Since summer days can be uncomfortably hot and humid, you should invest in a reliable AC to overcome the heat. However, if you miscalculate your needs, you can make the mistake of buying an AC unit that doesn't sufficiently perform necessary tasks. Additionally, installing the AC on your own can lead to system malfunction and breakdown. It is therefore important to consult an AC professional before and during the installation of your new unit to guarantee optimal performance. Below are mistakes to avoid when installing an AC.
Incorrect Size of the AC unit
Installing an AC that is too small will lead to decreased function. If your AC is undersized, it will unevenly cool your space during normal cycles, and it will be forced to run constantly to bring the indoor temperature to the desired level. This results in an overworking system that is likely to wear out faster. On the other hand, an oversized AC will cycle on and off prematurely, causing frequent system breakdowns. You should engage an AC professional for the optimal size of the unit by analyzing room size and structure orientation.
Poor Drainage System
The AC dehumidifies the air during the cooling process, generating a condensate that needs to be drained. If the drainage pans are incorrectly positioned, they may cause water to spill rather than fill up. Moreover, if the drain lines are not well-leveled, moisture can back up into the system, forcing it to go into lock mode. To prevent your home from sustaining water damage due to leaking drain pipes, hire an AC service to handle the installation.
If you position your AC near a heating appliance or cold vents, the AC can detect inaccurate temperatures. This causes the AC to adjust the temperatures lower or higher than the desired point. Additionally, if your thermostat setting is too high or too low, the unit will work longer to achieve the desired temperature due to a huge discrepancy between the thermostat setting and room temperature.
Installing the Wrong AC Unit Type
You should consider the long-term purpose of an AC unit when choosing an AC type for your home. For instance, if you want to cool one room independently, you can install a split air system that works in the designated area. Ducted ACs are a more suitable option if you have a commercial facility.
You can make many errors when selecting, purchasing, and installing a new AC in your home. Consult an AC installation technician before purchasing your unit to avoid costly mistakes or premature damage to your new appliance.