Air conditioning replacement may seem like an overwhelming expense, especially if you weren’t planning for the need. While it may be tempting to keep your costs down by doing your own installation, the reality is you could cost yourself much more in the long run by using a DIY approach. Consider the following issues before you attempt your own system upgrade.
The installation of new AC equipment involves both electrical and refrigerant connections, both being issues that can have serious safety implications if handled improperly. Refrigerants in today’s units are more environmentally friendly than those of the past, but an HVAC technician is still trained in the proper capture and disposal of the material. If your old unit contains Freon and is improperly disconnected, you could release the ozone-depleting material into the environment. Professional handling is recommended.
An electric shock could be fatal, making it wise to leave these connections in the hands of those who are trained for the work. Additionally, placement of heavy equipment could result in a personal injury, especially if you lift it incorrectly or fall as you attempt to move it into place. An HVAC technician is covered by the contractor’s insurance in case of accidents. Additionally, a trained technician understands how to maneuver the system components into place safely and connect them correctly.
The implications of choosing an inappropriate air conditioning replacement are far more significant than those of choosing the wrong home decor. System sizing is critical for proper performance, and miscalculations can result in your spending thousands of dollars on a unit that won’t provide the desired home comfort results.
An oversized air conditioner may seem like a great idea because of fast cooling. However, this may result in hot spots in the extremities of your home. Once the thermostat registers that the central temperature has reached the desired setting, the system’s cycle will conclude. However, the cooling of remote portions of your structure may not occur to the same degree. A short cycle period also reduces the dehumidification activity of your equipment, an issue that can affect indoor comfort levels during the summer months. A minimum cycle of 20 minutes is needed for optimum dehumidification, and your system’s sizing plays an integral role in this function.
An undersized system may operate for long periods of time, resulting in inadequate comfort control and high energy bills. While dehumidification may not be a problem, you may find that such a system experiences a shorter-than-usual life. A trained HVAC contractor will complete a load calculation in order to obtain proper system sizing information before recommending the best equipment for your home.
Manufacturer Warranty Coverage
A manufacturer’s warranty is typically dependent on professional air conditioning replacement. The DIY approach may nullify these protections, leaving you holding the bill for repair or replacement in the case of an early system malfunction or failure. Working with an HVAC professional often allows you to enjoy the benefits of warranty coverage for both the system and the workmanship. The Hollub Heating team is ready to assist with a load calculation and estimate for your new air conditioning equipment in Logan Square Chicago today. Call us for scheduling information.
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