Removing Your Central Air Conditioner Entirely: What To Expect
If your central air conditioner is entirely defunct, and you do not intend to install a new one, you can have the old unit removed. An HVAC contractor can remove this entirely. Here is what you can expect from this process.
The first step is to disconnect absolutely everything. All the wiring, all the cables, and all of the components need to be disconnected from the house, the fuse box, the furnace, and each other. After everything is effectively disconnected from everything else, then the contractor can begin to remove the various parts.
Removing the Outside Components
The condenser box outside is easiest to remove, once it is disconnected from the wiring, the cables, and the rest of the house. All your HVAC contractor has to do then is pick up the various pieces of the condenser unit and load them onto his or her truck. A cement slab is usually placed underneath the condenser unit to keep it level. If you want the slab removed too, the contractor will have to rent a front loader truck and dig it up or break it up with a jackhammer and remove the chunks of the slab, piece by piece. Then the outside cables, wiring, and fuse box are removed and the holes in the siding are filled in with expandable insulation foam to prevent pests from entering the house.
Removing the Inside Components
Next, the contractor will remove all of the wiring and cables from the fuse box. This renders the fuse switch for the air conditioner null and void but opens it up for other applications. Once everything has been removed from the fuse box, then the wires and cables are removed from the furnace and the air conditioner's indoor components are removed from the furnace as well. The switch for air conditioning on your thermostat is rendered useless after the wiring for this is removed as well.
Checking Everything to Make Sure It Works
Now that your defunct central air conditioner has been removed completely, the HVAC contractor will check to make sure all the rest of your systems are functioning normally. Since a central air unit is patched into your electrical system, furnace/heating system, and thermostat, removing it and not replacing it causes these systems to operate a little differently. Verifying that all systems still function means that the removal project was successful and you can continue on without a central air unit (since it did not work anyway!).
Contact a company like Wright Total Indoor Comfort for more info.