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Old 08-14-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Cold Room AC Unit dilemma

Hopefully some of you guys who have done this can answer my questions.

I bought this 5K BTU Zenith room AC unit from HD for $99 to cool the Brewhaus cold room.



As you might be able to see, the whole unit is not much more than 12" deep. What concerns me is the thickness of my walls with the wacked out way the air comes out of the top of the unit.

I'm figuring on about 6" of wall with insulation. This unit has about 3-4" of space between the vents on the top and the cold air vents.

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Old 08-14-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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Yes. Frame in a "window" opening about 6" larger than the AC unit and frame a panel inside that opening with the appropriate thickness materials.


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Old 08-14-2008, 04:10 PM   #3
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That was definitely made for a window... return it? heh
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Yes. Frame in a "window" opening about 6" larger than the AC unit and frame a panel inside that opening with the appropriate thickness materials.
I kinda figured that. That might reach a PIA threshold compared to returning this unit if I can find a different one with a better configuration. Thanks.
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I kinda figured that. That might reach a PIA threshold compared to returning this unit if I can find a different one with a better configuration. Thanks.
Is this new construction or old work? If new, just cut one stud and put in a header/footer plate and you've got a window opening. 5min tops. For the "window" itself, I'd just use a couple 2x4's installed flat. All in all, it'd take less time than driving there a return.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:28 PM   #6
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+1 for returning it, I just didn't want to be the first to rain on your parade.

here, have a clown to brighten your day....
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Is this new construction or old work? If new, just cut one stud and put in a header/footer plate and you've got a window opening. 5min tops. For the "window" itself, I'd just use a couple 2x4's installed flat. All in all, it'd take less time than driving there a return.
It quasi new construction. Inside is not finished. It will be fairly simple to do the work since I have not even framed out the cold room yet.
Thanks pldoolittle. This may be what I end up doing. Love the artwork! It has a certain SouthParkness too it!

I can still return the unit, but I need to find a replacement with analog controls.

Anyone bypass the digital controls on window AC units?
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Anyone bypass the digital controls on window AC units?
Yeah, the one in my walk-in had digital controls...


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Any details on the wiring? What size BTU is it?

Love the molding around it! Great job!
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Its a 10k BTU unit. I'll PM you the Zymurgy article which has wiring info...


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