Talking About Air Conditioners

What To Expect When You Replace Your Home's Air Conditioning Unit

If you live in a hot climate, having a quality air conditioner is an essential part of staying cool and comfortable during the summer months. Air conditioners have an finite lifespan, so if you have a very old air conditioner, or if your air conditioner is breaking down often and requiring regular repairs, it is a good idea to start thinking about having a new unit installed. Air conditioners often last more than a decade, so a lot of homeowners do not have any experience in having their home's air conditioner replaced. If you know that you will be getting rid of your old air conditioner and having a new one installed, continue reading to learn more about what you can expect.

Pre-Installation Inspection

Unlike other home appliances, you don't just go to a home improvement store and pick out your favorite air conditioning unit and then have it installed. Air conditioning units come in different sizes, and it is very important that you purchase an air conditioner that is the right size for your home. Thus, before you purchase an air conditioning unit and have it installed, it is important to have your home inspected by a licensed HVAC contractor. During the inspection, the HVAC contractor will take into account the square footage of your home, the layout of the house, and the existing duct system before determining what size and type of air conditioner will work best. 

Removal of Old Unit

The installation of your new air conditioning unit will begin with the removal of your old unit. Taking apart and removing an old air conditioner is a complex task that can take a good amount of time. In many cases, an old air conditioning unit will be removed on one day, and the new unit will be installed on the next day. You can help with the process by making sure that there is not debris or overgrown shrubs or bushes in the area around the air conditioning unit where your HVAC contractor will be working.

Installation of New Unit

Before your new air conditioning unit is installed, it is recommended to have your air ducts cleaned out first. This will prevent the dirt and debris inside the ducts from being blown into your brand new air conditioner. Some HVAC contractors include duct cleaning in the installation price, while others do not, so make sure to ask about it. Your new air conditioner will then be carefully placed and connected by your HVAC contractor. After everything is in place, the air conditioner will be tested to ensure that it is wired properly and is blowing cold air through each vent in your home. 

For more information, contact HVAC installation services in your area.