The 4 Steps of Air Conditioning Installation
Although your air conditioner will last for years, it will eventually reach the end of its life and require replacement. If you’ve chosen your home’s next air conditioning system, perhaps by consulting one of ARS/Rescue Rooter's Comfort Advisors, then scheduling professional air conditioning installation is the single best way to ensure you get the most from the new appliance you’ve selected. Whether you’ve bought a central air system, mini-split ductless system, or heat pump system, air conditioning installation is best left to a professional expert HVAC specialist for speed, convenience, safety, and efficiency.
Evaluation and Removal of Your Old System
Before your new air conditioner can be installed, the old system must be removed, especially if you’re replacing it with a similar model. During this process, your air conditioning installer will take care to protect the surrounding area and clean up any debris caused by removal. In most cases, your installer will also handle the disposal of your old air conditioning unit. Following removal, your air conditioning installer will also perform a complete evaluation of your home’s existing cooling infrastructure to look for air duct leaks or other issues that could affect the performance of your new system. If repairs are needed, you will be notified before they are addressed.
Installation of the New System
Once your old system has been removed, installation of your new air conditioner will begin. This process may require new piping or electrical and ductwork connections, depending on your old and new air conditioners and whether the hookups are the same. During this process, all electrical connections will be checked and refrigerant added to the system as per the manufacturer’s specifications. Your new air conditioner will be tested to ensure it works properly so you can begin using it as soon as your technician is finished with the job.
Installation or Inspection of Your Thermostat
Most new air conditioning systems come with a new thermostat. If you’d like the new thermostat installed, your installer will do so during the same visit. Alternatively, you may want to keep your existing thermostat, in which case your installer will simply make sure the connection between your thermostat and your new air conditioner is satisfactory. If you want to install a completely separate thermostat system, such as a smart or learning thermostat, your air conditioning installer can do so if you have your new thermostat on hand; if not, you can schedule a future service call for new thermostat installation. Your installer will make sure you know how to use any new thermostat that is installed and leave you with the thermostat’s instructions before he leaves.
Final Check and Maintenance Suggestions
Once the air conditioning system is installed, your technician will take it through a final check. He will also go over any basic maintenance tasks you may be able to handle on your own, as well as how often these tasks should be completed. You can also opt to schedule your AC’s first maintenance service or choose to do so at a later time. Your HVAC installer will let you know how often professional care is needed and can provide you with the answers to any additional questions you may have before your installation is complete.
Professional air conditioning installation from experts like those at ARS/Rescue Rooter is the best way to ensure you get the best performance from your new HVAC system.