As discussed on previous page, AC systems are important part of a space’s ventilation system. Without these AC systems, to stay in a house would be impossible especially enduring the heat brought by sun rays during summer. That is why these AC systems should be taken care of through maintenance as needed by filtering the dust, checking the coils every now and then and etc. But there are times that owners tend to neglect this things due to the world’s multiple demands–from work, to school, on taking care of loved ones and a lots of things to think that often times even cleaning and maintaining these appliances often tends to forget. That is why impairment occurs that leads to sometimes purchasing and reinstalling AC systems. While some purchase to change the damaged air conditioner, some also buy new AC system to replace the older version with an updated one.
Yet it’s easy to say and it’s really hard reinstalling AC systems,imagining how much the cost, and the effort it would take for replacing it. That is why this page would provide some tips on purchase to installation of new AC systems as needed.
Tips on Purchasing AC Systems
At maximum, AC system lasts between 10 to 20 years that is why one really needs to buy or update this appliance at some point of their lives. But purchasing could be a tedious task for there are a lot of AC system brands and designs to choose from. Below, are a list of the things to remember on buying AC system;
a.Research and find an HVAC installer
There are a lot of HVAC companies.Make a list out of it and research through online or friends for reviews of each company along with their prices. Also, it should be remembered that the company should be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to handle refrigerants.Check and deselect, compare and choose carefully among it.
-When you replace an AC unit, one should take note the cost of installation (if not personally done which rarely happens) and the price of air conditioning system.Most likely, purchasing an airconditoning system separately could save more money to enjoy a lot of choices rather than making an HVAC company choose for you.
c. Size of the A/C unit
-this refers to airconditioner’s cooling capacity. One should not buy too small or too big for their space that it wastes or out cool one’s space. Estimate the cooling capacity as it correlates to the space it needs to cool out.
-This describes how much cooling the unit delivers for each watt of electricity.An airconditioner efficiency is measured through Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Inorder to become efficient, it needs to have a rating of 13 or higher. Relatively, the higher the SEER, the more lower the energy costs and probably, the more expensive a unit costs.
e. Air Conditioner Maintenance
-choose a unit that costs less maintenance or needs less check ups. Often, as one purchased a unit–the maintenance and service by HVAC contractors is also packaged so finding a contractor that costs less maintenance fee should be remembered.
-Make sure to look and use properly the programmable thermostats cause it reduce cooling costs for about 20%. Also, using a box or a ceiling fan equipped in an AC system helps to cool by 3 to 4 degree Fahrenheit.
g. Do not buy ducts (if the old one does not leak)
-If still could be used, one does not need to buy new ducts upon their AC systems. If the ducts does not leak, one could used it again. Ducts are expensive and could cost $1000-$3000 so better save it if can be operable.
h.Be sure to add filter
-This could help save energy and costs at the same time reduced maintenance costs by $500 every two years. On the downside, installation costs could be added by $500 to $1000 but still manageable as compared to the advantages of it.
i. Buy during winter
-Since these AC systems are in demand during summer, it is recommended to buy during winter where discounts of AC systems fall of.
Cost of Installing a New AC System
Inorder to save upon installation, one should remember this few tips before installation as explained below;
a.Choose the ideal size
-prices of installing depends on the size of the AC unit installed.For a basic, two-ton model, expect to pay $3,000, a mid range unit will run approximately $5,000, and top-of-the-line A/C systems can creep up over $10,000.
b.Hiring an A/C contractor
-If cannot do manually, one could hire a certified A/C contractor. On average basing on a data from 2014,installing an AC contractor could cost from $4,425 to $6,025 and could increase depending on the house type and size of the AC system.
c.Earn tax credits and R-22 for new A/C units
-Check for rebates from state government upon installing high efficiency system but they are often limited in duration but it’s still worth it checking around to save.
-Since R-22 is phasing out, in renewing A/C units regulations and protocols calls for tax credit upon replacing R-22 condensers with new one.
Could I install air conditioning system all by myself?
-Installing an air conditioning system depends on the skill level of the installer or the kind of air conditioning system to be installed. There are many risks yet still doable if one wants to save money.
-But it should be remembered that for simpler systems like window air conditioners by yourself is attainable, but for complicated systems like central air conditioning system–better leave it to professionals and not put to risk for safety and to avoid complications on installation.
But if one needs to try installing it manually, this page will explain a bit of a guide on how to install a split system air conditioner.
a.Install the Indoor Unit
-Select a location in the space to mount the indoor air conditioning unit. Direct exposure to sunlight and a possible gas leaks should be avoided near the air conditioning unit. Also,it should be at least 1 m. away from antenna,television unit, or power connecting lines and at least 7 ft. above the ground.Make sure also to provide a concrete support through constructing a wood or a metal frame for the AC unit.
b.Check the Electric Connections and connecting pipes
-Make sure to connect the corresponding pipings and wirings based on the diagram provided upon purchasing the system.
-Secure the pipes and make sure that the drainage pipe allows water to drain in an appropriate place.
c.Install the Outdoor Condenser
-The outdoor unit’s location needs to be away from any heavily trafficked, dusty or hot areas.Make sure that no antenna of a radio or television is within 10 feet (3 meters) of the outdoor condenser.Connect the electric wires and secure the pipes’ flare nuts to the corresponding pipes on the outdoor unit.
d. Complete the System of Air Conditioning Installation
-Secure and test the valves for leaks and connect a vacuum pump hose to check for it.Wrap insulation to piping joints and affix piping to the wall with clamps.