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    Space in inches maximum that an outdoor unit should sit from an outside wall?

    How far from a home, minimum and maximum should an outside unit's base pad be? How far should that unit itself be from any wall?

    From other things, other units?

    I feel that my units are too from from my home. Looks strange from the street. Might be violating a HOA code, and kids could go back there and play. Too much room.

    My base pad is at 21 inches from (home) outside wall and my unit on the pad starts at about 23 inches from (home) outside wall.

    My neighbors pad starts at about 12 inches from his home. Looks much more professional. Not an eye sore.

    How much space do the XB13's need around them?

    Min?

    Max?

    Thx.

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    How many more problems are you going to find????????


    Why is all this coming up now??????


    Trane systems I believe is 12 inches. I prefer at least 18. The more, the better.



    What else are you going to find wrong with your system?

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    For the most part, 12" is the standard minimum with 6-8" acceptable by most manufacturer's for one side to be from a corner wall if the other side is at least 12".

    Only for the purpose of not leaving room for people to get between the unit and the wall, taking a chance on damaging the unit, is there a maximum. There really is no maximum as far as manufacturer's or operation of the unit is concerned.

    If there are maximums from the HOA or local codes, then you should be asking them, not us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoBoTeq View Post

    For the most part, 12" is the standard minimum with 6-8" acceptable by most manufacturer's for one side to be from a corner wall if the other side is at least 12".

    Only for the purpose of not leaving room for people to get between the unit and the wall, taking a chance on damaging the unit.
    Exactly.

    So 21" to 23" is leaving a bigger than needed empty gap.

    Looks awkward/sloppy instead of being tucked neatly into the side of the house.

    Kids will run back there, plenty of room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clorox View Post
    Exactly.

    So 21" to 23" is leaving a bigger than needed empty gap.

    Looks awkward/sloppy instead of being tucked neatly into the side of the house.

    Kids will run back there, plenty of room.
    i try to keep all condensers i install at 24in off the house

    I will go 12 when there is a space restrition becuase of set back codes

    the more room the better for air and mainly for servicing

    try to clean or work on a unit that is close to the house.

    i find it amazing one of the most used things in a house is an eye sore and people try to restrict the hell out of it because they dont want it seen

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    Always try for 24 inches.
    PITA to clean the coil if its only 12" from the wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clorox View Post
    Kids will run back there, plenty of room.
    closer to the house makes for a better hiding spot for the kids when they play hide and seek



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    16 in min per code here now a day's. 24 is a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iraqveteran View Post
    How many more problems are you going to find?.
    i wonder if the unit color matches the house?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Airmechanical View Post
    i wonder if the unit color matches the house?



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    I doubt it. He's plannin on having it painted at the end of summer. Paint might fade.
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    What are we doing??

    Trying to transfer the MAX heat to air possible at the condenser.

    Therefore as much room as possible, not under decks, low overhangs,
    tight against buildings. I've even seen fences built around them cause they are so cute!! And cut back the bushes.

    Cut the airflow and the heat from the house cant excape... so its not as efficient:..

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    You know its always amazed me that a customer will wash and wax a 3000.00 car. But want t hide a 5000.00 a/c system. I would want to show it off. Just love holly bushes planted around condensing, Because some alarm company said it would prevent someone from looking in your window. Always found the action on a twelve gauge pump works best.

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    I usually go around 24" out from the house makes servicing them easier. Tell the kids to stay away from your unit, its not something they should be playing around anyway.
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