Do you have a space that your existing air conditioner doesn't reach with ductwork, such as a garage or addition? If so, you may be looking to cool the space down to make it more comfortable. Thankfully, you can install a mini split AC unit to help cool down the space. Here are some tips for how to install these units.
Pick The Spot
The installation starts when you pick spots to install the indoor and outdoor components of the mini split system. You'll need to find a wall that has a large horizontal space for the mini split system to be placed where it won't interfere with other things in the room. For example, if you are installing the unit in a garage, consider placing it in the rear of the garage rather than next to where you enter and exit your vehicle.
However, you'll also need to consider the opposite side of the wall where the outdoor component of the mini split system will go. Consider how close the unit will be to the property line, windows, decks, or other items that could be in the way.
Mark Holes For The Inside Bracket
Place the bracket for the inside unit on the wall, and mark where all the holes will need to be made for the refrigerant lines. You can place the bracket right up against the wall and mark your holes with a marker. You'll need to use a hammer drill and masonry drill bit to go through the brick wall and reach the outdoor unit. Once the holes are made, you can finish mounting the inside bracket to the wall.
Cover The Lines
Next is the process of running all of the lines running in and out of the space. This involves installing refrigerant lines to the outdoor compressor, the condensation line where the air conditioner will drain, and electrical lines. It is a good idea to install a cover to go over these lines on the outside of the space so that you cannot see them. From the outside, it will almost look like there is a gutter running down the side of the structure
Elevate The Compressor
The outdoor compressor should be installed on a surface that is elevated off the ground so that it does not sit in rain water during harsh storms. Many people like to place the compressor on a concrete slab so that the surface is level.
Work with an HVAC contractor, like those at Extreme Climates, to ensure that your mini split air conditioner is installed correctly.