5 Common Problems when Installing Air Condition in your Home

Installing any kind of air conditioning unit in your home is no easy feat; here are a small handful of issues people often encounter when they are installing a home or office air conditioning unit.


Installing an air conditioner can be a laborious task, fraught with opportunity for failure. Problems surrounding the installation of an air conditioning unit in your home or your business can make or break your investment, and even deplete the value of your largest asset –your home.

In order to tread carefully, keep reading this article to learn all about the various ways that a lowly air conditioning unit can ruin your life if these issues arise during your installation.

Learn how to identify these problems before they start and let us know what you think at the bottom, in the comments section!

1. Air Conditioner Duct Issues

If you choose to go for an air conditioner which cools your building through a duct system, there are a number of problems to be aware of in advance.

Bad design – the shortest path between two points is a straight line, and each corner or metre of duct inside your walls, floors, and ceilings will limit the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.

Bad implementation – a poor air conditioning duct installation can cause a number of problems –from air leaks and lost electricity bill dollars, to a disproportionate amount of cooling reaching one room over another room or not having enough air returns.

To ensure your duct system is built properly, be sure to thoroughly test it out before you sign off with your air conditioning installation professional.

2. Refrigerant Leaks

Whether your air conditioning unit was under-charged with refrigerant during installation, or you’ve sprung a leak, evaluating the situation is important. If there’s a leak, it needs to be fixed and refrigerant levels must be measured to ensure you’re running at optimal levels.

3. Drainage Issues

When an air conditioning unit is running it typically creates humidity that needs a place to go –and that means that ample drainage is required. Always be sure to check the condensate drain to have proof positive that your air conditioning unit is effectively draining all excess liquid from itself.

4. Sensors

The placement of a thermostat sensor on an air conditioning unit can affect how it operates; if it thinks the room is too cold, it will cool less, too warm and it will cool too much.

At the back of most air conditioning units behind its control panel you will usually be able to find this sensor; check in if your unit begins acting erratically as it should never touch the evaporative coil.

5. Poor maintenance

Poor air conditioning unit maintenance can lead to a whole host of problems that will decrease its efficiency, effectiveness, or ability to even turn on!

Air filters need to be cleaned or replaced, coils begin to get dirty, and fans get jammed up with dust and debris. Be sure to baby your air conditioner now and again just like you would your automobile.

In Conclusion

Generally speaking, manufacturers of air conditioners make a good, rugged, durable product. But as with anything, without proper care, respect, and consistent maintenance, it can fall apart.

Such is life I suppose! Before you do any maintenance to your own air conditioning unit, be sure to let it cool down internally before disconnecting the breaker.

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