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3 Signs Your Air Conditioner Wasn’t Installed Correctly

May 24, 2020

New Braunfels, TX, has long, hot summers. You’ll need a properly functioning air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable. An improper air conditioning installation directly impacts your comfort and the system’s lifespan. Consider these three signs that your air conditioner wasn’t installed correctly.

Low Airflow

Low airflow is a common problem caused by faulty air conditioning installations. If the indoor unit isn’t properly connected to your home’s ducts, a lot of the cooled air could be leaking into your crawlspace or walls. These air leaks waste energy and money. Low airflow could also result from incorrect load calculations. If the technician doesn’t correctly calculate the cooling load of your home, you could end up with an air conditioning system with too much or too little capacity.

Improper Refrigerant Charge

When you get a new air conditioning system, the qualified technicians should refer to the manufacturer’s specifications when filling it with refrigerant. Improper charging of the refrigerant could cause performance and energy efficiency problems, explains the Department of Energy. Too little refrigerant means the system won’t be able to adequately cool or dehumidify your home. Too much refrigerant causes too much pressure in the air conditioner, which could damage the compressor.

Loud Sounds

The outdoor condenser of your air conditioning system should be placed on a concrete pad. The pad’s dimensions should be large enough for the four legs of the unit to be fully on it. The pad should also be level. If the condenser isn’t level, it will shake, wobble and vibrate with every cooling cycle. This will cause it to get even more off-balance. Over time, the shaking could cause excess wear and tear on mechanical parts, sensors and wiring. Improper tightening or insufficient lubrication of the air conditioner’s moving parts could also cause loud sounds.

To learn more about the signs your air conditioning installation wasn’t done correctly, check out Legacy Home Services’s AC installation services, or contact us today for additional info.

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