If you’re looking for a new AC installation in Colorado Springs, CO, where’s the best place to begin? Well, you’ve found our website, so you’re already off to a great start. We’re experienced professionals with years of history handling all types of HVAC services. There isn’t an HVAC job we can’t do and do right.
But sometimes homeowners think they can “get by” with a cheaper option for an air conditioning system installation, like going to an amateur who offers a cut-rate price to do the job, or someone whose entire certification to be in the HVAC business comes down to “has a truck with a phone number on it.”
Trust us, you don’t want to go with anyone but licensed and experienced HVAC pros when it’s time to put in a new air conditioning system. We’ll explain more below.
The Importance of Sizing
One of the most common mistakes amateurs make when trying to install a central air conditioning system is sizing the unit. “Sizing” doesn’t refer to finding out how large the physical AC is, but how much cooling capacity it has. Most residential AC units have between 5 to 10 tons of cooling capacity (1 ton = 12,000 BTUs of heat removed). A unit cannot be too small or too large for the space it cools. An undersized unit won’t provide enough cooling. An oversized unit will waste power as it begins to short-cycle from lowering the temperature too fast. It’s common for amateurs to put in an oversized unit, often because they’re trying to sell a more expensive AC.
Having the wrong size AC can only be corrected one way: getting a replacement unit. You want this job done perfectly the first time, and only pros will take the time and do the proper measurements to see that it is.
A central air conditioning system doesn’t come with its refrigerant charge already in it. One of the last steps of installation is to put in the correct refrigerant charge—and only licensed professionals can do this. Handling refrigerant is potentially dangerous so it requires special certification, something amateurs don’t have. It’s also critical for the charge to be right: if the AC is either overcharged or undercharged, it causes poor performance and eventually leads to a catastrophic system breakdown.
Amateurs can charge people low costs because they use cheaper materials and rush the jobs. And the results are cheap and rushed! Our professionals have often seen the terrible shortcuts amateurs have made on their installations. These include poor wiring on the control board, the wrong capacitors for the motors, bad connections to the ductwork, mismatched outdoor and indoor units, and a thermostat that isn’t right for the unit. Our professionals never take any shortcuts and they use the best equipment and brands for every job.
Finally, professionals have insurance to protect you in case of damage to your home or injury to one of the workers on the worksite. Amateurs won’t have this, opening you up to liability. You’re always in better and safer hands when you have professionals install your air conditioning system.
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