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What Goes Into a Great AC Installation?


The first thing we’re going to say is, a great AC installation starts with hiring a great AC installer–that is, a trained and experienced professional. We understand the temptation to install an air conditioner on your own, but unless it’s a window unit or some other portable air conditioning system, we really advise against this.

The fact of the matter is, there are very careful steps that must be taken in order to successfully install an air conditioner, and if any of these steps are missed or done too fast, it could lead to problems such as refrigerant leaks, inefficient system operation, and even a premature system breakdown.

Of course, if you’re shopping for an air conditioner this time of the year, when temperatures are at their highest, then we do understand the sense of urgency. Rushing into a large purchase like this could leave you sacrificing comfort and efficiency. Read on as we outline a few of the main reasons you should only trust a trained professional for the job, if you truly want a successful AC installation.

We Remove the Old System with Care

“What does that mean?” you might be wondering, “Why can’t I just take the old system out myself and bring it to the dump?”

Your old air conditioner has a variety of components that have to be properly disposed of in order to remain safe, such as refrigerant. This is particularly true if you’re still using R-22 refrigerant, which has now been phased out do to its harmful impact on the environment. Our experienced and highly trained professionals know how to handle all this.

It’s worth noting that even for a trained professional, removing your old air conditioner can often be the most laborious and longest part of an air conditioning system installation. Special attention must be given to make sure nothing is knocked out of place, and the area in your home needs to be prepared for the new air conditioner–both the outdoor unit and the indoor unit (or units, in the case of a ductless system).

We Make The Proper Connections

Once your air conditioner is put in place, our professionals will connect it to the important components needed for its operation. The main component we’ll have to connect it to is the ductwork, also known as the ventilation system.

Sometimes, air ducts need to be shifted around in order to make these connections properly. Our professionals know how to do this without damaging any components in the process. The same goes for the electrical connections need for your air conditioner to actually function.

We Test the Air Conditioner

This is the last, but the most important, step in a professional air conditioner installation. If our team members left your home after making the last connection, without testing your system to ensure that it actually works, then you would have no idea what to expect. You also wouldn’t know if anything was wrong with the system due to poor installation or even a manufacturing defect.

Before our technicians leave your home, we’ll turn your cooling system on, measure the intake and the airflow, and ensure that your AC operation is sufficient. We’ll check for other factors too, such as ensuring there aren’t any safety hazards and that the system is doing everything it needs to.

Contact W.C. Butler Heating and Air Conditioning for professional AC installation and more.

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