How to Prepare for an Air Conditioner Installation
Let’s face it, it’s hard to survive the summer without air conditioning. A home without it can be uncomfortable and even unbearable, so if your cooling system breaks down, it should be replaced immediately. There are some things, however, that you should know and some preparations to make before your new AC system is installed. These preparations will make your air conditioning installation smoother and keep your home comfortable all summer.
Make the Installation Area Accessible
Technicians need space and easy access to the area where your AC unit will be installed. This includes easy access to the furnace area, as well, which is where the evaporator coil (A-coil) will be installed. Ensure the outdoor area where the unit will be installed, as well as the area around the furnace, are clean and clear of debris. Low voltage wiring that controls the AC and Interconnecting tubing (a line set) must be installed, so technicians will also need access to all the areas between your furnace and air conditioner. The high voltage power supply or main electrical panel should also be easily accessible by the technician.
Choose the Right Unit
When it comes to air conditioners, size matters. Larger units can use more energy than necessary and smaller won’t be able to cool your entire home. Both are inefficient and can be costly, so choosing a unit that fits the size of your home is essential. A professional AC contractor can perform a load calculation to estimate the correct size for your new unit. Just remember that your new unit may not be the same size as your old one.
Learn About the Installation and New Air Conditioner
After choosing your new unit and before the air conditioning installation, you should learn as much about the installation process and your new unit as possible. The installation process usually takes a few hours to complete, and will be performed by a technician. Although the technician will be busy during the installation, be sure to ask them for an overview of your unit and thermostat (if replaced) and any maintenance needs. The more you know about your system and what’s required to keep it running well, the better!
If you’re going to need a new air conditioner this summer, contact us today to schedule an appointment and beat the rush.