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I have a Kenmore model 106.97710530 5,000 BTU unit that was given to me by a friend. I have no owner's manual. Is it hazardous to your health to have the entire unit inside? Does it have to have the back on the outside of the house? I can't find a plug close enough to a window to mount it that way. What can I do?

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Hey there. What an air conditioner does is blow air across a coil which has cold refrigerant in it, removing the heat and blowing out the cooler air. The refrigerant then goes to the compressor which is basically a pump to move it. Next the refrigerant goes to another coil and air from outside is blown across it to remove the heat from it. Keeping nthe whole unit in the house will not accomplish any cooling. Actually, the compressor being a motor adds more heat to the refrigerant and you will end up heating your home instead of cooling. So in short, you need to find a way to have the backside of the unit outside. There are no health risks at all, it just will not work correctly.
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It may not be hazardous to your health, but it'll never work that way either. The back side has to go to the outside to discharge the heat that is being drawn out of the room. If you leave it inside, and factor in the heat of the unit running, the room will get hotter, not cooler. They do make extention cords specifically for window units. Check at one of the "Home Hardware" stores, e.g., Lowe's, H/Depot. That should get you chillin' in no time!
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