Installing a Window Air Conditioner

I have a window air conditioner that measures 20 inches in width X 14 inches high. However, the window I anticipate using for the installation is only 14 1/2 inches wide. What problems will it cause if I install the air conditioner vertically (sideways) instead of horizontally?

By Virginia from Brownsville, OR

January 3, 20100 found this helpful
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You risk your compressor failing. It is a balanced mechanism and having it side ways will eventually cause problems. This may not be true with newer model AC units (I am not familiar with any technological break throughs, if there are any).

I wouldn't chance it. If I was in this situation I would try to trade with someone who has a smaller unit that could utilize a larger one or I would buy a smaller unit and attempt to sell the larger one to get the money back for the smaller.

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January 4, 20100 found this helpful

That's exactly what I was wondering about, that you so much for helping me!

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