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Old 04-11-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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I need a good 18,000 or 18,500 BTU window a/c Unit.


Any recommendations?

I'd like to keep it to brands I have "heard of".

The only one I refuse to buy is Frigidaire (long story).

18,000 BTU and above are all 220 volt right? It seems that way at least.

GE seem to be a little pricier than the rest - worth it?
This is one of the GE ones I was looking at: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden...0/product.html

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Old 04-11-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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I have a white/westinghouse window unit that I've had for 15 or more years, and it's still going strong. It's not a 220 though, but it cools our entire home with the help of a couple of fans to move the air where we need it.

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GE seem to be a little pricier than the rest - worth it?
This is one of the GE ones I was looking at...
You're getting into the mini-split price range.
Spend a few dollars more and gain a window.
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You're getting into the mini-split price range.
Spend a few dollars more and gain a window.
I'm sorry I'm gonna need you to expand on that.... I'm not following

EDIT: Nevermind, I just google image'd what you were talking about.

Eventually the whole house will have central air but it is more involved and more $ than I can commit right now. It's window unit or nothing for this summer.

Dangermouse: How many sq ft? I'm looking for this thing to cool my downstairs - around 800 sq ft between the rooms.

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Almost double that. Around 1,500 + sq'.

It's in a north window, (shade all day) and we only need it a few times a year. I insulated the heck out of this place.

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Old 04-11-2012, 10:16 AM   #6
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It will go in a north facing window also. I wish I could say my place was well insulated. The walls I have had open are but the rest ... not so much. I do have a smaller space to cool than you though.

Think I am going to check out the Sears Outlet in the next few days.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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There's only a few manf of room ac anymore so you could end up with a Frigid' style one. don't know anymore who makes what or who's good but that GE looks like a Fedders..some thoughts; better to be a little under than over on btu'. have to push/suck cold air. slide out chassis are better.
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I know your againt it but I have a 1000 sq. ft. rental house that I went from window A/C's to a mini split heat pump and the power bill went down more then 50%, plus I can heat and cool with it.
It's installed in the living room and I can barly hear it running when it's on.

Only needed a 20 amp. circut.

I installed the whole thing myself except for connecting the freon lines.
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Joe: I'm not against the split unit, it's just that we plan on doing central air in the near future. With my daughter due any day now it's just not something we feel comfortable laying out the cash for right now, I saw a big window unit as something to get us through this summer.
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...it's just that we plan on doing central air in the near future.
I meant to ask this before, but... why?

Unless you already have the (adequate) ductwork in place...
why are you putting central air into an old house in New England?
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I meant to ask this before, but... why?

Unless you already have the (adequate) ductwork in place...
why are you putting central air into an old house in New England?
It does get HOT here and sometimes it lasts for weeks.
I have allergies
My wife has allergies
Our daughter who will be joining us anyday will probably have allergies
I LOOOOOVE the feeling of walking from a hot deck into an air conditioned house

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It does get HOT here and sometimes it lasts for weeks.
Right. I get that part. My Q is about limiting yourselves to using *central* AC (unless you already have adequate duct work) for a generally short season of need for the comfort.
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Figured I'd update this thread.

I ended up getting an 18,000 BTU Friedrich window unit w/ thermostat, "sweep" function and a remote.

WOW. It's a huge unit, but it sits in a window that faces my neighbors yard so I'm not missing any view. It keeps the entire downstairs of my house a nice 70 degrees even through the heatwave we just had.

The unit goes down to 60 degrees, but I'm not even going to go there, I want to be cool, not COLD!

And Tarheel, to answer your question, I have forced air heat which is why we were considering central air - 3 companies said the ductwork was accurate - but with how well this unit is working I doubt we'll pursue it.
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Figured I'd update this thread.

I ended up getting an 18,000 BTU Friedrich window unit w/ thermostat, "sweep" function and a remote.
I'm looking for a new window a/c unit--how is the noise on this model?

My kitchen & dining room are open to each other, total space is about 20x13 or so. The dining room part opens through a double sized archway to a 15x15 living room. Both living room and kitchen open to the same hallway... all today I'd say it's about 600-700sq-ft to be cooled.

All I have now is a Frigidaire 8000BTU window unit that I had from an apartment I lived at... it's obviously undersized for cooling the area I have now, but to be honest it's been "good enough" even with the 96* temps the last couple of days.

The trouble is that the thing is unbelievably loud (the fan, not compressor) even at the lowest fan speed. It sounds like a couple of hairdryers running at the same time... It's unbearable really...

I'd like a mini-split, but the quotes I've received are too--I started getting the quotes last summer and even got a couple last fall... they come in between $3000-4000 for a single zone ~18kBTU unit which is just too high when I could be a window unit for well under $1000. I'm not considering through-wall because I think they look horrible in a single family house and I'd have to re-frame walls.
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By your profile you're an engineer so assume your pretty handy. most of the work installing a mini-split is just grunt work and you should be able to run electric. if you buy the unit, do the install and then have A/C guy come out-connect the precharged unit and make sure all is code you'd save probably half that original quote..you wouldn't have any warranty but with a good unit the comp should last and even with a warranty the labor isn't factory covered anyway. i have a m/s [18000] in LR and with ceiling fan in kitchen it does the downstairs and is extermely quiet and unobtrusive.

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