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4.0 out of 5 stars What you should be aware, 1 July 2010
This review is from: Split Wall Mounted Air Conditioner
This is the first air conditioner I have installed. I have no special skills other than in electrical systems so this was all new to me.

Installation-
The first thing that one should be aware of is that the piping, control cable and drain pipe require a 650mm hole to pass through any wall. Production of this size hole through a red brick wall in my case was the hardest part of the installation as this required special drills and drill bits to be hired.

The distance from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit has to be carefully calculated as the units only come with 4 metres of pipes and control cable. I found that it was best to install the outdoor unit and the pipes first before installing the indoor unit. This way you know how much pipe is available.

The pipes are delivered in two coils. All the connectors are fitted. I found it easier to use an adjustable spanner on these connectors as there was no consistency in the size of the connectors.

The installation instructions mention about being careful not to kink or compress the pipes. This was worrying as the pipes are covered in insulation. Also the average person does not have the tools to correct this problem. However, as long as one follows the recommended instructions for bending and straightening the pipes, it is quite simple.

I installed the units myself but have decided that it would be better to have two sets of hands when the pipes are connected to the indoor unit. One person to hold the indoor unit and the other to connect the pipes. It is also helpful when checking for leaks. Access to the pipe connections is difficult once the unit is one the wall.
It took me a week to install mainly as I could only spend an hour a day on installation. With what I know now I would speculate that it could be easily done in a day.

The installation instructions are comprehensive and made a lot of sense after reading through them quite a few times. The pictures could have been better and a bit more explanation of why you were doing something would have been nice.

One further note, the electrical cable for powering up the unit is only just long enough to reach from the interior unit's installed location on the wall to the floor. Unless the power socket is directly below the indoor unit, this cable will have to be extended.

Operation -
The best thing I can say about this unit is it is extremely quiet. Yes it does heating, cooling, and dehumidifying. It has three fan speeds and something called turbo. The only problem is you can't do anything with it without the remote control.

If I had a choice of installing one of these units, despite all the hassles associated, over having an equivalent portable air conditioner, I would go with this split wall unit just because it is so quiet.

Value for money -
For what the unit does it is good value for money. Before I bought this unit, I compared it to similar units that did the same thing but seemed to be twice or even three times the price for no apparent reason. There was no logical reason why not to go with this unit.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2011 08:46:45 BDT
A. Tierney says:
Really helpful review, thanks.

I've not put a Toshiba unit in, but have installed Mitsubishi ones, and I think you mean a 65mm (6.5cm) hole.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 11:55:33 GMT
DB2020 says:
Most definately... a 650mm diamond core drill is a sight to behold... never mind the bolt-on machine that goes with it... usually driven by hydraulics by that size.

A standard domestic 780-850W SDS or Percussion drill running NOT in hammer mode will run a 65mm or similar diamond (not TCT) core drill with arbor (usually sold separately, you need 150mm extension for most walls) will go through most bricks without difficulty. Such a core drill bit from Blue Spot or similar is about £15, not much

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 12:22:17 GMT
I think you mean 65mm hole :)

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 11:52:10 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
Great review which just goes to show - installing a 'split level' air con is not easy. At least two people are usually required and even then, with two or three professional installers working on it, it can usually take (at least!) half a working day to complete - which is one of the reasons why installing aircondioners is costly. All the same, once installed, the pleasantness of knowing that no evening can be too hot is, however, worth it.

By the way...

If anyone is aware of well recommended professionals who can install these (or any other split level system) for a very competitive price, in your region, then, by all means, please do let folks know who they should contact. Otherwise buyers could be taking on more than they imagined and could become prey to sharks....

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 22:38:11 BDT
M. Georgiou says:
Id charge about £250 to fit this in N.Lincs area. :)
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