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How to de-mold an air conditioner?

Hi, I have 2 window A/Cs that are pretty standard as far as those things go. They have a ton of black mold in the output fan area, and presumably within the A/C workings themselves. Is there any way to reliably get rid of this mold? Or should I simply replace them (possible, if not ideal?)
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Window air conditioner suddenly randomly tripping circuit breaker

We have a window A/C unit that is about three years old. Since we bought it, it has worked flawlessly to cool our bedroom for the few weeks a year that we need it... until now. We put it back in the window last Wednesday, and it worked fine until Monday evening. Now, seemingly without rhyme or reason, but usually (of course) in the middle of the night, it will trip the circuit breaker. [more inside]
posted by kindall on Jul 9, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I install an air conditioner in a 5' wide window?

My bedroom window is 5' wide, which seems to be too wide for the traditional air conditioner side accordion flaps to cover. The previous owners mounted a steel bar horizontally at the height of the air conditioner, installed the air conditioner all the way over on the right, and then hot-glued a piece of plexiglass to cover the leftmost 60% of the window. It looked crappy, leaked air, and let in more street noise than I'd like. Is there a better way to do it? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Too many volts?

I'm moving into a new (to me) NYC apartment, and I need to buy two window-unit air conditioners. The super said that the power there is 110 volts, but the ACs I want are 115 volts. Is that a problem? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 5, 2014 - 7 answers

The AC, she just can't take it, Jim.

Is there more consumer protection if I use a credit card to pay for a major purchase like an air conditioning unit? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I get a window a/c for the bedroom even if we have central air?

We have a 2000sqft house with central air. We are fine keeping it at 76 or warmer during the day, but like a cold bedroom at night. Surely getting a window unit for our bedroom and closing the door makes more sense than cooling down the whole house at night. Even if we did close all the nonbedroom registers every night--which would be a chore I'd rather avoid. Is there any downside to this I'm not appreciating? Ot would it make no difference to our bill? Woulf it put less wear and tear on our central unit?
posted by elizeh on Jul 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me rig my air conditioner

My apartment has a heater/air conditioner combo-unit that looks like this. It outputs cold air via the vents along the top. PROBLEM: There's no way to direct the air flow. This means it's pointed at my desk (BrrrRRRrr!!!) but it's not sending cool air to the rest of the room (HOT!). Can you think of anything clever I can clip to the front vents to redirect at least some of that air?! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Jun 29, 2013 - 13 answers

How long do things last?

When should I replace a window-mount AC unit? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jun 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Will my appliances work in Europe?

I'm moving to Germany in a couple of months and have a few questions about using various 110V US-purchased appliances on the local 220V power. Specifically the 50Hz/60Hz issue - how big of a deal is it? My understanding is that anything with a motor may have a shorter lifespan and run somewhat less efficiently (and of course anything that uses AC for timing will run slow), but any other issues? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on May 13, 2013 - 10 answers

How to convince our landlord to install ductless AC?

Heat and AC barely reach the 2nd floor of our old apartment. Ductless AC seems like the way to do. Tips for getting a landlord on-side (at least) and footing the bill (at best)? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Mar 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Cool room to store instruments?

I would like to store musical instruments in an uninsulated attic room with a volume of about 2000 cubic feet. It has a single 2x2.5 foot window and I hired someone to install electricity for an A/C unit. He says no unit that can fit in that window will ever be able to keep the room cool during the summer months (80-95 degrees last summer). True? Other ideas?
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Nov 14, 2012 - 9 answers

This is the wrong summer for a broken a/c

How much (roughly) is it going to cost to fix my car's air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Air conditioner seeking to un-kick bucket

Air conditioner won't turn on. Before I shell out for a new one, is there any hope of saving/troubleshooting it? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Aug 10, 2012 - 11 answers

What air conditioner could I use with a thin window?

I am looking for an AC unit for my apartment, but my sideways opening window seems to be too thin and tall for the units I've seen online. Have I any recourse? [more inside]
posted by cap11235 on Jul 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Replacing a wall AC? will a window AC do?

