HVAC companies use an installation checklist to ensure that nothing gets missed during the install. You may have one massive checklist for all installs or specific checklists for different types of equipment. The checklist can be expanded to include (or complement) startup items used at the beginning of the season to make sure the equipment is still running correctly or a general maintenance checklist used for quarterly checkups.
In general, checklists keep your team’s workflow consistent and can help encourage adherence to company policies. They can also save you the expense of callbacks from missed steps or equipment flaws.
It can also be used to encourage customer loyalty. Show the checklist to the customer to build confidence in the thoroughness of the work completed. It also gives you an opportunity to educate the customer about their equipment, energy efficiency and how to save on their gas and electric bills, and what additional work or improvements you suggest.
Another key reason to start using checklists, especially when installing new equipment, is to have a record of what you’ve done in case questions arise later. Keep these records for warranty questions or disputes with customers.
In this post, we walk you through what a good checklist should include to ensure a quality installation. You can also download our free checklist template at the end of this post to get you started.
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can save you time in the field and the office. Instead of lugging around tons of paperwork and having to manually enter it into the job history, many checklist apps can attach a completed checklist to the job entry.
We’ve also built our own checklist app to meet the specific needs of home service businesses. Our users can add a checklist to any job which techs can then pull up in the field. From our mobile app, they can see all relevant information about the job, the customer, their work history and equipment, along with the checklists assigned to the job.
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Here are the different components we recommend including in your install checklist:
Most manufacturers of HVAC equipment have their own startup and service checklists that are specific to their products. While it’s good to have default checklists for any heating or air conditioning unit, we also recommend having specific checklists on-hand for the equipment you regularly service or install. Be sure to consult local building codes and the National Electrical Code (NEC) for installation requirements.
It might also be helpful to review
, a guide for homeowners when comparing the value of potential contractors. This guide can also be very useful when building out a checklist for everything you should cover in the estimate.
Then you’re ready for your standard walk-through of a unit install. A common issue missed step is not double-checking the model number. Before you start installing anything, make sure you have the right unit!
In your checklist, include all the actions you take before installing the unit, such as checking for shipping damage or missing parts, checking the power supply and making sure it’s up-to-code, and inspecting the condition of ductwork, tubing and electrical connectors, air filters, vents and flues, gas lines, and drainage pipes.
During the installation process, a good checklist should guide you through a thorough evaluation of all the components of the new system, such as the compressors, motors, pumps, and fans. What are common issues you run into with poorly installed equipment? Make sure they’re on the list.
To give you an example of the kinds of technical items a checklist might include, here are two sections from our template (which you can download for yourself at the end of this post).
Gas supply line connected to unit
Gas piping joints sealed
Drip leg installed
Gas leak check complete
Check gas pressure
Motor and blower mounting bolts are tight
Fans are aligned and rotating freely
Fan motor bearings are lubricated
Other sections of our template include space and unit inspections, electrical and controls, coil requirements, refrigerant requirements, and pressure, charge, voltage, and temperature measurements.
Post-install, you’ll want to take initial performance readings of the new equipment and the entire heating or cooling system. This is a good opportunity to offer recommendations for future work. (If you installed a new furnace, how is their air conditioner functioning?)
Also consider adding all of the things a tech needs to communicate to a customer, such as an overview of the unit’s features, thermostat settings, warranty information, a plug for HVAC maintenance agreements, and a request for a review.
We’ve designed an HVAC install checklist template that covers many of the actions HVAC contractors take when changing out an entire HVAC system or a specific unit. Download now: