Even more concerning is the fact that many HVAC companies and air conditioner installers are unaware of all the steps that should be included in a proper installation. It’s easy to cut corners on an air conditioning system so that it runs “good enough,” but “good enough” often means thousands of dollars in energy costs over the system’s lifetime, as well as being less comfortable for you and your household. This is definitely unacceptable. In this article, we will go over the entire aircon installation process in detail, from beginning to end! Continue reading if you’re serious about making the most of your air conditioner. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes from understanding each step by the end. It will also enable you to choose a company with an excellent installation process.
Take note: this is not a do-it-yourself guide. A licensed professional should always handle air conditioning installation. After reading each step involved, you will know why it should be easy to see why.
1. Think About Replacing or Installing a New Air Conditioner
The majority of air conditioners being replaced today are between the ages of eight and thirty. The height, length, and width of modern air conditioners have increased by 20 to 50 percent. This allows for a larger coil, which improves the efficiency of the air conditioner. Because modern air conditioners are larger, the current location of your existing air conditioner may not be suitable for the new one. If there are state or manufacturer regulations on space clearances surrounding your air conditioner, it may need to be relocated. Others demand that the unit is within a certain distance of the meter. This can result in additional costs in some cases. Because it may necessitate moving equipment or modifying your home’s ductwork, this is the first consideration for a homeowner. What’s the good news, then? Modern air conditioners are much quieter and more efficient than their predecessors, so the savings are frequently offset.
2. Inquiring about Aircon Data and Specifications During the Home Inspection
The estimator is responsible for reviewing the existing air conditioning system during your initial in-home visit. Important data must be gathered in order for them to provide you with an accurate proposal. The installation team is then given this information. Proper equipment may be required depending on the job, which the installation team can bring with them thanks to this step. Having all of the necessary information before the installation day increases the likelihood of successful and timely completion.
3. The Installation Team’s Arrival, Assessment, and Safety
Your installation team should call or text you before they arrive to let you know they are on their way. Many reputable HVAC companies will also send photos and bios of the installation crew that will be visiting your home in advance. This adds an extra layer of security and comfort before a stranger enters your home.
The lead installer will share and review the job information with you once they arrive. This is frequently included in a packet that contains job information. This packet contains information about the equipment, installation accessories, and any special instructions you gave the estimator before the sale. It’s critical to set aside some time for this review. This will help you avoid making costly and inconvenient mistakes during the installation. A successful installation relies heavily on communication.
While you and the lead installer are discussing the job details, the other members of the team will begin laying down floor protection and setting up tools and equipment. They’ll also begin a safety procedure that includes disconnecting electrical circuits and shutting down the gas source to the existing HVAC system.
4. Getting Ready for the New Air Conditioner
Most existing air conditioner locations will require some preparation work before the new air conditioner can be installed. This includes replacing the pad on which the new air conditioner will be installed. New air conditioners are taller and larger than previous models. There have also been instances where the ground has sunk. The ground must be leveled before the new pad can be installed. A gravel base is used by good HVAC companies to level or build up the area where the new air conditioner will be installed.
With regards to the installation of the air conditioner, some people believe that a concrete pad should be poured for the new air conditioner to sit on. It is extremely difficult to repair or remedy when this occurs. A composite pad is recommended instead. The composite pad is intended to be used outside and will last for the life of the new air conditioner. Furthermore, it is often better equipped than concrete to absorb machine vibrations, reducing noise and shaking.