Tips For Safe Air Conditioner Installation
Installing an air conditioner is not a simple process and is not for the faint of heart! This lengthy process involves many steps that will lay the foundation for a cool and comfortable summer. Whether you attempt to handle the air conditioner installation yourself or hire a pro, there are some general safety tips to follow. While some of these tips seem obvious, others may not. In any case, it is best to be prepared for air conditioner installation day by brushing up on these rules!
Turn The Power Off
First things first, turn the power off when you are ready to begin the process. This may seem like the most obvious tip of all, but because of its simplicity, it is also easy to forget. Skipping this step will turn your attempt at air conditioner installation into a quick disaster and a dangerous hazard. You will most certainly get shocked by electricity and may sustain great injuries as a result.
Additionally, the electric shock will damage the unit’s equipment. You will incur great expenses not just in medical bills but also in additional equipment costs. Prior to turning off the power, turn off the thermostat first. This will ensure that the entire heating and cooling system is completely shut off.
Choose A Safe Location For The Outdoor Unit
An air conditioning system usually comes with two units that are installed inside and outside the house. Prior to air conditioner installation, you must locate a safe spot for the outdoor unit. Make sure that the location you choose follows these guidelines:
- The ground has to be even and leveled with concrete, preferably
- It has to be away from trees and bushy shrubs
- Choose a spot where you are least likely to grill
- Avoid areas around tree roots
If a technician is helping you with this installation, they will be able to offer expert advice on where to put the unit best. By the way do you know what the outdoor unit is called and what it does? Check out our blog to learn more.
Install An Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker
You may think that electric shock is only a risk if you try to install the AC while the power is on. However, there may be a risk for electric shock even after the air conditioner installation is complete. This shock will happen if you turn on AC before an earth leakage breaker is installed.
The earth leakage circuit breaker prevents electrical shock caused by short circuits and circuit overloads. This prevents shocks and consequential fires. If a leakage is detected, this breaker will automatically shut down the entire AC system as a safety measure.
Dry Drain Hose Pipe During Installation
Though drain hoses do carry a lot of fluids, at the time of air conditioner installation, they must be dry. Though this may seem like an obvious piece of advice, we cannot stress enough how important it is for your safety.
We all know that water and electricity do not mix well. If your hose is wet during installation, it may come in contact with electricity and create a shock. Electrocution will definitely dampen your spirits on installation day, and quite frankly, it can put your life at risk.
Now that we learned about the drain hose pipe, let’s learn a bit more about some of the common air conditioning parts and terms.
Hire A Licensed & Insured HVAC Contractor
The best advice we can give you to ensure a safe air conditioner installation is to hire a licensed and insured HVAC contractor. A professional HVAC contractor is trained to perform all the necessary steps in a safe and quality manner.
The contractor’s license speaks of a grueling training program and state certification examination that permits them to practice their trade. Their insurance covers any damages or injuries that may occur during installation.
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