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What to Expect from an Air Conditioner Installation in Adelaide

If you’re looking for climate control in your Adelaide home before the warmer months arrive, you’ll be in search of professional air conditioner installation. But what are you looking for in an air conditioning specialist?

Are you looking for extensive experience? Expertise in the range of air conditioning unit types and brands on the market? Perhaps it’s the technician’s availability at all hours of the day?

You might be looking for a combination of all of the above. If you’re looking for professional air conditioning installation in Adelaide – whether it’s a new installation or you’re replacing an old model – let’s take a look at what you should expect from a qualified heating and cooling technician.

Finding the Right Air Conditioning Specialist

Living in Adelaide, SA, you know just how intense the summer months can be and how chilly winter can get. You’re going to want to find the right HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician to get the job done efficiently before summer’s swelter gets worse or the bleak winter months set in.

Of course, the proof is always in the pudding. You can’t properly judge the quality of air conditioning installation until the job is done. But here are some of the attributes you should expect from a professional installer:

  1. Fully qualified technician – Given the complex nature of installing air conditioning systems, you don’t want an amateur installing your system.
  2. After hours availability – It’s not always possible to be at home during office hours. Many people can only wait around for an AC technician at night or on weekends.
  3. Experience – It would be preferable to use a HVAC technician who has plenty of practical experience. You want someone who has encountered problems during previous installations and knows how to overcome any setbacks.
  4. Versatility – You will want the technician to be experienced in installing all types of air conditioning systems, including evaporative air conditioners, reverse cycle air conditioners, split systems, a ducted air conditioning system, hydronic heating and more.
  5. Public liability insurance – This is important for air conditioning installations. You don’t want to be sued if the technician is injured while installing your system.
  6. Helpful and knowledgeable – You’ll want a HVAC technician who is an expert in the system being installed and can explain how it operates in clear language.
  7. Follow-up service – Ideally, you’ll want an air conditioning expert who offers follow-up service and advice. New systems can have teething problems, so it’s important to know that your technician can return if needed. The technician might also service your AC system regularly in coming years.

Installation of air conditioning units should always be done by a qualified professional, particularly when refrigerant or changes to your electrical system are involved.

Choosing a New Air Conditioner

The type of air conditioning system you choose will be determined by your main power source and the size of your home. Your choices in power are:

  • Electric – The most common type of power.
  • Natural gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) – A good choice for heating only.
  • Solar – The most energy efficient power source. It can be boosted by electricity or gas.

Living in Adelaide, you’ll probably want a system that both heats and cools, so a reverse cycle air conditioning system would suit your needs. However, there are other kinds of heaters and coolers to consider.

Among your many climate control choices are:

  1. Split system reverse cycle air conditioner – Ideal for heating and cooling one room or large area.
  2. Multi-head split system air conditioning – A good choice if you want to heat and cool multiple rooms.
  3. Ducted reverse cycle air conditioner – Ducted systems will heat and cool as many rooms you choose to install vents in.
  4. Cassette air conditioning system – A type of split system. Usually used in office buildings but also ideal for larger homes. Delivers 360° hot or cool air through ceiling units.
  5. Window/wall air conditioner – Easy to install and effective for heating and cooling. Ideal for people who are renting – they can take the system with them when they move.
  6. Portable air conditioner – Not as effective as a split system or ducted system but there’s no installation required and it can be moved from room to room. Suited to a smaller space, such as an apartment or townhouse.

There are also systems which offer either heating or cooling but not both, such as evaporative cooling, hydronic heating and various types of gas heating. Do your research and perhaps speak with a HVAC professional before making your choice.

Preparing for an Air Conditioner Installation

The amount of preparation required will depend on whether you’re replacing an existing system or you’re installing a new system for the first time. If necessary, make sure you organise to have your old unit taken away – you don’t want to be lumbered with an obsolete piece of junk.

Most importantly, you need to book a time that suits you to be at home for the duration of the installation. The technician may have questions for you that need to be answered immediately.

Consult with the AC technician to work out the best place for your new system. Aim to have that space prepared before the installation by clearing away any items that might clutter up the area.

If you’re unable to move heavy furniture away from the area, consult with the technician who may be able to shift it for you (or might choose to work around the furniture).

If you have pets that could get in the way, try to keep them in a separate room, which also keeps them out of harm’s way. If you’ve hired a professional HVAC technician and your home is prepared, you’ll enjoy a smooth installation.

How Long Will Your AC System Last?

Once the job has been completed, you’re going to want to know how long you’ll be able to enjoy climate control in your home with your new system.

The good news is that, as long as your air conditioning system is well maintained and regularly serviced, you can expect it to last from 15 to 20 years. That’s a long time before you need to think about a replacement.

When you’re looking for professional air conditioning installation in Adelaide, South Australia, make sure you do your research and you’re sure to find the right system for you and a HVAC technician who will deliver the level of expertise and service you require.

Metropolitan Air Conditioning is a family-owned business which started in Adelaide and knows the city and suburbs intimately. We will deliver the air conditioning solutions that you need. Our air conditioning specialists can install, maintain and repair all major brands, including ActronAir, AquaMAX, Braemar, Coolair, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, Rinnai and more. Contact our heating and cooling specialists today.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.

Published: 2022-11-24

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