This post should describe the differences between the two types of thru-the-wall room air conditioning units.
The first type of wall unit is necessary when there is not yet an air conditioner installed. A wall unit that has a slide-out chassis should be installed. These units should already come with their own sleeve for easy installation. To install, the chassis (guts) should be slid-out of its sleeve, a hole should be cut approximately 1/4″ larger than the size of the unit’s sleeve in to the wall. The sleeve should be screwed into a stud in the wall, then the guts should be slid into the sleeve. This type of wall unit uses a sleeve for installation because if something goes wrong in the future, it can easily be removed from its sleeve for repair or maintenance.
The second type of thru-the-wall air conditioner sold (more of a specialty item) comes into play if there is already an air conditioner installed in the wall (like the first type of unit discussed above) that needs to be replaced. Although a little more expensive than the first type of wall unit on average, these air conditioners are much less expensive to install because a new hole does not need to be cut or an existing hole does not need to be altered. Most relacement thru-the-wall air conditioners are smaller than 26″ wide and 16″ tall, since the old “standard” wall unit was about that size. These thru-the-wall units are solid-sided and rear-vented so that they can slide into any existing sleeve without any trouble breathing which may result in a unit overheating. Also, since these units are typically smaller than an existing wall air conditioner (often sized 24″ wide and 14 1/2″ tall), they come with a trim-kit that slides over the front of the air conditioner to fill most gaps between the unit and the existing sleeve.
Often times, the question comes up as to why the first type of wall air conditioner can’t be installed in to an existing sleeve. Well, as discussed, these units have side-vents that allow the unit to breath, and more often than not, the side-vents in the unit will not match the side-vents in the existing sleeve and can cause the unit to overheat and damage its compressor, thereby rendering the unit inoperable, often times without any waranty coverage due to the fact that the unit being installed improperly.
Another distinguishing factor between these two types of air conditioners is that the first type of unit can usually also be installed in a double-hung window and often times comes with a side accordian sleeve (which can be removed for a wall installation).
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I first met the family owners of Feder’s Distributors years ago when I was doing my consumer news reports on KCAL-TV Channel 9. They had a very good reputation back then for customer service and great prices and they still do today. And now, Feder’s Distributors has the newest air conditioning systems that can keep rooms cool, save energy, and improve home decor with the newest AC technology.
Now at the Feder’s Distributors location in North Hollywood is a large assortment of portable air conditioning units starting at only $250 and these are true air conditioning units and not “coolers.” The new technology now includes ductless mini split air conditioning systems which eliminate the eyesore problems that traditional wall and window units have. These ductless mini splits start at about $500 each and they are amazing quiet and compact and efficient and some of these units can also help clean your air. Feder’s also has the newest styles air conditioning units for sliding windows. Expert installation is available.
Feder’s Distributors is indeed a distributor to air conditioning companies and they supply apartment building owners and so they can buy in large quantities and sell to the public at discounted prices. They carry all major brands and there is a big selection of Energy Star Units and they can give you information about energy rebates where available.
Room units are ideal for room additions and for saving money so that you cool only the rooms you need instead of cooling the rest of an empty house or commercial area.
Call the experts with more than 45 years of experience at (818) 850-COOL which is (818) 850-2665 or go to their website, CoolYourRoom.com, for information.
Now this is very important: there are other companies in the air conditioning business that use the name Feder’s but there is only one Feder’s Distributors at 5720 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood. It is on the east side of Lankershim between Burbank and Oxnard and be aware that other companies using the Feder’s name are located nearby.
You will know when you are at the right Feder’s because here the experts will give you immediate assistance so that you get the right unit at the right price. And because Feder’s Distributors supplies appliances to developers and apartment building owners, you can also save on major kitchen appliances and check out their outlet for appliances with minor scratches and dents where you can save up to 60% retail prices. Our TV report is below.
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To qualify for these prices, all orders must be purchased in packages before the end of February, 2010. If required, customers may substitute a 26 cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator for only $725.00 more!
Also, through the end of February, 2010, we’ll deliver all four pieces within a 40 mile radius of North Hollywood, California for free! The dishwasher and microwave installation can be installed at a discounted rate.
For customers that don’t need all four pieces for their rental units, items can still be purchased separately at the following highly-discounted prices: 30″ manual clean gas (or self-clean electric) range: $544.00
Built-in dishwasher: $332.00
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18 cubic foot top-mount refrigerator: $587.00
Local delivery: $29.00
Since Summer is right-around-the-corner, we thought it would be a great time to remind you how to run your room air conditioner correctly.
If you are a landlord, make sure you check all the filters now and clean or replace dirty and damaged ones on a bi-weekly during the Summer and on a monthly basis throughout the rest year! Tenants and owners, you need to do the same!
Window and wall air conditioners are not the same as central air conditioners.
To ensure you get the best performance from your air conditioner, we advise that you turn it on in the morning. Your air conditioner has an internal thermostat that will detect the temperature in the room. When the room reaches the temperature you set it to, the unit will shut off. When the room gets warmer the thermostat will detect that change and will turn on by itself.
The vent should be closed at all times and should only be open when using the fan mode to bring in outside air. Having your vent open while operating the air conditioner will make your unit work harder and it will cost you more money to run.
When turning on your air conditioner, make sure you set it to 74-78 degrees and no lower than 72. This will not only will save you money, but it will allow your air conditioner to work properly.
Again, check your filter every other week during the Summer and once a month during the other times of year for better performance.
Remember: If you turn your air conditioner on when the day’s heat is at its peak, it will take time to get the desired cooling effect, and will use much more energy.