We live in an era when “Do It Yourself” projects are more popular than ever before. It can be fun to tackle some household ventures on your own, but it’s important to know where to draw the line between jobs that an amateur can figure out… and jobs that must have a professional.
One household project that requires professional assistance is the installation of a new central air conditioning system. Not only should you never attempt this on your own, you shouldn’t delegate it to an amateur who makes big promises about how much you can save with a non-professional job.
Here’s why you need a professional for your AC installation:
- Proper sizing: Sizing is the process of determining how powerful an air conditioner to install for a house. To correctly determine the size of the AC requires performing a heat load calculation, and only a professional can do this. An amateur is likely to put in an air conditioner that’s too powerful, which will lead to a short-cycling system that will soon start to waste energy and break down.
- Correct refrigerant charge: It’s common for non-professionals to place too much refrigerant into an AC. Any air conditioner has a set charge of refrigerant it runs on, and too little or too much will result in a broken air conditioner.
- Sufficient outdoor clearance: Another common error made during amateur installation is placing the outdoor unit where it doesn’t have sufficient clearance on all four sides. If the outdoor unit is blocked, it will make the air conditioner inefficient and put it at higher risk for damage.
- Speed: You don’t want an air conditioner installation to take up days—but that’s a risk you’ll take if you have a non-professional attempting the work. Trust the professionals to have the job completed—and completed right—in only a short time.
When you want a great air conditioning installation, call our team of trained and experienced HVAC technicians.
Red Rock Mechanical LLC… serving Burlington, VT and the surrounding areas for over 23 years with quality air conditioning and heating.