Getting ready for air conditioning installation can be a stressful time for everyone involved. Depending on the age of your home, it could involve major modifications to the structure—especially if you're having a brand new central air system installed. Many people don't realize that there are a number of different ways that they can get ready for air conditioning installation that will help the entire process go much more smoothly for everyone involved. By doing so, not only are you making the process easier and faster, but you could also be saving yourself a significant amount of money in the process.
The ways in which you can get your property ready for air conditioning installation can be broken down into a few key categories, including:
- Modifications that you can make to an existing system to get ready for the installation of new equipment.
- Going over the appropriate schedule.
- Clearing a place for the installation of a new unit.
Modifications to Existing Equipment
If an air conditioning repair professional is coming to your property for the purposes of installing new hardware onto your existing components, there are a few key things you can do. One of those things involves checking your existing air filter to help make sure that you've already got the equipment you need for the upcoming installation.
The air filter is one of the most important parts of a central air system because it helps keep pathogens, pollen and other airborne elements out of your home. If you're having a major overhaul of your existing system performed, you might need a new filter of a different size. Unless you specifically mentioned that to the repair technician, they may or may not bring it with them.
Instead of waiting to see what happens on the day, you can measure your existing air filter yourself and either change it (if necessary) or purchase a new one of the appropriate size.
Going Over the Schedule
Air conditioning installation is a lengthy process, which is why it's always important to make sure that both you and the service technician have created a specific schedule before the day begins. Ask the technician how long the session is expected to take and make sure that you're available for longer than that amount of time. Find out when they plan on arriving, when they plan on breaking for lunch and more. Doing so will help keep everyone on the same page.
Remember that anything that can go wrong usually will go wrong. Because a repair technician is working with sensitive pieces of equipment, they may not be able to fully perform your installation if it suddenly starts to rain. Go over the schedule with a proverbial fine toothed comb and make sure that you know what is going to be expected of you and, most important, how long you'll be expected to do it.
Preparing the Area
If you're having a brand new central air conditioning unit installed, many people do so along the exterior of their home. People might not realize, however, that air conditioning repair technicians do not also moonlight as gardeners.
If you've already had an appointment with the technician and he has been out to your house, he will likely have already told you about any modifications that you need to make. If you haven't, however, there are a few important things to understand.
The air conditioning installation professional will install an outdoor unit wherever you'd like around the outside of your home. You do, however, need to make sure that the area in question is free from all dirt and debris. If there are bushes in the area, you'll need to have them professionally cleared (or do it yourself). You'll also need to make sure that the professional has a clear path to dial into the wiring system of your home.