Can I Install My Own HVAC Unit?
You need a new HVAC unit and you’re tempted to try to install it yourself, because – how hard can it really be?
At UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we have, unfortunately, seen disastrous results with homeowners taking HVAC installations into their own hands. While many DIY projects can help you save money, redoing or installing HVAC systems is not one of them. HVAC installation is not as simple as many believe it to be, and improper installation can lead to a damaged system and costly repairs.
Here are important things to know about HVAC installation:
All heating and cooling units have to meet certain codes, which require certain permits and proper installation to be legal. Our professional HVAC contractors understand the codes and know how to go expediently about acquiring the permits.
Even if you are familiar with the codes and permits, and you already have the knowledge to install your own HVAC unit, cost of the unit is something you still need to consider.
Licensed contractors have the ability to purchase HVAC units directly from the manufacturers with which they have contracts, and in most cases your free labor cannot compete with their unit prices.
Also, by hiring a professional, you don’t have to spend your time, energy and efforts on installing your new unit.
A very important reason NOT to do it yourself is that, for the average homeowner, HVAC units are just too technical, require too much industry knowledge, and are not DIY home projects where one can afford to do anything that isn’t 100% correct and up to code. The last thing you want is to end up with a system that has leaky air ducts, poor energy efficiency, and a plethora of other problems.
The most important reason why you should leave HVAC installation to a professional is safety. The requirement of all the codes and permits exists so that you are not putting yourself and others at risk of faulty installations that could lead to gas leaks or other safety hazards. Electric shock is just one of many potential risks and injuries that can happen during an improper installation of your unit.
Ductwork is also very challenging to install, and you’ll need to be positive that you know what you are doing. There is not much tutorial on this type of project, because it’s typically handled by heating and air conditioning contractors during construction. Ductwork requires extensive construction, since it’s regularly hidden inside the home. Unless you are in the process of building a new home, it would be very difficult to tear into floors or ceilings to install the ductwork.
While it’s true that certain remodeling projects can be done imperfectly and still provide what you need, with HVAC and ductwork installation it could seem that it has been done correctly – but can lead to system underperforming due to leaks at duct elbows and fittings, leading to poor energy efficiency and higher bills. The efficiency of the air conditioner is an important feature, as we all know that during hot summer months the A/C runs a lot, and can consume a lot of energy.
This is a project for the professionals, as much more money would have to be spent to fix any mistakes you made during the installation of your unit. Plus, it will be much safer to have a professional handling the wiring, construction, and moving the equipment.
A local HVAC company will be able to perform the HVAC installation in a safe manner, and they will also be able to get it done much faster than you would on your own, which can be invaluable. Your time and your energy are precious, so why not leave the work to the professionals – it can give you peace of mind that the new HVAC system will be installed efficiently, correctly and safely.
Protect your family by making sure that an experienced HVAC technician takes care of the installation process, so you know that the work is done up to code and following all safety standards.
Rely on UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing and our skilled HVAC contractors to help you with all your home HVAC needs.
Make an appointment today with the leading HVAC company to get started with choosing the best system that is right for your home needs, budget, and environment, and schedule a professional heating and air condition installation in Harrisburg PA, Lancaster PA, Reading PA and Lehigh Valley PA: 1-877-844-4822.