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Bonaire Durango 5,900 CFM 3-Speed Window Evaporative Cooler
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Bonaire Durango

5,900 CFM 3-Speed Window Evaporative Cooler

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Durango's Best Window/Wall Evaporative cooler. Slim attractive design Easy to install and maintain cools up to 1900 sq. ft. Save hundreds of Dollars over Refrigerated A/C. A Green Healthy Alternative for the 21st Century.

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does it have a drain or does it use all of the water it takes in?

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October 2, 2015
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It has a drain
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The float has to be adjusted, so the water level doesn't get to high. Some water has to be bled off, to keep mineral build up low, especially in hard water areas. If you have things adjusted right it will run a long time without having to mess with it. It's not rocket science, and if you go thru the install manual first, you shouldn't have any problems. Use a level to check before you screw it to the Read More
The float has to be adjusted, so the water level doesn't get to high. Some water has to be bled off, to keep mineral build up low, especially in hard water areas. If you have things adjusted right it will run a long time without having to mess with it. It's not rocket science, and if you go thru the install manual first, you shouldn't have any problems. Use a level to check before you screw it to the wall. Read Less
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August 15, 2015
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Actually, there is no "Drain". But I have drained the unit by removing the bleed adapter. Unfortunately, you have to take the unit apart to do that. (More work than it's worth) However, after the summer hot weather goes away, I will take it apart, drain the water, and clean out any dirt, since it can get nasty cold in my area, and ice could damage some parts in the unit.
BTW: The unit uses water in two
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Actually, there is no "Drain". But I have drained the unit by removing the bleed adapter. Unfortunately, you have to take the unit apart to do that. (More work than it's worth) However, after the summer hot weather goes away, I will take it apart, drain the water, and clean out any dirt, since it can get nasty cold in my area, and ice could damage some parts in the unit.
BTW: The unit uses water in two ways. First the water evaporation cools the air, so water is used. Second, the bleed system removes minerals from the water that are built up due to evaporation.
Example: If you put some water in a glass and wait until the water is gone, you will see a residue in the bottom of the glass. The residue is the minerals in the water. What you don't see is as the water is evaporating the concentration of minerals in the left over water increases dramatically.
The bleed brings in "Fresh" water to dilute the concentration preventing the minerals from building up too fast on the cooling pads of the unit. All evaporative units have a bleed system. Read Less
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August 1, 2015
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It does drain a ton of water, and we are still getting a build of calcium in addition to it ruining and soaking the whole area below it from this draining.
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July 4, 2015
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This cooler does have a bleed drain. It continuously drains about 1 gallon per hour to prevent mineral buildup in the cooler. We connected ours to a hose and ran it into the garden.
It also has an overflow drain connected to the same fitting on the bottom of the cooler. The overflow drain doesn't or shouldn't drain continuously.
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June 30, 2015
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This model uses the water that it takes in.
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June 30, 2015
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Yes it has a drain tube about 3/4" dia. It is a hollow tube that allows overflow if it gets too high ie the float sticks or whatever. (I've never seen it happen though) You could run a smaller tube thru it to allow a purge if wanted.
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how come water comes out the little black hose in the over flow, can this be stopped

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You need that little bit of drops, DONT PLUG IT!!!, all water has mineral in it of some kind and this drops those out there. IF NOT WILL PLUS UP YOUR STSTEM OVER TIME!
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As the water evaporates to cool the air it leaves minerals behind that build up in the remaining water. The water coming out of the hose is to allow some of those minerals to be washed out of the system to help prevent them from building up on and prolong the life of the pads. you can always attach an additional length of hose to divert the water to a tree/ garden so the water doesn't go to waste.
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August 26, 2015
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It is used to bleed off water to keep minerals from building up in the unit. A good fast drip should be sufficient. If you have to, add some extra hose to get it away from the house.
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August 15, 2015
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The reason for the bleed hose (Black hose) is to remove the minerals that accumulate in the water due to the evaporative cooling process. If the bleed hose becomes restricted or plugged, then the minerals will accumulate on the cooling pads and make the pads ineffective. What one may see is a white crust building on the outside pad. If the crust continues to increase, then the bleed hole needs to be Read More
The reason for the bleed hose (Black hose) is to remove the minerals that accumulate in the water due to the evaporative cooling process. If the bleed hose becomes restricted or plugged, then the minerals will accumulate on the cooling pads and make the pads ineffective. What one may see is a white crust building on the outside pad. If the crust continues to increase, then the bleed hole needs to be larger. (Lets more water out of the unit) This can happen if the water is "Hard" like it is in my area since I am on well water. I am currently installing a water softener, and will use "House" water to operate the unit with, hopefully, less minerals. Note: Softened water may not be good for plants due to the salt content, but I will find out soon enough. Read Less
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August 4, 2015
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read the instructions
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July 21, 2015
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Hi, That is a bleed off hose, it is key to the life of the pads. It will remove the old condensed water that is full of minerals, not allowing a build up of scale on the pads or inside the cooler. you really don't want to stop it. I have a plastic tub to catch the extra water. I use the water for my trees.
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Can this unit fit in my window?

