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If you are new to the world of indoor cooling, you may wonder how to install a portable air conditioner in a sliding door. Some of the best air conditioners, after all, can fit in sliding doors in a pinch, though it does require some work. To install a portable air conditioner in a sliding door, you need to measure the opening. Make sure it will fit. Get the right vent kit for your AC model. Put it on the door frame and attach the exhaust hose. Place the AC unit on a flat surface close by with space around it for air to flow. Plug it in and set it up according to instructions for safety.
Most air conditioners require access to the outdoors to pull air in, and, if a sliding door is your only access well, then, you have to make it work. Some homeowners have to find someplace for their portable AC to go, so they learn how to install a portable air conditioner in a crank window, for instance.
One solution is to buy a window bracket, which helps secure the unit in place. For added security, some people use duct tape around the frame of the window and AC unit, ensuring it won’t move.
Though not terribly difficult, the process here is harder than, say, learning how to install window air conditioning brackets, or installing an air conditioner in a mobile home. However, when done by a professional, the installation process will ensure all moisture is directed away from the house and air conditioning units. This process can prevent future problems that may arise due to excess moisture buildup in your home.
Moving an A/C unit is simple, but making an air conditioner out of a bucket? Not so much. Here are the steps.
Some sliding door portable AC kits are easily removable when not in use, so you can still use the door.
STAT: One of the essential parts of installing a portable AC is venting. You must install it the right way if you want it to cool the whole room and remove hot air. (source)
Why vent portable ACs?
Use the exhaust hose to vent portable ACs to send hot air outside, instead of letting it hang around your home.
Do all portable air conditioners need to be vented outside?
Yes, all portable ACs need a vent hose or exhaust hose to send hot air outside during use.
Do portable air conditioners need a water supply?
No, though they create water during use via the exhaust hose, vent hose, or dryer vents. Portable air conditioner venting creates water which must be disposed of.