Did you think that installing your brand new air conditioner was as simple as hooking up a couple of cords and wires? Homeowners often believe that it takes very little expertise to properly install a new AC unit. Unfortunately, this leads many people to receive subpar work and an air conditioning unit that isn’t appropriate for their home. The proper installation of your air conditioning unit starts long before the day it arrives on your doorstep.
From start to finish, you should know what to expect and how to hold your HVAC professional accountable for excellent service. This installation checklist should help you understand just what is expected of your air conditioning company from the beginning of your process all the way through to installation.
Before You Buy
Before you make a decision on what type of air conditioner is right for your home, your HVAC professional should do a few things to help you decide. Here are some of the more important items that you should ensure your technician does from the very beginning.
Have you measured the home to calculate the proper size of the necessary equipment?
Are you going to install a properly matched coil inside the home?
Will the new unit be compatible with my existing ductwork?
Are there any Energy Star or other energy-efficient options available in this proper size?
Will I need a new thermostat to control this new air conditioner?
Are there any local rebates available to offset the cost of this purchase?
Many people believe that their HVAC company can assist them in finding the proper unit. However, they doubt whether they know how to effectively hook it up. While we won’t dive into all of the details on how to install a new air conditioning unit, there are a few things that should be done at the same time. Here are a few of the tasks that an excellent company will perform while they are installing a new unit.
Will you set different temperature controls for the different zones in the home?
Will the existing ductwork be checked for leaks and other forms of damage?
Can you repair or insulate the ductwork during installation if necessary?
Do you plan to test whether the leakage of air from the ductwork exceeds the recommended amount?
Will you confirm the levels of refrigerant?
After the installation is over, you need to know how to properly take care of your new air conditioner. Expect your technician to review a few of these things with you before they leave.
Demonstrate how to replace the air filters in the new HVAC system.
Show me how to set my new thermostat and program it properly for maximum energy savings.
Offer third-party verification that the system was installed correctly, if applicable.