Most homeowners do not know that installation of a split system air conditioner determines its performance. Therefore, simple installation mistakes should be avoided entirely for optimal performance of an AC unit. However, how do you avoid common errors if you have never dealt with a split system AC before?
This article highlights key guidelines for the successful installation of a split system AC unit.
Determine Wall Strength
A split system air conditioner consists of an external unit and an internal component. In most households, the inside unit is installed above the ground and against a wall. Therefore, you must ensure that a wall is strong enough to accommodate the free-hanging weight of an AC unit. Unfortunately, most homeowners end up installing the inner AC unit on a weak wall. Doing this puts an AC unit at risk of falling, which might damage a wall and injure anyone seated close to the air conditioner. Most importantly, ensure you examine the condition of a wall thoroughly and only hang the inner unit of a split system AC if a wall can hold the weight.
Install the Outdoor Unit in an Open Shaded Area
An outdoor unit should not be ignored because it plays an integral role in the quality of air drawn into a house. Notably, you should avoid placing the outdoor unit of a split system air conditioner in direct sunlight or water. The reason is that direct sunlight heats the unit, thereby raising the temperature of the air being drawn. Consequently, it forces an AC unit to expend extra energy to cool hot air. Additionally, the outer unit must be installed away from shrubbery or other forms of obstruction that are likely to hinder heat dissipation from a condenser. The best location to install the outdoor unit of a split system AC is an open space with shade.
Ensure Tilt Angle for Inside Unit
The indoor unit of a split system AC is hung on a wall using metal brackets. It is common for HVAC technicians to install the metal bracket flush with a wall. Unfortunately, this approach restricts the flow of condensed water from the drainpipe, consequently increasing the chances of pipe freeze. The best way to avoid this is to install the metal bracket at an angle to ensure the AC unit sits at an angled position. It allows condensed water to flow away from the drainpipe unrestricted.
Hire an air conditioning installation specialist to ensure everything is done correctly.