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What to Expect During HVAC Installation in Summer


Your HVAC installation is in the dead center of the busy season, so what does that do to your timeline? What about your comfort and scheduling? It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

HVAC installation in McLean, VA is usually done best in the off-season, such as fall or winter. While it’s easy to think, “I don’t need this right now, I’ll wait until later,” it ends up biting you in the back. This is what you need to know about how summertime HVAC installation works.

Expect Delays and Longer Wait Times

It’s the middle of summer, which is when HVAC installation and repair is at an all-time high. Units are getting replaced or fixed up, and HVAC companies have more on their plate than usual.

This isn’t to say you’ll be put at the end of a priority queue, but there’s simply more room for things to go wrong and scheduling times won’t be as open. Because more components and units are being ordered, sometimes inventory runs low and you may have to wait for a part to come in.

You Might Be Without Air Conditioning for a Little While

The worst part about delays is what they mean for you. Not having air conditioning in the most treacherous climate conditions isn’t exactly a fun time. Sometimes your technician might run into an issue during the installation process that wasn’t foreseen, such as problems with your pre-existing ductwork or electrical issues that need to be fixed before installation.

At this point, it may cause a delay in your access to air conditioning. Even a few hours can feel like a lifetime when it’s already hot out, so keep this in mind before the installation starts.

The Installation Process Has Multiple Parts

During the actual installation process, depending on how the pre-installation appointment went, there are a few steps to it.

  • Removing the Old Unit: First things first: the old AC has to go. If this is a brand-new installation on a new property, this step won’t apply.
  • Electrical and Ductwork: Once your AC is hooked up to the ductwork and the necessary electrical connections are in place, the rest feels like a cakewalk.
  • Testing: It’s time for checks and balances. Now that your air conditioner is in place, technicians will test everything to make sure it’s working perfectly.
  • Post-Installation Cleanup: Parts, boxes, and any debris will be cleaned up. Then it’s just you and your air conditioning.

Do What You Can to Plan Ahead

Ideally, you’ll want to plan your HVAC installation ahead so you don’t end up with a summertime installation. If you don’t have a choice but to get it installed in summer, just know that it will be busy and there’s a higher chance of complications than normal.

Definitely aim for installations earlier in the season if possible. You’ll beat the rush of homeowners who waited for installations, repairs, and maintenance until the middle of summer (it happens every year).

Contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. today to schedule your HVAC installation before summer hits and the busy season starts.

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