Window air conditioner as heat pump

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On 3/22/2012 6:18 AM, snipped-for-privacy@krl.org wrote:

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On 3/20/2012 9:23 AM, snipped-for-privacy@krl.org wrote:

The thermostat on your AC is designed to cut off the compressor when the indoor temp is below a certain temperature. In this case that is the outdoor temp, so if it was cooler than say 65 outside, it won't run. The fan may run, but not the compressor.
So, what happens if you bypass the thermostat? Because heat pump temperatures are much lower than when you are air conditioning, pumping heat from an already cool place will drive the evaporator below freezing, and freeze up the coils.
Heat pumps have a defrost cycle (a temporary reversal usually) to counter the evaporator freezing. Your window AC does not.
Note that window ACs usually have bent over fins, from handling. What could have been a good AC won't work well with obstructed air flow through the condenser. Fixing fins and cleaning coils is basic maintenance.
Use your AC for what it was designed for. Get a space heater.
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first question how much time do you plan to spend in the basement and how often? Could be a space hearter will do just what yo need.
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You been a bit busy with no heat calls? This one also from some weeks ago. And, you're right, a space heater would be a good investment.
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