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Old 09-02-2010, 11:22 AM   #1
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I just purchased a home whose a/c unit is sitting directly on the ground. I'd like to place a pad of some sort under it but am not sure if that's possible or what type of pad is needed. Can I simply move the a/c unit, put a pad down, then sit the a/c unit back on top of it? If so, I'd appreciate some recommendations for doing so and the type of pad I could use.

The house is about 900 sq. ft. so it has a smaller a/c unit although I don't have the dimensions.

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Measure your condensing unit then go to your local plumbing supply house and tell then you need a unit pad.

Enlist the help of a couple strong backs and, after disconnecting the power, have them carefully lift the unit while you slide the pad under. The main thing is to not bend or kink the refrigerant lineset.

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PS: Don't forget a couple beers for the help.

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You can also use 2x2 concrete stepping stones, or Paver Bricks under the unit to hold it up off the ground if you do not want to pay the $150+ for the pad.
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36" X 36" ultralite pad @ Johnstone supply = $42.64

But, as gregzoll said, you could get 4 bricks for dirt cheap! He's right, that's what I'd do if it were mine. I have a lot to choose from in my back yard!
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build a frame out of 2x4s measure 4" bigger around then the actual condenser base,2 bags of SAKRETE bag of small garden stones...spray the inside of the wood box form with PAM or cookng spray ...mix it up and pour it in...2 neighbors on each side with the wood from the form slap them onto the sides and they lift you slide pad in...quick rake it before sliding it in...don't need to disconnect nothing 2" lift...hit HD for rubber waffers to put on each corner of the condenser..simple tilt and place one on each corner
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Usually Motor Oil mixed with a little bit of Diesel is sprayed on forms. As for the pad, how are they supposed to lift the unit and support, if there is not enough line available to do so? Your method would mean unhooking the lines and recovery, which means probably a good $200 ticket. Lifting it up just enough to either slide the pad under, or place bricks or the 2x2 stepping stones, works easier.

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