Life is full of mistakes - but some mistakes could prove costlier than others, especially when it comes to installing a new HVAC system. To avoid setbacks that could put a wrench in your HVAC installation plans, it’s crucial to know what those mistakes are.
Choosing an Oversized or Undersized Unit
Choosing an HVAC unit that’s too large or too small for your home to handle could lead to problems down the road. For instance, undersized HVAC units must work harder to deliver the same level of performance as a properly sized unit, resulting in more repairs, sudden breakdowns and other problems.
Bad Duct System Design
Reusing your old ductwork sounds economical, but it’s a costly mistake that could compromise your new unit’s performance. A typical HVAC system has its ductwork sized according to its output, so a unit with a drastically different output may not offer run as efficiently or provide maximum comfort.
Poor Duct Installation
Even when using brand-new ductwork, your HVAC installation can be stymied by poor duct workmanship and the use of cheaper but less durable materials. Sloppy installation and the improper use of sealers can leave behind cracks and gaps, creating air leaks that rob your home of its comfort.
Poor Drainage Design
Today’s energy-efficient HVAC systems need an effective way of channeling excess condensate away from the unit. It’s easy to overlook this important feature during an HVAC installation, resulting in a poorly designed drainage system that clogs up, leaks and even freezes up during the winter. Poor drainage can also set the stage for mold growth.
Incorrectly Sized Exhaust
Your HVAC system needs a way to vent toxic gases away from your home’s living spaces. An incorrectly sized damper or exhaust flue can make this job much harder, resulting in backdrafting and other issues that could bring carbon monoxide and other harmful gases back into your home.
Recognizing the above HVAC installation mistakes can help you avoid them later on. If you need help with your Fort Wayne home’s HVAC needs, you can always turn to Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in New Haven, Indiana and surrounding Fort Wayne area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about product installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 260-376-2961.