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INSTALLING A NEW AIR CONDITIONER

Installing a new air conditioner is not an easy thing to do. In fact, there are qualified technicians that go to school to learn the fine art of air conditioning installation and maintenance. Unless you are an excellent "DIYer" or if you have done it before, it is best to leave air conditioning installation to the experts. If you do want to tackle the task yourself, make sure you know exactly what you are doing and remember that, like swimming pool safety, electrical safety comes first.

Before you Buy an Air Conditioner

There are several different types of air conditioners. Split systems are fairly tricky to install and usually require a technician. In wall air conditioners are a lot easier and may be tackled through a DIY operation as long as you have the tools and the time to do it right.

If you are renting an apartment or house, make sure you get permission from your landlord before you buy and install any system. He may not want you to get an air conditioner and, if this is the case, you may need to stick to a portable system or look into buying some heavy duty fans for the home. Or, he may have a preferred system and preferred contractor to use. He may also pay for the system or at least part of it as it is helping to add value to his property.

When installing an in wall air conditioner you first need to measure the area where you want the conditioner installed. You will want to install the air conditioner through a window opening. Make sure there is also an electrical outlet nearby so that you can actually plug the system in.

Air Conditioner Installation Made Easy

Air conditioners come with mounting brackets but all manufacturers have different types so be sure to follow the instructions that come with your system. You will need to slide the air conditioner into the window opening and then attach it to the mounting brackets. You may require two sets of hands to hold the air conditioner in place while installing the bracket.

Once the air conditioner is in place lower the window down on top of the unit to secure it into place. There are extensions on each side of the system that you will need to pull out and attach to the window frame. You will then need to fill out the gap between the air conditioner and the window. Some air conditioners come with a piece of form or other material to do this.

After you have sealed off the air from the air conditioner and the window you may want to chalk any holes to keep the warm air outside and the cool air circulating inside. Any holes are not only unattractive but they also make your system less effective by allowing the cool air to go outside and your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. You may also want to apply a coat of paint to the area to keep the window looking smooth and the air conditioner looking like it fits properly.

If you are concerned about installing a new air conditioner or if you simply don't have the time, then look for someone to do it for you. The store where you bought the system will most likely have an installation price. You may want to shop around and compare air conditioner contractors in your area before accepting the store offer, however. Make sure you choose a company that is affordable as well as licensed and experienced to ensure that your system is installed correctly and safely.

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