Why You Need a Pro for AC Replacement
Are you worried about the cost of an imminent air conditioning replacement? While a DIY approach may be tempting as you consider ways to keep the costs minimized, you need to recognize that an amateur air conditioner installation could result in greater expenses later on. Consider the following issues before you proceed with a DIY installation.
Safe Installation Practices
If you have a rooftop unit that needs to be replaced, altitude could be a serious issue as you attempt to handle a bulky piece of equipment. A fall could be a life-changing accident, making it wise to leave rooftop equipment services in the hands of those who are trained in proper safety protocol. Additionally, recognize that dropping your equipment onto the roof could result in structural damage to your home.
Electrical connections are also better left to those trained in proper practices. A shock could be fatal, and improper connections could pose the risk of a structural fire, as well. With a trained professional on the job, you are covered by contractor insurance in case of problematic connections. Additionally, your technician is covered by his contractor’s insurance in case of any accident or personal injury.
As your old unit is removed, it is likely that Freon will need to be recovered from the refrigerant lines and coils. This ozone-depleting material is strictly regulated, and amateur handling could have a negative impact on the environment. Meanwhile, improper levels of refrigerant in your new equipment could result in poor cooling performance and potential damage with your new air conditioner. For optimum performance, a correct refrigerant charge is needed. This requires appropriate training and equipment.
The independence of buying your own air conditioning replacement may seem like a relief. However, you may not achieve an accurate load calculation, resulting in your selection of a system that isn’t properly sized for your home. An HVAC expert relies on issues such as the climate and your home’s square footage to complete a load calculation. However, additional issues such as windows, household activities and landscaping may play a role in this computation as well.
If you choose a system that is inadequately sized for your home’s needs, you may find that your AC cycles for long periods of time with little rest. In spite of this excessive cooling activity, your home may not maintain comfortable temperatures. Your energy bills may suffer as a result, and your system’s life may be shortened due to overuse.
Selection of an oversized system might seem like a great way to keep your home cold enough on a hot Florida day. However, short cycles don’t allow the time needed for moisture in your home to condense in your air handler. Dehumidification is a major part of maintaining optimum comfort levels during the summer months, and a minimum cycle period of 20 minutes is required for adequate performance.
Most manufacturers require that professional installation and service be performed for warranties to be honored. DIY air conditioner installation could nullify your coverage, leaving you responsible for expenses related to an early system failure or malfunction. At Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning, we are highly trained, possessing proper licensing and NATE certification for our profession. We can provide expert AC installation in your Orange Park, FL, home at your convenience. Call our office for an appointment.