Installation of an air conditioner is not easy, I can tell you that. Many customers are surprised to find out how much work goes into the process when they ask me what’s involved.
More alarmingly, there are many Brooklyn HVAC companies and AC installers who fail to follow all the steps in a well-installed A/C system. It’s easy to take shortcuts in order to have an air conditioning system work “good enough.” But “good enough” can lead to costing you thousands in energy costs over the lifetime of your system, as well as decreased comfort for you and your family. There is no excuse for this.
Are you more interested in an air conditioning system service in Brooklyn this sleek, or a trashcan that steals your comfort? Your preference is probably the former. I’ve got good news for you.
Throughout this article, we will cover the entire process of air conditioner installation from beginning to end! Read on if you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your air conditioner. Once you understand each step, you will have peace of mind. In addition, it allows you to choose a company that has a good installation process.
A DIY guide is not included in this guide. Professional installation of an air conditioner should always be handled by a Brooklyn, NYC licensed contractor. You should be able to see why after reading each step involved.
The average age of today’s air conditioners is between the ages of eight and thirty. In height, length, and width, modern air conditioners are larger by 20-50%.
Consequently, the coil is larger, thus improving the efficiency of the air conditioner. Modern air conditioners are larger than their predecessors, so you may not be able to install your new one where your existing one is located. There are times when you may need to relocate the air conditioner, especially if there are restrictions surrounding the space around it. The utility meter must be nearby depending on the requirement. The additional cost can sometimes be a result of this.
Homeowners must first take this into consideration since it may force them to move equipment or modify their home’s ductwork.
Let’s start with the good news, shall we? The cost of modern air conditioners is often offset by these benefits since they are quieter and more energy-efficient.
An estimator will review your existing air conditioner during your initial home visit. For you to receive an accurate proposal, it is imperative that they collect important information. Air conditioning installation team members are then provided with this information.
Due to this step, the installation team may be able to bring specialized equipment with them depending on the job.
Before installation, it is important to gather the correct information. This will increase the chances of a successful installation.
We will text or call you when we are on our way so you can be prepared.
Our Brooklyn, NYC ac installation team often sends pictures and a brief biography of its members ahead of time. Before someone enters your house, you can feel safer and more comfortable with this feature.
You will be able to review the job details with the lead installer once they arrive. In addition to details about the job, this is often included in a packet. You are allowed to give the estimator any special instructions to be followed before the sale, as well as the information regarding the equipment, accessories, and installation instructions.
Taking the time to review this is important. Installers will be prevented from making costly and irritating mistakes this way. In order for an installation to be successful, communication is critical.
Your lead installer reviews the details of the project whilst your other team member(s) prepares the tools and equipment and starts laying down the floor protection. In addition, the HVAC system will be turned off as part of the safety process.
The refrigerant in your existing air conditioner must be removed before installing a new one. According to the EPA standards, it is unlawful to openly vent this refrigerant into the atmosphere.
In order to safely and legally remove the refrigerant from the existing central air conditioning system in Brooklyn, NYC , a device known as a recovery machine and a recovery tank must be used. The only way to safely remove and handle the refrigerant is by using this procedure.
It is required that an individual who handles refrigerant or equipment containing refrigerant must be certified by the EPA. Only the name on the certification is certified by an EPA certification. As a result, all installation team members, Brooklyn, NYC service technicians, or anyone who might handle refrigerant need to be certified by the EPA.
Electric wiring is disconnected after refrigerant has been recovered properly. This box is a safety device that should be nearby when there is an emergency. Your A/C unit may be shut down as a result.
Electricity is brought to the air conditioner through an electric whip (flexible conduit). In order to ensure system safety, HVAC companies in Brooklyn, NYC replace the disconnect and the whip when replacing an air conditioner.
A new disconnect box must be installed with a new air conditioner if the old system does not have one. Wiring and sizing the disconnect should be done according to installation guidelines.
Any work inside the service disconnect should be performed with the circuit breaker off in the electrical panel. The existing air conditioner will be ready for removal once all existing connections have been removed safely.
Before the new air conditioner can be installed, the existing location of the air conditioner will need to be prepared. This prep work includes replacing the pad that the new air conditioner will set on.
In comparison to their predecessors, new air conditioners are taller and larger. Additionally, the ground has sunk in some instances. It is necessary to level the ground before a new pad can be set. A gravel base is usually laid before the new air conditioner is placed to level out the area or to build it up.
