If you live in an area that gets pretty hot for most of the year, then an air conditioner can be a necessity. After purchasing one, most people tend to hire professionals to perform the installation. This can cost a lot of money, especially if you’re installing multiple air conditioners in your house.

As an alternative, you could install the indoor unit of an air conditioner on your own and save on technician fees. If you’ve never taken on such a DIY project on your own, don’t worry because we’re here to help. In this article, we will describe all of the steps you need to take and give you some helpful tips as well:

Select A Proper Location Inside the Housefor The Indoor Unit

You can’t and shouldn’t install the unit in just any location inside the house. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on the spot:

  • The unit needs to be kept away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Make sure that there’s adequate space for the air conditioner.
  • Typically, an air conditioner unit is mounted at a height of 2 metres from the ground.
  • Make sure the particular wall you choose is sturdy enough to support the weight of the unit.

Fasten the Mounting Plate

Place the mounting plate against the wall and drill into the required spots. We suggest that you ask someone else to help you make sure that the plate is completely horizontal while you drill.

Afterwards, screw the plate into the wall. We recommend using the self tapping screw variety. They are pretty cheap and are available in a variety of sizes.

Connect the Drainage Pipes

First, you need to drill a hole that’s around 3 inches wide in diameter to accommodate the piping that will run through to the outside.

Afterwards follow these simple steps:

  1. Select an appropriate length of pipe and seal the interior-facing end with a pipe cap.
  2. Stick the pipe through the drilled hole and through to the outside. Ensure that no kinks are formed and that it will drain onto a safe spot.
  3. Use electrical tape to fasten the pipe to copper wires and power cables.
  4. Join the pipe to the base of the indoor unit and tighten properly using wrenches.

Mount the Indoor Unit

Check the electrical connections of the unit and make sure they are correct by referring to the manual. With the help of a friend or family member, lift up the air conditioner unit and secure it onto the plate.

And that’s all there is to installing the indoor unit of an air conditioner. If this is your first attempting an Air conditioner installation, we highly recommend that you get a friend to help you, preferably one who has done it before.

As for the outdoor unit, we suggest that you leave that to a technician, especially if you don’t have any prior experience with projects like this. There’s a lot of wiring and tubing involved and it’s important that everything is configured perfectly.