There comes a time when you know you have to replace your air conditioning system. Some signs that it is time to call a professional air conditioning service company are:
- Your energy bills are increasing.
- You have to call frequently for repairs.
- Some rooms in your home are too hot and others are too cold.
- You notice your home has problems with humidity.
- Your system has become noisy.
- Your home seems to be dustier than usual.
Our a/c professionals will help you choose the right size and model of your new air conditioning system based on several factors. For example, the size of your house is important along with the number of doors and windows. The type of insulation you have and the way your home is placed on the lot in relationship to the sun will also make a difference. Whether you have an attic or basement that will need to benefit from the cooling system are also important factors. Of course, before installation of your new system can take place, your installer will need to remove the old one and take it away for proper disposal according to Oklahoma City code.
Proper a/c installation is key to proper performance
A quality a/c installation is expected to save you between 18 and 36 percent on your energy bills. The emphasis is on the phrase “quality installation.” According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), approximately 72 percent of homeowners who replace their HVAC systems feel their problem was not resolved and continue to suffer with poor functioning equipment and the same energy bills as before. This is almost always because the HVAC installation was of poor quality. If installed properly, a new system should result in lower energy bills and a comfortable home environment. A quality AC installation will also increase the life of the equipment.
A major consideration is where to place the unit. No matter how quiet the condenser is, it will still make some noise. Be careful not to have it located near a bedroom window or next to a home office. It should not be installed in a place that is largely enclosed, like under a deck. Warm air is released through an exhaust at the top of the unit so it needs to be in a place where air can freely flow around the unit.
Other important steps to proper installation include:
- Demolition and removal of the old system.
- Running new lines.
- Adding new pipes wherever necessary.
- Installing the HVAC equipment in all necessary locations, such as the main house, the garage, closets, basement or attics.
- Replacing old ducts if necessary and making sure all ducts are sealed. If ducts are damaged or if there is a poor connection, air will leak and waste energy which decreases the efficiency of the unit.
- Replacing old registers with new ones so that a greater volume of air can flow through. New registers can increase airflow by up to 25 percent.
- Adding a new thermostat and replacing the old wiring.
- Testing the equipment for proper air flow.
- Testing the equipment for overall performance.
- Cleaning-up and hauling away debris for proper disposal.
An important final step of all a/c installation events is to demonstrate to the owner how the new system works. Your installer should show you how to operate the system, leave you with an operational manual and explain service plans and who to call if you have questions or need a repair or an adjustment.
If you are considering removing your old air conditioning system and installing a new one, contact us for a thorough evaluation and free estimate on your proposed HVAC project.
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This post was written by Air Conditioning Service, Inc.