What Affects How Long Your AC System Takes To Install

27 December 2019
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If you're preparing for a new air conditioning system installation, you may be wondering about what you can expect from the installation process. Many homeowners wonder how long the installation is going to take and what can affect that installation timing. There are a few major factors that can affect the timing of your AC system installation. Here's what you need to know.

How Big Is Your Home?

The size of your home will have a direct effect on how long it takes to install your air conditioning system. That's because larger homes will not only need larger, more complex units, but they may also require more than one air conditioning unit to adequately cool the house. If your technician is installing more than one unit, or a large, complex unit, the installation time will be considerably longer than if you are only having one single unit installed that's fairly standard.

Is It A New Installation?

Another key factor is whether or not your air conditioning installation is a whole new installation or if the technician is simply replacing an existing unit. If the existing unit has failed and just needs to be swapped, your installation will take less time than if the technician is installing a whole new system. 

Replacing an existing unit is faster because the wiring, ductwork, and infrastructure are already in place. That means it's essentially a process of just disconnecting the old unit and connecting the new one. That reduces the installation time significantly.

However, if you're installing an air conditioning system in a home that's never had one, the installation will take longer. The technician will have to complete the wiring and infrastructure for the system. In addition, if there are no existing air ducts, such as for a home that has boiler heat or radiant floor heating, the technician will also have to install air ducts. The complexity of this process will affect your installation time.

If your home's structure doesn't support the addition of air ducts, it will be more complicated to install the system because the technician may have to actually cut into the walls and the ceiling to set up the ductwork. Make sure that you discuss this with the technician in advance so that you know what to expect.

These are two of the key factors that will influence the time it takes to install your new air conditioner. Talk with your AC system installation technician about the installation process and what is ahead to get a clear picture of the expectations.