Many homeowners wonder what will happen during their new air conditioner installation appointment. While the obvious answer is “their air conditioner will be installed and started”, there is more to the process than meets the eye. Because of this, it is always good to know what to expect, and how you can prepare for the big day. In this article, we will attempt to dissipate some of your doubts about the process of professional air conditioner installation, as well as provide some tips about actions you can take to make the process more efficient and less lengthy. So, with that in mind, let’s get started.
The Team’s Arrival
On the day of your air conditioner installation, the team of installers will arrive at your home with your new air conditioner. While the rest of the team unloads the unit from the vehicle, the team leader will talk to you about the unit, and show you the necessary documentation so you can be sure it is the same one you selected and paid for. They will go over the technical details of the system with you and answer any questions you may have about it at that moment. They will show you the unit, and point out anything you have to know about its build, capacity, and other important things you should know. You can take this time to compare the information written in the documents to the one marked on the unit itself. This will ensure that you are aware of the main, and most important, technical characteristics of your new air conditioner.
Removing Your Old Unit
The most important part of air conditioner installation is the removal of your old unit. This is an operation that requires the utmost care in order to keep the techs safe from electric shock and the toxicity of the coolant in your old unit. Because of this, they will first proceed to carefully disconnect your old air conditioner from your home’s electrical system. In order to begin this process, your home’s energy will be shut off for a while. All the wiring will then be disconnected, as well and the unit itself. Once this has been done, one of the techs, who is licensed in the safe removal of refrigerant fluids will drain out this liquid from your old air conditioner and store it safely for its subsequent disposal. Once the unit has been disconnected and the fluid removed, the techs will carefully move it away from the pad upon which it is placed.
Inspection and Correction of the Pad
When your new air conditioner will be placed in the same location as the old one, the air conditioner installation techs will inspect the pad, and, if necessary, perform any corrections required to ensure your new unit is level. If your air conditioner installation team has planned on placing the new unit elsewhere, they will make sure there is an existing pad, and if not, they will proceed to lay it out. Ensuring your air conditioner is level is an important part of its future efficiency. A pad is also designed to keep your unit off the ground where it could be flooded by rainwater and blocked by accumulating debris. Once the pad is ready, they will then continue with the air conditioner installation process.
Installation of the New Unit
Now that all the preliminary preparations are complete, your new air conditioner will be placed on the pad and the actual installation will take place. The electrical connection of the unit to your home’s system will be performed, new coolant will be poured into the air conditioner, and every part will be inspected to ensure it has been correctly installed and nothing is amiss. When the unit is ready, it will be turned on to verify it is working correctly. The team leader will go through your rooms to verify there is cool air flowing into them, and then they will talk to you again to ensure you are aware of the operation instructions. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about your new air conditioner’s operation and warranty. Once everything has been checked and you are satisfied, you will be given any necessary warranty and instruction documents, and you can start enjoying your new air conditioner.
Preparing for Your Appointment
While you will never be asked to participate in the actual installation process, there are a few things you can do to ensure the process goes smoothly and efficiently. In order to prepare for your appointment, you should take a look at your old air conditioner, or the place in which the new one will be located, so you can remove any objects that could become a hindrance to the process, including toys, furniture, debris, and even your trash can. Make sure the area in which the new unit will be installed is free and clear, and that the installation team has plenty of space to maneuver and work. You should also make sure there is plenty of space for the installation team to park, so they don’t have to carry your new air conditioner for a very long distance. Clear a path for them inside your house, so they can reach your electrical panel easily and without any obstacles.
When you are looking forward to your new air conditioner installation, it is always a good idea to know what to expect. This will help you understand the procedure well before it takes place and will give you time to think of any questions you may want to ask before the work starts. At One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth we will be happy to walk you through your new air conditioner installation procedure to ensure you will understand everything we do. And, if you haven’t chosen your new air conditioner just yet, simply give us a call and let us show you everything we can do for you!
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