AC Installation in a Few Easy Steps

Jan 8


Aloysius Aucoin

Aloysius Aucoin

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A step by step guide for DIY ac installation in your own window.

Ac installation is a fairly simple process that anyone can do with the right tools and know-how. The first step in installing the ac unit is to read the manufactures instruction manual carefully so that you recognize each part and understand the warranty that came with the product. Afterwards,AC Installation in a Few Easy Steps Articles select the window you would like the unit to be in-it's wise to select a spot that is not in direct sunlight and is not under a water spout or gutter.

Sunlight and water won't hurt the unit on an occasional basis; however it may cause some damage if it is constantly exposed. You may also want to choose a window that is close to an electric source or invest in an extension cord, since the ac unit will have to be powered in order to work. It's important to wear protective clothing during the installation since some edges on an AC unit may not be completely sanded and can cut ones fingers if they're not careful.

Many air conditioning units will come with a small bag of the necessary hardware that is needed for the ac installation; these are likely to include screws and brackets, however you will need to supply your own power drill and perhaps a screwdriver, just in case. Install the mounting brackets that came with the unit, following the manufactures directions and being careful to drill straight to prevent the drywall from cracking and breaking.

After the brackets have been successfully installed, place the air conditioner in the chosen window and carefully attach it to the mounting brackets, being especially careful if the ac unit is being installed in a story other than the first. After the brackets and the unit have been attached, slide the window down so that it rest on top of the ac unit.

If the air conditioner came with extensions, pull them out now and align them with the window frame-this prevents some of the cold air from escaping. As a final part of the ac installation, attach the water drainage hose to the outside of the unit, this may not be necessary if the manufacture did not supply one.

Occasionally, there will be an opening between the window frame and the ac unit, even if it came with extensions. In this case, it is recommended to take caulking and run it around and over the crack to prevent hot air from getting in and cold air from escaping. An alternative to caulking is rubber foam that can be purchased at many hardware or home improvement stores. Simply measure the width of the space that needs to be filled, slice the foam accordingly with a box cutter and slide it into place. It may be necessary to apply a thin layer of adhesive to the foam to ensure its continued placement between the ac unit and the window or wall. After the ac installation has been successful, plug the unit into the nearest electrical source and enjoy the cold air.