Picture this: your ancient HVAC unit is on the fritz and there’s a heat wave on the way. Perhaps you have pets, small children or elderly family members in the home and comfort is essential. A new air conditioner is a big investment in your home. That’s why it’s important to get professional HVAC installation Alexandria, VA homeowners can trust. Read on to learn our expert tips for quality air conditioning installation. 

Do you need services in heating, cooling Alexandria homeowner? Cardinal Plumbing, Heating and Air is ready to help with same day service and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call (703) 645-4528 or visit us online today to book services. 

How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

Residential and commercial HVAC units should always be professionally installed (more on this later). That said, a window A/C unit is likely one of the only times a homeowner can attempt an install themselves. Window air conditioners are heavy, and great caution should be exercised when handling one. 

Before you begin, be sure to have the following tools on hand:

  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver 
  • Scissors 
  • Screws and brackets (typically provided by the manufacturer)
Safety tip: the back of a window A/C unit can have extremely sharp components—take extra care when unboxing and handling your new unit. 

All right, now we’re ready to get going. Ensure the window you select is close enough to a power outlet and that you have all the necessary tools and parts on hand. It’s always wise to enroll help, as an extra set of hands can make the difference between a smooth installation and a DIY disaster. Let’s take a look at the steps to installing a window unit:

Step 1: Prepare the Window   

Open the window and clean the area where your new unit will be installed. Mark the center of the window with a pencil to ensure an even installation that allows side panels to reach both sides of your window. If your new unit came with a weather strip, now is the time to install it. Weather strips aren’t necessary for your window air conditioner to function. They are simply meant to seal any air leaks and protect your window from damage as you install and remove the unit. 

Step 2: Attach Side Panels  

Using the provided hardware, slide side panels into place and attach them firmly to the unit. Don’t skip out on screws in this step, as this can create gaps and air leaks that may allow warm air into your home, while letting cooled air escape outdoors. 

Step 3: Place Your A/C in the Window

We cannot stress the importance of using two people for this step enough. An extra set of hands will help secure the unit and close the window. Window A/C units can be back-heavy, which means they can tilt back and fall from your window, presenting a significant safety hazard to any passersby below. 

Once the unit is centered in place (remember that pencil mark?), tightly close the window on it. There should be a slot on your unit that allows the window to sit in place. 

Step 4: Secure the Window

Some manufacturers include “L-brackets” that can be installed on the window to keep it from being pushed up/opened. This is a major concern with window units, so even if your new A/C doesn’t come with this hardware, we recommend you buy and install L-brackets either way. 

Step 5: Secure Side Panels

Slide the unit’s side panels into place and secure them with any provided hardware. Finally, secure the unit in place with any remaining screws or brackets, and voila! You’re all set to start cooling your space. Plug your unit in and start running your new A/C.

Tips for Professional Air Conditioner Installation 

When it comes to installing residential or commercial air conditioning units, this is a job best left to the pros. From selecting a new unit to installing and maintaining your new cooling system, here’s what to look for as you begin your search:

  • Before purchasing a new unit, consult a professional about the best options for your needs and budget. Ask about rebates and incentives for switching to an energy efficient system, as well as payment plans and financing options available through your HVAC service professional. 
  • Research local Alexandria, VA, HVAC companies and check to see how long servicers have been in business, what their qualifications are and whether they have a satisfactory number of positive reviews. 
  • Have a professional HVAC technician evaluate your home and make recommendations on appropriate unit sizing. A unit that is too big or too small for the space you are in will lead to cooling inefficiency, high utility costs and premature system breakdowns.
  • Ask about ongoing maintenance plans, such as annual A/C tune-ups, and what deals are available to long-term customers. 

From ensuring a unit is sitting level to properly installing and setting up its many components, multiple aspects of HVAC installation require industry-specific knowledge and experience. A new air conditioner is a big investment in your home. Proper installation lays the groundwork for years of keeping your environment cool and comfortable. With proper installation and diligent maintenance, a good unit can last for more than 15 years. It’s always worth working with an HVAC professional, especially if you are able to maintain a relationship with the same company from the time you select your new unit to its installation, and ultimately, ongoing maintenance. 

Professional HVAC Installation, Alexandria, VA

When you work with Cardinal Plumbing, Heating and Air, you can rest assured our team members are fully trained, licensed and insured to perform professional HVAC installation, repairs and maintenance. Our technicians always have your best interest in mind, and you can count on us to give you honest recommendations based on your needs and budget. 

If you’re in need of professional HVAC installation, Alexandria, VA homeowners and businesses can depend on, don’t delay. Give us a call at (703) 645-4528 or visit us online today to learn more about our services.