Tips for Moving Your AC or HVAC System Successfully
Moving Your AC or HVAC System Successfully
Author: Chrissy Peters
Air conditioning (AC) equipment is used in 87% of US homes, with 75% of those being central units. A cooling system is desirable when the weather is warm to bring down temperatures to a comfortable level. If you’re moving to a new place or changing residences, bringing your own AC makes sense. You might want to keep your unit because it is a newer one or you need to secure its location in your next abode. Whatever your reasons are, now that you’ve decided to move your AC or HVAC equipment, removing the unit properly is critical to avoid damaging it.
Keep the Unit in an Upright Position
When removing the AC from the wall, there will probably be water that has accumulated in the bottom especially if it was recently used. Therefore, do not tip the unit as soon as it is detached from the wall. Once you bring the unit outdoors, tip it at a 45° to empty the water. In addition, do not place the AC on its side or upside down. Keep it straight and put it on an even surface to avoid tipping. The right placement of the indoor and outdoor unit is vital to avoid damaging the compressor.
Use the opportunity as well to clean your AC. A well-maintained unit functions well. By prolonging its lifespan, you will have more hours of comfortable temperatures. To retain its efficiency, there are several things that you can easily do such as cleaning or replacing the filter. Clogged filters block normal airflow and reduce the air quality in your dwelling causing harmful dust and debris to scatter throughout. Cleaning the coils is also an important maintenance activity because the evaporator coil and condenser can collect dirt over time. Amassed debris reduces the performance of the coil affecting its ability to absorb heat. Lastly, remove the covers, clean the fins by vacuuming dirt, and spray the remaining debris with a hose before transporting the AC.
Take Care of the Refrigerant Line
One of the major issues that needs to be sorted when relocating your AC is to make sure that the refrigerant line is secured. Great care must be taken to remove the unit and keep the line straight. Bending it will create a leak reducing its cooling efficiency. Before removing the unit though, the refrigerant must be pumped out.
When the unit is mounted in its new location, the copper lines will need to be extended or replaced. Recharging the refrigerant should also be done and leaks tested. The exhaust vent will be modified or reattached as well. In addition, various checks must be performed to ensure that the system is working well and is operating safely and properly.
Relocating an AC or HVAC system is labor intensive and requires knowledge or experience. If you’re confident that you can do it yourself, it is a doable task. However, if you are not comfortable doing it, you might want to contact professionals so that you’re sure that your AC or HVAC will operate at its peak efficiency.
About the Author:
Is a freelance writer and editor, having previously worked in the home care industry for a decade.
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