Casey Key: What to Expect From the AC Installation Process

What to Expect From the AC Installation Process

Nearly half of all energy consumption in American homes is from heating and cooling. There’s no question we have come to expect our homes to be cool and comfortable at all times. Living with an AC unit that is faulty or needs replacing can mean inconvenience, discomfort, and wasted money.

A new AC installation means reliable comfort from the Florida heat, not to mention the potential of considerable savings on your electric bill.

Are you ready for a new AC? If so, read to find out what to expect from the process.

The Proposal Process

The first step in the installation process will be to meet with an expert consultant from your AC service company. They will present you with your options and guide you in selecting the right equipment for your home.

They’ll likely want to know your priorities in a unit. Some common elements customers should consider are their preferences in:

  • Level of technology
  • Efficiency
  • Budget

These features may be the driving factor in which unit you choose.

Once you’ve shared these preferences, you’ll select the system type. Most residential air conditioners consist of split systems where the air handler is on the interior, and the condenser is on the exterior.

The size of the unit is not something you’ll choose. An energy calculation of your home determines the tonnage of your unit. Most likely, the size of your current AC unit will be the size of the replacement.

Another part of this consultation will include your payment options. Some companies offer the convenience of financing with low or no interest.

Removal of Existing Equipment

Once the installation team arrives at your home, they will verify the job specifications and ensure they match your proposal and expectations. Then, they’ll get to work removing all of the components of your old system.

Removing the air handler means gaining access and setting up a workspace. Most are in a garage; however, there are air handlers in closets and attics. Technicians will need to enter and work in this area.

The condenser, typically located on the side of your house, gets removed by disconnecting the electrical and refrigerant lines.

The process includes removing all old parts and equipment from the premises.

Preparing for Installation

Some changes may be necessary before technicians can set the new equipment in place. Your technicians will modify or replace:

  • Low and high voltage wiring
  • Refrigerant piping
  • Electrical breakers
  • Ductwork
  • Condenser pad

Once these adjustments are complete, the new air conditioner installation can begin.

The Installation Process

Technicians will mechanically attach the ductwork to the air handler. The refrigerant lines are brazed to the equipment, the electricity gets reconnected, and the drain gets reattached.

Next comes installing the thermostat; it’s wired in and programmed to communicate with the new equipment.

Installation is also when any accessories such as air quality products or surge protectors get added.


After the installation steps, it’s time to power up the unit and conduct a system operations assessment.

This means technicians will check the major operation points of the unit in both modes of heating and cooling. Assessed points are:

  • Refrigerant levels
  • Airflow
  • Supply air temperature
  • Drain function

During this assessment, technicians can make adjustments to ensure all parts are working correctly.

Cleanup Walkthrough Payment

The installation team will clear all areas of debris and tools. You’ll be presented with an overview of your new AC and shown how to use the thermostat. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have.

Finally, make payment or confirm the terms of your financing agreement.

Take Advantage of AC Installation

If your AC unit isn’t running like it used to, or you want to upgrade your unit for better efficiency, an AC installation is in order.

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