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    Default AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    Older house with pool. AC condensing unit located about 60' from home with line set and electrical buried under ground. Thoughts?

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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    I had the same question sometime ago.

    http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_i...-distance.html


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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    If I am not mistaken it is around 25 feet max before efficiency starts dropping of drastically/ Could be wrong


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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Menelly View Post
    If I am not mistaken it is around 25 feet max before efficiency starts dropping of drastically/ Could be wrong
    I think that might be true with a heatpump in the heating mode, but don't see any reason for A/C or heatpump in the cooling mode.


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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    Im not sure why someone would do this other than they dont like the look of a condensor or the noise. I saw plenty of places around the house where they could have put it with minimal visual exposure/noise. I believe the electrical is only ran in the flex (if even that once its underground, hard to say).

    At first, I thought I must be imagining things. I walked around the house several times before I finally found it (buried in a bunch of shrubbery). Also not an electrical disconnect in close proximity.


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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    Was the disconnect within sight of the unit?


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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    Where is the shut off ?

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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    No separate shut off, however the main panel was somewhat within the line of sight (if you removed the vegetation around the condensing unit).


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    Default Re: AC Condensor Location - This is a new one for me

    Quote Originally Posted by imported_John Smith View Post
    No separate shut off, however the main panel was somewhat within the line of sight (if you removed the vegetation around the condensing unit).
    Sounds like a judgement call, (IRC 4001.5 Disconnect in sight of equipment). I don't think I would write it up.


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    Default Re: AC Condenser Location - This is a new one for me

    From the other thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    Check the manufactures' "long line" requirements, both horizontal and vertical separation have to be considered.

    For example, here's Carrier's requirements for residential Puron units:

    http://www.xpedio.carrier.com/idc/gr...t/llgp-2xa.pdf
    Note line lengths of up to 200 feet (100 feet away), and up to 250 feet equivalent line lengths.

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