Air conditioning installation can be complex or so simple you can go DIY—depending on the unit you purchase and whether or not you already have a duct system in your home. For example, if you are adding a window unit, you just need to create the support for it and plug it in.
But what about central air conditioning units or commercial air conditioning installation? These are slightly more delicate matters.
Evaluating the Risk of Going DIY
Saving money by not hiring a heating and air company to install your air conditioning unit no doubt sounds quite appealing. A penny saved is a penny earned, right?
Well, possibly not in this case. When air conditioning installation in Atlanta goes wrong, it can put a lot at risk. From destroying the unit to damaging your building to even putting lives at risk, the consequences of poorly installing AC on your own can be immense.
What do we suggest? First of all, if you are installing an AC unit on a commercial or industrial property, use a professional HVAC service. As for residential heating and air conditioning? If you really, really want to do it yourself, watch tutorials, do your research, and have an emergency HVAC service number on hand just in case.
How to Install Central Air Conditioning DIY
Select a Spot for Installation
The central air conditioning unit must be placed outside your home, then hooked up to your existing ductwork. If you do not have existing ductwork, get it professionally installed.
The location for your AC unit needs to be a flat surface. You can choose to pour a concrete pad for it or place it on an already-existing flat surface, such as a patio or no-slope roof. Make sure there is adequate airflow around the unit.
Survey Your Ductwork
Just because you’ve been relying on it up until now doesn’t mean your ductwork is in great shape. Check it to make sure everything is properly sealed. If not, it is finally your opportunity to use duct tape for its actual purpose!
Follow the Manual
We’d love to give you more step-by-step instructions, but the truth is that all the rest of the steps can vary based on the unit you purchased. You shouldn’t trust an online tutorial meant for general instruction when working with a specific unit. Assume the manufacturer knows best and default to them.
If you feel that perhaps going DIY is more trouble than it’s worth, turn to Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer affordable air conditioning installation throughout the Atlanta Metro Area.