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Nice older Gibson Air Sweep(?) window a/c.
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Post# 688896   7/12/2013 at 07:57 (3,538 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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For sale in Auburndale, WI.  Ad says it's 8100 BTU.

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Post# 688898 , Reply# 1   7/12/2013 at 08:05 (3,538 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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If you are gonna have an A/C....this is the one!.......

I had a gibson years ago......that AirSweep is the best....the fins move back and forth oscillating the air all was the best I ever had....could not find another one in good condition since.....suprised more manufacturers didn't offer that feature....

I just got a haier with the airsweep, only an 8000btu, but it is super nice to have that feature...

and I think the newer Friedrich's have an air sweep motion, when my 30,000 unit ever goes, that will be my next choice...

Post# 688902 , Reply# 2   7/12/2013 at 09:08 (3,538 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Gibson had a reputation for making good AC units. I don't know if they were as good as Friedrich, but they were expensive.

Post# 688910 , Reply# 3   7/12/2013 at 10:36 (3,538 days old) by A440 ()        

Did Gibson make the A/C units for Montgomery Wards Signature Brand? We had a few of the Signature window units and they look somewhat like this.
Very good air-conditioners.

Post# 688911 , Reply# 4   7/12/2013 at 10:41 (3,538 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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It's a pity it has a cobbled together grill.




Post# 688912 , Reply# 5   7/12/2013 at 10:49 (3,538 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The grill looks like someone cut it out of a fluorescent fixture grid for a suspended ceiling.

Post# 688966 , Reply# 6   7/12/2013 at 15:00 (3,537 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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I used to have a Mazda 929S that had ac vents that would swing back and forth. Spreading cool air throughout the cabin.


Post# 688972 , Reply# 7   7/12/2013 at 16:05 (3,537 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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yeah that grill doesn't look like the original.....I give an "A" for effort, it at least functions, maybe not the best looking, but works......

Malsom, a buddy of mine had a Mazda with that option too, again, the only one with that feature.....neat idea......

I remember the Renault Fuego Turbo, when you turned on the A/C, a little Penguin would pop out!.....

Post# 688998 , Reply# 8   7/12/2013 at 17:49 (3,537 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Mazda 626 also had/has the swinging louver feature.  Kept working through the 9 years I had the car.

Post# 689021 , Reply# 9   7/12/2013 at 19:09 (3,537 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

In 1985, Mazda did not put a filter screen over the power steering pump intake. A tiny particle got sucked into my brother's car's power steering and clogged a port, resulting in the wheels locking to the left which threw the car into the median, killing him. About a year after his death, a lawsuit against Mazda for the death of a man whose Mazda wound up upside down in Rock Creek where he died was won by the widow and the details came out. I am very glad that you all survived your Mazdas.

Post# 689059 , Reply# 10   7/12/2013 at 23:28 (3,537 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Tom, that is a sad, sad story.  I'm surprised there wasn't a class action suit against Mazda, but perhaps incidents were infrequent enough to skirt a recall and any resulting litigation.


We bought an '85 Audi 5000 wagon in 1987 or so, at the height of the commotion/recall over unintended acceleration.  It was a great deal, of course, and a very comfortable car that didn't give us much grief at all.  We put over 100K miles on it before trading it in.  Once on a hot day when we swung by to pick up dry cleaning, Dave went in and left the car running while I sat in the passenger's seat and waited.  Out of the blue, just sitting there, the car went from idling to super high RPM and then down again.  It never did it again.   By that time the car had over 100K miles on it.  That was proof enough to me that Audi's claims of drivers mistakenly hitting the gas pedal were total BS, and I was vigilant with the car from that day forward.


Getting back to the A/C discussion . . . In the late-ish 80's I rented a Mazda that had the sweep feature on the A/C.  I couldn't help but wonder why more car makers didn't offer it, and can't recall if it was possible to shut off the sweep action if you wanted to keep it aimed in one spot.


We got a very small Sharp window A/C unit from Dave's daughter and son-in-law this past April when they moved into their new house, which has central air.  The Sharp has louvers that can be aimed but don't sweep, which is perfect for our situation.  The two small bedrooms upstairs, one of which we use as our office, can be uncomfortable on hot days and the Sharp can get both of them cooled down with the louvers aimed to direct the air flow across the hallway.  This will go down as the most comfortable summer upstairs in the 85+ year history of this house.

Post# 689070 , Reply# 11   7/13/2013 at 00:05 (3,537 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Tom, what a tragic tale.  Sorry about your brother.  Thank You for sharing with us.  Seems many times a tale of caution gets swept under the rug by big Money.  Was Gibson the AC company that advertized the "panic button" really only the high speed blower speed.    alr

Post# 689140 , Reply# 12   7/13/2013 at 09:16 (3,537 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Panic Button was a Whirlpool thing.

Post# 689263 , Reply# 13   7/14/2013 at 05:54 (3,536 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Thanks Glenn, I always thought that was a great marketing gimmick. Arthur

Post# 689264 , Reply# 14   7/14/2013 at 06:04 (3,536 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Gibson Air Sweep

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Post# 689492 , Reply# 15   7/15/2013 at 07:16 (3,535 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Gibson A/Cs

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Gibson made the lower line of Sears window A/Cs from the late 1960s onward [ the better units were Whirlpool built ], Gibson became part of WCI and built a lot of window A/Cs. They were fairly good performing A/Cs but tended to rust out and were difficult to repair because of all the rust, they certainly were not as well built as WP and GE window A/Cs were. The Air-Sweep feature was a big Gibson thing, fortunately you could turn it off, I either want cool air blowing on me or not, not blowing on me 1/2 the time. I cannot imagine a car with that feature, it is easy to see why no one does it today, it would probably cause an accident.

Post# 689502 , Reply# 16   7/15/2013 at 08:53 (3,535 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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John does have somewhat a point.....

I do like the AirSweep feature and motion to distrute the air......

but also recall my fathers answer to not having A/C, a simple oscillating fan will keep you cool he claims......

so there we all were in the living room, sitting on the floor watching if waiting for a bus!......Wondering when is THAT air flow gonna get here!

Post# 689587 , Reply# 17   7/15/2013 at 17:22 (3,534 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Or how about this nice older 5,000 BTU Kenmore a/c.  No pesky electronic controls to deal with.  Make an offer.

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Post# 689589 , Reply# 18   7/15/2013 at 17:26 (3,534 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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How about a Whirlpool 8,000 BTU a/c for those of us that have casement windows?  The answer to your prayers, and only $40.  For sale by the same person that has the Kenmore a/c posted above.

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Post# 689593 , Reply# 19   7/15/2013 at 17:38 (3,534 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Here is a casement window unit you don't see every day.  Ad says Coldspot, but pic clearly shows Coolerator on the unit.  A 5,200 BTU a/c for $47.  Odd price but WTH.

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Post# 689600 , Reply# 20   7/15/2013 at 17:49 (3,534 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Now THAT's a CarryCool....or at least Sears versin of it....seems a little big in size for a 5000btu.....

but it does offer 2 speeds for fan and cooling, and a vent feature....

even for a bedroom.....I neve found between 4 and 6000btu's effective, seems like the ran all the time to keep up......where as most 8 to 12000btu's seemed to handle rooms well, and cycle on and off......

now my 30,000btu cool my entire downstairs, with no issues, on LOW.....its set to EnergySaver, so fan and compressor shut is chilly, but it hardly thats energy saving if you ask me!

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