Portable air conditioner collecting water


How is a portable air conditioner different from a window AC?

A portable air conditioner is a small, mobile air conditioner which which doesn't require permanent installation in wall or window. All of our portable air conditioners are between 29 inches and 34 inches tall and weigh between 65 and 80 pounds. Portable air conditioning units also work great in apartment situations where a window air conditioning unit is not an option.

Are portable air coolers and portable air conditioners the same?

No, portable air conditioners and portable air coolers are not the same. Air coolers use water and evaporation to cool like a swamp cooler. Only the direct air stream is cooled by 10 to 15 degrees, not including ambient air. Portable air conditioners use a compressor and Freon to cool, keep humidity levels low, and are much more effective than air coolers.

Why and how are portable air conditioners vented?

Portable air conditioners extract...

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When making a larger investment on something like a portable air conditioner, you’ll probably have some questions. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the features and options, so we have created a FAQ to consolidate the information to the most important points.

What should I know before purchasing a portable A/C? Do I really need to vent my unit? How do I vent my unit? Will my portable air conditioner collect water? Where is the moisture from the air stored in my unit? Are portable A/Cs energy efficient? How loud will my unit be?

What should I know before purchasing a portable A/C?

BTUs/Room Size

A portable A/C’s BTUs tell you how powerful the unit is. You need to take this into account when you pick the unit for your home or office. Picking a unit that is too powerful can end up giving you charges that you wouldn’t otherwise have. The more BTUs a unit has, the larger the area the A/C can cool, so a small apartment would not need as many BTUs as, say, a...

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Honeywell MN12CES

12,000 BTU

Class: High End

Honeywell MM14CCSBB

14,000 BTU

Class: High End

Honeywell MN10CES

10,000 BTU

Class: Mid Range


8,000 BTU

Class: Mid Range

Whynter ARC-14SH

14,000 BTU

Class: High End

With summer underway, it’s not just time to think about vacations and baseball. The arrival of the summer days means the arrival of summer heat, and that’s not a topic you should regard lightly. It’s not just a matter of your comfort. It’s also about your health. Most US homes these days have one or more air conditioners. But, sometimes it is just not practical for you to have one discreet AC for each room.

This is where portable ACs come into play, especially because they offer mobility. So, you can just take it to any room you want and experience truly portable cooling. Apart from that, it's also much more cost-effective to purchase one or two portable...

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Portable air conditioner rental units can be used to alleviate a variety of temperature control problems. Their portability makes for quick installation and problem resolution for any situation, emergency or planned. Our collection of portable air conditioners are available in a variety of sizes and capacities to meet your unique needs.

Our portable air conditioners are durable and versatile units that are capable of cooling any application from small spot cooling to entire buildings. Mobile Air carries both air cooled and water cooled portable air conditioners with capacities ranging from 10,000 Btu to 240,000 Btu, and from one ton to 80 tons of cooling power. These units are constructed of heavy duty materials and are designed to be utilized as temporary cooling during system maintenance, emergency cooling during outages, supplemental cooling to bolster your existing system, or as standalone air conditioning units.

Common portable air conditioner uses include...

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I just bought a Gree Easy Flow 12,000BTU portable air conditioner (Described as the "Rolls Royce" of AC on the website I bought it from) to replace my old portable air conditioner that had served me well over the past 8 years but gave up the ghost last week (I guess the compressor finally failed). Now when I put it all together yesterday afternoon, I left it running (It's in a bedroom, around 7feet by 9feet and 7feet high) went back to check on it 3 hours later to find that the unit had stopped working because the water tank was full. A lot of swearing and sweating later I'd emptied the water tank (And wet the carpet) turned the unit back on and went to bed, around 90 minutes after that, the unit stopped again, the water tank was full.. It was after 2am so I really couldn't be bothered emptying the tank again..

My question is, my old AC never needed the tank emptying in the 8 years I had it, and the new one, twice in 5 hours, is it because this new unit is super...

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Nice work! If you are going to use plain ice and water, you could improve the cooling performance (if needed!) Please consider my suggestion so you can keep cooling off, even when the ice is completely gone. Granted, your ice will melt faster, but you will get a faster cooling effect, and the water left behind will still help keep you cool long afterwards.

I was originally going to suggest that you cut down a car radiator to fit inside here, but given the contaminants like rust, copper, radiator fluid and paint, you'd never be able to use it as a regular cooler ever again. Seeing how neatly you cut the plywood, I also assumed that this needs to be holding food/drinks at some point again in its lifetime.

So, let's build a food safe radiator instead. Take a few metal kitchen exhaust fan screens (use new/clean ones) and place/mount them into the ice/water vertically, so the air passes through the screen, but make sure to keep them upright, so the air flows through the...

