Are you facing an air conditioner replacement this season? Don’t face it alone. Read on to find out exactly what to expect so you won’t have any surprises. For an air conditioner replacement company you can trust, contact Draft Control.

The Air Conditioner Replacement Process – What to Expect

If you are reading this, you have probably already determined that you need an air conditioner replacement. If you are not certain that your AC actually needs replacing, check out this helpful article “How to know when you need to replace air conditioner.” If it is time to replace your air conditioner, the following will give you a good idea about what to expect.

Meet with Your HVAC Technician to Determine The Correct Size of HVAC System You Need

Your HVAC technician should come to your home to do an initial assessment to determine the correct size of air conditioner you require. The technician will measure the square footage of your home and do some load calculations taking into consideration the climate in your area and the size of your property

They will also take a look at the condition of your home with respect to its ability to contain conditioned air. For example, are there drafty areas, or is it well insulated? This will help the technician to recommend the proper size of HVAC system you need.

Your technician will figure out what size of air conditioner
you will need – Image source: Bryant

Determine the Type of Air Conditioner You Want

There is a wide range of air conditioners on the market. The type, size, and energy efficiency of the model will affect the cost. It is important though to remember that the cheapest model may not be the best value for your money.

A more efficient, energy-saving one could actually save you more money on energy bills over time and may be well worth the extra initial investment. An air conditioner with a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) will be more energy efficient and cost more than one with a lower SEER rating.

Your technician should then give you a written estimate of the cost of the new air conditioner and the installation. For an idea about how much you should expect to pay for a new air conditioner, check out our article “How Much Does It Cost to Replace an Air Conditioner.”

An AC unit with a higher SEER rating will be more energy efficient than one with a lower rating – Image source: Bryant

Prepare Your Home Before the Installation

What You Can Do: It is a good idea to move any valuable items you have, such as antiques, safely out of the way before the installation takes place. This can speed up the process so that you won’t have to do it once your technician arrives. In addition, if you have pets, you will also want to move them to a safe and secure location out of the way from where the work will be taking place. Loud and unusual noises may be frightening for them.

What the Installer Will Do: Your installers will lay down drop cloths and/or paper to protect your flooring. They will also move any other furnishings out of the way. If there are heavy items that cannot be moved, you may want them to be covered with plastic to keep off any dust that may collect during the installation.

Remove Your Old Unit and Install Your New One

The technician will turn off the power to your old unit and then drain any refrigerant from it before actually taking it apart. Once the old unit is removed, your new one will be installed. Depending on the scope of the project, duct-work may need to be repaired or replaced as well. If duct-work is involved, then the project may take longer.

Once your new AC unit is installed it will be tested to make sure that it is working properly – Image source: Bryant

Testing Your New HVAC System

Once your new air conditioner replacement is complete, the technician will perform pressure and vacuum tests to make sure that it is working properly before new refrigerant is added. Once the testing is complete, your technician should show you how to operate your new unit. At this time, you can ask any questions that you might have.

The following video will give you an overview of what is involved in replacing an air conditioning unit. However, the process takes skill and training so we highly recommend that you hire a professional to do it for you.

Replacing your AC unit requires skill and knowledge to do it right

You Can Trust Draft Control for Your Air Conditioner Replacement

Draft Control HVAC is a highly trusted heating and air conditioning company servicing the East Ottawa region. Unlike other companies, we focus on our customers and their complete satisfaction, not on the brands that we sell.  Whether you require installation, repair, or maintenance for your furnace, air conditioner, water heater, gas BBQ and fireplace, or boiler; you can trust Draft Control. Contact us today for all your heating and cooling needs..

“Selim came out to our place to quote a replacement air conditioner and hot water tank.  He was honest, and did not try to sell us something we didn’t need.  He answered all my questions promptly and honestly.  I verified his reviews after we first met, and found my initial experience to be exactly as others had described.  His quote was far better than any others we had received, and it wasn’t long before we had him lined up for the job.  From start to finish the entire process was seamless, he didn’t rush the job(s), and made sure everything was done properly.  He certainly takes pride in his work, and hands down I would recommend him to anyone looking for HVAC work.  Thanks Selim!” -Ryan M

Financing Available!

Great news, Draft Control now offers financing through EcoHome Financial. If you know that you need to a new air conditioner and furnace and want to replace HVAC system, but you weren’t sure how you were going to do it financially, we can help. Contact Draft Control to learn more.


We Even Offer a Military Discount!

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