Many buyers who have bought an air conditioner for the first time, often become victim of a faulty installation. Installers would come to your place, install the unit and go, and later on, you may find small and big problem popping up as the unit does not function as desired, cools less, or just malfunctions or stops. These issues, as seen in many cases, arises because of a faulty installation, which as a customer end user you may prevent by growing little knowledge of how an AC unit should be installed ideally. This does not require much training but requires you to follow only some guidelines and check the points during the installation.
DECIDE THE LOCATION
Location plays a vital role. Thus, you must find out the right location for installing the AC. The height of the AC unit, its position in the room, all matters in helping the unit perform optimally. If the unit is fitted at a height too high, or too low, or at a corner of the room instead of placing in the middle, then cooling won’t be optimum, and ignorant users may blame it on the machine or brand instead of the faulty location.
CHECK FOR LEAKS IN THE UNIT BEFORE INSTALLATION
You must find out if the machine is leaking off any refrigerant. In fact, you will not be the one checking this, and the technician doing the installation will be doing so. But you should ask the technician if everything is okay. This check is done when the outdoor unit is installed. After installing the outdoor unit, they fill in the refrigerant gas in the pipes, and then they check for the gas pressure. It’s during this phase that things must be checked.
DISTANCE OF COPPER PIPES FROM INDOOR UNIT
The distance of the outdoor and indoor units should be shortest for best performance. The minimal the distance between the two units, the better would be the cooling owing to lower heat absorption as the air passes through the insulated copper pipes to the outdoor unit.
The air distribution in the room is felt well when the AC is fitted at an optimum height of 8 to 10 feet above the ground. The height of the unit from the floor should not be more than this, else the cool air would not get down well and get distributed evenly.
AREA AND SIZE OF THE ROOM
When you are buying the AC, always keep in mind the size of the room. The room size or area is vital, and the unit must be purchased accordingly. A smaller capacity unit would consume a lot of extra power and elevate your energy bills, and yet would never cool the room good enough for your satisfaction and comfort. Similarly, a too big high capacity unit in a small room would also be waste of the energy and would make you incur higher running costs while giving chilling effects. Therefore, do take into account the room size, and prepare accordingly.
ACCESSIBILITY OF OUTDOOR UNIT FOR TECHNICAL MAINTENANCE
The air conditioner outdoor unit should be such installed that in case of any problem it can be accessed easily. It should not be placed in a difficult to reach zone to increase complications. That’s because the outdoor unit contains the crucial parts which are verified and checked in case of troubleshooting.
Remember to periodically clean the filters in the indoor unit for the AC to perform its best. And when you cater to the above points and checks during your air conditioner installation then you can be sure to get the best performance and service from your AC unit.