25 May 3 Things That Could Go Wrong Due to Amateur Air Conditioning Installation
Installing a central air conditioning system in a home is an immense task, and not one that should be performed by anybody except a trained professional. Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes attempt to save money by either hiring inexperienced amateurs to install a new air conditioner or trying to do the work themselves. This is not a money saver, but an invitation to numerous troubles with the air conditioner in the future (if it works at all) that will drain money. Below are three of the more common AC troubles that can occur because of poor-quality, amateur installation.
I. Short-cycling from an oversized system
One of the most important steps in new central air conditioner installation is sizing the system to match the cooling needs of the house. An undersized system will obviously not be able to adequately cool the space, but an oversized system will result in an AC that short-cycles, its compressor turning on and off rapidly over a short time. This will cause electrical bills to skyrocket and lead to so much wear and tear on components that the air conditioner will need an early replacement.
II. The air conditioner constantly trips circuit breakers
A central AC uses a large amount of electricity to run, and in most homes it accounts for a significant percentage of the monthly electrical bills. If an air conditioner is not correctly hooked into the power system, it will start tripping circuit breakers each time it comes on.
III. Inadequate cooling power
Numerous mistakes during amateur air conditioner installation can lead to a system that simply cannot do its job. The problem could be bad connections to the ductwork, the wrong amount of refrigerant in the system, inadequate sizing, poor placement of the condensing unit, etc. Saving money on air conditioning installation only to have an AC that can’t keep you cool is hardly much of a bargain.
If you are planning for a new air conditioning installation or a replacement unit, make sure to call on HVAC professionals. Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating has served Nashville, TN and all of Middle Tennessee since 1970.