Introduction – What do I need to know before installing an air conditioner?
Installing an air conditioner isn’t complicated, but it’s certainly not something that you should attempt without first doing your research and making sure you have the right tools and safety gear.
An improper installation of an air conditioner can lead to water damage, mold problems, or carbon monoxide poisoning. It takes only a few minutes to check a few boxes before installing an air conditioner in your home; the difficulty comes from ensuring that you complete all of those checks and secure your new AC unit properly.
If you take time now to learn about what you need to install an air conditioner, the process will be smooth and safe.
What tools do I need to install an air conditioner?
An air conditioner installation kit will include all the tools you need to complete the job safely and correctly, including cutters, duct tape, and a level.
You should also have gloves, a tape measure, a screwdriver, and a vacuum with a hose to clean up any messes as you go. Make sure you have an outlet or plug near the spot where you’ll be installing the air conditioner, and check to make sure the outlet is on a circuit that has enough capacity to handle the AC unit.
If you’re installing a central AC system, you may also need a circuit tester; check your kit to make sure you’ve got one.
Where should I install my air conditioning unit?
Where you install your air conditioner can have a big impact on your power bill and the indoor air quality in your home. If possible, install your air conditioner close to the source of air that it will be cooling (such as near a window).
This will help you to reduce duct run length and increase efficiency. If you’re installing an AC unit in a home that has low ceilings, you may have to install it on the roof. When you install an AC unit on the roof, it’s important to secure it properly to the roof.
Check the area where you’ll be installing the AC unit
You may not have given much thought to the area where you’ll be installing your air conditioner, but it’s important to check it out before you start installing the unit. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough space to move the unit around while you’re installing it.
You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t install your air conditioner in an area where it will be trapped by walls or furniture.
If you’re installing an air conditioning unit on a low-sloped roof, you’ll need to make sure that there’s nothing below the unit that will be hit by water as it’s evaporated from the unit.
How do I know if I need to install a new duct?
If you’re installing a central air system, you may need to install ductwork. If you’re installing a stand-alone air conditioner near a window, you may need to install a short piece of ductwork.
If you need to install a new duct, make sure you use ductwork that is approved for the job. Improperly installing or using ductwork can cause leaks and other safety issues.
Secure the AC unit to the wall
If you’re installing a central air system, you may have a duct run that connects the air conditioner to the rest of the ductwork. In that case, you will probably have a wall mount for the air conditioner. You may also install a stand-alone air conditioner near a window, in which case you may have a window mounting kit.
No matter what mounting kit you’re using, make sure that the mounting bracket is securely attached to the wall. While you can’t put a screw directly into studs, you can use wall anchors to secure the bracket.
Install carbon monoxide detectors
If you’re installing a central air system, you’ll probably have a CO detector near the unit. You also may have others in your home, and you should definitely install them as part of your air conditioner installation.
You can install CO detectors as you would any other smoke or CO detector, but you’ll want to make sure they’re within 10 feet of the air conditioner. It’s also a good idea to clean your new AC unit before you turn it on for the first time.
Installing an air conditioner is a great way to make your home more comfortable during the hottest parts of the year.
The process doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require you to do a few things before you install, including making sure you have the right tools and making sure the area where you’re installing the AC unit is ready for it.
With those things taken care of, you’ll be ready to install your new AC unit.