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Central Air Conditioner Installation Guide

Central Air Conditioner Installation Guide

If you are looking for a central air conditioner installation, there are several things that you will want to do before beginning the process.

Learning about a new air-conditioning installation can help you know what you are looking for when you hire a technician and what to expect when you are getting your new HVAC system installed.

It is important to note that you should not try to do your own HVAC installation. You will want to have a professional installer that is experienced and licensed to install these machines. Installing HVAC units is complicated and can be dangerous.

Why Might I Need a New Unit?

You may need to upgrade your air-conditioning unit if it is not functioning properly, and the repair will be more to fix it than it would be to get a new unit. You may also need a new air-conditioning unit if your unit is over ten years old.

Units that are over ten years old are not as energy-efficient, and will not cool the home as well as it used to. Getting a new unit will help to ensure that you are saving on your energy bills each year. If you find your unit is getting many repairs throughout the year, you want to go ahead and upgrade your unit.

Typically, when you upgrade your indoor air handler, you should go ahead and update your outdoor unit as well. This will help to ensure that both of your systems are working at peak efficiency.

What Are the Types of HVAC Units?

There are four types of HVAC units. What you get will depend on the size of your home and the money you want to spend. These units include:

  • Heat pump. A heat pump is a type of split system. Instead of having both an air-conditioner and furnace in one area, it has an air handler that will sit indoors, and the heat pump will be found outside. Heat pumps can use geothermal or air source.
  • Split system. A split system is the most popular type of central air-conditioning found in the United States. It has an air handler that has an evaporator coil and the blower inside. The outside unit contains the compressor and the condenser coil. There are refrigerant lines that connect to the system to help aid in the function of the air-conditioning.
  • Ductless mini-split. If your home does not have ductwork, a ductless mini-split may be for you. These have an outdoor air conditioner or heat pump placed in one or more rooms of your home. This type of system allows for greater control over the temperature and energy use in each room.
  • Packaged air-conditioner. A packaged air-conditioner uses electric air-conditioning and a heat pump. The unit will entirely set outside on your rooftop or outside the home. They have a small carbon footprint and are easily installed.

How to Choose the Right AC Contractors

If you need a new air-conditioning unit, you will want to get an estimate on installing a new air conditioner. Load calculations will be performed to determine the size of the central air conditioner you need.

The HVAC technician will also take a look at your ductwork, refrigerant lines, and thermostat to see if those need to be replaced as well. You will want to make sure that you hire an HVAC company with many years of experience installing central air conditioners.

They will also need to be licensed and know all the building codes in your area. It is a good idea to read some reviews to get a good idea of the company you consider hiring.

What is the Process to Install A Central Air Conditioner?

You may be curious about what you should expect on the day of installation for your central air conditioner. Below is what you can expect. Remember that some HVAC companies may do things differently, depending on what they have to do.

  • Permitting. The first step that your HVAC contractor will do is to make sure that they have the permit. In some cases, you may be asked to do this, but more often than not, your HVAC contractor will do this for you.
  • Removal of the old air conditioner. Your HVAC contractor will then begin to remove all the components of your old air-conditioning system. They will haul this off in an eco-friendly manner.
  • Duct system. Your HVAC contractor will either perform duct repairs or install a new system for your ductwork, depending on the state of your ductwork. If you need a new duct installation, the contractor will speak with you about this beforehand.
  • Preparation of installation site. The HVAC contractor will begin the prep work for the sitting of the air-conditioning unit. This will include setting a concrete pad where it can sit on.
  • Indoor unit. If your indoor unit is being replaced, this is the time that it will be done. If you are replacing your outdoor unit, it is good to go ahead and replace the air handler.
  • Connections. The refrigerant lines, drain piping, and electrical lines were all be connected during this process.
  • Thermostat connection. The next step will be connecting your thermostat. If you need to have a new thermostat installed, this will be done during this time.
  • Vacuum. A vacuum pump will be used to remove any contaminants from the refrigerant line. This will allow the new air-conditioner to be charged with refrigerant.
  • Starting. Your new air-conditioning system will now be turned on.
  • Inspection. A complete inspection will be done on everything that was installed with your air-conditioning unit. This will help to ensure the proper functionality of your heating and air-conditioning unit.

If you need a new air-conditioning unit, you will want to get it replaced as soon as possible. Please call Action Heating and Cooling today to schedule an appointment for a consultation on installing a new heating and air unit for your home in Central Florida.

We will be able to come out to inspect your entire system to determine whether or not you need ductwork, indoor or outdoor unit. We can also help to make sure that you have the right size unit for your home.

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