Some homeowners assume that installing an air conditioner is a straightforward task. As such, they get into the installation phase, thinking that everything will go well. Unfortunately, people tend to make mistakes that may affect the air conditioner's performance.
That said, you should know some common air conditioning installation mistakes so that you can avoid them. But, if you feel that you cannot install an air conditioner the right way, have a professional AC contractor take charge. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid.
Failing To Insulate the Refrigerant Lines Correctly
Most people who opt to install air conditioners on their own often insulate the refrigerant line the wrong way. Some even forget to insulate the lines altogether. Unfortunately, this is a costly mistake because it leaves the refrigerant lines exposed to weather elements.
Leaving the lines exposed might strain the air conditioner and increase the system operating costs. Besides, the lack of insulation can affect the efficiency of your AC unit. That said, make sure the refrigerant line is adequately insulated.
Ignoring Sizing Requirements
If you opt to install an AC unit by yourself, you shouldn't ignore sizing requirements. Surprisingly, most homeowners don't even know the proper sizing requirements. As such, they end up buying an air conditioner that's smaller than their space or bigger than their home.
Unfortunately, none of these scenarios will work out in your favour. For instance, if the AC is too small, it won't be practical for cooling your entire home. You might end up incurring huge energy bills to have the AC cool your house.
Failing To Position the Thermostat Strategically
This is a common mistake among DIY enthusiasts. Remember that the thermostat works hand in hand with the AC to keep your space at the desired temperature. By failing to position the thermostat strategically, your air conditioner will produce incorrect temperatures.
Besides, temperature inconsistencies may arise as well. To avoid such problems, place your thermostats in the hallway or any secluded area. Don't make the mistake of placing your thermostats close to the windows or doors.
Not Doing a Leak Check
Some people forget to check for refrigerant leaks after completing the installation. As you well know, refrigerant leaks can cause a myriad of problems and increase your electricity bills significantly. You'll end up paying so much money to have your air conditioner repaired. So before you conclude that your AC installation was successful, conduct a proper leak check.
For more information on air conditioning installation, contact a HVAC installer in your area.
Welcome to my blog which covers a wide range of HVAC topics. I'm Josh and I live in Perth, Australia. I never really used to think about the HVAC system in my home. I believed that when it was hot the HVAC system would cool me down and when it was cold it would warm my house up. However, all that changed one day when the HVAC system went crazy. It began to blow hot air into my house on the warmest day of the year. The contractor I called out said that one of the sensors had broken. He explained how I could better maintain my HVAC system so I decided to start this blog.