Since this issue has brought upon such a major discussion, I indicated the
main reason shortly after posting the question. That reason is potential
work to the deck which would require the removal of the unit. IMO, that's
good enough for me as I have been in situations which add a greater length
of time and problems to remove/dismantle objects to simply get at an easier
My home is a small bungaloe on a small lot. This means I have roughly 2 feet
of grass on the west side next to my neighbors driveway, my driveway next to
my neighbor's grass on the east side, my front to the south and my back to
the north. The deck extends the entire width the rear of the house. Part of
the deck (6 x 6) is elevated to the sliding glass doors, which also extends
out farther than the rest of the house, then it lowers to the rest and
retracts back to the house leaving a corner section by a basement window
where the dryer vent is located. Therefore, one reason it's not in that
corner is due to that dryer vent and window. Thus, leaving the only option
to the west side rear corner of the house.
The open deck area will be filled with a base, then a pad for the condenser
and the condenser itself, which will most likely be even with the deck level
or even exceed slightly above it.
We've had a few companies provide estimates and the prognosis was roughly
the same. The actually installer of the company we chose visited our home to
confirm placement of items, therefore, it wasn't just the advice of the
I do appreciate those who provide insight, but to assume there are other
options without actually viewing the entire area or knowing the entire issue
is presumptuously aloof. Besides, the question was about drilling into the
brick/foundation or not.
Overall, the unit is a Lennox Whisper Quiet system which claims to top out
at 67 decibels. I wouldn't consider that a loud system. I can also build
small decorated wall panels on the deck to encase it if needed.
Thank you all for your input. Search for my next topic regarding my question
about my gas pipes.