Hi Central Florida Homeowners:
This is the time of the year in which many of you decide to invest in a new and more efficient HVAC system. It is exiting and good to know that you can be able to replace your old and inefficient HVAC system that probably is draining your wallet making you pay a lot of money in energy consumed.
We want to share with you some important tips that you need to know before hiring the company or individual contractor to perform the installation.
Here are the tips:
1- Make sure that the company performing the installation gets the job inspected by the County Building Department.
This is extremely important because it assures that the installation was performed according to the current building codes.
This means PROTECTION for you as consumer.
2- Make sure new Refrigeration Lines are installed.
The reason: Old lines are contaminated with R-22 the Freon that probably your current old HVAC system uses and the one EPA is phasing out, the oil that the old system uses is mineral oil. The new system uses R-410A which uses synthetic Polyolester Oil. Even if the contractor says the lines could be cleaned with R-11, in reality, they never get 100% clean (It has to do not with the procedure of cleaning the lines or the effectiveness of the cleaning process but for the way this cleaning process is performed in the field. Unfortunately it varies from contractor to contractor). If the new oil and Freon run on these old lines it may get contaminated causing other issues down the road. Add also the corrosion these lines had been exposed inside the chase or under the ground in many cases, also, the new Freon R-410A operates at higher pressures than the current one R-22.
There is cases in which running new lines is practically impossible, for example: The lines are installed between floor spaces, inside walls or there not enough space in the attic, or they cannot be exposed. In those cases cleaning the lines with R-11 is recommended. Make sure the contractor have enough R-11 and Nitrogen to perform the process. Once the system is up and running for 48 to 72 hours have the contractor come back and replace the Liquid Line Drier and perform an "acid test" to corroborate the lines are clean and not contaminated, recover the current Freon charge and put new Freon in the system. After all it's all under Labor and Parts Warranty.
This is important.
3- It is extremely important to modify the duct system by increasing the return intake capacity and potentially improving the supply side to accommodate more air flow movement and volume. Avoiding the modifications to the duct system is equal to condemn the new HVAC system from day one, simply like that. New HVAC equipment today is manufactured under different guidelines and design. The principle is the same, the appearance of the equipment is also the same but the manufacturing guidelines referring efficiency are totally different compared to equipment manufactured five, ten or fifteen years ago.
New equipment is more energy efficient, air handlers move way more amounts of air flow and with the new ECM Variable Speed Motors and Two Stages Compressors if you do not modify the existing duct system, then I guarantee you that the energy that the new HVAC system is supposed to save is going to be wasted away and your power bills are not going to be as low as you expect, the recovery of the investment you will do in installing this new HVAC system is going to take longer than normal simply because the equipment is not working as efficient as the way it was designed. Not modifying the duct system is equal to not having good air movement, humidity control and equal temperature and air distribution inside the house. It is extremely important to modify your duct system in order to accommodate the new HVAC system. This is important.
4- Make sure the Technicians who will perform the job are NATE Certified Technicians. Not all companies have NATE Certified technicians in their staff. The industry is making great effort in making sure all HVAC&R technicians get NATE Certified. It is becoming a Standard and that is really good for the industry and YOU, THE CONSUMER.
5- Avoid your equipment to be installed by technicians working "on the side" or not having a Contractor License.
Unlicensed work is a plague that damages this industry. Unlicensed technicians do not care about you, they only care about the money they can make out of you. They usually disappear once the job is done and the money collected. They cut as many corners as they can in order to get the job done fast, their work always leave consequences, bad for the equipment being installed and bad for your wallet in the long run. They usually charge cheaper than a licensed contractor but the quality of the work they do is really bad. They usually don't guarantee the job they do even if they say to you that they will.
NATE means North American Technician Excellence. This organization encourages the use of NATE certified technicians for superior installation, maintenance and service of HVAC and refrigeration systems. NATE certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVACR industry by passing a rigorous specialized NATE certification tests. This means PROTECTION for you as consumer knowing that the technician performing the installation will do it right the first time.
The best way to know is by requesting their NATE ID before doing the job. This license is personal and not transferable. Here at North Pole Air Conditioning and Heating Services, Inc. we all are proud to be NATE Certified Technicians. This is important.
Follow these tips that I am giving you.
I am not trying to influence you in any ways but I feel as a professional service technician that you, consumer, need to know before taking such an important decision.
To install an HVAC system is a complex process, materials and labor intensive, really technical. Not too many people can do it and do it right.
Many people believe that setting a condenser or air handler, doing some welding and put some Freon into the system is all the knowledge they need to accomplish such task.
Installing an HVAC system requires a lot of technical knowledge and high professional skills. Installing an HVAC system has a VALUE, it also brings VALUE to your home.
With our two years labor and craftsmanship warranty on new installations, length of warranty time not given by many companies in Central Florida as far as we know we assure you, consumer, that the job completed is performed with the highest standards of quality.
Not everyone does it right like North Pole Air Conditioning and Heating Services, Inc.
Here at North Pole Air Conditioning and Heating Services, Inc. we want to let you know that we are here to serve you.
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So, do not hesitate to get in touch if our services are needed. (407) 276-2840
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We wish you the best.
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