Many homeowners these days take on installing air conditioners as a project during spring. As you know, their primary goal is not only to learn how to do something new but also to ensure that their cooling unit is ready before summer.
Before we give you some tips on how to install a cabinet air conditioner, you need to know the types of air conditioners that are available in the market today:
- Split systems: the most popular type as it utilizes both indoor and outdoor components.
- Heat pumps: they are also a type of split systems but instead of the furnace and air conditioner – this system provides cooling through the heat pump.
- Packaged air conditioners: they combine both electric air conditioning and a heat pump.
- Ductless mini-split air conditioners: these have an outdoor air conditioner or heat pump that is connected to air-handing units in the room or building.
Now that you know which units are right for you, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty.
Here are five tips for installing a cabinet air conditioner:
1. Install a Cabinet Sleeve
A cabinet sleeve is a metal device that holds an air conditioner on the wall. The sleeve prevents stress on the wall and also provides support to the air conditioner. The trick is to try to ensure that the sleeve fits the brand of A/C that you’re trying to fit in.
On the other hand, if you already have a sleeve installed in your house, then it would be a good idea to buy an air conditioner that fits the sleeve. This will save you a significant headache when installing your cabinet air conditioner.
2. Make a Hole in the Wall
Before installing your cabinet air conditioner, you should make a hole in the wall. You need to make sure that you don’t place you’re A/C above any electric cables because it can harm those cables due to condensation. Once you’ve decided where you want to place the AC, cut the hole.
If you think you can’t do it, don’t take it on and call a professional.
3. Following the Installation Instructions
We all want to be the best DIYer, but sometimes it just isn’t feasible.
In other words, you must ensure you follow the sleeve installation instructions as outlined. That is mainly because some manufacturers require a one-inch clearance on the top and side while others may have a different requirement.
You also need to make sure that the distance from the ceiling is also correct. The opening should not be directly below the top wall plate as this will hinder the compressor cycle and will result in inefficient cooling. Ideally, the top of the sleeve opening should be about 24 inches down from the ceiling.
4. Add the Sleeve in the Hole Opening
When you have made the hole in the wall, place your sleeve within that opening. Remember, that there is at least five inches of projection so as to avoid condensation from running into the room where the A/C is being fixed. You should put insulation around the edges of this sleeve but do it in a way that it does not block or cover the vents of your A/C.
This way your A/C won’t become too warm and parts of the A/C unit won’t be blocked as this could result in overheating.
5. Where Does the Cold Air Flow?
You should know that the front of the A/C unit takes in air from the lower grille and blows out cold air from the top. The back of the unit, on the other hand, draws in outside air through both the top and sides. It sends out head through the back.
Therefore, when you are installing an A/C you should know that the front of the unit and the back of the unit need to separated. Ideally, the top and side should also be separated.