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How Extensive Is AC Replacement?


Is your air conditioner on its last legs? Has it been performing poorly? Does it need a too-expensive repair? Is it getting on in age? You might be wondering exactly what would be involved in getting a new one. What is the process of AC replacement like? How long does it take? What can you do to keep it simpler? We’ve got the details for you.

Types of AC Installation

The simplest AC replacement scenario is when you’re swapping out your traditional central AC unit with another one of the same type. Modifications to your home will be limited or nonexistent, and the whole process will be very straightforward. More complex scenarios are those that involve replacing one type of air conditioning system with another, for example installing a ductless mini split when you’ve previously used a central system. The installations that take the longest would be those that require significant modifications throughout your home, such as installing ductwork for a central AC system in a home that never had ducts and likely relied on window units.

How Long AC Installation Takes

On the day of the installation, the simplest swaps of an old central air conditioner for a new one could be as quick as four hours, though generally you should plan to be available for eight just in case. Only in cases where major modifications are in order will an installation take place over multiple days. But the process begins before the day of installation. It’s critical to get an air conditioner that is sized correctly for your home and layout. Either too small or too large a system will experience strain and increased wear and tear, leading to frequent repairs and a shorter system life. When you’re planning for AC installation in Fresno, CA, take the time to do it properly to avoid these problems.

How to Streamline the AC Installation Process

If you want installation day to be as free of headaches and complications as possible, we’ve got some great tips for you. Your technicians will need clear paths for carrying equipment and elbow room for working. Start outdoors: make sure the way is clear from where the truck will park to the door they should enter, and also to where the outdoor unit sits. Clear up any lawn clippings or fallen leaves around the outdoor unit, and make sure plants or shrubs are trimmed back so there’s plenty of room to maneuver. Indoors, clear the way from the door to the indoor unit so nobody steps on a Lego or bumps into sharp-cornered furniture while trying to carry a large piece of equipment. And if anything is crowding the immediate vicinity of the indoor unit that might be challenging to work around, move it aside. Finally, just before your technicians arrive, put your pets in a separate, closed-off room that no one will need to access. Curious noses or paws underfoot can make AC installation slower and more challenging, and nobody wants to step on your puppy’s tail or let your indoor cat outside while carting appliances back and forth. 

If you’re ready to begin the process of selecting the right AC system from your home, or if you need more information to help you consider your options, we’d love to hear from you.

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