How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask The Home Smithy Your Own Question

The Home Smithy
The Home Smithy, Home Appliance Technician
Category: Appliance
Satisfied Customers: 9508
Experience:  30 years repairing appliances
Type Your Appliance Question Here...
The Home Smithy is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hi. I have to install an air conditioner I am going to buy

Customer Question

Hi. I have to install an air conditioner I am going to buy from Bed Bath and Beyond (haven't chosen which AC though).
I am posting a link below with the pic of the window.
I am trying to figure out which AC would be the best to get for that window to fit it right and also because the room gets a lot of noise from 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, NY. So I wonder how to put it in a way to prevent noise to come.
So basically I want to get an AC from Bed Bath and Beyond (because of their good return policy) that would fit right to that window and wouldn't be so noisy.
The bedroom is very small by the way. The windlw size is 32x32 inch (2 windows- one above , one below)
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/default.asp?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96982319@N05/9226954824/

Thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 1 year ago.

Hi again Alexandre.

There are not any AC units designed to reduce the outside noise Im sorry to say. It does sound like a good idea though.

I think I have found a unit that is inexpensive and is made by LG rather than an unknown off shore manufacrturer like the ones that BB&B have.

The only problem may be delivery. If you would please provide your postal zip code I will check on it for you. The advertisement says free delivery, but I am in California and it may be based on that.

FYI: it is sold by Home Depot.

On a personal note: I love the view you have from your place. I could sit and watch people go by for quite a while, but then I live in a rural community too. Im sure that it would be like anything else and become commonplace pretty quick.

 

 

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 1 year ago.

Nevermind the zip code. Googled it.

They will deliver tyo your home free. the unit is only about 180.00 +/- with tax and is the same one my sister purchased back in May this year. So far not a single problem with it.

The installation is also easy. It comes with complete instructions. All you need is a screw driver (powered preferably).

Please click here to see the unit.

Im quite sure that you will be much happier with this model rather than the one from BB&B. From what I hear BB&Bs customer service after the sale is abhorent, and the price at HD is much better. I also checked the reviews of the cheapest unit BB&B has and I wouldn't buy one.

Please let me know if you have any other immediate concerns.
If not please select a positive rating at this time. Doing so will not close your question, and after you rate my service you may ask any followup questions you like. All at no additional charge.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Best, Smitty
**How to rate your expert**

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi smithy. Thanks for the answer.


 


bed bath and beyond has the best return policy. Actually they don't have one. So I can just return it after the summer. Plus the store is right by my house. I am broke now so that would be my only option : (


It does not have to be great. It just needs to be decent.


Also I want it to be easy to fit in the wall meaning that Iwant one that woukd be easy to cover the sides of the window next to the ac.


Also I dont kniw what I should put behind it so that it doesn't fall on the streets.


I dont know if a portable one would be better.


Thanks for the compliment on the street view.


 


 

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 1 year ago.

Well Ill be sheep dipped! No return expiration! I like that!

No a portable one is not a good idea. Simply because you still have to exhaust the warm air out a window through a tube.

The AC units all come with hardware to mount them in the window and then seal up the sides. The use small expanding side parts that are easy to install.

What keeps the unit from falling out the window is the window itself on the top and a casement that the unit slips into that is mounted to the window frame by screws. The main unit then is slid into the casement and a screw or two keeps it in place.

Considering your plan the cheapo at BB&B will work just fine.

Please be sure to select a positive rating.

Best, Smitty

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi Smithy! Thanks for the answer again.


Please look at these 3 pictures.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96982319@N05/9229217974/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96982319@N05/9226432097/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96982319@N05/9226433785/
My girlfriend suggested that. I don't know the name of that in English though. The thing to expand on the wall with the hole for the tube. Do you know the name of that?
Also, could you help me find one of it but that is soundproof? I think that would solve my problem?

Thanks a lot

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 1 year ago.

It is just called a window adaptor.

The problem with these type of air conditioners is they have a catch bucket for the condensation. You have to manually empoty them and if they get too full the unit stops operating till it is emptied. This can happen at inconvient times as you can guess.

These units also do not have a good track record for being reliable. They tend to retain a lot of heat and that burns them up prematurely.

They also use up a lot more electricity as they have to first cool the ambient air, distribute it, and also vent the warm air to the outside through a tube.

They are not really portable as to move it you must disassemble the window adaptor and then reinstall it in the other rooms window.

Basically they are a pain in the backside, not energy efficient, and are prone to breakdowns and control issues.

As for the window adaptor they do not come in soundproof models. all they are is a plastic sheet that expands to fit the window.

Oh did I mention that these have a bad habit of not remaining secure in the window unless you run a couple of screws through them?

Stick with the window model. You will be better off for it.

If you want to sound proof the unit or the window adaptors just gwet some one or two inch thick styrofoam or foam rubber (from an old cushion works) apply some spray on 3M general piurpose adhesive and glue it to the parts you want to soundproof.

NOTE: DO NOT COVER THE AC VENTS! It will over heat the unit and can cause it to fail, or even catch fire in some cases.

Please let me know if you have any other immediate concerns.
If not please select a positive rating at this time. Doing so will not close your question, and after you rate my service you may ask any followup questions you like. All at no additional charge.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Best, Smitty
**How to rate your expert**

The Home Smithy, Home Appliance Technician
Category: Appliance
Satisfied Customers: 9508
Experience: 30 years repairing appliances
The Home Smithy and 2 other Appliance Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you for the expeditious answer. It's good to know you're out there and awake in the wee hours when I finally have time to ask questions about my Jenn Air. Jean Riverhead, NY
< Last | Next >
  • Thank you for the expeditious answer. It's good to know you're out there and awake in the wee hours when I finally have time to ask questions about my Jenn Air. Jean Riverhead, NY
  • You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future. Jimmy Bagley, IA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • John

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    13442
    Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/docjohn174/2008-12-13_170143_johnask.jpg John's Avatar

    John

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    13442
    Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/tomgoe/2011-01-04_021913_2008-03-03_183612_phpexrmok_c2pm.jpg Tom Goellner's Avatar

    Tom Goellner

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1191
    32 yrs. experience servicing major appliances and HVAC equipment.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MD/md2020/2012-6-6_20648_Selfpic.64x64.jpg Tyler Z.'s Avatar

    Tyler Z.

    Appliance Doc

    Satisfied Customers:

    51307
    7+ years being an appliance technician with factory training.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/bryanpaul52/2009-2-18_12031_0918081611.jpg Bryan's Avatar

    Bryan

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    11158
    15 yrs. experience as a certified appliance technician.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/SM/smitty1486/2011-3-1_0145_Snapshotofme1.64x64.png Kelly's Avatar

    Kelly

    Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    6493
    Highly accurate diagnostician with over 30 years experience!
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TH/TheHomeSmithy/2011-8-13_11146_homesmithy.500x500.64x64.jpg The Home Smithy's Avatar

    The Home Smithy

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    5935
    30 years repairing appliances
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TE/Teamcold/2012-6-15_15028_HomeRepairsquarecopy.64x64.jpg Barry G.'s Avatar

    Barry G.

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    5039
    27 years in home appliance repair. EPA refrigerant transition and recovery certification type I & II.
 
 
 

Related Appliance Questions