How to Fill in a Hole in the Exterior Brick Where an Old Air Conditioner Was Removed

Nathan McGinty

When installing an air conditioner, the outside portion of the unit, the condenser, needs to have both electricity and plumbing run back to the inside of the house. In a brick structure, this requires drilling holes through the exterior brick walls.

Holes in brick from air conditioners need filling.


These steps are just a guideline. Application of mortar or patching to your brickwork instructions may differ. Always follow manufacturer instructions.

If an air conditioner has been removed or replaced with a larger unit and moved to a different location, you'll want to fill the hole in the exterior brick where the old air conditioner was placed, both for aesthetics and to help keep your home energy efficient.

  1. Clean out any debris or bits of old brick from the hole with a wire brush.

  2. Patch up the interior side of the hole. How this is done will depend on the interior surface. For plaster or drywall, a small plug the size of the hole can be cut out with a drywall knife and then glued into place. Smooth drywall plaster over the hole to seal.

  3. Mix together a batch of plastering glue to water in a thin mixture, about 1 part of glue to 5 parts water. Apply with a brush to the inside of the hole. You can also use waterproof sealant manufactured for outdoor use. Allow the hole to dry.

  4. Mix up a batch of patching mortar for the exterior. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when mixing. If you want to match the surrounding brickwork, pulverize a piece of leftover brick that matches the rest of the wall. Mix up these pieces with the mortar.

  5. Apply the patching mortar to the hole with a trowel. Push the mortar into the hole as you work so that it penetrates all the way to the back of the hole. Scrape off any excess.

  6. Allow the mortar time to dry. You may need to cover the area with a plastic sheet or wet it periodically in order for it to cure fully. This will depend on the mixture used.