Do I Need a Licensed Electrician to Install My New A/C?

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Central air conditioning is a desirable luxury and a major investment, both in your comfort and the value of your home. On the other hand, a new A/C unit that’s installed incorrectly can lead to repeated breakdowns. And when you try to DIY the electrical wiring or leave it to a friend or amateur, you are setting up your central air unit for failure. Ensure your new A/C doesn’t cause more problems than it fixes – let a licensed electrician finalize the hookup.

 

The Process

The first step to getting central air in your home is calling in an HVAC team to provide a quote for install. They will walk through every level of your home and assess the placement and condition of your current ductwork. If more ventilation has to be installed prior to placing the unit, this cost is included in the quote.

 

Based on the size of your home, your HVAC team will recommend a corresponding A/C unit size. This is a critical part of the process. If you purchase a unit that is too small, it will have to run constantly in order to fully cool your home. When A/C units work overtime, they wear down much faster. Even though a smaller unit is cheaper up front, you end up paying more for repairs and eventual early replacement.

 

But if you choose a unit that’s too large, you’re overpaying for equipment you will not use and you do not need. It’s vital to ensure you’re choosing the right A/C unit before you make the final decision. Get a second or third opinion from another HVAC company for peace of mind.

 

Don’t Try This at Home

Once ductwork is in place and the A/C unit is on site, it’s time to finish the installation by wiring the system into the home’s electrical. Many HVAC contractors will call on their trusted electrician to complete this step. Under no circumstances should the homeowner take on this task alone, and here’s why:

 

  1. A home’s electrical voltage has the capacity to kill you.
  2. If you wire the unit incorrectly, you could damage it, jeopardizing your investment.

 

A licensed electrician knows how to complete this job safely and quickly. Don’t risk your life or your project for the sake of a DIY win – let us help.

 

Seamless Integration for a More Efficient Cool

Another important point to note is that your home’s thermostat has to be successfully wired into the cooling unit. If your home was not built with a central air unit, the wiring of a new A/C could be a little more complicated than an online video might have you believe. We will test the system before we conclude our work to make sure it’s responding correctly to the thermostat inside the home.

 

Your Licensed Electrician Team – Your Partner

At Castle Electric, we know the urgency you’re feeling – you want central air and you want it now. We make your project a priority and move quickly to finish A/C unit installs when you call. In the summer heat, you need relief, and we’re a breath of fresh air.

 

Whether your HVAC company needs a reliable electrical team to depend on or your home needs a licensed electrician’s skills, Castle Electric is only one call away.

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