5 Common Mistakes That HVAC Installers Make

October 9, 2019 11:49 am



When mistakes are made by Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) installers, this can cost everyone time and money. Faults can impact on your firm’s reputation as well as the integrity of your operation. Here we discuss typical errors that could be avoided with a little care and attention.

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1. Missing Chances to Help Customers Improve Building Efficiency

Installers should address with the customer issues that come to light during an installation such as badly or un-insulated areas, airflow problems (too much or too little) or no air sealing. As you have access to the inner workings of the building, you are uniquely placed to help even if you do not remedy the problem.

2. Not Paying Attention to Ventilation

It is important to look closely at the ventilation needs of a job. Too often, companies simply put in a heating or cooling system without considering ventilation. Regulations are resulting in the construction of increasingly airtight buildings, so planning enough ventilation is crucial.

3. Not Adhering to Industry Standard

The HVAC industry changes according to the advent of new technology, codes and regulations affecting physical systems and installation. For example, there are regulations in place for the maintenance of air conditioning units.

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Zone by zone heating and cooling controls are recent innovations.

Not following the latest efficiency standards and regulations will lead to you losing customers who will want to use more up-to-date companies.


4. Charging the Lowest Cost

Trying to give the lowest quote can lead to serious problems. While you might think this policy is a winner, in fact it can undercut your firm in the long run and make you more likely to fall into the mistakes on this list.

Not adequately planning and calculating, using inexperienced labour and using sub-standard equipment can lead to poor results and dissatisfied customers.

5. Trying to Wing It by Not Tailoring Installation

No two buildings are alike. It is important to take this into account when installing proper duct placement, register placement and duct sizing. Frequently the contractor goes by a ‘rule of thumb’ and aims to save time and money for himself, leading to problems for the customer, who should not have to pay out for an inefficient system.