If you’ve had a new home built in the Decatur area, or you’re replacing an old central AC unit with a new, standard one, you may be wondering what to expect, especially if you haven’t had air conditioning installed before. This is assuming that you’ve chosen your preferred brand and AC type already and have already purchased your unit.
The good news is that our professionals will help you choose the right day for installation, as someone will need to be home, and we’ll get your home at a comfortable temperature in no time.
How Complicated Will a Swap Be?
Standard modern air conditioners may be larger and have more cooling coils than older units, making them more energy efficient, and they may use a different type of refrigerant that cannot be matched with an old unit. If this is the case, and you’re replacing an older unit with a better model, our friendly professionals may need to adjust your ductwork, wiring, and refrigerant type.
If this is not done, it can lead to problems down the road, including decreased efficiency, breakdowns, and voided warranties, leading to more expense down the road.
For this reason, most often you’ll want to replace the indoor and the outdoor AC unit to ensure the best compatibility. We will come up with a plan that includes multiple steps for replacing an old AC unit with a new one. This will likely take about a day and will involve working inside and outside your home, though unforeseen circumstances could make this take slightly longer.
How About a New Installation?
If you haven’t had air conditioning before, or you’re installing into one into a new building, there may be less labor involved unless ductwork needs to be installed for a central AC unit. You’ll still need to have an indoor and outdoor AC unit installed, but our professionals will not need to remove old refrigerant or old equipment.
Costs and the installation process for a building that has never had central air conditioning before will be more straightforward than an upgrade or replacement, leading to less installation time and costs.
The Installation Process
Typically, two or three professionals will work on your new AC system. One will begin removing old equipment, and if necessary, the others will begin working on fixing or replacing any ductwork that needs to be altered. This may involve accessing areas such as basements, crawlspaces, and attics.
Once these two things are completed, our professionals will begin to install the indoor and outdoor AC units. This will involve adding new refrigerant lines, wiring if necessary, and other components that are typical for a standard AC system. Expect professionals to set up a work area both indoors and outdoors to complete the installation.
During this process, our professionals may find ductwork that needs repairs, required upgrades to your electrical system, and other required repairs, so be ready for any additional costs that may crop up.
Testing and Refrigerant
Once the equipment is installed, including any new ductwork, our professionals will charge the system with the right type of refrigerant and inspect their work. Then, they will test the thermostat, check the air pressure in the system, and review with you how to operate the system. You should receive warranty information and have any questions answered.
If You Have Questions Now
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have about the installation process. We also provide quotes before we begin work.