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We are wanting to build a deck in the backyard and the best location would be around the a/c unit.  It would not be built over it, but strictly around it.  Is this feasible if by chance the a/c unit might have to be replaced at sometime?  The deck would not be any higher than 18 inches off the ground.  Would it be possible to lift the a/c unit out if it needed to be replaced?  Thank you

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I suggest you have the outside unit moved before building the deck.. You should ideally have NOTHING about the exterior fan on top of the unit, so as not to restrict the expelled air to cool the compressor.  I am guessing that this is a split-system, which means you have a second unit somewhere inside like in your attic or closet.  I hope so, because then it will be easier to relocate.  The copper lines and electrical box and adjoining wiring can be extended to move the system.  Eventually, the unit WILL need to be replaced and to do the work now with some foresight makes it not only easier for the technician but also cheaper for you.  If you decide to not move it which I advise against, you really should have at least 30 inches of clearance above the unit and at least 36 inches all around the unit, and normal codes where I work in Florida specify at least 18 inches off the firewall of your home.  That is if you have 36 on the OTHER three sides.  Call a contractor, because it involves pumping freon, pouring a new slab, extending copper lines, wires, possibly a new disconnect box, mounting said box, insulating, mounting the unit, and troubleshooting to be certain the unit is working perfectly after the job.  If you are in South FLorida, I'd be happy to come take a look and give you a number comparable to other contractors.  You HAVE to used someone licensed for this, there is no way around it.  You may even need to pull permits to actually move the system depending on what county you are in.  

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I will be happy to answer any basic HVAC question by a homeowner, installer, or technician about their split-system maintenance, repair, and installation. I would not be willing to do extensive research into the particulars of a specific system, but any homeowner looking to get questions answered about why we contractors charge what we do, explanations of why a certain part is needed, how to improve indoor air quality and basic repair. I specialize in ELECTRIC HEAT and HEATPUMPS...NOT gas or oil. Although I may be able to answer the odd question about gas and oil, please do not ask me questions pertaining to them because I am not an expert in that aspect of the field.

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I repaired my father's unit when I was 9, and always had an interest in the field. Became a helper at 16, and am now a certified contractor for residential systems in HVACR. So I have over 20 years experience in the field, and add about 7 more of just dabbling and study.

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ACCA, Rheem Team, Trane Certified Contractors, Nordyne Distributors, a host of others.

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HVAC Insider, A/C Experts, HVAC Contractor South Florida, mentioned as a reference in Trane Instructional Videos 2-5. My company was recognized in HVAC Insider in 2008, 2009, 2010, etc. I am personally mentioned in the articles pertaining to my awards.

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EPA, Journeyman, Licensed contractor, NATE, Puron, Trane, Carrier, Rheem Team.

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I won the ACCA technician award on the state-wide level 8 years running. This is the all-around A/C repair competition where most large companies each send their best guy to compete for the plaque. I am 12-for-17, rated as the #1 technician in Florida. I have the plaque to prove it. **I placed second in 2011, ending my 9 year run. But won it again in 2012, and the award should arrive in late January.

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Tommy Lee Jones, Santana Moss, Wayne Brandy, Jennifer Lien, Patrick Stewart, Jason Taylor, Kirsten Dunst, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Robert Picardo, Ethen Phillips, Ashley Judd, Debbie Gibson among others.

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