When you make the decision to invest in a new home cooling system, it’s crucial that you have it installed by an experienced, professional AC installation team. A well-installed system will provide measurable comfort, value and energy efficiency for years to come. While it is tempting to go with a company that offers cheaper prices or promises a quicker installation, a questionable job can leave you paying more for repairs and replacement in the long run.

During the pre-installation process, an HVAC dealer will assess your cooling needs to determine which type of air conditioning unit will best suit your home and how it’s used. They will also recommend a suitable size unit for your home and explain the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They’ll provide recommendations and a cost estimate based on your home size, cooling load, and preferences.

Next, the installer will prepare the line set by cutting away any insulation covering it, and sealing any leaks with silicone caulking. The line set runs from the outdoor air conditioner to the indoor evaporator coil, so it must be properly insulated and secured. The installer will also ensure that the new indoor air handler is mounted securely and level.

After the air conditioner is in place, the installer will inspect and test it for proper operation. They’ll check all electrical connections and add refrigerant according to manufacturer specifications. They’ll also install and calibrate the thermostat, if desired. Lastly, they’ll re-insulate the ductwork and seal any other gaps or holes in the walls.

Most professional companies will contact you before their scheduled arrival, letting you know who they’ll be sending and giving you an estimated timeframe for completion. Some will even send pictures accompanied by bios of the team members who will be working in your home, a great safety and comfort measure.

The first step in a quality AC installation is to remove the old unit. Then the installer will mark where they’ll be drilling with a grease pen and take photos for future reference. They will also use a metal detector to make sure that there are no pipes or wires located in the area where they’re drilling. If any of these are found, the installer will notify you to schedule an alternate hole location or wait until a professional plumber is available.

Since modern air conditioning units are usually slightly larger than older models, the installer may need to modify or adjust your ductwork during the AC installation process. This will require some drywall removal and some additional sheetrock patching. They’ll also need to clean up any dust, debris or trash that might have been left behind. During the actual installation, an experienced AC company will keep the work area neat and tidy, and they’ll do their best to limit noise levels to an acceptable minimum. In addition, they’ll take steps to protect your floors and furniture from damage, and they’ll take care to contain all project materials in a safe and sanitary manner.

What to Expect From a Quality Air Conditioning Installation