What to Expect When Installing a New Home Air Conditioning System

If you’re considering a new air conditioning system, you might have questions about the installation process. Especially if your AC unit is a rooftop model. Many Phoenix homeowners are surprised to learn, installing a new HVAC system can be less disruptive than it appears. That’s important to note, particularly if you’ll be installing during the hottest months of the year – July, August or September.

Whether your air conditioner is located on ground level or up on the roof, our experienced AC installation professionals are fast and efficient. Here is a brief overview of a typical AC installation. Disclaimer: All air conditioning systems are unique, and each installation presents its own set of challenges. These overview notes are provided as a general guideline.

It Takes Many Component Parts to Keep Your Home Cool

HVAC systems are incredibly complex and comprised of multiple components. Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has parts located both inside and outside your home as well as ducts and vents located above the ceiling and behind walls throughout your house. It’s a very complex system. The major components of your AC system include the compressor, condenser coil, evaporator, air handler, air ducts, vents and the thermostat. A successful installation will replace all the major parts, but generally leave the duct system in place. It is important, however, for the ducts to be inspected for cracks, leaks and general effectiveness. Our installers will check your duct system while preparing your estimate.

How Long Does an Installation Take?

There are many variables when purchasing a new air conditioner for your home. Depending on the system you’ve chosen, the age, size and layout of your home, whether you’re going with a ground level or rooftop model and the condition of your duct system – an installation can be accomplished in as little as one full day or it may stretch into multiple days. If we do not encounter any unusual circumstances, generally, installations will last anywhere from eight to 16 hours. A consultation with one of our installers will help establish a more specific timeline for your installation.

How to Prepare for Your AC Installation

During the summer months, perspiring Phoenix homeowners often ask, is there anything I can do to speed up the installation process? Naturally, our goal is to get your new system running as quickly as possible. Having your home ready will help. Here are some steps you can take to ensure the installation goes smoothly:

  • Clear the Area Around Your AC Unit

    Full access to the areas where your current components are located will make it easier for the installers to do their job. It’s important to have a clear path to the outdoor condenser. Bushes, branches or overgrown greenery should be cleared. Try to make sure toys, bikes, patio furniture and other obstacles are removed.

  • Clear the Driveway for Equipment Delivery – Space for Trucks and a Crane

    When the components are being delivered, a fair amount of space will be required on your driveway. If your unit is being installed on the roof, an HVAC boom crane will need clearance close to your house. Flowerpots, planters and patio furniture may need to be moved. Our installer will let you know in advance. When installation day arrives, it’s advisable to remove all vehicles from the garage and park your cars on the street so you won’t get blocked in. If you have an RV, you might want to move that also.

  • Ducts – Inspection, Repair and Replacement

    If your home requires extensive repair or replacement of ducts, the team will be working in the attic and throughout your house. It’s a good idea to move or clear storage containers and boxes from the areas of the attic where the ductwork is installed. Unfortunately, some dirt and dust will be raised while working on ducts. It is unavoidable. Our goal is to minimize dust and prevent dirt from circulating throughout your house.

  • Kids and Pets

    We always promote safety first. Kids are naturally curious. We ask, if at all possible, please keep children indoors while work is being done. When it comes to pets, dogs are not always thrilled to see us. Please keep pets corralled inside during installation.

For More Installation Information – Just Give Us a Call

We understand that a new air conditioner is a major purchase and installation can be stressful. The goal of our installers is to get the cold air flowing ASAP and to keep the disruption of your home to a minimum. For more information on installing a new air conditioning system in your home, please give us a call.