It is not unusual for a person to become frustrated that their external unit is placed in an inconvenient or overly conspicuous spot. Alternatively, they might find that their internal unit isn’t placed in the optimal spot for heating and cooling their home.
The good news is that if, at some point, you need or want to relocate your internal and/or external unit, many installers are able to do so.
There are a number of instances in which you might consider relocating your external unit. Reasons may include:
While DIY is great for certain projects, there are several reasons why it’s always essential to get a professional in to move your unit, primarily for safety and cost. This job is not like moving furniture. The following need to be considered:
Installers have not only their own insurance but are also licensed to work with the equipment. They have the experience and tools to do so, ensuring if something does go wrong they have the knowledge to fix or contain it.
Relocating an external unit involves a specialised process. You can’t just pick it up and put it where you would prefer.
Before even moving an external air conditioning unit an installer will pump the refrigerant back down into the compressor unit. For bigger moves a purpose-built storage bottle will keep it enclosed and thereby safe for the environment.
They will then shut off electricity to the unit for safety. At this stage they cut and re-do the pipework. Once completed the unit can then be put back, or moved to the new location. Moisture and air are vacuumed from the unit; meaning pure refrigerant is returned to the system before it is recharged.
Lastly the unit is levelled so that it’s stable, with the power turned back on before testing it. As they go along technicians would pre-empt and solve any issues that arise. This means that testing should indicate the unit is running at peak performance in the new location, so you can start enjoying it straight away.
Moving a unit involves more than say moving an appliance like a portable heater or cooler. For this work materials involved such as copper lines can be expensive to replace if damaged or like refrigerants they may pose a safety risk.
Parts and labour to complete the move will depend on how far you are moving your unit, and details such as if it is going to stay on the same wall or if you want the unit put on a wall bracket. If you are renovating it’s a good idea to keep this extra cost in mind.
For a simple move, say on the same wall but in a different position you may be looking at around $550 – $750, ex GST. This would of course include the input of installers who will help you decide the best place for the unit to be moved, especially so that your warranty is not affected.
More complicated moves you would involve a higher figure and as we advise it’s always best to get the installer to your property for an onsite quote. Many installers do this for free and it ensures the pricing you’ve been given is accurate, relating to the specifics of the work at hand.
Better placement of an external unit, for only a few hundred dollars, can lead to a number of positive outcomes. It should result not only in a nicer view but also allow the external unit to run more effectively, saving on repairs, reducing energy waste and costs.
If it is part of a renovation project, moving the external unit can further add value to your home. Relocation can make your property look nicer as a whole for the time you are still living there. Movement can also provide safety, placing the unit away from little hands and paws.
Employing a professional to move the external unit cuts down on the risk of damaging your unit and yourself, leading to the need for a system replacement or expensive repair work. If you have bought a property with bad placement and intend to renovate or even just landscape you can consult with the installer to work around your plans, ensuring that moving the unit will fit in with what you want to achieve, with the added bonus that the unit so is working to peak capacity.
For the price, having an external unit relocated can make a huge difference to the health and longevity of your air conditioning system. This means your own comfort is enhanced with that of the unit.
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