Through the wall air conditioner, 10,000 BTU under $315?

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Old 06-30-13, 07:53 PM
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Through the wall air conditioner, 10,000 BTU under $315?

Does anyone know of any AC that I can use for a through the wall installation, 10,000 BTU. I am in an apartment building in New York city, and there is an area in the wall to put an AC. I currently have my old 6,000BTU window unit in there, but it does almost nothing for my apartment. It is around 450 square feet or so. If there are any units around $315 that would be great, I don't know what to use.

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Old 06-30-13, 08:26 PM
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In my part of the country most ACs installed in walls are window ACs not special purpose through the wall ACs. The key difference is window ACs have vents on the side. If the wall is thick the opening needs to be at least a foot wider that the AC so the wall doesn't block the side vents. You can seal the opening on the inside with two inch or so thick insulated wood panels near the front of the opening.

Window units are generally cheaper than through the wall of the same size. And I would go for a lower end one with analog not digital controls. No problematic circuit boards that can be expensive to replace.
 
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You will need to measure your sleeve size and then go from there. The link below has some common sized sleeves listed.

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You would not use any existing sleeve if you used a window AC.
 
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Ill double check the measurements when I get home and post a picture as well.
 
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I would be uncomfortable with telling you to use a room AC in an existing sleeve even with adequate clearance. More expensive but bound to work would be a dual hose (two hoses) portable unit. Be Sure it evaporates the condensate. The hoses could easily be installed in the opening of the sleeve. Single hose units are ineficent because they vent cooled air to the outside.

Mu concern would be an adequate 120 vot circuit for it. Old apartments often have inadequate electrical.

A bit over your budget but would cool the whole apartment: Amazon.com: Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S): Home & Kitchen Any thing less than 12K-14K btu might not cool the whole apartment.
 

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Here is the picture of the AC I currently have and the sleeve.

I really can't afford to go above $315 with shipping unfortunately. If there are any tips on an AC that would work that would be greatly appreciated.

Ok for some reason the image upload feature here isnt working, so I just linked it:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uk37l1684l...2019.09.15.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ed6tsi64iq...2019.09.24.jpg
 
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I couldn't find a thru the wall AC that would fit that sleeve for under 425.00

As far as what window AC would work in there.....you will have to try it experimentally.

You can google thru wall AC's to shop.
 
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If I was to buy a window AC, how much clearance to should there be between the side and the side wall of the sleeve?

So if the sleeve is 26 inches, how wide should the AC be where the vents are?
 
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There is no posted figure or rule of thumb. It's going to be on a strictly try and see basis.
 
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I have only did this in walls less than a foot thick where at least half the side vent was past the wall and at least six inches of free space on the part with in the wall. A sleeve would totally enclose the side vents of the window AC and the vents of the sleeve further restrict the airflow. That is why I could only guess. I doubt you could cool 450 sq feet with less than a 12, 000 BTU so right there your budget is busted. I'd suggest using an 8000 BTU and put the 6000 BTU in a window to help cool. I can't though find even an 8000 BTU dual hose portable in your price range. I'd suggest an 8000BTU AC mounted in a window and move the 6000 BTU out of the sleeve and into a window. The two ACs will have to be on receptacles that don't share a breaker.

When I did maintenance for apartment buildings two of them used window ACs through the wall and the previous maintenance man had burned up a couple by being lazy and just sliding them in the case of the old AC if the case of the new AC was small enough. to fit.
 

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So my dimensions are:

depth: 16 inches
Width: 27 inches
Height: 16 inches

Is it possible to find something under $350?

This portable one looks good, but not sure how I would insulate the area around the hose, or does it come with wood/etc?

DeLonghi Pinguino 11,000 BTU, 3-in-1 Portable Room Air Conditioner/ Dehumidifier/ Fan
 
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That is not a dual hose unit. Single hose units are not as efficient because they exhaust cold room air out to cool the condenser.

how I would insulate the area around the hose, or does it come with wood/etc?
Screw a piece of 3/4" plywood over the opening and cut a hole in the plywood smaller than the window kit and screw the window kit over hole. A 8" hole may be large enough. You can glue foam on the outside of the plywood if you want.

You will probably need to put that 6000 BTU in a window at the other end of the apartment to help cool on very hot days so keep it till you know if the portable will be enough. Note the portable was probably cooling poorly because of being installed in the sleeve. You will probably get better cooling from it in a window.
 
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