Should you Install your Air Conditioner Yourself?
After you have successfully purchased an air conditioning unit of your choice, it’s now time to install it. Like all other installation jobs, you have the option to either do things on your won or hire a professional to do it for you. Of course, each of the two options has their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Choosing which option to take will depend on various factors like the type of air conditioning system you have and your skill level.
For more complicated air conditioners like a central air conditioning system, it’s obvious that you will have to leave it to the professionals. But for simpler systems like a window air conditioner, the option to go down the DIY route is more attainable. This type of air conditioning system is the least complicated to handle as all components are housed in a single unit.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each installation route?
Right off the bat, the biggest advantage of installing an air conditioning unit yourself is of the economical aspect. Hiring a professional air conditioning technician will obviously require you to shell out some cash. Also, you will be working on your own terms and on your own pace (which can both be an advantage and a disadvantage, depending on your scheduled timeframe). Lastly, a DIY installation is definitely more fulfilling. The personal satisfaction that comes with the accomplishment is a source of joy for most people.
Now, let’s look at the other side. HVAC professionals, aside from being more skilled in installing more complicated air conditioners like split and ductless systems, will have the advantage of having more experience and technical background. They can get the job done much faster as they won’t have to consult the instruction manual every ten seconds. Other advantages of having your AC professionally installed include the following:
- The technician will do all the work for you.
- Aside from completing the task faster, it will be a much neater job. This translates to a lower probability of malfunctions in the future.
- If malfunctions do happen, the contractor will usually provide a labour warranty or discounts for future servicing.
In fact, according to a study done by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, energy costs can increase by as much as 30% if your air conditioner wasn’t installed properly. Improper installation can also lead to higher repair costs in the future. This can easily offset and even exceed the cost that you have originally saved when you decided to go down the DIY route.
Obviously, these risks can be minimised by getting professional help, most especially if you are not completely confident with your skills.
In the end, it all boils down to how much technical know-how you have in your arsenal and how much risk you’re willing to take. If you decide to do it yourself, always remember to properly follow the manual as closely as you can and take safety measures. If, on the other hand, you decide to get things professionally done, know that the highly-skilled technicians here at Clements Air Conditioning are at your service. Call us anytime and we will be more than happy to address your enquiries.