Let’s begin by saying that we do not encourage you to install an air conditioner on your own. In fact, we strongly recommend exactly the opposite. Air conditioners are complex units that require the intervention of a professional technician who is trained and experienced.
If you are in the middle or late spring, temperatures have started to rise to the point where you need a cooling system on a daily basis. If you buy one at this time, it means you need it right now.
But by rushing into a purchase like this, you risk losing comfort and efficiency, especially if you try to install the system on your own. Read on as you go over the three steps of a professional air conditioning system.
Removing the Old System
It’s not as straightforward as taking out an air conditioner and throwing it away. Your older air conditioner has a number of parts that need to be disposed of properly, first and foremost, like the refrigerant. Professional technicians will know exactly how to handle this. Removing the older air conditioner is actually the hardest and longest part of the air conditioner installation procedure. It is especially necessary to make sure that nothing is moved and then prepare the place for your new system—both the indoor unit and the outdoor unit.
Making the connections
After your new air conditioner has been properly installed, you will need to connect it to major parts of your home to make it work. The main component we’re talking about here is your ventilation system, your ducts. In some cases, you may have to move your ducts to make these connections. A professional will know how to do this safely and without damaging anything in the process. The same goes for the electrical connections required to power your air conditioner.
Testing the Air Conditioner
This is the last and most important step in a successful professional installation! Our professional technicians will turn on your air conditioner, by measuring the air inlet and airflow to see if it is working properly. We will also make sure that there are no potential safety hazards and that the system is doing everything it’s intended to do.
This is only a brief overview of the air conditioning installation procedure. Keep in mind that the entire process usually starts a few days beforehand, with the proper selection and dimensioning of the system—an overpowered air conditioner can be as damaging as an underpowered air conditioner. There are also a number of smaller steps that can be handled only by trained and experienced professional technicians from SAF Combustion.