Installing a wall-mounted air conditioner is not an easy task. An error in installation could be dangerous not only for the air conditioning unit but also to those who are using it as well. The proper installation of AC plays a vital role in achieving optimum cooling. Otherwise, your AC unit will fail to do its job and may result in recurring maintenance problems.
Mounting the indoor unit of the split AC
Keep in mind that the indoor unit of a split AC is quite heavy. Make sure that the wall is strong enough to hold the weight of the unit. Also, choose a location that is away from direct sunlight for proper cooling.
The proper spacing between the wall and the AC is also essential as it affects the airflow. Make sure to have at least 15 centimetres of clear space at the top and both sides, and it should be 7-8 feet above the floor for optimum airflow.
The indoor unit of the split AC produces condensed water that needs to flow through a drain pipe. When fixing the metal bracket on the wall, make sure to give it a slight tilt. It will let the AC have a slight angle, letting the water flow.
There is a right distance to consider between the split AC’s indoor and outdoor units. The coolant runs through the copper tube between the two units at a very low temperature. This process lessens the cooling effect of the coolant when the distance between the units is too long. Keep the distance below 15 meters to keep the coolant’s temperature when it travels between the units.
Outdoor unit placement
Just like its indoor counterpart, the outdoor unit of the split ac should be in a place away from direct sunlight and water. However, it should be in an open space to let the heat out of the condenser.
The outdoor unit has the split AC’s vital components, such as fan motor, compressor, and condenser. Putting the unit on an uneven surface will cause excessive vibration. It could damage the compressor and the condenser as well as the copper pipes that could lead to coolant leakage. Make sure to place the unit on a flat, hard surface. Also, the vibration causes too much noise that can be very annoying.
Common operational mistakes
Most people buy ACs that are too big for their room, thinking that it cools the room faster and consumes less energy than a smaller one. Oversized AC turns on-off quickly upon reaching a certain temperature. This process affects the AC’s compressor that could lead to recurring maintenance work.
Let your AC take a break. Leaving the unit running for 24/7 lessens its efficiency. Turn it off when your room temperature is comfortable to extend the life of your AC. It would also reduce your electricity bill.
Avoid setting the AC’s temperature much lower than the temperature outside when you turn it on. Doing so doesn’t cool the room faster; it only gives the compressor a hard time cooling the room. Set the thermostat at room temperature as the AC starts and reduce it gradually down to your desired temperature after matching the room’s temperature.
It is wise to consider buying the right wall-mounted air conditioner for your home to ensure the unit’s efficiency. These simple guidelines should help you save more money from your AC’s maintenance and energy consumption.