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How to Prepare for Air Conditioning Installation


Congratulations on getting a new AC system! The air conditioners available now are achieving higher levels of efficiency than ever before, so you’re sure to be thrilled with your purchase. But first, you need to have it installed.

If you’re a little overwhelmed, we’ve got your back. We’ll give you all the info you need about AC installation: who does it, how long it takes, and what you should do to prepare. 

Professional Installation Matters

Traditional central air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless AC systems are complex, with many parts that have to be handled carefully and positioned precisely. Our repair technicians frequently encounter situations where a DIY installation is the cause of the problem they were called in to fix.

And it’s not just the air conditioner that can be negatively affected by improper installation. If the drainage lines and condensate pans are not aligned just right, leakage can inflict serious water damage on the surrounding wall and floor. 

How Long Does AC Installation Take?

When you make an appointment for professionals to install your air conditioning in Denton, TX, they can give you a specific window based on your exact situation. But we can provide a general idea.

First, consider how much modification will be required for your installation. Are you going from an old traditional central AC to a new model of the same general type? Little to no modification of your home should be necessary.

But if you’re making a bigger change, the installation will take longer. Installing a ductless system for the first time, having significant repairs to your ductwork, or the replacement or first installation of a ducted system would all require more time. 

Some AC installations can be done in as little as four hours. It’s always best to be available for eight hours. Only installations requiring major modifications would have to take place over more than one day, and your trusted AC professionals will be able to tell you if this applies to your situation.

How to Prepare for AC Installation

Most importantly, make sure your schedule is clear for the day. Then get your home ready, indoors and out, for this process.

  • Take note of where the installers will park, and make sure their way to both the outdoor unit and the door they should enter is unobstructed.
  • Trim encroaching plants and rake away debris from the outdoor unit to make a reasonable work area.
  • Indoors, tidy any clutter from the floor or move any furniture that might make it challenging to move a large appliance to where it will be installed.
  • Make sure nothing is so close to the indoor unit that it would limit elbow room when the installers are at work.
  • And finally, just before your technicians arrive, secure your pets in another part of your home, so indoor cats don’t escape, and the paws of curious pups are safe from being stepped on. 

If you have any questions about your specific installation, we’d love to hear from you!

Contact PRK Services, Inc. today for all your cooling and comfort needs.

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