Look Before You Take the HVAC DIY Leap
If you’re thinking it can’t be that hard, this is probably your first time. It sounds like a good way to keep some cash in your pocket, and the job has to be done. Before setting your best handyman talents loose on a home HVAC installation project, you might want to consider these five DIY truths.
1. It’s a Big Job
Taking on installation yourself requires a huge investment of your time, resources and energy. You’ll need a truck or van for transporting heavy AC and heating equipment and you’ll have to dispose of the old unit first or negotiate with a scrap metal dealer. Once that chore’s finished, it’s time to visit the home improvement center and search the aisles for a perfect HVAC system. Back at the house, be sure to ask a friend for help hauling the new furnace up to the attic and positioning the AC compressor and its housing on the concrete pad out back.
2. The Details Are Devilish
Do you plan on replacing that old duct system or working out a retrofit? Without optimum air flow, new HVAC equipment can’t deliver the energy savings you’re counting on. If that friend who’s helping with the heavy lifting understands plumbing, electrical and gas connections, put him to work on the AC drainage lines, thermostat and furnace hookup. You’ll both need your toolboxes to tackle any structural modifications to the attic.
3. Recalculate Your Savings
Your time and labor are free, but count on using up several days to finish the project. When an HVAC professional handles the job, his time is factored into the installation price, and he supplies equipment purchased directly from the manufacturer. You’ll pay substantially more for a unit off the home improvement center’s shelf. If you break any parts or damage the equipment, you really own it, and the replacement costs are all yours.
4. Professional Advantages Count
HVAC pros are certified and licensed, and their expertise covers everything from motors and capacitors to dampers and trunk fittings. They use high-tech equipment to calculate heat load and air flow, so you can count on a system that’s properly sized to your home. If the installation involves building code or permit issues, HVAC specialists handle it. Most importantly, a manufacturers’ warranty covers professional installation; DIY work voids that agreement.
Another consideration, and the most important, is your personal safety. HVAC installation can be an extremely dangerous endeavor for anyone who is not a licensed professional. Mishaps such as refrigerant leaks, gas leaks, or electrical malfunctions can lead to severe property damage, injury, and even death.
Some home improvement jobs are better off in the hands of professionals, and our friendly Dupuis Energy teams are always here to answer your questions. We’ve proudly served RI and MA homeowners for more than four generations, so contact us before you make a DIY leap. Visit our website at https://dupuisenergy.com/ for more info on how we can help.