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June 29, 2015
I have a 21-1/2 inch wide window opening. There is an inch more clearance on the inside. Could I angle this cooler in and it fit? I know it says 22 inch min. width opening, but it looks like from the photos that the 22 inch includes a lip which would not interfere with the opening.
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July 6, 2016
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I went into the store to measure this and it actually needs 22 inches with the front cover on but that cover can actually go on on the inside of your window after the opening!
The exact measurement that you actually need for the window opening is 19.5 inches or more.
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Depends on the dimensions of your window
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Yes, if your window will open at least 22 inches. The ducting section is a bit smaller. Unfortunately, I have the exact dimensions at my other house, but if my memory serves me, I think it was about 19 inches, so I believe it will fit. Of course, the fan control/louver assembly can be removed and later installed allowing it to fit nicely.
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take the front cover off it has 4 screws
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take the front cover off 4 screws
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Can you place the unit in the direct sunlight?

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Yes, np at all
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I installed mine in direct sunlight on an east facing wall. I do intend to shade it.
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Hi Dave, I don't see why not. What I might do is get 4-8 small eye screws and install some sunscreen around your cooler. It will probably help you Durango cool just a bit better. At the end of the summer leave the eyehooks and unclip your improvised clips from the sunscreen and store it with the cooler.
Again, if anyone knows where to buy discounted filters that will work with the Durango's let me Read More
Hi Dave, I don't see why not. What I might do is get 4-8 small eye screws and install some sunscreen around your cooler. It will probably help you Durango cool just a bit better. At the end of the summer leave the eyehooks and unclip your improvised clips from the sunscreen and store it with the cooler.
Again, if anyone knows where to buy discounted filters that will work with the Durango's let me know.
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The housing is made of plastic which can deteriorate with heat and Sunlight over time. I advise you to either place the unit in a shady location, or built a shaded cover for the unit. My unit is a wall mounted unit, so I purposely built one to cover my unit since it will get enough Sunlight during the morning and afternoon. Also, my area has enough dust that can plug the pads sooner than I would like, so Read More
The housing is made of plastic which can deteriorate with heat and Sunlight over time. I advise you to either place the unit in a shady location, or built a shaded cover for the unit. My unit is a wall mounted unit, so I purposely built one to cover my unit since it will get enough Sunlight during the morning and afternoon. Also, my area has enough dust that can plug the pads sooner than I would like, so I will eventually totally enclose the unit while using a large replaceable furnace filter to keep the dust out. I also plan for a door to keep out the winter cold that will also cover the filter. Read Less
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5,900 CFM 3-Speed Window Evaporative Cooler is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 85.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do it and don't look back. This has been the best cooler I've ever owned. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner. 800 square foot house, 6400 cubic feet. On high, it blows all of the hot air out in under one minute. You can turn it on high, run to the front door, feel hot air go out, then cold air starts. It's awesome. "How does it compare with a roof unit" It makes a lot more noise than a roof unit because it has a circular fan near a grille instead of a squirrel cage. If I left the thing running non-stop like my old side draft roof unit, that would be a problem, but It works so well, that's not an issue. What I like about this unit -This unit has a plastic drain tube on the bottom. I tighten it hand-tight and it does its job without rusting tight like on some units I've had before. I went on a trip for two weeks. I came back and drained the water in five minutes without needing tools, so you don't get the swampy smell of algae. -The water inlet sticks out on the right hand side of the unit when looked at from the outside, easy to reach. -You can see the water wick into the pads. -The vent can blow straight into the room, or divert half left, half right, so you can aim down a hallway or a door. -It's a window unit, I just walk outside and keep it well maintained. I fill a 5-gallon bucket and all of my empty water bottles with the bleed line, and then give the water to the apricot tree, or make some roundup for yard care. -It's plastic. No more rust! I need to UV treat it or put some shade around it so it doesn't get sun beaten. Things that can be changed in the future: -I'd like it if the outer portion containing the rigid pads didn't have the hose to the pump connected to it. It makes assembly a "Fiddly" process for just one person.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy User In line with other users when the unit was installed there was water coming from the top to the outside of it. We found by moving the pad up a small amount that the problem was solved. That is we took the pad on the side that the problem was and put it closer to the water hitting it before it splashed outside. Would like to hear if others have found a cover to keep dirt and bugs from entering the unit. Also, it would be good to have a cover for the inside in the winter. Cools great!
