Depending on where your HVAC unit is located, you may benefit from moving it. There are things to consider when relocating your HVAC unit, though, aside from the time and effort the job will take. Read on!
You might want to move your HVAC unit for a number of reasons, including:
– You’re renovating your space, adding a pool or hot tub, or building a new patio, deck, or porch. If your HVAC unit is getting in the way of home addition or improvement projects, you’d want to relocate it.
– You’re upgrading to a larger unit.
– You want to improve the aesthetics of a room.
– Your HVAC unit is a bit hard (for you and for technicians) to access, so it needs to be moved.
– Your HVAC unit is making too much noise, you’d want to be as far from it as possible.
– You want to protect your HVAC unit from thieves.
– You have a non-compliant unit and you want to get it up to code.
– It’s prone to flooding.
If you’ve made the decision to relocate your HVAC unit, there are a few things you need to consider.
1. It will cost you.
It can cost thousands of dollars to relocate an HVAC unit, depending on a number of factors. You may have to spend more when moving or reconfiguring ductwork, or putting in a whole new line set.
2. The job requires care.
Your HVAC unit isn’t designed to be mobile. You can easily cause damage to the system while relocating it.
For example, you need to have the refrigerant pumped out of your AC prior to moving it. Otherwise the refrigerant line may bend and break while the AC is being moved, resulting in an expensive leak. You’ll also have to pump it back in the system and test for leaks before you can safely restart the AC.
When you move an outdoor HVAC unit, you’ll have to level the system again once it’s been moved. This may require tools or equipment.
3. Location matters.
For outdoor HVAC relocation, there’s a limited amount of space you can work with, as the unit shouldn’t be more than a few feet away from your home.
4. New wiring may be required.
If you don’t have considerable experience doing electrical work, it might be tricky to move your thermostat away from existing cables. If you wire the thermostat improperly, it may result in electric shock or a blown circuit breaker. You also risk damaging your HVAC system.
Relocate your HVAC unit safely and properly
Whether you’re moving your HVAC unit out of necessity or to redesign your home, hiring a professional to perform the job will leave no room for costly mistakes. A licensed HVAC pro can determine the best location for your new unit, and move it with the least amount of downtime.
Contact a Good Guy so our HVAC technician can take care of all your installation, repair, and maintenance needs. Scheduling an appointment online is simple and easy, and even more convenient if you download our app.