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helpless handyman 06-09-2008 09:04 PM

Outlet switch for a/c
Hi everyone,

I have a thru the wall sleeve unit airconditioner in my living room. I have it plugged on a 20amp dedicated circuit. The unit does not have a remote, and I would like to make the outlet have a switch. This way the a/c can be set to a temp, and can be easily turned on and off without using a stool to get to the controls. Is this possible?

Thanks, PS I would like not to have to add another outlet box, so a combination of an outlet and switch would be nice.

wirenut1110 06-09-2008 09:14 PM

Cooper makes a receptacle/switch combo catalog# 291, I'm sure the other manuf's. (pass & seymour, leviton, etc.) make them too. You could check a supply house to get one if the home centers dont carry it. Make sure you get a 20 amp one and not a 15. And it just uses a standard duplex receptacle plate.

helpless handyman 06-09-2008 09:36 PM

Thanks Wirenut for the quick response:thumbsup:. I will go to the supply house tomorrow. I will make sure it's a 20amp.

wirenut1110 06-09-2008 09:40 PM

No probelm, my g/f's sleeping so I have nothing else to do:laughing:

helpless handyman 06-10-2008 07:53 AM

Okay, picked up the switch/outlet today. I am seeing the diagram for the hook up and it looks a little confusing. I have of course Black(hot) and White (neutral) coming out of the electrical box. Not the switch is on the top, and the outlet is on the bottom. On the top part where the switch is I have a brass screw on the left, and under that is the outlet, a silver screw on the left. Now on the right side of the switch and outlet I have 2 black screws. I noticed on the top black screw, right side of switch it states neutral, but the other black beneath it doesn't have anything marked on it. I have done plenty of house wiring, but this one got a little tricky on me. Thanks guys:thumbsup:

joed 06-10-2008 09:07 AM

If this is a standard 120 volt receptacle then this will work.
Connect the black to the brass screw and the white to the silver screw. Leave the two black screws empty for your aplication. Those are used if you want the switch to control something other than the receptacle and have the receptacle always hot.

helpless handyman 06-10-2008 09:31 AM

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Okay, this is what I have, the only thing is the 2 screws on the right side are black screws.

HouseHelper 06-10-2008 09:49 AM

Post Deleted by HH
Because Joed had it right to begin with.

junkcollector 06-10-2008 10:08 AM

I would bet that all you have to do is connect the black and white to the respective colored screws on the left side of the device. There should be a removable tab on the right side that links the receptacle to the switch. You shouldn't have to break it and install a jumper.

Do you have a multimeter or continuity tester? You could "ohm it out" to make sure.

joed 06-10-2008 12:38 PM

I already told you what to do.

helpless handyman 06-10-2008 01:49 PM


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