What is going on guys and welcome back to the channel! A couple of months ago, we were here at the beautiful Airbnb that we were fixing up, and now we are back for another exciting project. Today we will be installing and reviewing the Comfort Total Mini Split Air Conditioner, the cheapest one we could find on eBay for $500. This is a 12,000 BTU system that we will be putting into the Airbnb to keep it cool and comfortable for our guests. In this article, we will walk you through the installation process and give our honest review of this budget-friendly air conditioning system.
Unboxing and Initial Inspection
After unboxing the heavy unit, we realized that we needed to put a vacuum on the lines because if we got any kind of air in these lines with moisture, it would mix with the oil and create acid, which could burn up the compressor. So we brought our gauges to adapt to this system and ensure that our vacuum pump would fit these lines.
We then brought the unit inside the Airbnb to install it ourselves. For a quick update on the Airbnb, it’s looking really good after painting and adding furniture, and we are currently cleaning and getting it ready for guests.
Inside the box, we found a manual, screws, remote, batteries, tape, anchors, and other accessories needed for installation. We also received the refrigerant and drain lines, as well as the cable needed to connect the indoor and outdoor units.
Preparing the Units for Installation
The first thing we did was take apart the evaporator unit to understand how everything works and plan how to run the wires. We then connected the wires to the indoor unit according to the color code in the manual.
Afterward, we removed the plate from the back of the evaporator unit, which is used to mount the unit onto the wall. We prepared the refrigerant and drain lines, as well as measured where to drill a hole in the wall for them to pass through.
Drilling the Hole and Installing the Evaporator Unit
We carefully drilled a three-inch hole in the wall, making sure not to hit any studs. We then routed the lines through the hole and hung the evaporator unit onto the wall. When connecting the refrigerant lines, we used vice grips and crescent wrenches to ensure they were tight but careful not to overtighten and cause damage.
Electrical Connections and Vacuuming the Lines
With the evaporator unit in place, we worked on the electrical connections. We ran conduit from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit and installed an LB to keep everything neat and organized.
We then connected the wires and vacuumed the lines to make sure there was no moisture or air trapped inside. This was done using a Yellow Jacket vacuum pump, which we left running for about 30 minutes to ensure all moisture was removed from the system.
Charging and Testing the System
Once the electrical work and line vacuuming were complete, we turned on the breaker, set the remote control to a comfortable 72 degrees, and powered up the system. The indoor unit was extremely quiet, even on the highest fan speed setting.
We then went outside to check the noise level of the outdoor unit. To our surprise, it was incredibly quiet while still effectively blowing hot air away from the unit.
Final Thoughts and Review
In conclusion, we found the Comfort Total Mini Split Air Conditioner to be an excellent bargain for only $500. The installation process was straightforward and can be done by anyone with some DIY experience. The unit is very quiet, both inside and outside, making it perfect for an Airbnb setting. The only downside we found is that the system is not an inverter-type system, meaning its energy efficiency may not be as high as other models. However, considering the price and performance, we would give this air conditioner two thumbs up for anyone looking for an affordable way to keep their space cool and comfortable.
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