How to Install a Central Air Conditioner

Comfort is important in any home, and having a properly working air conditioner can really help out during those warm summer months. However, getting an air conditioner properly installed is a complex task that generally requires professional expertise from a trusted Denver HVAC company. The process can be done in a do-it-yourself project, and making sure everything is working properly can be difficult.

There are a lot of different systems involved in air conditioner installation, including duct work, electrical work, refrigerant handling. It’s best to hire a licensed HVAC technician to ensure proper installation and safety, as there are a number of important steps throughout the process. Making a mistake at any of these points could wind up costing more in the long run.

Get the Right Unit & Materials

Before installing an AC unit, it’s important to first determine the appropriate size and capacity needed for the space. An HVAC technician can do a load calculation to determine the optimal size based on factors like square footage, insulation, windows, etc. Once you have the right efficiency requirements and correct AC unit, it’s important to be prepared with all the right tools.

If you’re doing the installation yourself, you’ll need to have the correct materials. Along with the air conditioning unit itself, you’ll also need to gather the correct refrigerant lines, ductwork, electrical wires, thermostat, and various connectors. The particulars will be determined by the unit you chose, and it’s crucial to have the right compatible pieces. From there, you need to clear the area around where the condenser will be placed to make sure there’s enough room for proper airflow and that the ground is level.

Install Units & Ductwork

The indoor unit will need to be installed first. This includes the blower and evaporator coil, and this is typically installed into the main ductwork of the house near the furnace. Once that’s installed, place the outdoor unit (or condenser) on the sturdy, level surface you set up outside earlier. Connect the refrigerant lines, electrical wiring, and condensation drain from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit.

If your home doesn’t have existing ductwork, you’ll need to install it to distribute the cooled air throughout the house. Ductwork installation requires careful planning and sizing to ensure proper airflow. If there is already ductwork installed in your home, this is a good time to inspect it and make sure that the sizing is correct. Once the ductwork is properly connected, install a programmable thermostat to control the operation of the unit to your desired temperature preferences.

Once the installation is complete, it is a good idea to thoroughly test the system to ensure everything is functioning correctly with no refrigerant leaks. An HVAC technician can also thoroughly test the system, and it’s also essential to keep up with regular maintenance after installation. For more information on the installation process, reach out to the experts at Sparks Heating & Air today.