Gotta question about air conditioners.
I have a 31 year old air conditioner over my back door. Its an 18,000 btu unit that stopped working. I've got a few work-arounds, but utlimately, I'd like to replace the thing. For the record, I don't have any available windows to put a window unit in on my first floor.
So, the thing that is up there now, looks like its a window unit that was permanently installed in the wall (its got side louvers and is nearly 30" deep. Its creatively supported by cables bolted into the facade above and the looped under the bottome wiht a piece of angled aluminum. Anyways its not falling down, but I'm not a huge fan of teh aestehtics.
So. My options are, as far as I can tell:
1.) Replace the A/C with another permanently installed window unit. From some research online, another 18000 btu unit would be similar size and could go in the opening without too much trouble other than the support issue.
2.) Buy a real thru the wall unit that are typically only 16-19" deep and don't require support and don't really project that far away from or into the house. These units are bit pricier, but seem to be purpose designed for this scenario. This would require me to make the opening quite a bit shorter. The other issue here, is that I can't seem to find anything bigger than 13,000 - 14,000 btu in this configuration.
Anyone have any experience with installing wall A/C units and have any advice? Things to consider?
Thanks in advance