The Process of Installing a New AC
By: Paul Smith | July 21, 2023
The process of installing a new air conditioner typically involves several steps. Here is a overview of the installation process:
- Assessment and Planning: A Homesense Technician will visit your home to assess your cooling needs. They will consider factors such as the size of your home, insulation, ductwork, and any specific requirements or preferences you may have. Based on this assessment, they will recommend the appropriate size and type of air conditioning system for your home.
- Obtaining Permits: In some areas, permits may be required for the installation of a new air conditioner. Your HVAC contractor will handle the necessary paperwork and obtain the required permits before proceeding with the installation.
- Removal of Old System (if applicable): If you are replacing an existing air conditioner, the old system will need to be removed. This involves disconnecting and properly disposing of the old unit. The HVAC technician will also check the existing ductwork for any repairs or modifications needed.
- Installation of Ductwork (if needed): If your home does not already have ductwork, or if the existing ducts are in poor condition, new ductwork may need to be installed. The ductwork carries the cooled air from the air conditioner to different rooms in your home.
- Installation of Outdoor Unit: The outdoor unit, also known as the condenser unit, is typically placed outside the house. The technician will level the ground, lay a concrete pad or mount the unit on brackets, and secure it in place. The condenser unit contains the compressor and condenser coil.
- Installation of Indoor Unit: The indoor unit, also called the evaporator unit or air handler, is usually installed in a utility room, attic, basement, or crawl space. The technician will connect the indoor unit to the ductwork and ensure proper airflow to each room.
- Refrigerant Lines and Electrical Connections: Refrigerant lines are installed to connect the indoor and outdoor units. These lines carry the refrigerant, which is responsible for cooling the air. Electrical connections are also made to power the system.
- Thermostat Installation: A new thermostat may be installed or connected to control the air conditioning system. This allows you to set and adjust the desired temperature in your home.
- Testing and Commissioning: Once the installation is complete, the technician will test the system to ensure everything is functioning properly. This includes checking for refrigerant leaks, verifying airflow, and testing the thermostat and controls.
- Final Steps: The technician will provide you with information on how to operate and maintain your new air conditioning system. We will also address any questions or concerns you may have.
It’s important to note that the actual installation process may vary based on the specific requirements of your home and the type of air conditioning system being installed. Homesense team members are happy to answer any question or come out to your home for a quote.