If you are planning on installing a new A/C system this summer, you should know what to look for in an HVAC contractor. Your cooling equipment’s installation plays a crucial role in its performance and longevity. You will receive the highest quality by making sure that your technician performs the following tasks when installing a new A/C system.
- Proper sizing – Manual J is a load calculation tool that is recognized across the HVAC industry. It’s important that your contractor sizes your air conditioner with Manual J to ensure that your air conditioner will run efficiently and provide optimum comfort. Manual J will allow your contractor to provide you with an air conditioner that is tailor-fitted to remove the precise amount of heat and humidity from your house.
- Duct sealing – Prior to installing a new air conditioner, your contractor should evaluate your ductwork to check for leaks. A duct evaluation ensures that your climate control can adequately deliver cooled air to all rooms in the house. Seal any leaks found with mastic, metal-backed tape or an aerosol-based sealant. Your technician may also find that your home comfort could be improved by duct replacement or new additions.
- Refrigerant charge – Improper refrigerant levels can decrease your cooling system’s efficiency by up to 20 percent and can result in premature component failures. Before installing a new A/C, make sure that your contractor verifies the refrigerant level in your new equipment.
- Consistency – If your outdoor cooling unit is being replaced, your contractor should also install a new indoor coil. An old coil is incompatible with new equipment outside and will not run efficiently.
- Training – As your contractor completes your air conditioner’s installation, he or she will also set up a programmable thermostat. He should provide you with the knowledge and training that you need to effectively use your cooling equipment. You should also be taught how to change your system’s filter.
For more expert advice on installing a new A/C, contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving Grand Traverse County and surrounding areas for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about installing a new A/C and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.