Do I really need a wall air conditioner? Can put a window one in the same place? [more inside]
posted by leticia on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Goldilocks, hot town, summer in the city...

Are there air conditions that have an excellent fan setting as well? In my experience, ACs serve as poor substitutes to window fans. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on May 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Is she a slumlord landlady or am I just a delicate flower for needing a hotel room for a broken A/C in Phoenix?

Is my landlord liable to pay for the cost of a hotel and pet boarding when the air conditioner broke due to lack of maintenance in Phoenix, Arizona? The law seems incredibly unfair to tenants and I'm wondering if I'm misreading it. [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor on May 30, 2012 - 15 answers

How to keep your loft bed cool when it's above your window A/C unit?

It's the classic New York summer conundrum. How do I keep my loft bed cool when it lies ABOVE my window unit air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by manzanita on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Apparently the first one really was free

Where does one buy an air conditioner remote control in NYC? [more inside]
posted by greenland on May 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Please recommend an air conditioner!

I need a recommendation for a window air conditioner unit. Preference: as quiet and energy efficient as possible. [more inside]
posted by aparrish on May 26, 2012 - 8 answers

There is ice on my AC unit.

So my air conditioning is not blowing cold air. I go to the basement to check the unit, and there is about a half-inch of ice on the main pipe leading out of the unit. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on May 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help with possessed AC unit!

I have a Haier window AC unit. It is possessed. Looking for some technical help. [more inside]
posted by derivation on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

My kingdom for a fuse puller.

Think my central AC has blown a fuse but I have no fuse puller--hardware store out. Is there some other tool I could use or should I wait til I can get one? It is New Orleans and real hot.
posted by liketitanic on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me get rid of my disgusting air conditioner

My air conditioner is covered in pigeon droppings, and I need to get rid of it. I have some questions about this. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse on May 3, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I property vent my window air conditioner?

How can I properly vent a window air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Our Garage is HOT!

Cooling a garage rec room? We are buying a house and want to use the garage as an informal hangout space. Problem - we live in Austin, where we've had over 80 days of 100+ degree weather this year. Solution? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Sep 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Will recharging my cars AC fix it, or is it brokener?

Will a new can of refrigerant fix my car's AC? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Aug 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Why would the A/C make my car accelerate rough?

Why does my car's air conditioner cause it to hesitate when accelerating? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Jul 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Cool as a cucumber

Hypothetical thermo-engineering question. Let's say you have a room. It's a living room. It's about 300 sq feet and open on one end (This can't be closed). There's an air conditioner in the living room in the window on the west side of the room. The problem with the air conditioner is that it doesn't project very well. There's a few feet of empty space between the air conditioner and the couch, which it does a great job of cooling, but if you're not standing in front of it you're SOL. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 18, 2011 - 9 answers

A clean, well-smelling place?

Can I salvage a working window-unit Air Conditioner that smells like the previous user's home cooking? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on May 30, 2011 - 3 answers

What's up with my ac?

Leaking central air conditioner. We live in Austin, and it's been in the 90s for the past week or so. During this time, the air conditioner (central air, not window unit) has had some water surrounding the bottom, which is now seeping through the base of the wall onto the other side. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Apr 26, 2011 - 6 answers

What to do about the wall air conditioner of doom?

What to do with a dead through-the-wall air conditioner that we no longer need? [more inside]
posted by countess duckula on Apr 8, 2011 - 7 answers

stfu air conditioner!

How to quiet down our AC window unit that seems to make an entire wall resonate? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Sep 4, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I cool my apartment?

How can I keep my apartment cool? And what are my landlord's responsibilities in maintaining my air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by titus n. owl on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Seriously Hot Dog.

