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I would be square dancing with that thing everytime I wanted to move across the floor.


good luck with the next contractor, hopefully you can get a reasonable price from him.
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First I need 12,000 btu, those units you linked to cost an arm and 2 legs to run (there is no sense buying a unit that is too small and running it 24/7 and still only getting a big electricity bill) and with 10 full size PC's in the room already I would be square dancing with that thing everytime I wanted to move across the floor. I need a way to pull the hot air out of the room and exhaust it to the outside then replace it with refridgerated air,something your suggestion will not do Unfortunately the room is taxed out as far as 115v power goes and it is clearly stated "no extension cords'.
Wow. Really? I thought it was a good suggestion. Until you stated that you are running 10 rigs (that would have been useful info to post). You were looking for a suggestion to cool a room you were folding in. He provided one. Also "no extension cords" was no where in your previous posts. And the AC he linked would not violate your HOA. Unless they don't let you to even open your windows (it just vents the hot air out the window) . Also a 12,000 BTU portable AC would cost you significantly less than $1700 you stated was your cost in the OP. Just what do you want?
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First I need 12,000 btu, those units you linked to cost an arm and 2 legs to run (there is no sense buying a unit that is too small and running it 24/7 and still only getting a big electricity bill) and with 10 full size PC's in the room already I would be square dancing with that thing everytime I wanted to move across the floor. I need a way to pull the hot air out of the room and exhaust it to the outside then replace it with refridgerated air,something your suggestion will not do Unfortunately the room is taxed out as far as 115v power goes and it is clearly stated "no extension cords'.
In your OP you said you were looking for something to help out with the central AC, and made no mention of how many systems you were running in the room, or what the BTUH requirement was.

Small portable AC units work pretty well for seasonal cooling help in home offices, etc., in many situations where people, for whatever reason, can't use a window AC unit, and don't want the expense of a more permanent installation.
They come in a variety of BTUH capacities and configurations.
They are becoming really popular as backup cooling for small server rooms.

I do HVAC work professionally, and my company has a few portable AC systems we use to get temporary cooling to customers in emergencies.

IMO, the best solution for your cooling needs would probably be a ductless split system.
They are quiet, very efficient, only require a 3" hole in the wall, and only the outdoor unit requires wiring from the house electrical system.

You didn't indicate what kind of system your $1700 quote was for, but if it is for a ductless split system + electrical supply, that is pretty darn cheap.
That price point makes it sound more like you are looking at a "through the wall" or PTAC unit.
While they are less expensive than a ductless split, they are more invasive (giant hole in the wall), transmit much more noise into the room, and are less energy efficient.
Edited by Caleal - 6/19/11 at 12:10am
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The statement about "no extension cords" is in the specs for the unit Caleal linked me too. You should give the specs. a read along with the comments from people that state that unit simply does not work and had to be taken back.I have recieved a estimate on a split system and it is 2600.00. I believe I am in the best position to conclude if having this unit exhaust in the window violates my HOA rules as I have both read them and been told this by the committie.The unit has ductwork the aids in moving the hot air out the window,it is this ductwork that would be visible. Several comments are made in the apprasials of the unit on how cheap and useless this ductwork really was. A simple read of the specs for that unit I was linked too (good for 200 square ft) makes me sure you did not read them before posting.

My 12,000 btu unit is 530.00 inclusive tax and the rest is for installation and running the 230 30A service 70ft and an additional 115 15 A service line.
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You never said how big your room was, or how many rigs you have in one room (), or the BTUH rating, so I'm not sure why you're getting so angry at one response. It seemed like a more mature reply might have been "Thanks, but sorry, that AC unit won't cut it... I'm looking for a 12,000 BTU rated blah blah blah..."

I'm also having trouble understanding how your HA would allow you to run a new 30A conduit, and rip a large hole in a wall, but don't want something visible out of a window

How big is your room, if you can have 10 full rigs in it? And are you deaf??
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Not to side rail what's already been pushed off course but I would LOVE to see pics of 10 rigs in one room. That must be insane

Also go for it. Get the AC installed. Blow all your money now and worry about it later. Worked for me in the past
    
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^ This is what I was hinting at pics!
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If you have a garage have you considered putting them outside? Even with Arizona type summer temps a WC setup should still be sufficient to keep the chips cool.

edit- If you are running a 230 line couldn't you also run the PC's on 230 giving an additional savings to bring into the equation.
Edited by dave12 - 6/19/11 at 6:57am
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My 12,000 btu unit is 530.00 inclusive tax and the rest is for installation and running the 230 30A service 70ft and an additional 115 15 A service line.
$1170 for the electrical work strikes me as being very high, but I haven't seen what is required to run it.
Get more estimates.

FYI, most of the negative "user reviews" on retailer sites are pretty worthless because they are, more often then not, written by idiots that had problems due to user error or bad application.

Those LG units are not the very best available, but they do work well for their intended application.

The duct from them also doesn't have to be run out a window, they work just the same if the duct is run up into the attic.

At any rate, I didn't see your 2nd post about the maxed out 115v circuit in the room, and you didn't really give any details about how much heat needed to be dealt with.

I was just throwing the portable AC unit out as an idea to consider.
If you don't like the idea, just ignore it.
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... and post pics!
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