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Kept Barn Tack Room Cool for Two Summers
on June 6, 2011
This unit replaced a recently-non-functioning 15-year-old GE mechanical thermostat 5000 btu window a/c. (We have to lock up our barn cats in the 8x12x10h tack room at night to protect them from the local nocturnal predators (foxes, bobcat, coyote)). This new unit is smaller and a bit more-efficient than the one it replaced, which was a primary concern because of the very limited wattage available in the barn. It's great you can adjust both the auto cool fan speed and auto cool (on/off cycle) settings. So far, in the first week, it's working great. The most difficult thing about the installation was teaching the cats how to use a remote control.
Update 08/30/2012: Completing our second cooling season, and this unit is still working well. Cats have learned how to use the remote control!
Update 05/31/2013: Unfortunately, this unit doesn't cool on its own, now in its third season. As usual, it spent the winter out of the window, protected/covered in an outdoor shed. No external signs of a problem, but the compressor doesn't want to kick in. Have to lower the thermostat to the 60s and give the cabinet a fist-bump, and then it'll cool until it reaches the indicated temp, then the compressor won't come back on again.