What To Expect When Installing A Mini-Split Air Conditioner

Are you tired of having a window air conditioner in your home? Not only are they loud and heavy to move, but they are potential security issues for your home. That's why it's worth installing a mini-split air conditioner instead. It's the same concept as a window air conditioner, but it splits apart the condenser and the evaporator so they are in separate locations. Here is what you can expect when installing this type of air conditioner in your home. 

Selecting A Location For The Condenser

You'll start by selecting a location for the condenser on the outside of your home. You'll want to pick a spot that is out of the way and close to the home. Ideally, it should be near where the indoor evaporator is going to be installed in order to limit the amounts of refrigerant lines that are used to connect the two units. You may want to make sure that the condenser is away from a window to limit the potential noise that you hear inside the home. 

Selecting A Location For The Evaporator

You'll need to pick a place for the evaporator to be installed that makes sense for your home. Many people like having the evaporator up high in the room and out of the way. If you are installing a single evaporator, it should be in a central place in your home so that the cool air reaches as much livable space as possible. If you are installing multiple evaporators, then you'll need to pick places that are far apart to evenly distribute the cool air.

Installing The Condenser

The condenser will need to have level and solid ground beneath it. This may involve pouring cement beneath the condenser to give it a good base. Electricity will need to be connected to the condenser and run to the main electrical panel, with it taking up its own circuit on the panel. 

Mounting The Evaporator

The evaporator will require a mounting bracket that is installed on a wall, which needs to be secured into the studs behind the wall. The hole also needs to be made to run the electrical and refrigerant lines out of the room. Ideally, the cable and pipe will go through the wall and into the basement so that you do not see the lines. However, you may need to run lines outside your home where they will not be hidden.

The two units will then be connected so that they both have electricity and the refrigerant can flow through the copper lines that run between them. Talk to a company that offers air conditioning installation for more information.