So, you’ve done the work, found the perfect unit for your needs, and are now waiting for your home’s scheduled air conditioner installation appointment. This is an exciting time, and there are plenty of things to keep you busy before the installation technicians arrive. These tasks, while simple, will be of great help to the air conditioner installation team, and will minimize the risk of damage to your property. In this article, we will cover all the things you can do to prepare for your new air conditioner installation appointment, as well as what you can expect to see when the time comes. So, read on to find out everything you want to know about the installation process.
Get Your Ductwork Ready
One of the most overlooked parts of air conditioner installation is the preparation of the home’s ductwork. Most homeowners forget about it and believe the process is only a matter of removing the old unit and installing the new one. The truth of the matter is that an air conditioner installation team can’t install a new unit unless the ductwork is in optimal condition. This means that prior to your scheduled appointment you should get your ducts cleaned, sealed, and repaired, so your new air conditioner can work as efficiently as expected.
Clear the Area of Any Debris
Removing an old air conditioner and putting in a new one requires enough space to safely perform any necessary maneuvers. This means that a day or two before your scheduled air conditioner installation appointment, you should remove any debris or objects that could hinder the work. This is especially important when you have items that are fragile in the area where the technicians will be working. So, to ensure nothing is damaged or broken, it is best you put your belongings somewhere else for the duration of the work.
Make Sure the Path to the Site Is Free of Obstacles
In order to help the installers move around freely from their vehicles to the location in which your new air conditioner will be installed, you should establish a clear path for them to use. This means moving any furniture, rugs, and other objects that could get in their way. This also helps to keep your belongings safe from any accidental damage.
Review Your Unit Prior to Its Placement
As soon as your installation team arrives at your home with your new air conditioner, make sure you go over the new system with the team leader to verify that they have delivered the unit you ordered. The specifications of what you paid for should be on the documents you were given on the day you made your purchase. The team leader should also have copies of the paperwork, so make sure you review and compare all the specifications on the paperwork with the ones on the unit to check if you are getting what you paid for. This will help prevent any potential issues that could arise after the unit is installed.
What Happens During the Process?
The exact installation process to be used in your specific case will be determined by the type of air conditioner you have purchased, but there are a few general steps that are always the same across the board. Even though you won’t be an active participant in the actual installation process, and it’s best you stay out of the way of the installers, allowing them to do the work without interruption, it is a good idea to be available to them in case they have any questions or require you make any spur of the moment decisions.
Step 1: The old air conditioner will be removed.
Before your new air conditioner can be installed, the old one must be removed. This is done by first disconnecting all the electrical wiring that integrates the old unit to your home’s electrical system. In some cases, the installation team might require you to provide access to your attic, basement, or any areas where the air conditioner’s wires run through. After the power has been fully disconnected from the old unit, the techs will proceed to remove the refrigerant liquid from the unit. Keep in mind that, given its toxicity, only a technician with a special license can do this.
Step 2: Inspection of your ductwork and assembly of the new unit.
Even though you already had your ductwork cleaned and repaired, it is possible that the installation techs will perform a full inspection in order to determine if everything is up to par and ready to receive the new unit. During this inspection, the team leader will initiate the assembly of the new unit, and verify whether the base upon which it will rest is in good condition and up to code. If it isn’t, the team will make any necessary repairs.
Step 3: Installation and testing of the new unit.
Once everything has been verified, the new air conditioner will be installed and connected to your home’s electrical system. The team leader will inspect all the connections, correcting any possible mistakes as they go. As soon as the inspection is over and everything has been verified, the system will be started to check if it is working correctly. This test will take a few minutes to give the new unit time to start sending new air into your home. At this point you may want to help by checking if all the vents in your home are emitting a continuous flow of cool air. If they aren’t, let the team leader know. If the test results are satisfactory, the team will then clear up the work area prior to leaving.
An air conditioner installation service for your home should always be performed by the most experienced and knowledgeable team of professionals. As the foremost air conditioner installation contractor in the area, at Just In Time we are invested in a job well done and the complete satisfaction of our customers. So, when you need air conditioner installation services, don’t hesitate to pick up your phone and give us a call!
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