Understanding the AC Installation Process

Understanding the AC Installation Process

So your old air conditioning system did a thorough job for years, but its probable expiration date may be fast approaching. HVAC systems don’t last forever and, if a model starts to age out, then replacing it becomes a priority for homeowners hoping to avoid performance issues. Air Unlimited in Liberty, MO, can assist you with all of your AC installation questions.

What happens during the air conditioning system installation process? Mostly, an HVAC contractor follows several common steps to put the new model into place successfully and make sure it works properly for your comfort.

Why Go With a New Air Conditioner?

In addition to facing a higher risk of breakdown, an “aged-out” air conditioner will be less efficient. Weak efficiency means higher utility bills combined with poor performance and cooling. An upgrade makes sense when these troubles arise.

Also, wear and tear will eventually rear its ugly head. As old parts decline, replacements and repairs emerge. Such work costs money, and the system isn’t even likely to last many more years. It doesn’t make much sense to continue to pay for repairs and higher utility bills when your money could’ve purchased a new, energy-efficient model that will work better and cost you less in the long term.

Selecting the Right Model

When opting to buy a new air conditioner, the first step involves meeting with a contractor to determine the best AC for the home. Choosing the right size model becomes a top priority. If the model is too big or too small, cycling issues occur. Once again, efficiency may suffer and monthly bills could be excessive. Let the contractor size the home and the AC model to ensure both suit each other.

At Air Unlimited, we handle air conditioning installations for home and business owners in Liberty and Kansas City.

Covering Up the Floors

A step that turns out to be a huge help involves the contractor covering up the floors and carpets with a tarp. The installation job might kick up some dirt and dust, and who wants to get that into carpet fibers? The contractor might move some furniture around, which could reduce the chances of any unnecessary damage.

Removing the Old Air Conditioner

The first part of “out with the old, in with the new” involves dismantling the old air conditioner and taking it away. You cannot dispose of the old AC by putting it out for the trash truck to remove. The contractor must take it away for recycling. Also, the workers must remove old fluids and dispose of them properly.

Installing and Connecting the New Air Conditioner

After bringing the new air conditioner unit into the home, the process of connecting it begins. Several parts and lines must connect to the air conditioner. Compressors, coils, and more must connect appropriately. The installation process could also include components outside the house.

Taking Steps to Examine the Ducts

The previous air conditioning system connected to the current duct layout might not fit well with the new one set for installation. While it may be possible to install the new air conditioner without touching the ducts, the chance exists that some ductwork becomes necessary. The new system might not be entirely compatible with the present duct system, so modifications or even repairs may be required. The work might not be extensive, and the contractor may need to only slightly “tweak” the ducts.

That said, speculating on any potential ductwork won’t provide a definitive answer as to whether anything becomes necessary. The contractor has to look at the ducts and decide. Hopefully, extensive modifications aren’t required.

Handling the Electrical Work

An air conditioner requires a power source, and that source is electricity. So, electrical wiring and other components require installation. The contractor may handle this task, or it may need to go to a licensed electrician. Such work must be in the hands of a highly qualified pro, considering improper wiring creates hazards.

Installing the Thermostat

Controlling the air conditioning system becomes impossible without a thermostat. A smart thermostat might be the better choice, but a traditional device might work well. Regardless of the chosen thermostat, make sure the contractor instructs the residents on how to use it. This way, no one has any hassles with setting a preferred temperature.

Inspections and Explanations

Ask the contractor to perform a final safety inspection. Also, be sure to request an explanation about warranties or anything else of concern. Perhaps the time is right to inquire about service maintenance deals.

If you want a reliable professional to handle your installation, contact us at Air Unlimited. Our crew also completes repairs and tune-ups for AC and heating systems. We look forward to helping you with your indoor climate comfort needs.

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