Do-it-yourself projects are often a great way to save a little money and learn a new skill. A new air conditioner can be costly, so when you need a new system you may look for any way possible to save a little extra money, including installing it yourself. While you may be able to find tutorials online or in guidebooks, these can hardly be accurate as your home has unique sizing and system needs, so air conditioning installation is one project that is definitely not a DIY job.
Air Conditioners Must Be Sized for Your Home
The cooling capacity of an air conditioner is measured in BTUs (British thermal units) per hour. Some guides will tell you what capacity is needed for the number of square feet in the rooms your home. But home measurements are only one factor used to determine capacity.
Other factors taken into account include:
- How many people usually occupy a room.
- The placement of windows.
- The type of insulation installed.
- Whether heat is produced in a room to be cooled, such as a kitchen.
- Whether the home is shaded.
The size of your air conditioner is important because an improperly sized system can lead to many problems. If your air conditioner is too small, you won’t get enough cool air into your home. If your air conditioner is too large, it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air. Oversized systems also start and stop frequently, which may cause wear and tear to your system and could lead to costly repairs.
Improper Installation May Lead to Costly Repairs
Even properly installed air conditioners need repairs from time to time. But an air conditioning installation that is done incorrectly may cause major damage to your system, leading to costly repairs or even replacement. The wrong fan motor, for example, can affect your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home. A loose part can cause a lot of wear and tear to your system, and low refrigerant levels may cause compressor damage.
When you need professional air conditioning installation in Riverside, don’t let a DIY project turn into a costly repair need. Instead, call on the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.