Split air-conditioner in closed space -- will it work?

Old 07-26-17, 10:36 PM
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Split air-conditioner in closed space -- will it work?

I currently have a split air-conditioner/heater with the outdoor box mounted on my balcony. But yesterday I had the balcony glassed in with movable panels featuring only two air vents. The balcony glass installer said the vents will do fine, but my air-conditioning repair person says I will have problems with the air-conditioning "bogging down" when the panels are all closed on the balcony.

Opinions or advice? MANY thanks in advance!
Old 07-26-17, 11:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Without seeing the actual application I can only guess... but my opinion is the balcony area will become warm causing the A/C unit to work needlessly harder/longer.

I do not recommend closing the air vents when the A/C is running.

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Old 07-27-17, 01:32 AM
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I would expect to see the compressor fail in less than its expected life.
Old 07-27-17, 04:48 AM
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I 100% agree with the mods! You will be recirculating the same air making it hotter and hotter. Major loss of efficiency, short life.
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Advice thanks

Thanks for the feedback.

I'm on the Mediterranean where the summer outside temperature could be seventy-five or it could be a hundred and five. Balcony glass or no. But I honestly don't have any choice but the balcony for the outside units of three one-bedroom apartments, one apartment over top of the other.

So I'll keep the balcony glass open through the summer months. I'll keep track of changes in the electric bills. And I'll replace the compressors when they go. HVAC service is very inexpensive here though the compressors are market price. But you can't live here without air-conditioning in the summer.

Thanks again.

Antalya, Turkey

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