Installation Guide for Air Conditioners

Ideally, air conditioning units should be installed by a professional to make sure that everything is correctly set up and all you need to do is enjoy a cool home on a hot summer day. However, if you are one of more adventurous type of homeowners who find it comfortable to do things on their own, you can actually get your cooling unit installed yourself. We’ve got some helpful tips and guide to help you on your DIY air conditioning unit installation.

Now, first things first – installation of air conditioning unit requires time and making sure that you are following the instructions correctly. If you have that covered, here are some general guidelines you will be needing.

Air Conditioners

Step 1: Position the Indoor Unit

When dealing with indoor unit of the cooling system, the location of the unit is vital to its operation. Make sure that you select an area where there are no obstacles such as pipes, furniture, and others that may affect proper air circulation and of course be a hindrance to the installation process itself.

Step 2: Set Up the Outdoor Unit

Next, get the outdoor unit ready for set up. Just like the indoor unit, the location of the outdoor unit is also very important for it to properly and efficiently function. While outdoor units are made to stand all whatever weather you have, it is still important that you have the outdoor unit away from the sun’s rays. The large fans within the unit should not be facing the house. There also needs to be sufficient space around the unit. Also make sure that you have it laid on a flat and secure surface.

Step 3: Bend the Copper Pipe

At this point, you are probably aware of the need to bend copper pipes during the installation process of your air conditioning unit. You need to remember that using a pipe bender could possibly just crush the copper pipe in the unit as these are usually made of half-inch pipes. To bend the copper pipe, the first step is to expose the pipe by removing the insulation around it. When the pipe is exposed, carefully press the pipe with your thumb following a wide radius. When the bending of the copper pipe is completed, get the insulation back in place and using a waterproof tape, have the insulation piece secured.

Step 4: Install Water Drain Pipe

The water drain pipe for your indoor unit can be found at the end of the drip tray. Properly secure the drain pipe by attaching the rubber part at the hole on the other end of the tray. The water drain pipe should be positioned downward through the wall so that it properly drains whatever excess water resulting from the air conditioning process. Remember that cooling units can produce as much as 4 pints of water especially during hot and humid summer days.

Step 5: Connect Pipes

Air conditioner installation requires connecting the necessary pipes for the unit to properly work. To make the task easier to deal with, try adding a drop of oil on all the facings before connecting the pipes to the brass cones. Make sure the connection is tight enough using a wrench.

When all the pipes are connected, you will also need to get the pipes insulated especially on all the connecting parts. Check for leaks to ensure that the refrigerant doesn’t leak from the pipes.

Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the installation process and when everything is set up, get the unit started so you can enjoy a cooler home with your air conditioning unit.