10 Reasons to Relocate Your HVAC Unit
Nothing about your home is set in stone, including the location of your heating and air conditioning unit. The idea of moving your HVAC unit from one area of your property to another sounds strange, but it may prove necessary in order to accommodate changes made to your home.
Whether you plan to remodel your home or simply need more space for a new HVAC system installation, there are plenty of good reasons to relocate your HVAC unit.
1. Improved Aesthetics
Designed with function over form in mind, the average HVAC unit won’t win any beauty contests. Although you can use a variety of creative landscaping tricks to blend your HVAC unit into its surroundings, relocating your HVAC unit may be the only option if it sticks out like a sore thumb.
In many cases, you can improve your home’s curb appeal by relocating the unit from the side of your home to the rear.
2. Improved Access
Another good reason to relocate your HVAC unit is to make it easier for technicians to reach it for service and repairs. A hard-to-access HVAC unit can prove frustrating for technicians to work on, and the time and effort required can cause your labor costs to skyrocket. Moving your HVAC unit to a more accessible location also makes cleaning and debris prevention easier.
3. New System With Larger Footprint
If you’re planning to upgrade your HVAC system, you may discover that the new unit has a much larger footprint than your current equipment. As a result, you may not be able to install your new HVAC unit in the same location as its predecessor. Relocating your HVAC unit makes it easier to install upsized equipment to keep up with your home’s ever-changing heating and cooling needs.
4. Room for Home Addition
Whether you’re adding on a new room or expanding your current living space, the last thing you want is for your HVAC unit to get in the way of your remodeling efforts. Relocating your HVAC unit ensures that your home has room to grow.
5. Noise Reduction
Noise is one of the most common complaints that homeowners have with their HVAC systems. Although today’s HVAC units are designed to operate as quietly as possible, these units still generate a noticeable amount of noise. Moving your current HVAC unit a few feet away from your home may offer a significant reduction in unwanted noise.
Don’t forget that you can calm a noisy HVAC unit in other ways too. Some noise issues can be solved simply through regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance. Before considering relocation, have your HVAC technician diagnose the unit for common HVAC noise sources, including damaged fan blades and motors in need of lubrication.
6. Reduced Theft Risk
Copper theft from HVAC units is a serious issue for homeowners throughout the Boise area. Thieves cause thousands of dollars in damage to HVAC equipment just to extract a small amount of copper from units. While motion sensors, GPS equipment, and secured enclosures can help safeguard your HVAC unit against opportunistic thieves, moving your HVAC unit out of direct view of passersby can also help.
7. New Fencing
A beautiful, new fence can help boost your home’s curb appeal. You should consider relocating your HVAC unit if it’s likely to get in the way of your fencing. Relocation can also help if your home’s property line runs close to your existing HVAC unit.
8. New Patio, Porch, or Deck
If you’re planning on adding a new deck or patio for your backyard, your HVAC unit’s existing location could stand in the way of your building plans. Likewise, a new front porch can also intrude upon your HVAC unit’s existing space.
9. Land Erosion
Erosion problems caused by stormwater runoff can make the ground underneath your HVAC unit unstable and prone to a possible collapse. Erosion can also cause the unit’s concrete pad to crack or buckle, denying it a safe, level operating surface. To keep your HVAC unit and its refrigerant lines from being damaged, you may need to relocate the unit to a more stable location.
10. Code Compliance
Changes in municipal building codes may force you to move your HVAC unit to stay in compliance. You could also have a non-compliant HVAC unit after purchasing an older or antique home.
Keep in mind that HVAC relocation isn’t for the do-it-yourselfer, no matter how handy you are with tools. Moving most HVAC units requires a full drawdown and storage of your system’s refrigerant — a task that requires special tools and training to safely complete. In short, you’re better off leaving the relocation in the hands of seasoned professionals.
If you ever need to relocate your heating and air conditioning unit, get in touch with the experts at Advanced Heating & Cooling today. We install all of our new HVAC equipment according to the latest municipal building codes.