There are many reasons why you might like to relocate or move an air conditioner or even reposition ducted air system vents.
Whether you are renovating, changing up your furniture, or maybe even moving homes altogether, your air conditioner is a valuable investment that you want to get the most out of.
3 Things You Should Know Before Relocating Your Air Conditioner Unit
So, before you go touching wires and pipes yourself, read our information about relocating air conditioner units.
Never relocate an air conditioner yourself
With electricity and refrigerant involved, HunterCON advises that is definitely safest NOT to touch your air conditioner yourself.
Even the slightest movement of your unit may damage it and invalidate your warranty. Not to mention the hazards and risks involved in dealing with electricity.
Furthermore, you won’t have the re-gassing and gas recovery tools necessary to get the job done in a safe and timely manner.
Air conditioner relocation is a specialist job that should only be carried out by experienced and qualified professionals.
At HunterCON, our technicians can expertly move your split system air conditioner or ducted air conditioning vents, including all the electrical wiring, so you don’t have to hire an electrician separately.
Temporary relocation of an air conditioner
You may only need to move your air conditioner temporarily, in order to make small changes to your home such as painting or moving furniture.
The first thing we do before temporarily moving an air conditioner unit is to use the compressor to safely pump the refrigerant back down into the compressor unit.
After safely disconnecting the power, we seal the pipes and solder it closed, and then extend or shorten the copper wire in accordance to it’s needs.
After that, the unit is placed back where it was, or we put it in its new location so that you can make the necessary changes to your home.
We then reconnect the unit, using a vacuum gauge to exterminate all remnants of moisture and air; that way we ensure that only pure refrigerant is returned to the system before recharging.
Last, we re-level the unit, move the pad, reinstate the power and restart the system, testing it thoroughly to ensure that it’s working as well as it did before the move.
Permanent relocation of an air conditioner
For permanent moves of air conditioning units, we follow basically the same steps, with just one noteworthy difference.
Instead of simply pumping the refrigerant back into the compressor, for longer-term moves we pump it into a purpose-built storage bottle…which is always clinically clean.
The refrigerant is very expensive, especially for larger air conditioning systems, so it is crucial that this is done correctly. It is clear that this job is complex and must be handled by a professional for both safety and environmental reasons.
Air conditioning zoning
But what is zoning and how can you zone your home in a way which achieves your heating and cooling goals? Read our guide to find out.
What is zoning?
Zoning is the added feature of ducted air conditioning systems which allows you to compartmentalise your home into different zones.
Most ducted air conditioners can support up to eight zones or sometimes even more, and these are relatively easy to set up.
Zoning allows you to preset different climate conditions for each zone in the home based on each area’s specific heating or cooling needs. You can turn on and off each zone and preset different temperature settings for each zone.
Zoning and energy efficiency
Not only can zoning allow you to have a highly personalised heating and cooling system in your home, but it can also improve energy efficiency too.
Rather than cooling down your entire home at the same time, you can choose only to cool the rooms being used, saving you a considerable amount on running costs as you avoid unnecessarily cooling the other areas of your home.
Planning your zones
While you may have specific plans and objectives, it is important that you discuss your zoning plan with your air conditioning company before installation.
You will need to determine which areas of your home you require heating and cooling, and what time of the day you need it.
You can group different zones together for added convenience. Zoning configurations can be very versatile, but you will need to have a good grasp of how you want to use your air conditioning.
You will want to map your air conditioning zones according to your usage pattern for your home. A typical zoning configuration is as follows:
● Entrance & Hallway
● Living & Dining
● Bedrooms (1 zone for each)
Most ducted air conditioning systems will come with a wall-mounted zone controller. Alternatively, newer systems connect with wifi, meaning you can control zones with your smart-phone, even while you are not at home.
Zoning is an excellent way to appropriately regulate the climate of your home. If you have any questions about zoning or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today.
How can an updated AC system add value to your home?
While most people install air-conditioning systems for the sole purpose of heating and cooling their home, there is a considerable number of additional benefits. In fact, many people are unaware that installing an AC system can add significant value to your home.
An updated AC system can not only save you money on running costs and keep your home comfortable but can increase the value of your property if you are interested in selling or renting. Read on to find out how.
A quick and easy way to increase value
While it might seem obvious, installing the right type of air conditioner can add value to your home, while having an old air conditioning system can actually decrease the value of your property.
For a home buyer, the prospect of having to install a new AC system themselves may detract from their price offer, or potentially encourage them to look elsewhere for a home.
Not only can having an up-to-date and efficient air conditioning system increase your potential buyers’ offers, but it will also set your home apart from similar houses. This not only improves value but can also encourage a quicker sale.
Even if you are not planning on selling your home right away, it’s always a good idea to keep adding value to your home. Not only will you enjoy living there more, but when the time does come to sell, you will get the best price possible.
Meet the expectations of potential buyers
Most homebuyers expect to see an air conditioner that is modern and in good working order. It is great to keep in mind that many homebuyers desire ducted air conditioning when looking for a home, especially in Australia, where the climate is very hot during the warmer months.
However, your AC upgrade doesn’t have to cost the earth. By simply installing a single split system will have a significant impact on the value of your home in the eyes of potential buyers.
Appeal to the environmentally conscious demographic
Nowadays, many home buyers are concerned about the environment and want to live in a way which has as little negative impact on the world as possible.
Outdated AC systems are certainly not energy-efficient and are a turn-off for the environmentally conscious home buyer. Newer systems are far more environmentally friendly and will increase the number of potential home buyers that your property will appeal to.
Contact HunterCON today!
It is important to remember that your air conditioning unit will only be covered by its warranty while it remains in its original location. In most cases, after you have moved your AC unit, your warranty will be lost, even if it was handled by a professional.
Whether for a short or long-term move, relocating your air conditioner is a tricky and time consuming process. At HunterCON we guarantee that we will get the job done as quickly and reliably as possible.
HunterCON is a fully licensed electrical and air conditioning specialists located in Sydney’s Inner West, servicing the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West.
With over nine years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality.