Ask Our Experts: How Does a Typical HVAC Installation Work?

July 7, 2014 | 5:16 pm
Know what to expect from your HVAC installation experience.
Know what to expect from your HVAC installation experience.

Question for Our Experts

We are upgrading our HVAC system. What should I expect during the installation process?

Our Experts’ Answer

The Short Answer

Every home is different and, in turn, there are many variables that determine the HVAC system that will most effectively and efficiently heat and cool your home. As such, each installation can be unique as well. That said, if the upgrade involves simply replacing the equipment, the process can take 2-3 days and be relatively straightforward. If the upgrade involves installing the components of an entire system, the process can take up to a week or more depending on the degree of difficulty. See below for more detailed information.

The Long Answer

In many cases, the installation of a new HVAC system is seamless. The progression of a project typically unfolds as follows:

  1. The sales process is completed and the start of the project is scheduled with the homeowner.
  2. Prior to installation, the salesperson or company representative will walk through the entire process with the homeowner, discussing the scope of work to be performed and anticipated project timelines.
  3. The point of communication for the project either remains with the original salesperson or is transferred to a project manager or scheduling coordinator.
  4. As work begins, installers should be conscientious of work being performed and cleaning up the work area as they proceed. As each day concludes, the work area should be neat, orderly, and organized for a smooth start the following day.
  5. Given that many of the component parts of an HVAC system are in “hidden” areas both inside and outside the home, there is often little disruption to the main living areas of the home.
  6. Throughout the project, the installers will update the homeowner daily to report on the progress of the installation or discuss any unforeseen changes that may occur.
  7. As the project concludes, the lead installer will review the operation of the system with the homeowner. With a new system, the homeowner can expect higher efficiency, which equates to lower utility bills and subsequent payback on the investment.
  8. With the lead installer, the homeowner will confirm that the project has been completed and final billing will occur.

The Bottom Line

The technological improvements on the HVAC systems of today can provide great returns in energy savings and lower utility bills. For most homes, upgrading or installing these systems can be done in a relatively short time period and with little inconvenience to the daily routines of the home. After you’ve selected a system that’s right for your home, be sure that you understand the installation process. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the installation, be sure to contact the company prior to the start of the project so that expectations are clear for everyone involved.

For professional assistance with this and other HVAC repair work, Tuckey Mechanical Services is the local expert to call. Keep our number handy – you never know when you might need us! Just call (717) 524-1136 or visit for more information.

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