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  1. #1
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    AC Installation Location

    I'm getting an AC installed and I'm trying to decide if the unit should be installed on the wall or on a ground ground pad. Thing is the unit is getting installed on the exterior wall of our master bedroom. So I want to keep the noise/vibrations down. I would like to wall mount to keep it clean but if it's noisy I would rather want it on the ground. How bad would it be?

    any opinions???

    Thanks!

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    I would never mount a condenser on the wall of a bedroom.
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    Unless you have some crazy ordinance that says you cant put it on the ground, put it on the ground, with a slab at least 2" larger that the unit in all directions. Don't run the slab up against the house foundation.

    The only condensers I would mount on a wall bracket are mini-splits. Most of the time you can't even tell they are running, so noise is not a problem.
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    Done! On the ground it's going thanks!

    What about concord vs Payne?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallicon View Post
    Done! On the ground it's going thanks!

    What about concord vs Payne?


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    that's cheap vs. cheaper.
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    Payne is cheaper then concord? I live in Sudbury Ontario and the severe cooling season is only about 3-4 weeks and I've been told that's not a lot of wear and tear so it's not worth the money to go for a top name brand. Or am I getting fooled?

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    Payne and Concord are both bottom feeders..that being said as long as either is installed correctly they should be fine with your short summers.
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    Any recommendation on mid grade brands?

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    most big names have lesser known names.
    trane/american standard
    york/luxaire
    carrier/bryant I think..
    and others..just don't know all the sister brands.

    same on the inside as far as working componets
    just more bells and whistles for more expensive
    big brand.

    install is the key, you can have a top of the line
    with a bad install and you got crap.
    knowing that the tech/installer knows what they are
    doing is golden.

    people love some brands and hate others..
    doesn't mean one is better than the other in most
    cases. just personal prefrence.
    I'm not a fan of Rheem/Ruud. but its because
    any tom dick or harry can go the one of the local
    supply houses and buy one. then hack the install.
    makes work for someone
    ..but at a big extra cost to the homeowner.

    best of luck.
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    I agree with Energy Rater. All units are good and all units are crap. Depends on the install. BTW Payne is also made by Carrier. On the residential end I don't prefer one brand over another, but that is a different story in commercial. All residential warrantys are about the same too.

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    Should I worry about the "silent" rated units or is that just a sales angle? Since its going on my bedroom wall I don't want to get annoyed by it.

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    Payne or Concord?

    Payne is a sub-name of Carrier.

    Concord is a sub-name of AlliedAir, which is owned by Lennox.

    Choose your 'economy brand name'... because mostly all you are choosing is a name. AS noted above; the guts inside are mostly the same across all 50-something names, which are built by 8 manufacturers.

    As Energy Star Rater noted above: Installation is the key.

    Personally; I have been through the AlliedAir manufacturing plant in Columbia SC... they run a tight ship with lots of attention to quality control. I have been through a few other plants also... and honestly AlliedAir is the product I would buy if it were me.
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    I've never heard of Concord or AlliedAir.
    must be a regional thing??
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