So you’ve decided it’s time for a new air conditioner. Congratulations! Strong, efficient cooling is within your reach. All you have to do is follow the instructions to install the new unit, or choose any HVAC service provider to install it for you. Simple enough, right?
Well, yes and no.
It’s true that a new A/C unit (central or window), especially one from a top-notch manufacturer, can lower the temperature in your house as well as the ‘balance due’on your energy bill. After all, those are most likely your two biggest priorities!
But you’re only likely to get there if the air conditioner is installed flawlessly. Even if you purchase the best unit in the world, a sub par installation can lead to poor performance, lingering maintenance issues, and a whole lot of frustration going forward.
Fortunately, these pitfalls can be avoided by understanding some of the most common mistakes of air conditioning repair, and accounting for them in your DIY installation, or choosing a reputable HVAC service provider with a solid track record of perfect installations.
1. Trying to install an air conditioner that is too large or too small for your living space
This isn’t so much a problem with installation as a problem with choosing the wrong unit in the first place, and attempting to force it into a space that is basically not suitable for the house or apartment in question. Usually the problem is either “too much”air conditioner or “not enough.”A high powered unit for a small space is entirely unnecessary, and will result in higher overall costs both initially and into the future. A smaller unit for a very large house will have to work overtime, spending more energy and pumping out less cool air. A perfect installation always begins with an air conditioner that is appropriate to the space.
2. Positioning the unit incorrectly
It’s amazing how many times we’ve seen central air conditioners installed in full sunlight, when an ideal spot in the shade is readily available. Putting air conditioners into cramped or exposed areas makes them work harder and use more energy to do their job. The same goes for the position of the thermostat. It should be kept away from heat sources such as lamps or computers. Otherwise the system will believe the air is hotter than it really is, and will kick in too often.
3. Shoddy work on the duct system
Ducts absolutely cannot be neglected, nor should any corners be cut. Why? A good duct system ensures that all the cool air—which your new A/C unit is working so hard to create—is delivered directly into your home with an absolute minimum of leakage. If the new ducts are too small or too large, if they’re of low quality, or if they aren’t sealed and fixed properly, cool air will systematically leak out, and you won’t feel the full benefit of your hard-working A/C unit. Higher energy bills and constant maintenance costs will almost surely result.
Now that you know some of the common mistakes of A/C installation, what are you going to do about it?! We hope this article has given you some useful information about staying cool and efficient with your new A/C. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write them in the space below!