One of the last things any homeowner wants to think about is an HVAC replacement. After all, it’s a significant expense and can disrupt your daily routine. However, scheduling an AC installation is inevitable as all HVAC systems become less effective at heating and cooling your home over time.
When it’s time to replace your unit, it’s best to call an experienced professional who understands the intricate details of an HVAC system. After all, improper installation of your system can lead to many problems.
How Can an Improper HVAC Installation Affect Your Home?
A poor AC replacement can cause several things to go wrong. But three main things give reason to be concerned.
A System Too Big or Too Small
HVAC systems come in various sizes to have a perfect match for every unique home. Many homeowners believe that investing in the biggest system will cover what they need. But a too big unit will cool the air too quickly, causing the system to cycle on and off, or short cycle, to create balance.
The results are too much humidity and a cold, clammy environment. Short cycling also overworks your equipment, potentially causing premature repairs and system failure.
On the other hand, an HVAC system that is too small will need to run continuously to cool the large space. Unfortunately, your home may never reach your ideal temperature. Instead, you’ll waste a tremendous amount of energy and money.
Leaky ductwork is one of the primary causes of decreased energy efficiency in an HVAC system. It is a waste of money to install a new, highly-efficient HVAC system only to have the treated air escape through a hole or a crack.
A trained HVAC installer will complete a thorough inspection of the ductwork and vents before beginning the work. These tubes are essential to the delivery of treated air throughout your home. Your HVAC installer will notify you of any required repairs or whether it’s better to replace them.
Inaccurate Refrigerant Charging
Every air conditioning system requires liquid refrigerant for proper operation. Each make and model is different, but the owner’s manual has the details of the requirements.
If your air conditioner doesn’t get an adequate charge, you may find frost developing on the cooling coils. A lack of refrigerant will cause your AC to fail in cooling your home and overwork the compressor motor, leading to significant repairs or AC replacement.
A system overcharged with refrigerant will cool a home, but it will do it inefficiently. You’ll have drastically larger energy bills and could cause irreparable damage to the compressor motor. You’ll need to replace this component before you can begin enjoying your newly installed system again.
Even a DIY enthusiast shouldn’t attempt an HVAC installation on their own. Instead, trust a local certified HVAC professional, like DTC Air Conditioning and Heating, to complete the installation in your home.
Your new HVAC system is a significant investment, and if not correctly installed, you’ll soon be paying for repairs that could compromise the efficiency.