An HVAC will often give you many signs that it is nearing the end of its lifespan before it dies. It may not heat or cool as efficiently as it once did, your energy bills may be suddenly increasing, or you may find your unit suddenly needing repair after repair. Regardless of what signs your HVAC unit is giving you, you may be starting to put aside money and thinking about buying a new HVAC and having it installed. If this is the first time that you have had to deal with it in your home, you may be unsure if a crane will be needed for your installation process. When a crane is needed for HVAC installation, the install cost can significantly rise, so knowing this ahead of time can help you budget. Here are a few of the signs you may need a crane for your HVAC installation.
You Have a Roof Mounted HVAC Unit
If you have a roof mounted HVAC unit, a crane is used to remove the old unit from your roof and hoist the new one into place. While there are a few work-arounds for removing an old unit from the roof without a crane, there is simply no other way to get the unit onto the roof without running the risk of damage to the unit or injury to the crew without a crane. To determine if you have a roof mounted unit, simply look at where your unit is currently positioned. If it is on the roof, it is roof mounted.
The Heating and Cooling System is Designed for Commercial Needs
Another sign that you will need a crane for HVAC installation is if you have a commercial HVAC unit, or one primarily designed for commercial needs. If you have a large home, have a duplex or triplex where your unit may heat multiple units, or if you live inside a commercial building, such as a flat above a store, you may have a commercial HVAC. These units are heavier and harder to handle than standard residential units. Due to their size, a crane needs to be used to install them, regardless of where they are installed.
Your HVAC Unit is In a Tight or Compact Space
The last sign that a crane may be needed for HVAC installation is that your HVAC unit is located in a tight or compact space. For example, if the walkway that leads to your unit is narrower than the width of the unit, a crane may be needed as there is no other way to fight the unit in there. Many homes have small lots and this can make it challenging for a crew to carry an HVAC unit around to the back or side of your yard to install the unit. If you have tight or narrow spaces, a crane may be needed.
If you have further questions about whether you will need a crane to have your HVAC unit installed, ask an HVAC installation company. They can take a look at your current set-up and help you determine the best way to remove your old unit and install the new one.