Central Air Condenser Installation Instructions

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Central air conditioning is a convenient means of cooling your home that allows you to avoid installing multiple individual window units. Your central air conditioner's condenser will remove water vapor from the air your system processes. Because of the air and moisture volume, this condenser must be located outside your home. Properly installing the condenser is key to your central air conditioning system's healthy exhaust and effective cooling functions. You will need the help of a contractor or electrician to connect the central air conditioning system to the power panel, but you can save money by installing the condenser on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill with hole saw bit
  • Copper fitting (optional)
  • Draw a small circular hole on the base of your home's siding, near the end of your central air conditioning unit's liquid and suction lines. You need to run these lines to the outside your house to connect them to your condenser. Make sure the hole is only big enough for both lines to fit through.

  • Cut the small circle, using your drill and hole saw bit.

  • Decide on a level outdoor location near the hole, where you will install your central air condenser unit. This location must be at least 1 foot away from the foundation of your home, in any direction. Choose a shady area that is 3 feet away from gas or electric meters, and out of the dripline of any gutter.

  • Place the condensing pad on top of your chosen installation site.

  • Place the condenser on top of the condensing pad,. Center the condenser on the pad as best you can.

  • Run the suction line through the hole to the condenser's base. Cut off enough of the suction line's rubber casing to allow it to fit through the hole and reach the condenser's base. Push a copper fitting extension into the suction line if you need to change the line's direction to reach the condenser's base. Push the suction line into the suction valve opening on the condenser's base.

  • Run the liquid line through the hole to the condenser's base. Cut off enough of the liquid line's rubber casing to allow it to fit through the hole and reach the condenser's base, as you did with the suction line. Push the liquid line into the liquid valve on the condenser's base.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid installing the condenser near plants or structures that can prevent airflow or cause the part to overheat.

References

  • Photo Credit Schäferhund image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com
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