Proper installation of your air conditioner is as important as buying the right unit in terms of size, tonnage and energy ratings. A carefully installed unit is high on operating efficiency, provides the utmost comfort and also helps to reduce the electricity bills. Improper installation can lead to reduced system performance, maintenance issues, inflated power bills, inefficient cooling and reduced comfort.
Source: Energy loss due to faulty installation - Reliance resQ services
Common installation issues:
- Lack of proper insulation: There are several potential places in a split AC where there could be energy loss if the installation is incorrectly carried out. Improperly mounted unit, improper drain solution, unsealed or incomplete insulation work: Incomplete insulation work can often lead to leakage of cool air, which will again lead to insufficient cooling and raised power bills
- Incorrect refrigerant level: Incorrect charging of refrigerants in AC can cause over 8% reduction in the units' capacity and efficiency! Most air conditioners come factory-fitted with refrigerants to accommodate a fixed length of tubing (approx. 25 ft.) between the evaporator unit and the condenser units. If the actual length varies during installation then either part of the refrigerant has to be removed or supplemented.
- Incorrectly installed controls: Faulty settings in the room thermostat or installed controls, electrical wiring and switches can also lead to poor humidity control while cooling.
- Improper flow of air: Insufficient air flow hampers the air conditioners' efficiency and cooling capacity. Excessive air flow affects its dehumidification functionality, increases draft and duct noise. Ensure that your unit is not installed close to bushes as dry leaves, clothes lint, pollen and other such particles may clog the outdoor coil, thus affecting the air flow. Installation location can also constrain air flow:
Why is this installation location important?
It's a very critical step, because if the machines is not installed at a proper location, you might lose a lot of cooling or the machine would work at a much lower efficiency affecting the overall cooling of the room.
|Wrong installation - AC installed at one corner, flow of air is more towards the wall, resulting in non-uniform cooling.
||Correct installation - AC installed at on corner, but the throw of air is within the room, will give proper cooling.
|Wrong installation - AC installed in front of the door will result in more loss of cooling, whenever the door is opened.
||Correct installation - AC not installed in front of the door, cooling loss would be much less.
In addition to catering to the above requirements Quality installation ensures that:
- Air filters, needed for minimizing dust accumulation on the indoor coil and fan, are located within easy reach of the room's occupants.
- Refrigerant lines, for split system designs, are straight and less than 60 feet in length and vertically it should be less than 24 feet.
- The radius of the elbows and bends is twice that of the diameter of the pipe/tube, to minimize loss in pressure.
- The hole in the wall through which the refrigerant lines pass as well as the entry hole into the indoor unit is caulked and sealed.
- Outdoor unit is located in a manner that allows free air circulation. The placement should also allow easy access for maintenance. The outdoor unit should be either elevated or placed on a level concrete surface to prevent clogging from leaves, lint and pollen.
- To avoid maintenance issues with your new air condition unit, ensure that it is installed by a team of expert technicians and as per the manufacturer's guidelines.
Get professional installation:
It is always advisable to get professional help for quality AC installation. Reliance resQ services offers Superior AC Installation services that stand apart from conventional AC installation services offered elsewhere. To avoid any performance issues due to AC installation, get in touch with Reliance resQ services.