Critical Air Conditioner Installation Facts From The Pros
Don’t let an inexperienced or untrustworthy contractor fool you into believing that an air conditioner installation involves hauling in the indoor and outdoor units and connecting them to your home’s power supply. There’s much more to the process than that. In fact, a reputable HVAC contractor performing an air conditioner installation should take a few hours to carefully perform the following critical tasks, resulting in a high-performing, efficient air conditioner, lower energy bills and a comfortably cooled home:
- Sizing – The capacity of your air conditioner must meet the cooling load of your home. Your contractor should expertly size the unit, performing a Manual J load calculation developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Go with a system that’s too large, and the unit won’t properly dehumidify your home, you’ll pay more for the unit, and the system’s components will experience undue stress and wear and tear.
- Sealing ducts – The efficiency of your new A/C depends greatly on the efficiency of the ductwork. If it leaks, you’ll lose valuable conditioned air. Your contractor should carefully inspect and test the ducts for leaks and remedy problematic areas using mastic sealant.
- Charging refrigerant – Residential split-system air conditioners are generally charged with refrigerant on-site instead of in the factory. For optimal performance, the quality of the installation greatly depends on correctly charging the unit with refrigerant to meet manufacturer’s specifications.
- Testing airflow – Proper system airflow encourages healthy indoor air circulation and an efficient A/C. Be sure that your contractor tests the system’s airflow, making adjustments at the air handler when necessary.
When a homeowner takes the time to ensure the contractor performs a quality air conditioner installation, return on investment immediately grows, as a poorly installed system negates performance potential and increases operating costs. A system that’s installed correctly lasts longer.
It pays to take the time to perform an air conditioner installation right the first time around. Give your local HVAC experts at Symbiont Service Corp. a call today! We’ve proudly served Florida homeowners, business, aquatic parks, condominium associations and schools with expert air conditioner installations, geothermal systems and more since the 1980s.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Englewood, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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