they will let you know when they can start cleaning your ducts. If there’s a pest infestation or the technicians don’t have the necessary tools to clean the type of buildup in the ducts, the cleaning will likely take place another day.
During Duct Cleaning
When they are ready to clean your air ducts, the technicians will seal off the entire duct system. Besides covering every opening in the system, they may also apply negative pressure within the system to prevent dust and other contaminants from spreading throughout your home during the cleaning process.
The technicians will clean the air ducts with long, flexible brushes and whips. These tools usually have a spinning head and vacuum cleaner attached, which enables them to loosen and suck up dirt and debris buildup. If there’s organic growth in your ducts, antimicrobial chemicals may be used to treat the issue. This also helps to reduce odor and improve the air quality in your home. Other than the ducts, the technicians will also clean components that are connected to the ductwork, such as vents and registers. The entire process takes an average of four hours, but it can vary depending on the size of your home.
After Duct Cleaning
After cleaning your air ducts, the technicians may provide helpful tips on how to keep your ductwork in good condition, which can have a positive impact of your HVAC system’s performance and your indoor air quality. These tips may include getting higher-quality filters, changing filter regularly, and performing routine maintenance.
If your HVAC system is experiencing a chronic moisture, dust, or pest problem, the technicians may suggest making some changes to prevent such problems from occurring in the future. For instance, relocating the outdoor intakes can help reduce unwanted substances or pest infestation in your system.
How to Prepare for Duct Cleaning
Similar to HVAC installation, the duct cleaning process can also be made easier and quicker with some preparations. Follow these tips to properly prepare your home for duct cleaning:
Clear Areas Around All Duct Openings
Before the technicians arrive at your home, ask them how much space they need around each vent and register. Then, remove any furnishings or objects from those areas. This will enable them to devote more time to cleaning the ducts instead of having to clear the work areas.
Cover Your Furniture
Although the technicians will try to keep dirt and dust inside the duct system by applying pressure, some residual particles may get into your living space during the cleaning process. As such, you should cover up your furniture and other belongings before the cleaning begins. Some contractors provide coverings and drop cloths to keep your home clean, while others don’t.
Keep Your Children and Pets Out of the Way
If you have children and pets, it’s best that you send them over to a neighbor or friend’s house before the duct cleaning begins. Duct cleaning is often a noisy process, which can hurt your kids’ sensitive ears and irritate your pets. Also, your pets may cause disturbance that prevents the technicians from focusing on the job, which can have an impact on the quality of their work.
If you’re looking for a reputable contractor to perform HVAC installation or duct cleaning in your home, consider contacting The Cooling Company. We can meet all your cooling needs with our extensive experience and expertise, highly trained technicians, and advanced equipment. Please note that we're offering a 10% discount on our duct cleaning service in August. Call us today at 702-567-0707 to get a free quote or make an appointment.