We’ll start off by saying, we totally get it. The temptation to install your own air conditioner is strong—especially when it will cost you less, right?
But unless it’s a window AC unit or a portable air conditioning system, we really do urge you to reconsider. The fact of the matter is, there are intricate steps involved that can be missed if the installation is not done by a professional, which can lead to catastrophic problems such as refrigerant leaks, inefficient operation, or even a compressor failure.
Overall, AC systems are highly complex, and require trained and experienced professionals to work with. Of course, if you’re shopping for an air conditioner in June, chances are you want to get one before summer starts in earnest. Rushing into a large investment such as this can leave you sacrificing your comfort and efficiency, however. Read on as we outline just why AC installation is not a DIY project.
The Old System Must Be Carefully Removed
You may be wondering why—why can’t you just take the old system out and drive it to the dump?
Well, your old cooling system has a number of components that have to be properly disposed of in order to remain safe, such as refrigerant. This is especially true if your system still uses R-22 refrigerant, which has been phased out this year due to its harmful impact on the eco-system. Our trained and experienced pros know how to deal with this.
It’s also worth noting that even for experienced professionals, removing the old system can be the longest and most laborious part of the process. Special attention must be given to make sure nothing is knocked out of place, and the area in your home must be properly prepared for the new AC system—both the outdoor unit and indoor unit (or indoor air handlers, in the case of a ductless system).
Mistakes Must Be Avoided When Making Connections
Once your cooling system is installed where you want it, our professionals connect it to the vital components needed for its functionality. The main component we’ll have to connect is the ductwork, otherwise known as the ventilation system.
Sometimes, ductwork has to get shifted around to make connections properly. Our pros will be able to do this without damaging any components in the process. The same can be said for the electrical connections needed for your AC system to actually function.
The System Must Be Adequately Tested
This is the last, but most important part of professional air conditioning installation. If our staff left your home after making the last connection without testing your system to make sure it actually works, then you would have no idea what to expect. You also might not know if there’s anything amiss with your system that can affect its performance later.
Before our pros leave your home, we’ll turn the system on, and measure the intake and airflow to make sure the system is operating as it should. We’ll look at other factors as well, ensuring there aren’t any glaring safety hazards and that your system is functioning the way it should.