You Need to Know These Installation Steps Before Hiring an A/C Contractor
Much of how your cooling system runs depends on the quality of the A/C installation. It’s important to select an HVAC contractor who will follow the most stringent practices in the industry to assure the equipment performs at top efficiency.
Here are four areas that a qualified HVAC technician will pay attention to during an A/C installation.
A/C Installation Sizing
Sizing an air conditioner precisely for your home is the first step in the process. Professionals use Manual J software, which involves a thorough analysis of your home’s energy efficiency, cubic footage, floorplan design, and lifestyle factors. If your HVAC contractor skips this step and goes by the size of your existing equipment, you may end up with a system that’s too large or small for your home. This can drive up cooling costs, reduce comfort and lead to reduced equipment life.
A/C Installation Ductwork
Ducts must be the right size and configuration for the system you choose. If ducts are too small, they’ll be noisy when the system run. If they’re too large, there won’t be adequate air pressure. All ductwork needs to be tested and sealed tightly to prevent leakage.
The amount of air blowing through the air handler needs to be tested during the A/C installation to verify it matches manufacturer recommendations. If there’s too little airflow, the evaporator coil in the air handler can freeze over, damaging the compressor in the outdoor condenser. If there’s too much, more heat will remain in the air that flows over the coil, lengthening the cooling cycle.
A/C Installation Refrigerant
At the close of the installation, the professional will gradually install the refrigerant into the condenser. Too much or too little refrigerant will adversely affect the performance of your new cooling system. Before the HVAC installer finishes, the refrigerant level must match the specifications established by the manufacturer.
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