How to Install an AC Unit in Your Home


The average price range to install an AC unit in your home is staggering! You’d be looking at between $2,000 to $8,000 depending on the job’s size and the company you go with.

So is it possible to install an AC unit yourself?

The answer is yes, and you can save a ton of money in the process. It’s important to have an adequate level of DIY knowledge, the right tools, and some construction experience.

Yet, in recent times, we’ve seen plenty of videos where first-timers have come up trumps with various elaborate DIY efforts. And, if you’re installing a small AC unit, it shouldn’t be too difficult. The most important thing, though, is to have straightforward and easy to follow instructions — so you don’t botch it up!

Luckily, you’ve landed on the right page as we’ve laid out a simple guide of things to consider when installing a new AC unit. Keep reading!

Installing Different AC Types

There are a few types of AC units you can choose from for domestic installation.

They include:

  • Portable AC
  • Single Room (Packaged) AC
  • Split-System AC

A portable AC obviously won’t need any kind of installation. All you have to do is carry it into the room you wish to cool, and presto — you’re nicely chilled. But they’re not always the best solution.

If you want a less challenging AC installation job, opt for a single room AC. It’s less work and less time-consuming. But if you’re up for the challenge, it is possible to install a full split-system (it will take a while, however).

How to Install an AC Unit Yourself

First of all, you need to decide where to place the AC unit. To do this, you need to find an area outside your home next to your home’s ductwork.

Additionally, you can either create a concrete platform for the unit to sit level on or put it on the roof. Clearly, the platform option is going to be easier for you to do alone.

You should aim to put the AC unit in a spot with good airflow, yet it won’t be noisy and heard through the walls in your home. Plus, it needs to be in an easy-access location so that maintenance can be carried out when required.

How to Connect Your AC System

There are a few things you need to consider for the connection, including:

  • Working out the correct length of the refrigerant line
  • Making the right length of drain piping
  • Connecting all the electrical lines
  • Get the thermostat connected properly
  • Add new refrigerant to your AC unit if needed

OK, so the bullet points above are just things to consider but not specific instructions. The reality is your new AC unit should come with very detailed instructions when it arrives at your home.

Check Your AC Unit After Installation

Last, of all, you should check to see if your AC system is working correctly. You should be able to set your thermostat and turn on your AC with no issues.

Furthermore, you need to check to see if the compressor and blower are functioning correctly. After leaving your AC on for a time, check to see if there are any refrigerant leaks.

Keep It Simple

Our final piece of advice is to keep the process simple. It’s a lot more effort to install an AC unit on your roof than at the side of your home.

Plus, all the key technical instructions will be delivered along with your AC unit. Make sure to follow the instructions very carefully, and you can use the article as a checklist for installing your system.

Thanks very much for stopping by, and we wish you the best of luck with your project! For more great tips and advice, keep browsing our site.

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