The number one thing you should never do when buying a new air conditioner is to plan on installing it yourself. Unless you are an experienced and professionally trained HVAC technician, mistakes can be made that will affect not only the efficiency of that system but also the system’s longevity. There are steps that a professional installer goes through that, while they sound simple enough, ensure the adequate performance of your cooling system for the years to come.
Of course, if you’ve come across this blog post at the time of its publishing, you may very well be reading this because you’re in a hurry to get a new AC in your house, now. We get it, but rushing into a purchase like this can mean sacrificing comfort, and even sacrificing your wallet a bit.
Read on as we uncover the steps that HVAC professionals go through and explain why installing a system yourself may not be the best choice.
Step 1: We Remove the Old System
We get it—this one sounds like a no-brainer, right? But it’s really not as easy as just slipping out the old system and tossing it in a dumpster. Your old cooling system has a number of components that require a specific kind of disposal, such as refrigerant. This is particularly true if your AC system was still using R-22 refrigerant, which has been phased out because of how bad it is for the environment.
Removing the old air conditioner from your property is actually the lengthiest part of an AC installation job. Special attention must be given to make sure that no components are knocked out of place, and then the area must be prepped for the new air conditioner—both the outdoor and indoor units.
Step 2: We Make the Proper Connections
Once your new cooling system has been placed where it needs to go, our techs will connect it to the important components in your house. The main component here is your ductwork—and while we’re on that topic it’s a good time to ask, what kind of shape are your ducts in? If they’re old, have tears, or weren’t properly sized to start withm then you may need to consider duct repair or replacement as part of your overall AC installation.
Assuming your ducts are in good shape, they’ll need to be shifted and moved around to make the connections to your system. Our professionals understand how to do this without damaging anything else in the meantime. The same goes for the electrical components that need to be connected to your AC for it to function.
Step 3: We Test Your Air Conditioner
What kind of HVAC professionals would we be if we finished the installation job, but left your home without actually making sure your air conditioner would work? You’d have no idea if it was operating as efficiently or effectively as it is meant to.
With our pros on the job, you can rest assured that your system will be properly tested for functionality. Additionally, we’ll ensure there are no safety hazards and that the system is doing everything it is supposed to.