Having to install a new air conditioner comes with several inconveniences: Figuring out the best make and model for your home, SEER rating, and taking time off from work to get it installed. But how long does the entire process take?
First things first: Never go in with your eyes closed.
When you know for sure that it’s time to replace your AC unit, speak with an HVAC professional. Have them inspect your home to help you determine the right size for your home and how many BTUs (British Thermal Units) are necessary to adequately cool your home. This knowledge is necessary to ensure energy efficiency.
An HVAC professional will also take into account:
- The square footage and layout of your home
- Your home’s insulation
- How many people live in your household
- How much direct sunlight enters your property
Once you have the full picture and what type of AC would work best for your needs, schedule a home energy audit to ensure that your home insulation is in good shape and that there aren’t any leaks around your home that you’re not aware of.
5 Factors that Influence How Long It Takes to Replace an AC Unit
Ok. Now that that’s out of the way, you’ll have to consider additional factors to determine how long it’ll take to replace your air conditioner:
1. The Size of Your Home
The larger your home, the more units need to be installed throughout the different rooms.
2. The Location of the Air Conditioner
Some areas are more accessible than others. Installing an air conditioner in a high-rise condominium is going to be more complex than doing so in someone’s backyard.
3. Whether You Need New Ductwork
Just as with air conditioners, ductwork doesn’t last forever. Their lifespan can be anywhere between 10 and 15 years. After that, cracks and gaps may cause dust to collect inside. If your home is very humid, mold could start growing in there too.
4. Whether You’re Installing a Geothermal System
In the age of energy-efficiency, installing green energy items such as solar panels and geothermal systems has become increasingly common. And because they have such a long lifespan, they may make good financial sense in the long run. However, if you plan to take advantage of their cooling efficiency, it’ll take much longer to install your new air conditioner.
5. Whether You’re Changing the Entire AC System
Even though we recommend replacing both the indoor units and the condenser at the same time, sometimes doing so doesn’t fit with a person’s budget. If you only schedule the replacement of one portion of the system, it’ll take less time to do so.
How Long Does It Take to Replace an AC Unit?
Generally, on an easy-to-install location where new ductwork is not necessary, one full day should suffice to get the job done. Any additional complications will add time and costs to complete the installation.
Finally, a word of advice: It’s never a good time for an air conditioner to breakdown, especially in a climate like Florida’s. This is why it’s so important to schedule routine maintenance checks. Doing so will give you ample notice as to whether your AC is nearing the end of its lifespan. Being able to plan ahead will take a lot of the stress out of the equation and allow you to budget for the replacement.
Reliable HVAC Services in Pinellas County or South Tampa
At Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we provide installation, maintenance, routine checks, and repair services for all of your HVAC needs. We also have a 24/7 emergency line for Pinellas County and South Tampa. Let one of our experts guide you through the process of choosing a new air conditioner.
Call (727) 800-4148 to schedule service.