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Air Conditioner from hell

Jessica and I recently found out that a 3rd floor apartment with windows on only one side, becomes unbearably hot during the summer months in Minnesota. Sooooooo we decided to take the plunge and by a window air conditioner. Now they aren't that cheap, but they work wonders. I set my eyes on the LG 10,000 BTU window air conditioning unit sold at Home Depot. During work that day I did some brief research on the item and from the looks of it, it was going to be easy to install, and if I installed it in the living room window it would probably cool the entire apartment.

After hauling the 67 pound unit (which was in a overly large box) up 3 flights of stairs I was sweaty and ready to put it into the window. For this particular air conditioning unit you have to actually slide the air conditioner out of it's metal casing, put the "side curtains" on the metal casing, install the metal casing into the window, and then gently slide the 67 pound air conditioner into a small metal casing that is, at this point, hanging outside of your window. Believe it or not those "side curtains" were probably the worst part about the whole installation process. The instructions were awful. They basically said "attach the parts that we gave you to the air conditioner, put the air conditioner casing into the window, and gently slide in the air conditioner." In the midst of being SUPER mad at this inanimate object, I decided that I should look on-line for some sort of instruction manual as to how to put this in the window. All I could find was this review that I wish I would have seen before I bought this monstronsity of an air conditioner. I'll just give you a portion of it.


"DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT unless you want to get so frustrated you want to kill yourself. It is the most difficult and confusing air conditioner to install. After lugging this heavy thing home, the last thing you want to deal with is a difficult installation. The user guide was extremely hard to follow and the screws did not fit in the holes!!"

all I could do was just bust up laughing because I had finally cracked under the stress. Here I was, shirtless, sweating like crazy, and terribly mad at this machine. I was lucky Jessica wasn't in the apartment because I had basically turned into the Hulk and was ready to just tear down our outside wall in order to get good air flow in our apartment.

All in all I finally was able to figure out how to get the air conditioner in the window. 2.5 hours after starting, I could hear the sweet, sweet, honey of a hum coming from our new air conditioner.

Part of the time I could just hear the air conditioner from the Brave Little Toaster

"Touching Toaster, you got me crying like a baby."


Autumn Hilden said...

ugh. and it's always on the hottest day of the summer that you finally break down and buy one, too, making the installation process extra gnarly.

Bea said...

Sorry about the crappy day with the air conditioner. But if it makes you feel any better...the picture you have to go along with your story is AWE-SOME! The story would not have had the same effect without it. Nice.

justin said...

i love that you referenced the brave little toaster!

Darryl Iorio said...

Sorry to hear you had such a hard time installing the AC. I know it’s not exactly a DIY thing as some ACs need to be installed by duly licensed technicians. It really depends on the type of AC unit you have, but I think it would be best to have professionals handle the job to ensure the entire AC system is installed completely and safely.

Darryl Iorio said...

I hope the furnace continued to run smoothly for you. I can’t imagine a house without a heater especially during the cold months. There’s not much we can do to repair an oil furnace but regular maintenance should prevent future problems. I think you did a great job in replacing your old furnace with a more efficient one.