Air conditioners may not initially seem like dangerous objects, but an improperly installed A/C unit could fall and cause some serious damage when it hits the ground. Before installing your air conditioner, make sure you review the New York City Department of Buildings Guidelines to avoid causing major damage or injury.
Advising boards and property managers should establish guidelines for safe air conditioner installation for residents. If you decide that only designated professionals can install air conditioners, make sure that your residents do not attempt installation on their own. Below are our top guidelines relating to the safety precautions of air conditioner installation.
Top Safety Guidelines for Air Conditioner Installation
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions included with the unit.
- Make Sure The A/C Unit Is Installed Securely.
Each A/C unit should be secured with metal brackets or mounting rails, with strong enough support relative to the size and weight of the unit. Be sure to prevent movement and shifting from vibrations from the A/C unit itself, wind and other conditions.
- Do Not Use Loose Objects To Support A/C Unit.
Bricks, books, cans and other improper objects should not be used to support an A/C Unit.
- Do Not Place Anything On The A/C Unit.
Plants, radios, lamps etc. should not be placed on the A/C Unit.
- Do Not Block Fire Escape Windows or other Exits with your A/C Unit.
In the event of an emergency, a securely fastened A/C unit could block your safe exit from the building.
- Check the Condition of the Window and Surrounding Frame Holding Your A/C Unit.
Make sure the A/C installation location is in good condition prior to securing your unit.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
It’s important to also remember to routinely clean your air conditioners:
- Regular maintenance such as changing filters can often be handled on your own, but may require professional service.
- Brush dirt and obstructions from the coils and the drains at the start of each cooling season.
- If the system is not producing as much cold air as normal, it could also be an indication of a refrigerant charge or airflow problems. These problems may require servicing.
At Mackoul & Associates, we hope that these Air Conditioner Guidelines help you to prevent some accidents, injuries and violations on your property. Once you know the air conditioning units on your property have been properly installed, you can sit back and enjoy the cool breeze!