Before purchasing or installing window air-conditioning units, please read King & Queen Apartments’ Rules & Regulations regarding Air-Conditioning (section E, pg. 11 (2016)).

Preparing for Installation

  • Always have an assistant to help you.
  • Never attempt to install any window air-conditioning unit alone.
  • You risk the possibility of hurting yourself or injuring others by attempting to install the unit alone.
  • You also run the risk the possibility of dropping and damaging the unit, and causing damage to other property below.

Checkpoints Prior to Installation

  1. Carefully remove the unit from the packaging case and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions; however;
    1. DO NOT use nails, screws or brackets to secure the unit to the wall, window sill, window, window jamb or window sashes.
    2. DO NOT install or attach a support bracket(s) underneath the air-conditioner and onto to the building.
  2. If an extension cord is required, the cord must be 12-gauge electrical extension cord to handle the electrical load from the air-conditioning unit.
  3. DO NOT plug the unit in until after it is fully installed.

Upon Installation*

  1. Assemble and prepare the air-conditioning unit per the owner’s manual and installation instructions.
  2. Before installing the unit, carefully set the A/C Drip Pan (provided in apartment and located in the linen closet) onto the window sill as shown. The A/C Drip Pan is required for all window air-conditioning units at King & Queen Apartments to prevent condensation from the unit from dripping onto the building.Installing Window Air-Conditioning Unit Drip Pan in Window
  3. Install the unit in the window, making sure that the A/C Drip Pan is underneath the window air-conditioning unit and that the unit is holding the A/C Drip Pan in place.
  4. Be sure to center the unit in the middle of the window.
  5. Holding the unit, carefully pull down the window sash. The window should rest on the unit behind the window filler panel frames.
  6. Extend the side panels to both sides of the window, against each window frame.
  7. To better insulate the window, the window unit and your apartment, it is recommended that you try one or more of the following:
    1. Use the foam strips provided by the manufacturer of the air conditioning unit, or purchase foam strips to install at the window.
    2. Use rigid foam panels or side insulating panels to cover the sides of the air-conditioning unit.
    3. Use duct tape only to tape joints on the side panels for air leaks.
  8. DO NOT use duct tape to secure the side panels of the unit to the wall, window sill, window, window jamb or window sashes.
  9. DO NOT drill holes, screw, nail or attached anything to the wall, window sill, window, window jamb, window frame or window sashes.
  10. If holes are drilled, screwed or nailed into the window sash, you will be charged the cost of replacing the damaged sash.
  11. To secure the window from being opened from the outside, insert security tension rod (provided in apartment and located in the linen closet) between the lower sash (when raised above the air-conditioning unit) and top of the inside of the window. Twist rod to adjust length.

Preparing for Removal

  • Always have an assistant to help you.
  • Never attempt to install any window air-conditioning unit alone.
  • You risk the possibility of hurting yourself or injuring others by attempting to install the unit alone.
  • You also run the risk the possibility of dropping and damaging the unit, and causing damage to other property below.

Checkpoints Prior to Removal

  1. Remove unit from window or seal it up completely on the inside after the cooling season is over; otherwise, air will leak through the unit itself.
  2. Before removing the unit from the window, be sure that it is not longer holding any water in the evaporation pan. If water is still in the pan, it could drain out into the interior of the apartment when the unit it taken out of the window.

Upon Removal*

  1. Before removing the unit, be sure to:
    1. Unplug the power cord,
    2. Remove the wooden dowels between the lower and upper sash,
    3. Lay a towel onto the floor onto which to set the unit.
  2. While holding pressure on the unit where the window rests behind the window filler panel frames so it will not fall backwards on its own weight, carefully pull window sash up.
  3. Keeping pressure on the top of the unit, carefully pull the unit from the window, while also keeping the A/C Drip Pan from falling.
  4. Set the unit onto the towel and pull the A/C drip pan from the window sill.

* If you do not feel comfortable either installing window air-conditioning units yourself, please feel free to contact one of our approved installation contractors.  You will be charged a service fee at the time of installation and/or removal, payable directly to the contractor at time of service.

For more information on installing a window air-conditioner, click here to view the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Information Sheet.