The air conditioning installation process is long and involved since many steps are needed, especially if the contractor is removing an old system too. You'll also have to choose the equipment you want carefully so you have an energy-efficient unit at a cost that fits your budget. The AC contractor is a big help when you go through the process of getting a new air conditioner. Here are details about air conditioning installation.
Several Parts Are Installed
An air conditioning installation project includes replacing the condenser and all the parts in it, the refrigerant, copper lines, evaporator coil, condensation drain, disconnect box, and wiring. An important thing to consider is that new air conditioners are made to be energy-efficient. This makes the condenser and the evaporator coil that goes in the air handler much larger.
The AC contractor may need to install a new pad for the condenser to rest on. You may even need to find a different place to install the condenser due to the increased size. The same is true for the evaporator coil that goes in the air handler. The new coil might be so large that it's difficult to get it in the air handler without taking apart the plenum. This adds to the complexity of the work, but it's common and expected when an old system is upgraded to modern equipment.
Refrigerant Removal And Handling Is Regulated
Refrigerant can't be released. It has to be collected and contained. A contractor has to be certified before they can handle refrigerant. Removing the refrigerant is an important step in taking your old AC apart. Once the refrigerant has been recovered from the lines, the copper lines and coils can be removed and taken away. These may be recycled along with other air conditioning parts that are salvageable.
The Work Might Take All Day
Since many of the steps involved take time to complete, it might take all day to get your new air conditioner installed. Your HVAC has to be off during this time, so you may not want to schedule air conditioning installation during the hottest days of the year. You'll probably need to be home since the contractor has to work inside your home as well as outside. When they're finished, the contractor will tell you the important things you need to know and leave the owner's manual with you for future reference. Before the contractor leaves, they check the operation of your equipment to make sure it's safe and working well.