Split Air Conditioner Installation: Mistakes to Avoid
Why go through the split air conditioner installation process? A split air conditioner is less expensive to run than a central air unit, you can cool or heat individual rooms, and they are easy to install. However, as with any installation of an electrical appliance, there are mistakes that you should avoid which can result in injury and/or property damage. Here is a list of a few of the more common ones:
Not Checking for Refrigerant Gas Leaks
Never forget to check for leaks. If escaped refrigerant gas comes into contact with a heat source, such as a stove or electric room heater, a harmful toxic gas. Your split air conditioner installation will quickly go from improving your quality of life to being a serious health hazard.
Improperly Insulating Indoor Tubing
Tubing that is not insulated properly “sweats,” leading to dripping and water damage during the use of the air conditioner. Floors and walls can become warped and stained. By the time you notice, you may have a costly repair bill to pay. It’s worth it to thoroughly check everything both inside and outside once the split air conditioner installation is over.
Touching Electrical Components Too Soon
Never touch electrical components immediately after turning off the power supply. Wait at least 5 minutes. Failure to do so can cause a severe electrical shock. Also, do not turn on the power until the split air conditioner installation is completely finished. Always put your safety first.
Attaching the Unit or Base to the Building Structure
It is tempting to attach the outdoor unit and/or base to the building. However, this causes noise within the structure. One of the advantages of buying a split air conditioner system is that there is less noise when installed properly. You are wasting your money if you don’t take the time to do it right.
There are other ways to secure your unit during the split air conditioner installation. For example, in high wind areas, anchoring the air conditioner with bolts and a metal frame and providing an air baffle will protect your investment from damage.
Neglecting to Clean Up Loose Bits of Metal and Wire
After the split air conditioner installation, clear the site of metal and wire scraps. Pets and children could swallow them or step on particularly sharp pieces and get hurt. Be sure to check inside the unit as well. Extra bits left behind could cause excess noise and possibly damage the air conditioner over time.
Not Enough Support
Always check things like the strength of the wall and the stability of the ground outside. Anything that your split air conditioner system will be attached to must be looked at thoroughly. A weakness could allow your unit to fall or tip over, causing damage, and maybe even serious injuries.
A Final Note
With all of the opportunities for damage and injury, it is best to allow a heating and cooling specialist to do your split air conditioner installation for you. Besides, on many units the warranty may become void if you choose to do it yourself.