Ac Installation

What mistakes should be avoided when installing a window AC?

Most owners do not call technicians to install Window AC in their houses. This is because installing it is quite easy and can be done by the buyer himself. In most cases help from a family member is enough to install it. But there are some commonly made faux pas that should be avoided while installing a window AC. If you are inexperienced, you can end up damaging the unit. Inadvertently you could drop the unit from the window. Here are some suggestions which you should follow while installing a window AC at home.

Ensure that the brackets are installed perfectly

In the AC installation kit, you will get accordion-like panels. You have to attach them onto the sides of the air conditioner. Now, place the air conditioner onto the mounting brackets. The brackets have to be fixed on the sidings of the house with drills. However the newer models can slide into the opening of your window. You do not need to make perforations at the sidings in this case. You simply open the window, slide the air conditioner into it, and close the window as far as it will go. However in this kind of installation, the weight of the AC unit is borne entirely by the window itself. This can damage the window if it is made of vinyl material. The window can break or get warped. Always check the state of the wood in the window sill if you have wooden windows. It is a good step to place a strip of wood to the outside of the house just underneath the window. This will support the unit better by distributing its weight. Use L-brackets if the unit is too heavy. During installation ensure that there is enough place for the water to drain out. Shelves made of expanded metal or porous materials are better for drainage.Small mistakes can cause the unit to fall from the window when the sash is raised. This will damage the unit as well as the sash.

Do not lift the AC without help

Windows ACs are usually quite heavy so never attempt to lift the unit alone. Some units can weigh almost 100 pounds. Know the weight of your AC when buying it from a store or` online.


Know the dimensions of your window before buying the AC

The size of windows in the houses is not constant. They vary with designs and shapes. Similar variations are also seen in size of the of the Ac unit. So buy an AC that will fit into window space. If you buy an AC that is too big then it will need an enlargement of your window which will amount to some expense. If you purchase a too-small unit you will have huge gap between the between the unit's extensions and the side window sash. You will need to plug the gap with some materials. Today ACs come with extensions that fill gaps between the window sash and the unit. But still some gaps will be left. Sealing this is very important to prevent leakage of air. You can fill these with foam weather stripping that may be included with your kit. These are powerful barrier against heat, dust and insects as well.

Have a electric outlet within a distance of 6-feet

Usually you get a cord of six feet with your AC unit to plug it to the electric socket. If your unit is at a distance of more than 6 feet from the power panel, you will need to use an extension cord which is very unsafe. The other solution is to have a new receptacle fixed at assistance of 6 feet. It is wise to keep a power panel ready within a desired distance before buying an AC.

Ensure that unit is draining moisture properly

One of the main tasks of an air conditioner unit is to remove surfeit moisture from the room in hot weathers. It functions much like a dehumidifier when moisture in the air makes you very uncomfortable. The moisture extracted from the room stores inside the unit in condensate form and is drained out through a pipe. Many people think that you should fix the AC at an angle so that this water gets enough slope to reach the drain. However, the units are design so that the gutters and channels within the unit receive the condensate automatically. Tipping the unit will flow the water in wrong direction reaching the parts it should not. The unit as a result will not be able to drain the water. This will cause damage to the unit.



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