Whether for a residential or commercial client, installing new HVAC equipment is a big undertaking and should be taken seriously. Your client is likely investing a large sum of money for this important upgrade, so installation should be done correctly the first time around.
For this reason, HVAC technicians are encouraged to follow a specific checklist for HVAC systems they are installing. And while checklists may vary based on the exact equipment being installed (among other factors), some tasks should remain relatively consistent from one job to the next.
Depending on where the HVAC equipment is being installed, it may be necessary to apply for and obtain permits from a local municipal office. It is an HVAC technician’s job to be aware of local codes and requirementsandobtain any necessary permits before starting a job. This includes requirements for local building codes set forth by the National Electrical Code.
HVAC professionals should also take the time to review manufacturer-specific materials before they continue with an installation job. Each manufacturer will provide its own specific installation guides and other helpful literature for each piece of equipment they offer. Reading this material thoroughly will ensure that you are knowledgeable about the equipment and can continue with the installation confidently.
Being aware of the building’s existing ductwork setup, air balance and other specifications is also key to ensuring a proper installation. Before you get to work, make sure you assess the existing ductwork for common issues such as restricted airflow, lack of insulation, duct leaks and more. Proper air balance should also be established before a new HVAC system is installed.
The exact installation steps for any HVAC system will vary based on the manufacturer, the exact model and other factors. However, in general, there are some basic HVAC installation checklist items to keep in mind. For gas units, for example, this includes making sure that:
For other types of installations (such as air conditioning systems), you may have a separate checklist to cover essential items like measuring refrigerant levels, voltage and pressure.
After the new HVAC system is installed, it is also important for HVAC technicians to assess its overall performance before wrapping up and leaving the property. This should include checking for proper airflow and balance, as well as quiet operation. This is also a good time to review maintenance/care recommendations with your client and possibly even suggest that they enroll in a service plan with your company.
Following a checklist for HVAC system installation can help technicians do a thorough job. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to use checklists for all your work. This includes following an HVAC troubleshooting checklist and a checklist for HVAC repair. From there, you can deliver the highest quality service to your clients time and time again.