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Can I Replace My HVAC Unit By Myself?

Can I Replace My HVAC Unit By Myself?

If you're the type who likes to tackle home improvement projects and repairs on your own, you may have asked yourself if you can replace your HVAC unit by yourself. While you technically can do this, it would not be wise. HVAC systems are more complicated than you might think, and there are simply too many things that can go wrong during the installation. As much as you might hate to admit it, you're almost always better off contacting an HVAC professional to handle the job. Here's why:

More than Just Installing a Central Unit

The problem with installing or replacing an HVAC system is that there is more to the project than simply dropping a new central unit in place. You need to make sure that your new unit is wired correctly and correctly balanced with your home's existing ductwork. Connecting all of the electrical components alone will be troublesome for someone without the proper training. Even if you manage to complete the project without seriously injuring yourself, there's always a chance that you fail to connect everything correctly and end up with a useless air conditioner. Balancing the ductwork presents similar issues. You need to make sure that any new unit you install can be retrofitted to your ducts, which will be particularly challenging if you have an older home.

Demolition and Disposal

Another challenge associated with replacing an HVAC unit that people often don't realize is the disposal of old equipment. You cannot just rip an old AC unit out of our wall and throw it in a dumpster. There will be a lot of material to throw away, and much of it needs to be recycled or disposed of properly. Central air conditioning units also rely on chemicals such as freon, which can be dangerous if it isn't handled properly.

Call Us Today

Unless you're a trained HVAC professional with the proper equipment on hand, you should never try to replace your HVAC unit by yourself. It is simply too dangerous and too complicated. Instead, contact the professionals at Harwich Port Heating & Cooling to handle the project for you. We will work closely with you to ensure that you have the proper HVAC system in place and installed correctly. Call us today for more information about our installation and repair services.
 

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