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3 Things That Can Go Wrong During HVAC System Installation, and How to Avoid Them

Chris Helms - Thursday, December 25, 2014

It’s just an HVAC system installation – what could go wrong?

Installing an HVAC System

HVAC systems are a complex and necessary part of life. Can you imagine living without indoor heat during the winter, or without air conditioning during the summer? It’s become more than a luxury; it’s an integral part of what makes our homes comfortable and livable. So when you talk about HVAC systems, it’s important to talk about installation, and when we talk about installation, it’s important to point out the things that can go wrong, in order to avoid them.

Here are 3 things that can go wrong during HVAC system installation, and what you can do to avoid them:

1. Installing the Wrong Size System for the Space

The actual interior square footage is the primary factor when determining what size HVAC system you should have. If the system is too big for the space, it will run inconsistently, turning on and off too frequently, and it will not be effective in heating or cooling, all of which tax the system and waste energy.

If the unit is too small, it will have to work overtime to try to keep up with demand, it will run for extended periods, and it will be inefficient and unable to deliver the desired temperature consistently, all of which tax the system and waste energy.

2. Improper or Faulty Ductwork

Ductwork is the lifeline of a heating system. If the ducting is installed improperly, if it’s made of the wrong material, or if there are cracks, gap, or holes, it won’t work like it’s supposed to, which means your HVAC system can’t do its job. Faulty ductwork causes heated air to escape before it’s vented into your home, heated air to cool before it’s able to heat your home, and your furnace to overwork trying to reach the desired room temperature.

3. Incorrect Exhaust Installation

This is critical. If the exhaust system for your HVAC unit is not installed properly, it can allow exhaust from the burning of fuel to leak into your home. This is not only dangerous to your health, but it can be deadly. The byproducts of combustion in your heating system must be expelled through a properly installed exhaust system. Period.

Don’t take chances with your HVAC system. Avoid installation errors and get the best installation from the experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning. Call today for a free estimate at (877) GO-HELMS.