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Top AC Unit Installation Mistakes You Should Avoid

DIY air conditioning installation is always riddled with errors. That's why experts advise people to hire professional air conditioning experts to help them with the installation. But assuming you want to proceed with DIY air conditioning installation, which mistakes should you avoid? Well, here is a quick list.

Choosing a Large or Small AC System

The first mistake can happen when purchasing an air conditioner. You have to choose the right size AC unit. Otherwise, it will struggle to keep you comfortable. A small-sized air conditioner will take longer to cool your home. As such, it might keep running for hours to achieve the desired temperatures. And as you know, the longer the unit runs, the more energy it consumes.

On the other hand, choosing an oversized AC unit means you'll have to deal with short cycling. You have to get the size right to avoid problems with your unit in the future.

Wrong Thermostat Placement

A thermostat plays a vital role in the operation of your air conditioner. As such, you have to install it in a good spot. Unfortunately, most people don't mind where they place their thermostats. As a rule of thumb, thermostats should be installed in accessible areas. Ideally, you should put it on an interior wall instead of an exterior one.

Also, you should avoid installing the device in areas that receive extreme temperatures. Moreover, the spot you pick shouldn't be exposed to sunlight.

Placing the Condenser in a Bad Spot

Your condenser is equally important as other parts of your AC system. As such, you must place it in a favorable spot. Otherwise, your AC unit will perform poorly and consume a lot of power. To start with, you have to set the condenser away from vegetation. Secondly, you should install the condenser in a spot with plenty of shade. This way, it won't have to work hard due to the heat from the sun.

Using Too Much Refrigerant

Adding refrigerant is the last piece of the puzzle when installing an AC system. Unfortunately, some DIY enthusiasts don't follow instructions. As such, they end up adding too much refrigerant to their units. Regrettably, too much refrigerant in an AC unit can ruin the entire system. And if that happens, you'll have to replace your unit or conduct expensive repairs. With that said, you should follow the instructions thoroughly.

While these mistakes may seem minor, they can cost you a lot of cash in repairs or energy bills. So, if you don't trust your DIY skills, hire a professional to execute the air conditioner installation. 

Contact a company like IMS Heating & Air Inc to learn more. 

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The Comfort of Home

When I married my amazing husband ten years ago, I moved into the brick, ranch home he already owned. Immediately, I was thankful that the house was equipped with a central heating and air conditioning unit. This once efficient system kept me cool during the hot summer days. It also allowed me to remain warm in my home during the cold winter nights. Now, our air conditioning unit is twenty years old. Because of its age, the system has started to malfunction. Recently, my husband contacted an HVAC contractor about installing a new system at our home. This kind technician patched our old system to give us time to contemplate what type of new unit we want. On this blog, I hope you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can help you continue to enjoy the comfort of your home.

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