HVAC jobs range from installation of brand new systems in new construction to improvements of existing systems by repairing or replacing only the malfunctioning or worn-down components. The age and condition of the HVAC system you are working with has a major impact on what you will encounter while on the job.
When installing an HVAC system for a new construction, the quality standards for safety and efficiency are well-defined, and building code-compliance is a major consideration when selecting tools for the job. New systems must pass inspection, which means that contractors are especially conscious of the ratings and qualities of their HVAC tapes. For instance, using a tape that is UL Listed is critical because it means that it has been put through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that it meets efficiency standards and can withstand everything that it will be exposed to, including a range of temperatures from hot to cold as seasons change, as well as moisture, humidity, dirt and dust.
In remodeling projects, contractors might not know what to expect until they get to the jobsite. What begins as a simple HVAC repair job could easily turn into a much bigger project if the contractor discovers greater problems within the existing system than were anticipated.
One of the major challenges that contractors can face while doing HVAC remodeling projects is making sure the system they are working with meets building codes. When a problem has been discovered in an existing system, the contractor must assess the situation and determine a plan of action for repairs and improvements in order to ensure full system closure and efficiency. One commonly replaced component of HVAC systems is the air handler; however, without the proper tape to seam and seal the rest of the system, the inefficiencies that the job intended to address could remain even after replacing this component.
Even when an HVAC system is relatively new and in good working condition, contractors may find aspects of the system that were not built or maintained to code. For example, a tape may have been used to seal ductwork that is not UL listed, or a tape that is not meant for HVAC or insulation work at all, like general purpose silver duct tape, may have been used by a non-professional as a quick fix to seal a leak. A responsible HVAC contractor always addresses and corrects any code failures or inefficiencies that are discovered when remodeling.
Before your next job, consider the condition of the HVAC system that you will be working with. Tape choice has a major impact on system efficiency.
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