NYC Heatwave-filter: I need a bar (or other "public" place) that is both dog-friendly and air conditioned. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

I am getting so hot that I want to take my clothes off

Our air conditioner doesn't work very well.. it blows out cool air but the cool air doesn't travel to where it needs to be so the room doesn't feel cool. Sitting there in a hot room with the AC at full blast seems like a huge waste of money. Is there any way to determine if a new air conditioner will save us electric bill money or is that a foregone conclusion/obvious "yes"?
posted by amethysts on Jul 6, 2010 - 19 answers

A/C acts like it's on, though it's not

I have a phantom central air system. I turn the upstairs unit off at night, because my bedroom gets the coldest of the rooms in the house when it's turned on, and my side of the bed is directly under a vent. Anyhow, last night the unit was off, but the vent still made noise like it was working. Vents in other parts of the house sounded like they were working as well, though the unit was off. Though the vents were making noise, I don't think the rooms were cooling. What's going on, and is this the sign of something worse?
posted by litnerd on Jun 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Advice on installing an air conditioner into a window sleeve that's too big?

In the apartment I'm moving into, each room has a wall sleeve (just below the window) for an air conditioner. We tried installing one of my air conditioners in there tonight, and it's too small to fit the space. It mostly fills it, but even with the fins on either side of the air conditioner pulled out, there are still spaces above and below. Does anyone have any advice on how to properly install the air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Jun 25, 2010 - 11 answers

AC and Sickness

Going from hot apartment to air conditioned home to hot apartment... Will I get sicker? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jun 4, 2010 - 5 answers

No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air

My air conditioner has stopped...conditioning. I live in a condo on the north side of Chicago in an old conversion building. The furnace in my mechanical closet hooks to a AC unit on the roof, and for the last few days, it's been running full blast and can barely keep my unit below 80 degrees. I checked on the roof unit, and the fan is blowing cool air out. At this point, I'm pretty sure I need to call in a HVAC guy, but even the best reviewed places on Yelp are combinations of THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE and OMG SO OVERCHARGED. So, mefi, what do you recommend? If anyone here has any expertise in the field, I'd love to know whether you think this is something simple like a coolant recharge, or I'm looking at a new AC unit. My best guess is that the AC is about 5 years old, give or take.
posted by Oktober on Jun 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Anti-white noise?

How can I keep the white noise from the AC unit from zoning me out all day at work? [more inside]
posted by thekilgore on May 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Air Conditioner Question

My girlfriend and I live in an apartment on the 10th floor of our building. It gets very hot during the summer. However, we have an air conditioner in our bedroom. We're wondering how to keep our room as cool as possible. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on May 27, 2010 - 20 answers

Ok I know I said that Scrubbing Bubbles is my BFF, but I guess that makes my AC my blood brother

Portable air conditioner works fine, but now developed a rhythmic thrumming noise. Tilting it to the left, and only to the left, by raising the right side ~2cm/1" alleviates problem and gets better airflow... [more inside]
posted by porpoise on May 17, 2010 - 5 answers

The best air-conditioner

How do I find the best air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by enn on Apr 5, 2010 - 2 answers

I think I'm getting the Black Lung, pop.

This is the inside of my A/C. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Mar 20, 2010 - 14 answers

adding air conditioning to a condo that has forced air heating

What are the options for adding air conditioning to a condo that has forced air heating, but no AC? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jan 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Reasons for car heater to not blow hot air?

Need help from mechanics! Asking for a friend: On a 2005 Mercury Marquis, the air temperature control does not work. What could be the cause and possible ways to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Houstonian on Sep 24, 2009 - 12 answers

Wonky Air Conditioner: Any HVAC People Out There?

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with LG Multi-zone air conditioners? We have a multi-zone system that has been working fine until recently. Now, when I try to run the AC I get a flashing CH 26 and CH 46 error on the units. They work fine if we just use the fan settings. Do I have a bad compressor/inverter or is it something worse?
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Sep 13, 2009 - 1 answer

My air conditioner causes my room to have brown-outs. Can I fix this?

When my window-unit air conditioner revs its motor, my overhead light dims... then seriously brightens up when the AC slows down. It's annoying. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Aug 19, 2009 - 13 answers

Please hope me keep cool AND entertained!

Old building with old wiring + AC compressor = flickering lights. A question about electronics and possibly using an uninterruptible power supply to even out the electricity supplied to sensitive electronics. Details and question inside. [more inside]
posted by Osrinith on Aug 18, 2009 - 6 answers

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