Portable Air Conditioner Installation For Dallas Homeowners
The beauty of portable air conditioners is, in part, in the name, because their portability allows them to be moved from room to room. That and the relative easiness of installing them make them a good alternative to window-mounted air conditioners.
This tutorial will walk you through how to install a portable air conditioning unit.
The very first step I take when it comes to figuring out how to install a portable air conditioner is an obvious one: Choose a good location. Again, the great part about portable air conditioners is that there is no permanent installation and that they can be used in multiple rooms.
You’ll want to place the unit near both a window and electrical outlet. Make sure that the air conditioner won’t be on the way and a tripping hazard – which is always good advice for me! I also make sure that the air flow isn’t blocked by plants or furniture.
Check the Window Adapter Kit
Like mine, your unit should come with a window adapter kit that can be used to fit most windows. The first thing I do is measure the window to determine what adjustments I’ll need to ensure that it fits the opening.
The unit will function properly if the gaps between the window adapter for the vent hose and the sides of the window are sealed tightly.
If there is no kit which comes with your unit, you can either take measurements of the window opening and have a piece of Plexiglas cut for you, or use plywood or cardboard to fill any gaps.
Connect the Exhaust Hose
My next step is to connect the exhaust hose to the air conditioning unit. The directions may vary depending on the unit, but most – like mine – come with a single hose in which the connectors have already been attached. If not, the alternative is to attach the exhaust connector to the unit, and then attach the hose to the connector.
Next, I connect the window connection bracket or adapter to the exhaust hose. We then run the hose to the window, and then set the connection bracket into the window.
Secure the Connection
We’re almost there as we learn how to install a portable air conditioner. After making sure the window is open, I place the window slider kit – which was included with my unit – on the inside rim of the window. I then adjust the slider width until it fits the opening.
I gently close the window so that it fits tight against the exhaust hose window connection – this holds everything in place. My final step is to make sure that there are no gaps around exhaust hose window connection. If no gaps exist, the unit is ready to use.
Portable Air Conditioner Tips
A major claim of portable air conditioners is that they need installation and they are portable. On the internet or in the showrooms, we see portable air conditioners neatly displayed without a hose most of the time. In reality, all air conditioners need to pass heat to the outside. Central air conditioners and window air conditioners use Freon to carry the heat to the outdoor coils. Fans are used to drive air to cool the outdoor coils. Call (214) 238-8353 us for your home service and repair needs.
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