A concrete base is sometimes recommended for an air conditioner. In addition to cracking and shifting dramatically, a concrete pad is not necessary. Repairs and remedies are very difficult when this happens. As an alternative, composite pads are recommended. As a result of its design, the composite pad will last the lifetime of a new air conditioner when placed outdoors. A concrete slab is often better suited than concrete to absorb the vibrations caused by this machine, which can reduce vibration-induced noise.
It is usually impossible to move or lift a new air conditioner safely once it has been installed. It is important to note how rigid and pressurized many internal elements are. The system could be permanently damaged if it is moved after it is connected. In the future, an air conditioner leveling may require a composite pad to prevent damage.
Indoor evaporator coils are located above or below the furnace, depending on the situation, and are part of your air-conditioning system in Brooklyn, NYC as well. This is what the other end of the refrigerant lines are connected to.
There are two types of indoor evaporator coils. The cased one is enclosed, while the uncased one is not. A new coil cannot be installed in either case without disconnecting the sheet metal plenum. If the coil cannot be accessed, this process may be more challenging.
Closets and basements that are built around the system are the most common restrictions. This prevents access to all sides of the coil or plenum. An additional charge may be added to the cost of the job based on difficulty. Because most indoor coils are more efficient, they are taller. Additional prep work to the supply plenum may be required before the new coil can be installed.
Next, it will be necessary to remove the existing refrigerant lines. A copper line connects the outdoor condenser to the indoor evaporator coil, after which the refrigerant returns to the outdoor condenser.
Line sets for refrigeration are usually strapped to the bottom of floor joists. We remove these straps and take down the line set. In all cases where the line set is exposed and accessible, it should be replaced.
Along with the refrigerant, oil is carried in the lines. Air conditioners with older line sets use an oil that differs from new air conditioners with new line sets. These oils cannot be mixed without damaging the new air conditioning system.
Frequently, the line set is embedded underground or in concrete, hidden by a wall or ceiling, or buried by a ceiling. There are times when providing access isn’t an option. It is possible to run a new line set in these situations or to reuse the existing line set remains. It is important to clean and flush the existing line set properly before reusing it. Whenever possible, a line set should be replaced if it is defective.
For any new air conditioner system, there are two types of evaporator coils: cased and uncased. The preferred option is a cased coil, because it comes in an insulated cabinet with removable panels on the front that allow access to the coil inside.
Cased coils may also be installed without extensive modifications to the furnace, which simplifies maintenance and repairs. A furnace’s furnace usually has a color that matches the furnace. Utilizing a pre-cased coil has the greatest benefit in that it arrives from the manufacturer pre-cased. In other words, failure due to incorrect installation is extremely unlikely, no matter what level of skill the installer has.
Cased coils are already assembled and installed by the manufacturer. They just need to be installed on the furnace’s top. Connecting and sealing it to the existing plenum of sheet metal is the final step at that point.
Without an insulated cabinet, an uncased coil is referred to as an uncased coil. They have more installation requirements and longer preparation time. They are available in the same variations as the cased coil.
Installing coils that are not enclosed can be a challenge. In general, an uncased coil will be just as comfortable and efficient as a cased coil when installed correctly.
The coil must first be prepared prior to its installation in a sheet metal supply plenum. The manufacturer specifies these requirements. Using a furnace or coil that’s not installed according to the installation manual can result in damage.
Installers must fabricate rails to ensure that the coil is placed the proper distance above the furnace heat exchanger because the drain pan on the coil is plastic. The drain pan will not melt this way. Drain pans melting into furnaces could damage them permanently or cause fires.
Rails and coils for the supply plenum can be installed once the rails and coils are built and installed. The coil must have an opening provided below the plenum if the plenum is greater than the coil. For proper airflow from the furnace through the coil, this opening needs to mirror the bottom opening of the coil.
It is possible for the coil to freeze into an ice block if not enough air passes through it, or if too much air passes around it instead of through it. The cracking of the tubing carrying the refrigerant can damage the coil and cause a refrigerant leak.
Following the installation of those two items, the plenum will be built from the front up. A panel door can be installed in the plenum to allow access to the coil. Installation of this is not required by any code or manufacturer specification, so the installer would be responsible for it. Covers need to be constructed with holes to allow for refrigerant lines, as well as condensate lines to be attached.
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