Despite how useful Tampa AC service can be, some homeowners are too tempted by the notion of saving on installation costs. While AC installation is a fully-fledged field typically handled by professionals, homeowners can certainly take the job on for themselves if they so choose. All it takes is patience, a little bit of elbow grease, and a pair of reading glasses in order to observe the manufacturing guide’s directions as clearly as possible. Here are the five steps of installing a window air conditioning unit.
Ensure that the bottom window sash is lifted up as far as it will go, then center the air conditioner in the window and insert it. Ensure that it remains balanced, then slide the flange along the bottom of the case and against the outer edge of the window sill. Lower the bottom window sash until it is resting on the air conditioner and safely pressed against the upper flange.
That top sash isn’t there for decoration, after all; it’s an important part of ensuring that the AC unit remains balanced. In order to avoid the chance of the sash being accidentally raised, homeowners can drill two screws right through the top flange on the air conditioning case into the window sash. These screws could potentially split the wood if the homeowner does not start by drilling pilot holes. It’s advised that homeowners use a bit which is slightly smaller than the core of the screw to drill the pilot hole. Once that’s done, apply either L-shaped clips which connect the bottom and top sash frames, or 2 x 2 spacers.
In order to prevent bugs, hot air, and moisture from entering the room, pull the side curtains over to the edge of the window frame. Verify the manufacturer’s directions on clipping or screwing the curtains in place. Although expanding curtains are by no means a substitute for insulation, they do help seal a room. Homeowners can consider cutting white foam insulation boards that can fit comfortable around the opening from the outside, particularly if the window happens to take in a lot of sun. Additionally, homeowners can purchase accordion-style insulating panels and shape them to nestle into the opening.
There is a gap between the upper sash and lower sash that needs to be filled. If the air conditioner comes with a foam seal, homeowners can slip it in place after cutting it to size. Homeowners can buy thee foam filler separately if it happened to have disappearing in the winter.
Time to plug it in and see what happens! if an extension cord is needed, grab it. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy a cold beverage while the new air conditioning unit is preparing to deliver cold air to the room.