Understanding The AC Installation Process


An air conditioner is made up of several different parts that work together, so AC installation can be quite complex. Knowing what to expect before your AC installation will help you be prepared when the crew shows up at your home. Regardless of what type of AC you select, the installation will typically follow these steps.

Step 1: Evaluating Your HVAC Needs 

Before you can install an AC, you need to figure out what system you need. This can sometimes be one of the longest steps because there is so much to consider. Luckily, the experts at True Heating & Cooling in Broomfield, CO, are ready to help.

First of all, you have to decide what type of system you want. Choices include a traditional central AC, ductless AC, mini-split system and more. You will also need to figure out what size of AC you need. When determining size, you must consider many factors, including:

  • Your home’s square footage
  • Number of stories in your home
  • Number of people living in the home
  • Local climate and shade levels
  • Number of windows in the home
  • Location of the unit installation

Step 2: Creating Your New System 

Many air conditioning systems are a custom system, with ductwork and other parts built to spec for each customer. Often, the various components are encased in a housing or other materials to protect them. Professionals like you’ll find at True Heating & Cooling will handle all the details to make sure it fits perfectly into your home. This may include fabricating and connecting the parts, which may involve welding and other similar tasks. Once all the parts are ready for installation, the next step can begin.

Step 3: Removing The Old Air Conditioner 

Most companies include the removal and disposal of the old AC unit as part of their installation process. This is an important step because ACs contain refrigerants that can be dangerous to handle. Removing an air conditioner also involves electrical experience. Typically, the old air conditioner is removed the same day as your installation, so you do not have to go without cool air for several days. You can trust True Heating & Cooling to responsibly dispose of your old unit and take maximum care to protect your home throughout the process.

Step 4: Installing The New AC Parts 

This is the most labor-intensive part of an AC installation. One or more technicians will carefully maneuver each part into place. If your new system has any wall-mounted units, they will be sturdily attached to your home. Depending on your system, piping or ductwork may also need to be installed and properly sealed. Different parts will need to be safely wired for electricity.

A critical part of any heating or cooling system installation is to ensure that all the different parts work together. The technicians will carefully follow all manufacturer’s specifications and make sure everything is properly installed. Depending on the type of AC you chose, this part of the process can take anywhere from 4-10 hours.

Step 5: Installing The Thermostat 

The new AC will also need to be connected to a thermostat so that you can actually control the temperatures in your home. Many new systems come with a new thermostat, but you may have the option of keeping your old one if you prefer it. The thermostat will need to be connected to a power source and then attached to the AC. When installing the thermostat, the technician will carefully evaluate the location to find a good spot for it. You need the thermostat placed in an area where it can be easily accessed and get an accurate read of general household temperatures. Otherwise, your home may be chronically too hot or too cold.

Step 6: Final Checkup 

After everything is all installed, our technicians will do a final run of checks. They will run the system through basic performance tasks to ensure everything is turning on and running as it should. With True Heating & Cooling, our technicians will teach you about your new system’s capabilities and how to use it. If you have a new thermostat, they can explain how to set and program it. They will also let you know when you need to do maintenance and discuss how often you should change the filter.

Have more questions about AC installations? True Heating & Cooling is happy to provide you with more information about our installation process. We also provide Broomfield residents with a variety of other heating and cooling services, including repairs and maintenance. To set up a consultation with our team, give us a call now.