Common HVAC Installation Mistakes

July 2, 2024
Common HVAC Installation Mistakes | St. Louis HVAC Installation & Replacement Services

Common HVAC Installation Mistakes & How to Ensure High-Quality Installation. The installation of your new HVAC system has a profound effect on its efficiency and longevity. However, many St. Louis HVAC contractors make common mistakes that can lead to suboptimal performance, higher energy costs, and even replacement well before you expected to need one. At SmartHouse Heating & Cooling, we prioritize excellence in every installation to make sure your system runs smoothly from day one. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common installation mistakes and offer tips to ensure a high-quality HVAC installation that you can rely on.

Common HVAC Installation Mistakes

Neglecting to Check Reviews and References

One of the first steps in choosing an HVAC contractor is to check reviews and references. This provides insight into the contractor’s reliability and quality of work. Ignoring their previous work can lead to hiring someone who doesn’t meet your standards. At SmartHouse, we pride ourselves on our transparency and the positive feedback from our clients. Always ask for references and read online reviews to ensure you’re choosing a reputable contractor.

Failing to Verify Certifications and Permits

Proper licensing and permits are essential for any HVAC installation. A licensed HVAC contractor in St. Louis meets industry standards and follows local regulations, ensuring the work is done correctly and safely. Unfortunately, some contractors cut corners by operating without the necessary credentials. SmartHouse is fully licensed and insured, adhering to all industry standards and local requirements. We ensure that every installation is compliant with the necessary permits, providing you with peace of mind and a reliable system.

Skipping Load Calculation

An HVAC system that is too large or too small for your home can lead to inefficiency and higher energy costs. The right sized unit can be determined by performing a Manual J Load Calculation. Many HVAC contractors forgo the load calculation and simply recommend the same size as the current system, which can cause issues if you’ve added updates or additions to your house, or if the current system was never the right fit. SmartHouse always performs a load calculation to ensure your home is comfortable and energy-efficient. Avoid HVAC contractors who rely on guesswork and don’t do their due diligence.

Improper Ductwork Installation

Ductwork plays a critical role in the efficiency of your HVAC system. Improperly installed ducts can lead to air leaks and reduced system performance. SmartHouse’s team is skilled in ductwork installation, ensuring that your ducts are properly sealed and configured. Proper ductwork helps maintain optimal airflow and system efficiency.

Ignoring Manufacturer’s Guidelines

Manufacturers provide specific guidelines for the installation of their HVAC systems to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Ignoring these guidelines can void warranties and reduce system efficiency. At SmartHouse, we strictly adhere to all manufacturer specifications, guaranteeing that your system is installed correctly and maintains its warranty. We have worked with our preferred brands of Daikin, Mitsubishi, and Carrier for years and know the ins-and-outs of how each system should be installed.

Overlooking Additional HVAC Technology

Many HVAC contractors miss the chance to implement advanced HVAC technologies that can increase your home’s comfort and the efficacy of your system. SmartHouse offers solutions tailored to your home that may include advanced thermostats, whole home dehumidifiers, zoning, and more.

Inadequate Airflow and Ventilation

Proper airflow and ventilation are essential for the efficiency of your HVAC system and your home comfort. Poor airflow can lead to hot and cold spots and increased energy usage. SmartHouse ensures proper ventilation and airflow in all our installations, ensuring optimal performance. We pay close attention to ductwork, vents, and airflow paths to maximize efficiency.

Failing to File for Rebates and Tax Credits

Many St. Louis homeowners miss out on potential savings from rebates and tax credits available for energy-efficient upgrades. SmartHouse is knowledgeable about the available tax credits, rebates, and incentives. We fill out rebate applications for our clients, and inform you of the tax credits your new system is eligible for. We also offer financing options to further reduce the upfront cost of your HVAC installation.

Lack of Ongoing Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance is key to the longevity and efficiency of your HVAC system. Failing to schedule routine maintenance can lead to avoidable breakdowns and decreased performance. Additionally, lack of professional maintenance will void any manufacturer warranty, as all major manufacturer warranties require that regular annual maintenance has been performed in order to make a claim. Without maintenance, you may end up footing the bill for repairs that otherwise would have been covered.

SmartHouse offers comprehensive service plans tailored to your system’s needs so it operates at peak performance year-round. Our maintenance services help prevent costly repairs and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.

HVAC Installation & Replacement in St. Louis | SmartHouse Heating & Cooling

Avoiding common installation mistakes can be the difference between a comfortable, energy-efficient home and one that has exorbitant energy bills without even keeping you comfortable. By choosing a reputable contractor like SmartHouse Heating & Cooling, you ensure that you get the best products and the highest-quality installation in the St. Louis area. We prioritize honesty, integrity, and transparency in all our services, providing you with a reliable HVAC system you can trust. Learn more about our high-quality installation services and how we can help you achieve a comfortable and energy-efficient home by calling us at 314-370-1816, texting us at 314-310-2242, or contacting us online.