Rated 4 out of 5Â by 3
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SNOOPY Whynter ARC-131GD Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, 13000 BTU
I purchased this a/c after doing much investigation. I have had it set up and working for two days now and am pretty happy. It is nothing fancy, but has some good features and puts out nice cold air. there is a drain plug that is higher than most (center of the unit). I looked for this in the event the auto evaporation did not work i can drain it out the window. We'll see if i need it and if it works.
Anyway, some people complain about the noise. The compressor kicking on will take some getting used to at night. But any review that complains of the noise- well imagine your oustide air conditioner sitting next to you in a smaller package, yeah its noisy. But its not so bad you dont get used to it.
anyway thus far its a good a/c unit and very easy to install.
**Update July 14, 2013--
So this window unit has done an excellent job of cooling our upstairs bedroom. It is located above a two car uninsulated garage. About two weeks ago in the middle of the night the unit shut off. Too tired to look into I found out the water bucket had filled up. I emptied it (about 1 liter) and ran it the next night. It again filled and shut off. The humidity levels during this time were high. Chicago summers.
Decided that it was time to put the higher drain plug to use. I originally put it on a platform and was going to run the hose out the window. But then decided to run the hose into a 5 gallon bucket. Each night we turn the unit on around 7pm and off around 7am. the bucket is usually over half full. probably about three gallons. crazy. but it works great.
I would buy this for the higher drain plug- it would be a pain to have to constantly drain it from a ground level drain.
August 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by RFBurns Works great...outlet hose setup a bit cheap
We have an open first floor...some walls in the middle but you can't close off the living room, kitchen, or dining room. We also can't manage to lug a window unit in and out. This portable really fills the bill. It does not make the whole downstairs COLD, but it does remove the humidity, and lowers the temperature for sure.
We had a Sears single-hose unit a few years ago. It was awful...barely got a bit cool. This one pumps out cold air.
It is no more noisy than a window unit; maybe a little less. It rolls VERY easily on wood floor. Not so well on a throw rug. It might be ok on carpet.
We have not had to empty any water, and it has not turned off because of a full water tank (it does have one internally). I take their word for it that most is expelled out the outlet hose.
The remote does not look like a TV remote...more square. That's a good thing. You can do a few things at the unit, but you really need the remote to set the timer, set the temp, etc.
Downside: The hoses are kind of bulky; you can't get the unit too close to the window/wall for that reason. And the adapter that fits into the window? That is really cheap and flimsey. We can fit ours behind the window screen so it is not a big problem. If we had to take the screen off it would be a problem because the adaptor does not fit tightly. You'd have to get some stick-on foam or something. We also found the instructions not very good, but it was (I thought) reasonably obvious how to put it together. They don't tell you, though, that you probably have to saw a piece of plastic to fit in the window. There are several inches of adjustment so the cut is not really fussy, but many sizes of window will require it.
The good part about the flimsey window adaptor is that it is easy to remove so you can lock the window at night or wheel the unit away on cool days.
August 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Momlette Impossible to assemble; not built with a canister for water
We previously owned a portable Danby 12,000 BTU's unit that was a superior built unit unlike this Whynter unit. After about 6 or 7 years, the unit began to fail, so we decided we would try another manufactuer and bought this Whynter because it was one of the few with a dual air system, like the old Danby.
My huband is very adept and competent when it comes to the assembly of machinery and equipment. The instructions in the manual were completely wrong which made assembling the unit impossible. Fortunately, my husband was able to figure out the correct way to assemble the whole unit. It is cheaply made for the price and does not have a huge, exterior removable canister to collect the accumulated water as the Danby did. Also, two of the circular discs were already attached to two other cylinders leading us to believe two of the parts had not been included. We called the manufacturer and spoke to some incompetent female who said she would mail us the two circular parts. Fortunately, my husband realized that the "missing" parts had already been attached to the other discs and was able to complete the assembly. It's a good thing he did because as of this writing, it is now 11 days since we called and still haven't received the discs. To add insult to injury, no registration or any paperwork was included.
The unit seems to work as well as the Danby with the same level of noise. It is easy to operate as it comes with a remote control. It cools our rather large bedroom adequately since we've been experiencing temperatures in the low 90's with high humidity for the past week or so. Since it is has been about 10 days that we have used it, making a determination as to it's long term performance is a bit premature.
Were we to do it over again, we would probably have purchased another Danby unit.
July 9, 2013