Window air conditioners are excellent appliances that can cool a room or a small house if you’re unable to have a split air conditioner installed. They are far more affordable and can cool either a small room or a large house, depending on their build.
So the question here is, can your window air conditioners be installed through the wall instead of a window? Fortunately, you can. The amazing thing about window ACs is that you can use the unit for both window and wall installation. Having said that, installing a window AC through a wall is unsafe unless you make the necessary changes first.
From their names alone, you can already tell the differences between the two ACs. Window air conditioners are put in a window, whereas wall air conditioners are installed through a wall.
Window air conditioners offer maximum airflow by venting from the back and sides of the unit, while wall air conditioners are only vented through the rear since they are installed in a wall sleeve that goes through the wall.
When placed through the wall, the side vents on a wall air conditioner would generate a lot of heat, which might overheat the machine or cause a fire. This fire threat is why it’s important to know what type of air conditioner you have before you install it.
However, both air conditioners are still interchangeable, you must first make the appropriate changes. While the venting has to be changed, the condensation drain should be fine. Both units will drain in the same manner, either via the bottom or the rear of the device.
One piece of advice that professionals have for window air conditioners and wall installations is to be wary of the side vents. A window air conditioner, as opposed to a wall air conditioner, is designed to vent on all sides and the rear. Below are the steps you need to do to install a window air conditioner through a wall.
The one con about this installation process is that there will be visible wood if you look at the air conditioner from the outside since you had to make the hole large to fit the frame. However, proper alignment will give your air conditioning unit a tidy appearance, and you can even add a bit of trimmings on the outside frame to make it visually appealing.
If you were cautious when cutting the first hole through the drywall, you might be able to use some parts of it to make repairs. If not, you call a professional who can fix it for you.
And that’s how you install a window air conditioner through a wall. It’s not a difficult process if you have the proper equipment, but it can take quite a bit of your time. It’s best to do this installation during weekends and during days when the weather isn’t too hot. However, if you’re not confident with your skills, there are plenty of experienced construction workers and HVAC professionals available to do the task for you.
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