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  • Writer's pictureBridget Webster

Installing a Window AC

Installing a window unit AC can be a simple and cost-effective way to cool a room during hot summer months. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to install a window unit AC:

1. Choose the Right Size Unit:

Before purchasing a window unit AC, make sure you choose the right size for your room. An AC unit that is too small will struggle to cool the room, while an AC unit that is too large will waste energy and money.


2. Gather Your Tools:

You will need a measuring tape, a level, a screwdriver, and possibly a drill.


3. Select the Right Window:

Choose a window that is close to an electrical outlet and can accommodate the AC unit. The window should be free of any obstacles that could obstruct the installation process.


4. Prepare the Window:

Remove any screens or window coverings, and clean the window sill and frame.


5. Install the Brackets:

Most window AC units come with brackets that need to be screwed onto the window frame. Use a level to ensure the brackets are straight and even.


6. Install the AC Unit:

Place the AC unit onto the brackets, making sure it is securely in place. Most units come with side panels that can be extended to fill the gaps on either side of the unit.


7. Secure the Unit:

Use screws or locking devices to secure the AC unit to the brackets.


8. Install the Seal:

A seal should be placed between the window and the AC unit to prevent air from escaping. Some units come with a seal, while others require a separate purchase.


9. Plug in the Unit:

Make sure the AC unit is plugged into an electrical outlet, and turn it on to test it.


10. Final Adjustments:

Make any final adjustments to the side panels, seal, or brackets to ensure the unit is secure and the window is fully sealed.



Congratulations, you have successfully installed a window unit AC! Enjoy the cool air during those hot summer months. It's important to keep in mind that now all ACs are the same. Be sure to go over the instructions that came with the AC to make sure everything is installed correctly.

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