AC installation requires that you pay special attention to all the details. While it may look like a relatively straightforward process, several parts of the air conditioner require careful installation for the unit to work properly.
Take a closer look at three of these components and how you can ensure each is installed correctly.
The Condenser Unit
The condenser unit is arguably the most important part of the air conditioning system. It cools the hot refrigerant gas from inside your home and converts it into liquid form before sending it back inside your home.
The condenser unit should be placed out of direct sunlight and away from any external heat sources, such as garbage cans or other appliances with hot exhaust vents. These heat sources can cause the condenser to overwork, resulting in increased energy usage and higher bills. In some cases, your unit might be unable to maintain consistent temperatures if the condenser unit is too close to these heat sources.
Also, ensure that you leave enough clearance around the unit so air can circulate freely. If there isn't enough room for air to move around the unit, it can prevent the condenser from functioning efficiently since it won't be able to exchange heat as well as it should.
The Refrigerant Lines
The refrigerant lines are the pipes that transport the cooled refrigerant gas from the condenser to the evaporator coils inside your home. They should be carefully connected to avoid any refrigerant leaks, which can be hazardous for your family and expensive to fix.
When installing the refrigerant lines, make sure to place them away from any sources of heat that may cause the line to expand and contract. This can put a great amount of strain on the lines and lead to leaks. Also, make sure that the lines are properly sealed and insulated, as any leaks or damaged insulation can affect the performance of your air conditioner.
Finally, don't forget about the ductwork. The ductwork helps distribute conditioned air throughout your home by connecting each room to the central system via insulated pipes called ducts.
These ducts should be installed properly to ensure they're airtight and don't cause any energy loss. An airtight system helps lower your energy bills, as the conditioned air won't escape before it reaches its destination.
Make sure all joints are sealed tight with mastic or similar sealants to prevent leaks and maximize efficiency. Additionally, use flexible ducts instead of rigid ones wherever possible to reduce noise levels and increase airflow. Flexible ducts are less prone to air leaks and can better conform to the shape of your home's structure.
Reach out to an air conditioning installation contractor for more information.