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Old 06-23-2012, 08:27 AM   #16
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I need a good 18,000 or 18,500 BTU window a/c Unit.


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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.
I've thought about doing the mini-split install myself, but from what I've read the brazing is tricky to get right without creating carbon in the lines.

I've also read that most a/c guys won't touch a new install that isn't from them (though I have no experience with that, so it might be "FUD" from timid DIYers and contractors).

BTW, I'm an electrical engineer, the function of my daily job is about as far removed from HVAC and other construction work as any other job. Theory and practice are two wholly different items for me

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:46 AM   #17
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If you're not handy, then sure, don't do it. just a thought since mine is great.. but it's just basic handyman stuff [other than running electric]. what's involved is; cutting small hole through wall, attaching support plate to interior wall, hanging the interior unit on support, setting up level surface for cond' unit [precast pad or some such]. the unit comes pre-charged and standard line or special sets, so no soldering involved. if you call around to local servicers with the understanding of exactly what your needs are-pass or fail they get paid-shouldn't have a problem getting someone to connect line set [if you don't want to] start unit and check for proper operation.
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Samsung. If you want to come up and pull the unit out of my window, and put in a new window unit, I will call it even. The idiots that put in the orig. window unit cut down the bottom slider frame of the old wood window, you can have it. Mine is only three years old, and is the largest BTU unit for 120vac.
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I'm looking for a new window a/c unit--how is the noise on this model?
It's not bad at all - I'd call it a low "hum" or "drone" rather than the higher pitched noise my smaller window unit in the bedroom puts out.

The downstairs of my cape is around 700 sq feet and this unit keeps the whole downstairs nice and cool. We usually keep the house at 72 and when we are not home we just turn the thermostat up to 78 or 79 for my dog.

I was planning on using fans to distribute the cold air more, but the sweep function really does that for me so I haven't used the fans yet.

I bought Friedrich because I noticed every time You walk by a hospital or an old school with a ton of window units they are always Friedrich .... that and the local mom and pop appliance place sells them and they have fantastic service.

I won't buy Frigidaire - AC or any other appliance, I will never give Frigidaire another dime of my money.

$500 for the window unit (give or take)
$150 for a dedicated outlet w/ it's own breaker
= Bulletproof setup, and I'm very happy with it.

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