Step-By-Step Guide To Installing Your Own Air Conditioning Unit


Congratulations you have just bought a brand-new air-conditioning unit. Great! No more uncomfortable and sweaty summer days and nights. But there is an issue. The unit does not come preinstalled, and getting someone to install and Air conditioning unit may be very expensive. So, what do you do? Well, fix it yourself! Here’s what you do.

  1. Plan

Air Conditioning Unit

The first thing that you should do is a plan where you would want to place your inside unit and make sure that the unit is absent from any direct sunlight and heat sources. Additional considerations include the fact. There must be a consistent gap of at least 15cm around all sides of the air conditioner. The AC must not be placed directly above water, gas, or electricity line where is a hole which connects the condenser to the unit may puncture. And make sure at least a meter away from any other electrical device as the signals to the ac unit may be disrupted. A final consideration is where the air condenser will fix as it needs to be accessible on reasonably flat ground. And use the acceptable amount of tube according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

  1. Backing Plate And Hole

Ac Backing Plate And Hole

For this bit, you need a drill and the appropriate corresponding drill bits. You must attach the backing plate to the wall which holds the AC unit in your chosen spot. And drill the hole which should be large enough for two tubes (drain and refrigerant pipes).

  1. Pipes And Electrical Work

Pipes And Electrical Work

One of the tubes (the one with no insulation or foam) is called the condensation tube. This tube can be removed and attached to either side of the ac unit, which better suits you and your needs. To unscrew the front-facing panels of the inside ac unit, remove the tube and switch it out to the other side. Replace the plug, found at the other end and plug the hole from the conclusion that you have removed the tube.

Then what’s left is the electrical work. For this, you must carefully read the owner’s manual to figure out what wires go where on the terminal inside the ac unit after you thread in the cable through the cut-out hole which holds the cables. After this step, you also might want to consider an electrician to check over your work to make sure nothing blows up or at least for step 5.

  1. Tape

AC Repairing Service

Using electricians’ tape, or any other non-conductive tape for that matter (i.e., most non-wire mesh tapes) bundle the refrigerant pipe and the condenser pipe into one long bundle keeping the two pipes straight and separate and put it through to the other end of the wall via the hole in the wall.

  1. Install Condenser Unit

Install Condenser Unit

On flat level ground or platform with ample drainage place down the condenser unit and hook up the pipes to the right inlets and then plug the condensing unit into a weatherproof outdoor socket. Most people will need a certified electrician, as it would need to connect an external device directly to the mains supply. Which is high voltage and can be fatal if a mistake is made. Hiring an electrician for this step in some areas may be a legal requirement so also check with the law of the area you reside in. If you are doing this on your own, please remember to use insulating gloves and to switch off the mains supply to the house.

Final Step

The final step; your hard work is about to pay off. Fill the condenser with the right refrigerant to the correct level; bleed the system of air, and you’ll soon be enjoying some cold refreshing air.

These are the steps that are required to install an air conditioner. Even in the slightly dumbed-down language in this article, you can easily see that installing an ac unit is sturdy and complicated. AC installation can also be quite dangerous and requires a lot of proper intricate electrical work. At this level, the skill required; you may want to ask yourself if you want a professional to come and install the unit? Well if you want a professional ac installation, click on the link for a reputable company at least. And ensure you get a good quality service for every buck you spend.

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Preeti Shah is a person who loves checking out different styles and designs of houses. She took interior designing in college and is practicing in the field of home improvement for five years now. In her spare time, she is usually searching the web for interesting and fascinating home designs.


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