You called in a technician to install your new air conditioning system. What next after the installation? To prevent wasted energy and inefficiency of the system, you should test your air conditioning unit after installation.
Test the Thermostat
After installation, start with checking the control system of the unit. Test the thermostat by comparing its temperature readout with that of a different thermometer. If there is a high-temperature difference, your thermostat could be faulty. An inaccurate thermostat will result in an inefficient system. If the thermostat is functioning optimally, run the system and listen for any unusual sounds. There shouldn't be any clanks, slapping sounds, or rattles as the system operates.
Check for Duct Leaks
During air conditioning installation, duct systems should be tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency by retaining air. After installation, it's important to check for any duct leaks, which could be due to loose connections or gaps due to faulty installation.
You can visually inspect the ductwork by looking at visible ducts and checking for obvious gaps. Turn on your air conditioning system and place your hand over the ductwork to feel any leaking air, especially near duct joints. Sometimes installations can be faulty. If you identify any leaks, draw an arrow on the duct and call in the expert who handled the installation to have a look.
Examine Each Room
Now that you are sure the main components are functioning well, it's time to examine the results of the system. How efficient is it? Go to each room and examine the air vent while the system is running. Ensure that the air is circulating throughout the house and brings the desired temperature efficiently and quickly.
How to Tell If Your AC Unit Was Faulty Installed
Incorrect installations increase energy bills and can cause discomfort around the house. Here are signs your unit was improperly installed:
1. Slow Response: If your unit slowly responds to changes in the thermostat and takes time to heat the home, the unit could be improperly installed. The slow response shows the level of refrigerant in the system is imbalanced for the unit.
2. Strange Noises: Whistling, grinding, and other noises from the newly installed unit show the poor installation. Most of these noises show loose components in the system, which should be immediately tightened.
3. Poor Airflow: Poorly done ductwork will result in poor airflow. Poor airflow will cost you more money since your unit will be expelling more warm air that doesn't heat the home.
Consider contacting services like Turner Services Co. for further assistance. After the installation, they can test the thermostat and ductwork.