Your new air conditioning installation will provide comfort in times of hot weather, while also adding value to your home. The more you know about your new air conditioner, the better capable you will be of maintaining the unit for many years to come. These frequently asked questions will tell you some of the things you need to know about your new air conditioner.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my new air conditioning installation?
Larger air conditioners need a dedicated circuit. Your contractor may inspect your home beforehand to determine whether or not your home's wiring will support your new air conditioner. If your home doesn't have a dedicated circuit, you'll need to contact an electrician to prepare your property before the installation takes place.
You'll also need to choose a location for the condenser. Your air conditioner's condenser will need proper air flow, and must be at least 2 feet away from all structures, including the walls of your home and fences near your home. Keep the condenser out of the garden and away from trees to prevent leaves and plant debris from clogging the unit.
Will I need to be at home during the installation?
Your contractor may tell you that you don't need to be at home for the majority of the work. Plan to be there at the beginning of the job to ensure that the contractor has access to the necessary parts of your home and at the end of the job to get trained on the use of your new system.
How long can I expect my new air conditioner to last?
Depending on how often you use it and how well you maintain it, your air conditioner should last around 10 to 15 years.
What kind of maintenance will my new air conditioner require?
- Change the air filter once every 3 months to keep dirt and pollutants from clogging the system. Your contractor can show you where the air filter is and how to change it when he or she installs the system.
- Service your air conditioner on an annual basis. At your regular tune ups, your repair professional will check for air leaks in your ducts, test the thermostat for good functionality, look over the wiring and mechanical parts of your unit, check the freon levels and clean out the condenser as needed.
- Use the programmable thermostat to ensure that your air conditioner isn't over cooling your home.
Following these tips, you should be able to keep your air conditioner in good condition for many years to come. If you have more questions about your new air conditioner unit, ask the contractor when he or she comes to perform the installation.