Can You Remove Your HVAC System Yourself?

That old heating and cooling system probably served your home well for a while, but these days, it's just taking up space where a new system should be. If you are planning to have a new HVAC system installed, you may be considering removing the old system on your own in an effort to save a little money on the overall project costs, but is this a good idea?

The truth is, there is nothing saying you can't remove your old system on your own, but there are a few things to remember. Here's a look at some of the pointers to keep in mind if you are seriously considering removing your home's HVAC system on your own. 

Removing your own HVAC system is a lot harder than it looks. 

Think about all of the components of your existing HVAC system. You probably have an interior condenser unit, an exterior fan system, ductwork, electrical lines, and everything else that make up this huge system. What sounds like an easy enough task, in theory, can prove to be much harder than expected once you get in the middle of the project. You will have to:

  • Shut down all electrical or gas connections to the unit
  • Have several strong people able to help you lift and remove the old units
  • Crawl around in insulation, under the house, or on the roof
  • Have a way to haul of the old system once you have it out of the house.

Most heating and air companies offer free removal of your old system. 

One of the biggest reasons a homeowner will decide it is a good idea to remove their old system on their own is to save money. However, before you allow that idea to set up as concrete in your mind, make sure you ask the company you plan to hire to install your new system if they even charge for removal of the old system. Many of them include this process in the cost pretty much free of charge, especially if you are buying a new system from them. 

Some old components can be reused in the new system. 

Before you go pulling out all of the old components of your heating and cooling system, you should know that you may be costing yourself more money in the long run. If possible, the company that installs your new system may reuse certain components. For example, the ductwork tends to outlast the rest of the heating system, so it often gets reused. If you remove something that could've been used in the new setup, you will end up having to pay more for the project than you should have in the end.