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0 Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Price: $$ Honeywell MM14CCS 14,000 BTU Price: $$$ Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU Price: $ Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU Price $$ Keystone KSTAP14B 14,000 BTU Price $$ Single Hose Portable AC 8,000 BTU Price: $ LG LP1013WNR 10,000 BTU Price: $ EdgeStar Ultra Compact AC 8,000 BTU Price: $ Whynter ARC-142BX 14,000 BTU Price: $$ DeLonghi PACAN120EW 12,000 BTU Price: $$$

Spoiler Alert – In our opinion, for most people, the best portable air conditioner the Honeywell MN12CES. If you are looking for something a little less expensive, then the best option for keeping cool on a budget is Honeywell MN10CESWW, and the second best budget option is the LG LP0814WNR. To see our review of all of the top portable air conditioners, continue reading.

With the summer, comes heat, and with the heat comes discomfort. In this modern age, we have the technology to regulate the climates in our personal spaces—our rooms and our houses. An air conditioner...

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There are four things you need to consider when choosing your portable air conditioner: BTUs, plug type, water removal system and special features. BTUs (British Thermal Units) BTUs are units of power – the larger the area you need to cool, the more BTUs you need. To calculate the BTUs you need use our . Plug Type There are two parts to plug type: voltage and amperage. Most rooms have circuits rated for a total of 15 amps of electricity, and many units have common 125V/15A plugs that can be used in most homes. If you are installing a larger unit with higher than 15 amps and more than 125 volts you may need to call an electrician to upgrade your circuitry. If you are replacing an existing unit, choose an air conditioner with the same to determine the right amount of amperage and voltage. Water Removal System Most units will have a self-evaporating system, so the water condensation is recycled back into the air. In units with a condensate pump, water collects in a tank and pumped...

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I have a GE portable Air Conditioner (APH10AA). It's about 10 years old (I guess; we got it used).

It works good (blows cold air), but in the last year or two it's regularly been getting water built-up in the blower fan area, so it sounds like a small waterfall and spits water (into the room).

We assumed it was because of plugged up drip lines between the intake coil and the blower fan area, where the condensation from the coil is supposed to collect/drip down (and drop across the exhaust coil for evaporation).

So we disassembled it, cleaned the 10+ years of dirt out of it (surprisingly not too bad). Ensured the water pump worked, and that the drip lines were clear (ran air through it, ran a wire down them, plus some bleach to kill any mildew).

As far as I can tell those lines are clear, and water runs though them fine. I can pour a cup or so of water into the collector cup, and it goes out the drip lines down the coil and into the bottom container in...

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In most cases, your portable air conditioner will not need to be drained. Edgestar, Avallon and Koldfront portable air conditioners use a condensation exhaust system to expel water vapor collected during the dehumidifying/cooling process. This moisture is released through the exhaust hose along with hot exhaust air.

In extremely humid conditions, however, the water collected during this process cannot be exhausted quickly enough and may fill the internal water reservoir. When this occurs, the unit will automatically shutoff to avoid overflowing the internal tank. Your specific unit may display an error code, alarm or indicator light when this condition occurs. When this situation does occur you will need to drain the internal water tank. Each specific model has its own instructions for draining this internal tank however the basic steps detailed below will work for all models:

To drain internal water tank:

Find a drain pan or bucket or move the unit to a location...
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We spent over 48 hours researching and testing 10 different kinds of portable air conditioners and found that number of fan speeds, coverage area, and energy efficiency were most important. The 115 volt portable Air Conditioner from LG Electronics scored high marks in all the categories and is our top pick. The programmable features of this portable unit made cooling easy even when we weren’t at home, as much as 24 hours in advance. There is no water draining necessary so we were able to use it for several hours at a time without having to worry about leaks.

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Best Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners have an array of different features and styles that can make choosing one over the other a bit challenging. It’s important for you to understand the different features portable air conditioners can have so you can narrow the search down and choose the one that will best fit your needs and the needs of your family.


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HVAC Systems & Components
Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioner, also called "Spot Coolers" is a ac unit on wheels that can be easily transported inside a home or office. They are currently available with capacities of about 6,000 to 60,000 BTU/h (1,800 to 18,000 watts output) and with and without electric resistance heaters. Portable true air conditioners come in two forms, split and hose. Evaporative coolers, sometimes called conditioners, are also portable.

Air-cooled portable air conditioners are compressor-based refrigerant system that use air to exchange heat, in the same way as a car or typical household air conditioner. With this type of system the air is dehumidified as it is cooled. They collect water condensed from the cooled air, and produce hot air which must be vented outside of the cooled area (they transfer heat from the air in the cooled area to air which must be vented).

A split system has an indoor unit on...

