Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TBone 8years and going strong!!
I've had my unit for over 8years and love it! Its never needed to be recharged with freon,the window connectors are a little flimsy but do work,i accidentally broke a few buttons with a 2x4 ,2 years ago but the remote works great so no problem! I rebuild old hot rods so I've been using it mostly in my garage which is a huge sun baked 2bay 35'Lx25'Wx12'H and it keeps it nice n cool in the summer,plus nice and warm in the winter i've used all the functions and no problems!There is a cap on the back for draning the water as the a/c and dehumidifier gathers water which is normal!!The more humidity you have the harder it is for any a/c unit to keep up! if its geting your "hardwood floors wet" then either put the cap back on or connect a hose!!!there is a auto shut off feature if to much water builds up! I put it on a stand with a bucket under it and it workes fine.when its a dry heat outside no water goes in the bucket, think about what its like where u live! now i have just bought this new model and so far its excellent!! its about as loud as a small window unit on high on low you can hardly notice it and it takes a normal amount of time to heat/cool a room.its not magic.any time you mass produce something there is always going to be a couple thet dont work right! but this is a good strong unit and im amazed at how well its held up,i have no doubt with a little TLC.I will get another 5 to 8years out of this incredible little power house!!! and my new one is off to a great start saving my tail feathers when my central a/c went out!!!!
June 26, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Gibby Equivalent unit to the LG's and Made in Walnut Canyon, CA.
I purchased a used/returned unit from my local store because of the price discount over the brand new LG units. It happens regularly here because few vacation rental units have AC's in Northern Arizona so the renters just buy a unit for the weekend and then return it when they go to leave town. I made a few improvements to the window exhaust vent setup by putting weather stripping on the top and bottom of the insert to help it seal in the window better and also put an insulated radiant jacket over the tubing to keep the heat in the exhaust tube as it flows outside instead of radiating back into the room. I also always use a window lock to help keep the window snug against the window insert.
This unit, when set at 70 degrees cooling puts an air temperature out at 60 degrees with the fan on high and the exhaust temperature under load is at 130 degrees. For an area around 525 sq. ft. it can take the room from 83F down to 70F if you let it run 6 hours set at cooling to 70F. I also tried out the heat mode to verify the complete funtions of the unit and I don't reccommend testing a heater in the middle of summer because this thing puts out the heat just as fast as it cools. Other posters have complained of leaking and too loud of a fan noise, but the fan on high is quieter than the other brand units mentioned above and as far as leaking just make sure that the drain cap on the back is tightened correctly (not overtightened) and it should not leak. Maybe the company has changed/fixed faulty manufacturing components in the last year because my particular unit is working great, I just had to make a few improvements to the exhaust venting design so that it is more efficient.
June 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Easy to set up
Purchased unit 3 weeks ago very easy set up under one hour. Instruction manual explains how to operate manual or with remote. Have used all four settings air conditioner, dehumidifier, fan & heater. Suggest buying 13,000 BTU for cooling 600 square feet-works great.
June 21, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by laudie DO NOT BUY !
Whatever you do , don't purchase this unit. It poured gallons of water into my hardwood floors.The attachments for the window vents are huge, flimsy and very poorly made. When I contacted the Soleus company they assured me that it was a problem with my unit and would ship another to me. 2 weeks later I phoned them again to find out that conversation was not recorded anywhere. I waited almost an hour on phone to finally speak to someone else there. The co. reps were very short and mean on the phone. Thank goodness, because I purchased this through Home Depot I was able to return it to the store. Large, noisy piece of JUNK
July 14, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by kipper4 junk
Unit worked great for a month. Nice cold air during a heat wave and warm air on cold nights. I was using this unit for a 300 sqft room. I oversized because three walls are all windows and a cathedral ceilings and skylights that open. After a month I got the E4 error - manufacturer said low freon bring it back. Lug it back to HD and go for a new one. I like the idea and how well it worked. The next one couldn't cool the room like the first and then I got an E3 error after a few hours. Book said the unit froze over. A sign of low freon. Took that back two days later and picked up the LG window unit. 10x quieter and now i have a cool room. One other comment, with a bad back, it was a pain to have to drag the soleus back - twice!
One final note. HD return policy was absolutely fantatisic and the customer service was great!
June 6, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MrsB33 Not Cool
We bought this A/C to cool a 400 sq. ft. family room. It did cool it down somewhat but never below 80 degrees, even when set at 61. For nearly $600 we expected a lot more. We plan to follow in the steps of the other reviewers and take it back to Home Depot for a more efficient window unit. I do not recommend this unit AT ALL.
July 10, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RYDOG Leaks water onto floor
The first one I bought leaked water only our wood floors so I returned it for a new one that also leaks water onto our floors when it is humid out.
July 14, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by rrflorida Application and drawbacks - design issue?
I bought this unit to cool my garage, which is about 470sf. Couldn't cool it below 82 degrees, starting at 83 degrees, running 3pm to 10pm, and room was not in direct sunlight, outside temp about 82-85.
The thing about this unit is that it has a single vent tube - and it blows a *lot* of hot air out that tube, which is good, but that air it's blowing out of the space has to get replenished from somewhere. In my case, it had to pull the air from the outside through cracks around garage doors, etc.. So the unit never had a chance to really cool the space. So in part, this was the wrong application for the unit. However, I consider this essentially a design flaw with the unit. It might work in a room where it can draw cool air from the rest of the house to replace the air it is venting to the outside, but still the net effect is that the air in the structure being vented outside must be replaced from the outside at some point, somewhere. So the unit creates a battle it can not win.
Thankfully, my HD took the unit back with no problems, and I replaced it with a LG 15K btu window unit which cooled the garage right down.
Hope this is useful.
May 6, 2010