Building a home from scratch is enough to break your bank. Even a small renovation project gets quite expensive. In such times it pays to be thrifty. A simple way to save money is to learn some DIY tips and tricks.
AC installation is one of the possible DIY projects. You can install an AC on your own provided you have some technical knowledge. Be careful at each step and you would have installed the system before you know it (not literally!).
There is no point denying the fact that the project would take a complete weekend but you can save labor costs.
The following are some DIY air conditioning installation tips you should know.
1. Assess The Ductwork
DIY installation is only recommended when you are replacing an older unit. The ductwork is already in place you don’t have to do the construction part.
All you need to do is assess the condition of ductwork. Make sure the ducts are clean and free from pests or mold.
Before you continue the project, it is best to replace or repair exposed ductwork. The original furnace should be in place.
2. Begin With Outdoor Condenser
The most crucial step of Air Conditioning Installation is the outdoor condenser. Find a flat ground to install the unit.
Placing it on uneven ground can affect its cooling efficiency and it may get damaged within a few weeks. Turn off the circuit breaker to deal with the wirework.
When you bring in a new condenser, label all the hoses and wires after checking the instruction manual. It can save you a lot of time.
3. Check All The Hoses
Hoses connecting the outdoor condenser unit to the furnace should be inspected carefully. They should be in good condition.
Any breaks or damages can significantly affect the cooling efficiency of your unit. Replacing hoses is very easy and affordable.
You should never risk installation with damaged hoses. You can always invest in copper pipes as they are much more durable.
4. Analyze The Furnace Fittings
The furnace fittings should be in place. You can check and repair it at this time easily but if it is left that way, damages can worsen over time.
If you are afraid to handle furnaces or can’t seem to understand any of the above-mentioned tips, hire AC Replacement Service. It is a cost-efficient option when DIY is more likely to harm than do good.
5. Install The Thermostat
Once you are sure about the furnace, condenser, and blower fans, you are ready to install the thermostat.
Make sure the batteries are working. Some installers prefer to connect the power before installing the thermostat but I find it easy to install thermostat earlier. Invest your money in a smart thermostat to save money on energy bills.
6. Connect The Power
After you have installed the thermostat, connect the power. You must have the basic know-how of electrical systems. Keep the instructions manual with you at all times.
7. Run A Test
As you are done with all the installation work it is time to run a test. Switch it on. You should hear the click of the unit turning on and the blower fan running. Hold your hand up to any vent to feel cold air passing through it. You are good to go!
If there is no cold air or you hear strange noises, switch it off to fix the issue. You can always search for Air Conditioning Replacement professionals in your area for professional assistance. Best of luck!\
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