How to install an air conditioner in your home
The installation process for an air conditioner is slightly more complicated than you might initially think. In this blog we’ve written our short step by step guide to installing a domestic air conditioner unit in your home ready for the warmer weather. As you will notice, this process can vary depending on the different type of air conditioner you’ve chosen. If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of air conditioners available and which would work best for your home, take a look at our previous blog.
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner
Installing a ductless mini-split air conditioner can be done is three easy steps.
- Installing the indoor evaporative heat exchanger
Find a suitable place, must be attached to a wall and placed at least 7 feet from the floor. Once the space is determined attach a mounting plate to the wall. After that, a hole will be created using a circular drill near the air conditioning installation, typically 3 inches in diameter to give room for cables to pass through. Make sure there’s no pipes behind where you’re mounting the unit. Finally attach the unit to the mounting plate.
- Installing the outdoor condensing unit
The outside condenser must be positioned at least 12 inches away from a wall. Must be installed near the hole drilled earlier. Ensure the unit is not installed within 10 feet of a television or an antenna. A concrete pad is placed on the ground to form a foundation for the unit, laying something firm is key. The outdoor heat exchanger is fastened to the concrete using rubber pads or cushions to keep in place and reduce vibrations. Finally, the internal wiring is inspected before the cable runs through the wall to connect with the external machine.
- Final touches
A few last-minute checks and assurances are then made to the set-up to ensure its functionality and efficiency. Professional installers will, at this point, bleed any humidity and air from the unit. This is done to make sure the air conditioning installation will operate correctly. Any loose cabling is then covered in piping to add protection and to make it more appealing. The very final step is for the installer to turn on the machine and check it’s working. If everything has been done correctly, your rooms should feel the sudden influx of cool air.
Window Air Conditioner
- Before you start
Make sure you select a window close enough to an outlet. Most window AC's have power cords between 5 and 6 feet long. See what side of the AC the cord extends from, and choose an outlet the cord reaches. Also have your owner's manual out to follow along with the manufacturer's directions.
- Remove Your AC and Find the Center of Your Window
Remove all the pieces from your box to confirm all the parts were sent. Measure the width of your window, and mark the center with a pencil.
- Open and Prepare Your Window
Open your window. If a weather strip is provided from the manufacturer, install it now. Not all models will have these weather strips, and your AC will work fine without one. However these strips help block any air that may pass through tiny cracks and protects your window from possible damage when you're installing or removing of the AC.
- Attach the Side Panels
Slide the panels into the appropriate place on your unit. Slide them all the way in and then secure the adjustable panels into your window AC using provided screws. Connect all the screws to avoid any gaps, because with gaps it can let warm air, allergens, and pollution into your home.
- Insert Your AC in the Window
Pick up your AC and center it in your window. Then tightly close your window on top of the AC; there should be a spot where the window easily slides into place. Once you close the window, your AC should be securely in place.
- Install L Brackets
Crew the L bracket or brackets to the top of the opened window. This prevents the window from being pushed up, which is the main concern once window ACs are installed.
- Attach Panels
If provided, add the window padding to the sides of your open window. If no padding came with your model, just extend the side panels to reach your window. Then attach both side panels to your window using the screws from your manufacturer.
- Secure Unit and Start Cooling
Select manufacturers provide brackets and screws that connect the AC to the interior window sill. This is an extra level of security, and some manufacturers don't find it necessary. But if they're provided, screw them in now. You're done! Plug in and turn on your AC. You should immediately feel it cooling your room.
Portable Air Conditioner
The actual installation process for portable air conditioners is very quick. You simply put bring them in, make a couple of adjustments, and turn them on. Unfortunatelly, the easy installation process is the only real benefit to a portable air conditioner. Their systems are often under-powered they are used to cool leaving the customes somewhat unhappy with the result.
Central Air Conditioner
If you want a central air conditioner then please contact us and get a specialist to fit it for you.
How can Norton Air Conditioning help?
Norton Air Conditioning has a team of trained engineers with knowledge of all current installation methods. They will advise you on the best solution for you and your space to give you the best outcome. Also, can help you get the best outcome of you air conditioning installation.
Want to find the right air conditioner for you? Get in touch with Norton Air Conditioning today.