How to Install a Window Air Conditioner
First make sure the window is not cracked or damaged in any way. Smooth out or remove any rotten wood or peeling paint. For best results, select a window as close to the center of the room, with a power outlet nearby. Try to choose a location that is shaded from the sun as much as possible.
If there are no nearby outlets to plug into, consider installing a new outlet rather than using an extension cord.
Before you begin, measure the window to make sure there is enough room, but not so much that you will be unable to close the gaps on each side.
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Some basic tools for installation
- Drill & drill bits
- Scissors or sharp utility knife to cut weather stripping
- Foam weather stripping (if not included)
- Mounting bracket (if necessary)
- Wood screws or sheet-metal screws
How to install a Window Air Conditioner
After you have measured the window , and done a test fit , attach the mounting bracket to the outside of the window sill to support the weight of the air conditioner. Secure the brackets using sheet metal screws or wood screws depending on the type of material you are mounting it to. Pre-drill the holes, and make sure the bracket is perfectly level .
Attach the accordion style side panels onto the sides of the air conditioner. They should be included in the installation kit. Next, place the air conditioner onto the mounting brackets. Make sure it is securelycentered in place. This part is much easier with a partner to help lift and place the heavy air conditioner.
Once the air conditioner is securely mounted, close the window on top of it. Use the foam weather stripping to seal the gap between the top of the air conditioner and the bottom of the window pane. Fasten the accordion style panels to the sides of the window frame and screw them into place, or use strong double sided tape.
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Posted in Home Improvement Post Date 10/24/2015