5.3002.13 Preparation for New Equipment—Mid and High Rise

Topic: 
Forced Air
Subtopic: 
Site Preparation
Desired Outcome: 
Existing equipment is removed safely and in accordance with local code
Note: 
The authority having jurisdiction may require that a licensed professional perform certain tasks outlined in this detail.
For supporting material, see Referenced Standards.
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
5.3002.13a
Access

A code compliant walkway and service platform will be installed as applicable if not present

Walkway and platform will be above the level of the insulation if located in the attic

Ensure new equipment can be installed and serviced

Maintain adequate insulation level

5.3002.13b
Environmental hazards

If mold covering more than 3 square feet  is found to be present, it must be tested by a certified organization, and all system components and possible disturbed surrounding areas will be certified free of mold by a licensed professional before equipment removal can begin.  

If a friable asbestos-like substance is found to be present in an area that will be disturbed by work, it must be tested by a certified organization, and all system components and possible disturbed surrounding areas will be certified free of asbestos by a licensed professional before equipment removal can begin

Protect workers and occupants from injury

5.3002.13c
Disconnection of utilities

Electricity and fuel will be turned off

Protect workers and occupants from injury

5.3002.13d
Refrigerant recovery

Refrigerant will be recovered in accordance with 40CFR 608 ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov )

All work will be done by a licensed professional or qualified person

Comply with Safe Handling of Refrigerant Law

Protect workers and occupants from injury

5.3002.13e
Disconnection of equipment

Refrigerant lines, plumbing, ducts, electric, control wires, vents, and fuel supply will be disconnected

All work will be done by a licensed professional

Ensure the equipment can be removed

5.3002.13f
Removal

Equipment will be removed (e.g., furnace, air handler, evaporator, condensing unit)

Existing equipment will be able to be physically removed from building if needed in the future

Equipment will be removed from the space without damaging property and disturbing or compressing the insulation

Equipment will be disposed of in accordance with local laws and regulations

Safely remove the existing equipment

Provide room to install new equipment and work safely

Comply with disposal laws in accordance with local ordinances