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Old 10-09-2007, 10:41 PM   #1
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Raising a Condenser


I am attempting to raise a flower bed in my backyard and unfortunately the condenser for my AC sits in the corner of the flower bed. I am raising the flower bed about a foot so if I did nothing the bottom of the condenser would be covered by dirt. Obviously this would not be OK so I wanted to get some suggestions on what do do.

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1) Leave the condenser at the same level and build a "blockade" for the dirt
2) Raise the condenser. There is a cement block under the condenser and I was thinking of putting cinder blocks on that and then putting the condenser on top of those. Then I would then fill in with dirt and add a top layer of pebbles which would stop a few inches below the condenser.

I am leaning towards #2 but don't know if the cement block serves any other purpose then support.

Help please! Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:36 PM   #2
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Hi COOPERMC

The easiest way to do what you are proposing is to get four cinder blocks and a couple of 2"x4"'s. Set two cinder blocks on one side of condensing unit, place the 2x4 on top of the blocks at an angle. Use the 2x4 as a cantalever on the block and lift on the bottom of the condensing unit. Have someone place the other two blocks under the ends of the 2x4 that you used to lift. This will hold it while you make your pad modification. However do not attempt this if there is not enough flex in the tubing that is connected to it. Trust me, this would be extremly costly if you damage it. It is always a good idea to get a professional hands on opinion before attempting this. Most good company's will look at it for free in hopes of you using them when you need a repair.

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Old 10-11-2007, 08:26 AM   #3
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This job will not take long to do for the tradesman, maybe 4 hours max if that...i would also buy some condeser wall brackets which are cheap as....You wouldnt even need them round for a quote, a job this small they should be able to tell you the price all up over the phone...
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I just checked and it looks like the coolant cable running to the condenser doesn't have any slack and would have to be lengthened. Is this something that an amateur DIY with little HVAC experience could do or should I call in a pro?

Thanks again.
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:15 PM   #5
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Call an expert in dude....will be a quick job for them...
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:27 AM   #6
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Call an expert in dude....will be a quick job for them...
Called a HVAC person yesterday.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 10-16-2007, 02:50 AM   #7
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That was a wise choice.
For such a simple job for an installer you might have had to replace the condenser all together.
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