If you are planning on having an air conditioner installed on your home, you might be tempted to install it on your own. While this can seem like it would be convenient and save you money, it is highly recommended that you have a professional HVAC contractor install it for you. Here are some reasons to go with a licensed professional.
The Contractor Helps Make the Important Decisions
Choosing and installing an air conditioner is not as simple as just buying the unit and installing it. There is a lot to think about just in making sure you have chosen the right unit. The size of the unit you need depends on the size of your home, size of each room, and even the height of your ceilings. An HVAC professional can help take all the necessary measurements and ensure you get a unit that fits your home perfectly. If you get a unit that is too small, it will work too hard to make your home cool. If it is too large, then you are spending more money than necessary.
Installing it Yourself Can Cost More
The cost of installation is often the reason people choose to install it themselves. However, this can actually end up costing you more in the end. Not only do you need to buy the unit itself, but extra materials and tools, especially if your garage isn't already stocked with various home maintenance tools. If you make any mistakes during the installation process, you will end up paying a contractor to fix them, adding to the costs you have already put into it.
There Are Safety Concerns When Installing an A/C
Installing an air conditioner is a lot more work than you might have bargained for. Even if you have some friends to help, it can be physically difficult, and there are a wide range of safety precautions to keep in mind. You might be installing ducts in your home if you don't have them already, and will be working with your home's electrical system. Wiring on its own has a lot of risks that only a professional contractor should be dealing with. Hiring a contractor means you don't have a lot of safety concerns, plus if anything happens, the contractor's insurance will cover it.
If you do decide to do the AC installation yourself, you should at least consult an HVAC professional about choosing the right size unit for your home.