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the window unit AC bought me one night's good sleep.

but it never mounted "right" because it made assumptions about where wood would be in my window sill which weren't true.

and the second day of running, it decided to start leaking water into the apartment. so now it's sitting in the bathtub draining. fortunately, the weather is better tonight (i.e. it cooled down a little bit), but... BLAH.

I should have spent more time on market research, I guess, finding a window unit that doesn't have the construction/ability to leak indoors. :/

as of now, though, this is what I can add to any potentian window-AC market research:

Samsung AW060CM -
installation - PitA: to install it, you must screw in the side panels (the extendable flaps to make it fit varied-sized windows), but the screws are "under" the flaps, so you either need a Really Fancy screwdriver or tons of time/effort to get the dang things to insert when your screwdriver can only get a shallow angle to the screw heads. Plus, all the mounting holds assume you have a great deal of flat window sill. Fortunately, it's light enough that you can ignore the extra mounting holes and just use the window top to hold it in place, but that's also scary.

design - it sticks several inches into your room, and leaks water into your room after about 30 hours of use. fun.

noise - high noise level, even on a low setting.

cooling - worked pretty well for cooling. it brought my 450 sq foot living room down to a comfortable temp even though it's rated for a 200-250 sq foot room. technically, I bought 2 (one for each side of the long room), but one was pre-damaged and I never installed it... which was good because it left me less to de-install when it started leaking on me, but also bad because it was a waste of money - it did okay for the big room with one unit and two was overkill. and, of course, also bad because I had to return one. but I can't really speak to percentage of damaged units with a sample size of 2.
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Date:June 29th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Consumer Reports suggests a couple of quick picks:

5000-6000 Btu/hr
GE AGM06LH, $180
Frigidaire FAA067P7 (Lowe's), $150 (best compromise of price/function)

7000-8200 Btu/hr
Frigidaire FAA087P7 (Lowe's), $180 (best compromise of price/function)
GE AGM08LH, $240

9800-12500 Btu/hr
Kenmore (Sears) 74107, $300
Frigidaire FAC107P1 (Lowe's), $220 (best compromise of price/function)

Apparently there's an article in July's issue.
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Date:June 29th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
there should be a way to tilt the unit up so water drains outside instead on into the room.
it's common for window units demand so much when installing them.

what i've done in the past is use pieces of wood (the length of the sill) to brace either the top or bottom of the front of the unit until i got the desired effect. installation should be done with two people. sometimes you can get away with hammering short linoleum tacks into the accordion window flaps instead of screws. saves time and does the same thing.

hope that helps.
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Date:June 29th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
quick fix, for sleeping at least.

www.chillow.com -- I've got one, and Faustian Wish has the second one I bought (cheaper to buy two at once) .. it's like the effect of a tiny waterbed for your head. fairly flat item.

except that with waterbeds, they have to have a heater so that you don't die of hypothermia. these littler guys capitalize on that, sucking the heat out of your face/shoulders.
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Date:June 29th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
I have a Kenmore, 8000BTUs. Nearly large enough to keep my entire little 500sqft house cool. If I had another 2000BTUs I'd be in better shape, especially with the warmth that builds up in the study with the computers. Although the study is a windowed sunroom, said fenestration does not accomodate window units.

As far as the mounting issue goes, you can get support brackets like these at your local big-box hardware retailer. Mounting a window unit right is slightly less complicated than putting a PC together but takes a bit more brute strength.
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Date:June 29th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
and beer.
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Date:June 30th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
I don't know, it takes a lot of beer to put a PC together...
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Date:June 30th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you finally got an AC unit. I know how much the heat bugs you. The main reason these things leak is because of the slope of the unit after installation. The unit needs to be just a bit lower in the back than the front. A lot of water comes out of the air and it runs to the back and out the drain if things go right. But the rear can't be too much lower than the front, or the water may go over the edges of the internal drainage channels. Its hard enough to install the thing, so its easy to get the slope wrong.

Another cause of leaking can be from air leaks around the unit. The unit gets cool. If warm air can get in around the unit, it will condense on the outside of the unit and drip off. If you look closely you might be able to tell if it was leaking from the inside of the unit or from condensation on the outside.

Keep at it. You only have to get the thing working once and you should be set for years. If you buy a different unit, and the fan noise bugged you, you might want to pay a bit more. Its like PC fans. The quiet ones cost more, but if the noise bugs you its worth it in the long run. The first exhaust fan I put in my attic was so loud that I finally went back and paid more for another one. It had the same specs, but turned out to be much quieter. It just drove me nuts hearing that fan running all the time when I was in the kitchen or garage.

Call me if you want some help troubleshooting. I miss the days when I could just pop by and help you.
Date:July 18th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
hey do you know anyone in kitsap county who is hiring? i need a job. and by the way... i'm in bremerton.
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Date:July 22nd, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
should I care? you deleted me from your friends list rather recently, so I assume we're no longer friends...

just kidding.

welcome to near-Seattle. I'll have to look up where in the heck Bremerton is.

about jobs: sorry, I don't even know about jobs in my own county, nevermind distant ones.
Date:July 22nd, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
eh, you know how i get. thanks, i feel really good about being here. i actually sucked it up and bought another batch of sex toys which i'll be peddling soon and i got a part time job on bainbridge island. kitsap is soo not distant! silly.
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Date:July 22nd, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
well, I see bremerton is just a ferry ride away. since I have marked you as special, you can look up my email address and phone number a couple posts back in my journal. contact me and I will visit.
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