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cooler I bought this for our 1830 s.f. house in Fresno, CA. it works great the keys are though: *Check proper flow: most know but some don't, you cannot run a swap cooler without opening some windows or doors. ***TO TEST IF YOU HAVE THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF AIR FLOW***** 1.)Open a few windows approx. 1 foot each. 2.)Next Place a Dollar Bill on the window screen of the open window and --if-- it sticks in place, open another window. 3.) Keep doing this until the bill will begin to slide down the screen and is not held in place by the pressure. This will ensure you have to perfect amount of air flow and the cooler runs at peak efficancy. THIS IS WHERE MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE ISSUES STEM FROM AND IS EASY TO FIX. Doing this will ensure air feel nice and cool with no stickiness. Feels just like an A/C! Also: *Google Images for "Swamp Cooler Temperature Conversion Chart". This graph will show you exactly how cold your air specifclly will be coming out so decide if it will be worth it for your area. Plus it is super easy to determine! *Run over night on low to get actually house cool (walls, ceiling, etc). Hope this helps!!!!
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very impressive unit I live in the Mojave Desert and experience around 100 days per year of 100 degree plus temperatures. I installed this unit for a number of reasons. It is a window unit and easy to service, SCE has a rebate that this unit qualifies for, it's plastic and won't corrode. This was meant to be a supplement cooler to assist my existing roof mounted unit. We were happy to find that we barely needed to roof unit once the Bonaire was installed. It's a good performer and has become our primary cooler for the whole house. We only run it on mid speed and it does the job quite well. It was very easy to install and connect. I am happy with the unit and happy with the $200 SCE rebate !!!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too cool! First time I ever owned a swamp cooler. I live in the desert so humidity is not an issue. Temps have been in the high nineties and the warmest the house has been is 75 and most of the time between 72 and 73. I love this thing, wish I would have tried it years ago. I rated four stars because I've only had it for a month. Not ready to decide on five stars yet, but I can't see how you can go wrong. It's affordable, incredibly efficient for its size. So far there is no down side.
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't believe I didn't do this sooner! Best thing I've ever done for reducing my power bill! Until it reaches 100 degrees, this keeps my home very, very cool. Just how I like it, around 70 degrees. As to the water runoff in other reviews, I fixed this by doubling the drip hose and putting a cable tie on it. This allowed me to just poke an old garden hose over the end. The drip still runs down the side of the black drain hose. With it doubled, it holds the garden hose in place. Placed the other end of the garden hose to a tree so the water is not wasted. (My unit is attached to the side of my house, and before this was keeping my siding wet, not good.) My power bill has decreased around $100 each month in full summer months. I couldn't be happier :) .
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cooler! This is our first evap cooler, and we are super pleased with it. The unit is rated for areas up to 1900 sf, but it works great in our 2500 sf house. We have it placed in the upper level (1200 sf) and, since the basement level stays cool all the time anyway, the unit is more than capable of handling the upper floor, even when allowing for some airflow to spill down to the basement level. We kick it on high to saturate the pads thoroughly and then leave it on low for most of the day. It hold the house at about 72* when the outside temp is around 90*. Just got our first utility bill since installing the unit and I saw NO change compared to our previous bills. The unit was fairly easy to install and seems less loud than others I've heard. Life saver this summer!
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from DISAPPOINTED The assembly was not all that easy. Water sprayed out of the machine so we had to take it apart and realign the pads to prevent that. Cleaning isn't all that easy. Here we have a lot of calcium in the water. When you turn the machine on it throws flecks of it out all over the room. Any evaporative coolers I have had in the past had a switch where you could turn the water on before operation begins. That allows the pads to dampen, rids the fishy smell that sometimes happens and dampens the calcium so it does fly into your soup, salad or, whatever. When I have talked with company they tell me to spray the pads with vinegar before use. That isn't pleasant and why should I pay for an upscale unit when it isn't that. It cools quite well but, I was happier with my old Artic Air.
Date published: 2016-08-11
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