As a company of people who work with their hands, we definitely get the appeal of do-it-yourself projects. It’s liberating to feel like you can actually do it for yourself and not need any outside help. It’s also exciting to do something that everyone says you should leave to the experts, and it’s always satisfying to save a bit of money by being a little more self-reliant.
While it’s true that you don’t need a professional technician for every possible HVAC service, it’s also true that there are some services you should never attempt to do on your own. This is because some jobs are dangerous to you, your home, your wallet, or all three at once.
One of these potentially dangerous-to-DIY services is air conditioning system installation. There are many different ways AC installation can go wrong when you’re trying to do it on your own or hire cheap labor to do it for you.
Keep reading to learn more about this topic, and don’t forget to get in touch with CJ's Heating and Cooling for all of your AC installation needs!
If you are attempting an AC installation on your own, there are more than just a few ways you could risk life and limb to save some money.
For one, AC units often weigh a few hundred pounds. That might seem manageable, but it can be a lot harder than it seems to maneuver a heavy unit into the right position. They can also have sharp edges, which means handling them improperly can cause anything from minor cuts to deep lacerations if you’re not careful.
AC units are also high-voltage machines. If you’re trying to set one up for the very first time without any prior experience, you could accidentally electrocute yourself. An improper installation can also cause your AC unit to get hot while you attempt to test it out, which can cause severe burns if you aren’t aware of which surfaces are heated.
Your Home’s Safety
Even if you manage to install your new AC unit unscathed, a poor installation can put your home at risk. AC units that aren’t correctly installed may not properly filter the air coming into your home. That means letting in all sorts of allergens that could lead to severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Incorrectly installed AC units also present the risk of fire, often caused by overloaded electrical circuitry.
Wasted Money & Time
Even if none of these disasters comes to pass, a poor installation means your AC unit isn’t running as intended. In the most likely of scenarios, this means you’ll probably have to spend thousands of dollars a lot sooner to replace it when it finally breaks down for good.
Finally, the size of your unit matters. If you aren’t a professional HVAC technician, you probably don’t know exactly how big the air conditioning unit needs to be for your home.
If you purchase one that’s too large, it can cause high humidity in your home. That can damage wood floors and furniture and also promote mold and mildew growth. An AC that’s too small can come with its own problems, like not being powerful enough to cool your home.
When it comes to AC installation, it’s never good to take any chances by trying to DIY or save yourself a few bucks on cheap labor. Get a high-quality installation at a fair price when you reach out to CJ's Heating and Cooling for help.