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Old 06-26-2008, 04:14 PM
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Hey guys,

my roommate and I just go into a new place but it does not have AC. The windows in our rooms and the living room open and close left to right, not up and down. All the AC units I see at wal mart and costco are for windows that open up and down. So I'm wondering, what do you guys recommend? Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:16 PM
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put one in through the wall is what i do when i cant through a window.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:23 PM
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ok............sooo.............how? What do you recommend? Where to buy from? I can't believe there aren't more hvac guys on here.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:34 PM
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try to pm Nick, HVAC SuperTech he might have some ideas
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The best thign you could probably do is to biuld a frame inside your window opening to house it instead of cutting a hole in the wall, most HVAC Tech's general work on larger systems and installing window units just aren't in our regular work, most company's will not even send Tech's out to work on one because they are cheaper to replace then to repair most times, just my opinion maybe they do make a kit but i have never looked for one. Maybe there are some other guy's on here that deal a little more in window units.
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not a bad idea...
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:13 PM
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David, I agree with regor. But I know a good deal of the older homes in Cali dont have central air. Are you renting or do you own? Reason I ask is, obviously if you are renting you will want to do the cheapest, easiest route. Some window shaker units come with sleeves that can be framed out to fit different openings. Ideally if you own the place a better solution would be to install a mini-split system or even a Unico system, which is a high velocity air supply system consiting of 2" ducts that can be installed in existing construction. However this system is expensive. Window shakers are kind of like the dinosaurs of the residential A/C world. The ones that go into standard casement (up and down) windows will work in left to right windows, but usually it involves rome shadetree jerry rigging, i.e. plywood over the rest of the opening.
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:47 PM
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Window shakers are kind of like the dinosaurs of the residential A/C world. The ones that go into standard casement (up and down) windows will work in left to right windows, but usually it involves rome shadetree jerry rigging, i.e. plywood over the rest of the opening.
So do you know if you can just flip them over on their "side" and run them like that? Guess we are just gonna have to jimmy rig it. Can't be without my AC. lol
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:06 PM
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No you can't turn a standard casement unit on its side. The compressor will not return oil correctly and refrigerant flow dynamics will also be affected. Also the condesate is meant to flow down the coil into the drain pan and out the back of the unit. They do make window shakers for sliding windows but they are a bit more difficult to find. like this >
heres a site to give a few more ideas > ROOM AIR CONDITIONERS
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I have windows in my house that are sliders. I remove both windows put in the ac unit. Measure then I cut a piece of 1/2 plywood to fill in the rest of the window. I screw that to a 2x4 I cut to fit inside the window frame. Come the fall I pull it out and put the windows back in. Been doing this for two years now with no problems.

To hide the plywood I have blinds that I have open enough to expose the ac unit.
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