AC Installation is Not for Amateurs
You’ve watched the tutorials on the internet, and the people on those videos make things look so easy. Surely you can install your AC unit without issue. However, what happens when you get into those plumbing and electrical systems and the video doesn’t cover those parts? What happens if your breaker box is kicking off constantly and it could cause a fire? Be assured that putting in a new air conditioner is not for the faint of heart.
The HVAC unit is the key to the comfort of your home. There’s nothing better than walking into a crisp, cool house after being out in the sweltering heat. While you may be able to save yourself a few bucks by doing some repairs, you could cause further damage and experience complications with these complex heating/cooling systems. Even scarier is that fact that you could get hurt.
3 Reasons to Just Say No To DIY
You may have already fixed tons of things around your home, and you feel that the HVAC system is no match for your skills. However, you should consider some things before attempting this task. Before tackling your heating or air conditioning repairs, here are some things to think about:
1. You’re Not Trained or Certified
HVAC service technicians have years of training and certifications to back up their skills. When you mix water and electricity, it’s a recipe for disaster. This type of project is not something you can do in a weekend by watching a tutorial. Part of the installation process includes having the right tools, possessing a license to obtain refrigerant, and understanding electrical wiring to ensure all circuits are run properly. Before you tackle such a big project, you need to know that system inside and out.
2. It Could Cost More Than Hiring an Installation Professional
Don’t be fooled by thinking that DIY always means you will save money. The people on the internet make things look so easy, but you must remember that most of them have ample training. Let’s assume that you do install the system properly, and things are working well. It could cost you more in energy costs if you have shared circuits with high-energy appliances. Also, it could be a fire hazard.
Warrantees are also important to consider for your AC system. As Steve VanQuill, HVAC Specialist at All Hours Plumbing, reminds us, “most DIYers don’t realize that product registration could double the length of the warranty. And if installed by licensed technician there are some models that have lifetime warranty. However, if you install it yourself good luck getting any warranty from manufactures.”
A good warrantee gives you peace of mind, and your peace of mind is worth something. Plus, should a professional mess up the ductwork or cause any issues with the system, they are licensed, bonded, and insured to take care of the problem. Also, there won’t be any cost to you.
3. You Could Cause Significant Damage to The System
Since you’re shopping for an ac unit, you know that they are an expensive investment. All new units come with a warranty, but most coverage stipulates that it must be installed and maintained by a licensed technician for the warranty to be valid. The minute you put your hands on that unit, you void the guarantee.
Even if you are a technical person and think you can do this installation, what happens if you drill the wrong holes and cause leaks or other damage? You will need to pay for those repairs, and if the compressor should go out prematurely, your warranty won’t cover it. Causing the slightest bit of damage to your system could be a financial disaster.
Hiring A Pro for Your AC Installation
It’s wise to get someone trained to install such a costly unit. A service technician will analyze your home’s electrical system and decide the best way to install the new air conditioner.
Remember, they are trained to make sure that your electrical panel can handle the amperage, know which circuit to put things on, and ensure that you’re getting the best airflow. Before you get out your screwdriver, sit down, and do the math. You will see that in some DIY projects you won’t always save.
Richard Overmyer a copywriter and outreach specialist for All Hours Plumbing, plumbing and HVAC specialists in Salt Lake City. He strives to help all his clients make the best decisions to keep their homes a functioning, happy place. When not writing, you can find Richard in the mountains, looking for his next piece of inspiration.