So you have made the decision to or have purchased your own hydronic heating system products. Till now, you are surprised how easy the process has been. You found a reputable supplier who was able to take you by the hand and assist you in your selection of replacement heating and cooling system products for your home. The ordering process was a breeze. You are stunned at how quickly your product was shipped and received. So far, this is easy! The best part has been the savings, so now what is next?
Well, with great savings comes responsibility. Let’s get something out in the open right now. If you are the type of consumer who wants an all-inclusive, turnkey obtain and installation, then this new alternative may not be right for you. But, the fact that you are considering or have purchased your own HVAC machines, indicates that you are of the do it yourself mindset, or you are among the many who have become extremely concerned with their personal finances, and therefore have found an alternative to local contractor sources.
The question gets asked over and over again, “who will install my new system”? Well the answer can actually take multiple directions to the same end. One alternative is to complete as much of the total project as you can yourself, within your skill set and level. This can include placement and setting of outdoor condensers or heat pumps, the running of new refrigeration line sets if necessary, and even electrical wiring, if you are capable, and if local codes permit. In the same, gas furnaces and electric air handlers can also be do it yourself projects, up to certain points in limitations. If you are capable of running or altering your vent pipe or pipes, and again running and or hooking up electrical connections, then go for it. If you have the tools and possess the skills to install or alter your ductwork as may be necessary for your replacement furnace or air handler, and you have access to these materials, then by all means continue to be proactive in your savings through the process. But, and this can not be emphasized enough, when it comes to the process of physically connecting refrigeration lines, vacuuming down the refrigeration system, and actual startup of this highly technical machines, do not attempt this yourself. This portion of your project needs to be reserved for a licensed trained professional.
So this brings up the subject of hiring a professional to either completely install your direct purchased gear, or to assist in and complete your do-it-yourself project. The following are tips and considerations for hiring local talent:
o “Friends & Family” – I know, this sounds like either a cell phone plan, or the people you invite to a Tupperware party. But, in reality, friends and family can be a great resource. Almost everyone, especially in smaller communities, either know themselves are related to or knows someone who is related or knows an HVAC contractor, installer or technician. These HVAC professionals are often willing to be of assistance, in part because of relationship. So, ask around. You may be surprised at what or who you discover.