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When the temperature or humidity is too high, the air conditioner may not be able to evaporate all of the water

as quickly as needed. All moisture that is unable to be evaporated is placed in a small bank up water tank in-

side the unit. When this tank is completely full, an alarm will sound, the compressor will shut off, and the

bucket full icon will light up on the control panel. To manually empty the tank, please follow the instructions


Drain Hose

1) Remove the pre-installed Drain Cap from the unit (See Below).

2) Attach the Clamp with the provided Screw (See Below).

A. Drain Port

B. Drain Cap

3) Attach the Drain Hose to the Drain Port using the Drain Hose Clip. Insert the Drain Plug into the free end

of the Drain Hose and guide the Drain Hose through the Clamp. Once finished, the unit can be easily

drained by removing the drain plug and guiding the drain...

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OceanAire’s water cooled portable air conditioner units offer an extremely efficient and effective way to control the climate in any sized room. Because water cooled air conditioners do not discharge large amounts of heat, they do not require exhaust ducting and are used to great effect in enclosed areas.

Water Cooled Portable Air Conditioners

OceanAire’s range of water cooled portable air cooler units include:

How Do Water Cooled Portable Air Conditioning Units Work?

Portable air conditioner units that are water cooled simply require access to an appropriate power source, a source of water and a drain. Our units, ship with hoses as an accessory, will connect to any standard sink, but can also be used in janitor sinks or used with any other type of waste water outlet.

There are many applications where a standard air cooled air conditioner cannot be used. Because they require ventilation to discharge the heat that they generate, ducts must be...

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Portable air conditioner as its name implies means that this type of air conditioner is movable although some work such as installing the exhaust tube and locating a suitable power point need to be done. Most design will include caster wheels to increase the mobility of the unit.

Unlike window air conditioner or PTAC which require fixed installation by trained technicians, the portable type is easily install by following the DIY instruction.

The front side of the unit will discharge cool air into the room whereas the other side of the unit discharge hot air due to the heat exchanger in the unit. This hot air need to be discharged outside the room through the use of a flexible exhaust tube usually 5" or 3 1/2" in diameter. Most unit comes with a window installation kit to mount the hose on the window.

Due to condensation, water droplets are collected in a tray or bucket inside the portable air conditioner. The water collected has to be manually removed whenever...

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Who Needs Portable Air Conditioners?

I didn't intend to frighten you out of your minds with these medicinal insights, coincidentally. I simply needed to make sure that you're taking the entire matter of ventilating genuinely. Lamentably, not everybody does, so versatile aeration and cooling systems might be vital when different alternatives are not accessible or deficient. You can also try Mini air conditioner.

A window aerating and cooling unit is, from multiple points of view, a horrible innovation. It's wasteful. It impacts cool air from just a single area, instead of the many vents of focal air. A considerable lot of similar organizations that deliver window ACs likewise make convenient aerating and cooling units that don't need to sit in the window. I was just ambiguously mindful of these machines until this end of the week, when the warmth wave that pushed temperatures to 90 degrees F in May constrained us to consider cooling choices for our all of a sudden...

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Did You Know?
Compared to window air conditioners that have an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 10, portable units manage about half, with an EER of 5 or 6.

Portable air conditioners are units that can be transferred from one room to another. This gives them an edge over the traditional cooling platforms. However, what they do require is a venting outlet, which can either be a window or a wall. Once the unit has been installed in the room, a suitable outlet can be selected and the vent positioned over it. Here are some FAQs regarding portable air conditioner venting.

1. Do portable air conditioners require outside venting? Is it possible to use a portable air conditioner without a vent?
All air conditioners need to vent hot air from a room. However, the hot air need not be vented outside a window. It can be vented into a room, like a storage one, where high temperatures aren't an issue. Portable air conditioners require a vent to function properly....

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about why we felt the need to (temporarily) put an air conditioner on Barefoot Gal while we were in the boatyard this summer. Read that post here.

Newer Gemini catamarans have built-in air conditioning; ours doesn’t. So I’ve gotten a few questions about what we bought, how we set it up and how it’s working out.

First off – we have shore power. At our boatyard, running an AC costs an extra $1.50 per day. The unit we have uses about 13 amps at 115/120 volts or a tad over 1500 watts. We have no intention of ever using it without shore power.

We decided to get what’s called a “portable” air conditioner. Designed for a house, portables sit on the floor and have a duct (very similar to a dryer vent) that goes to a nearby window. Unlike a window unit, the entire AC is inside, and the duct allows the hot air to vent outside. Instead of the condensate going to a drain, it is used to cool the motor, which heats it and the moisture also goes out...

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How air conditioners work. Click to enlarge.

Neither portable air conditioners nor window air conditioners are intended to cool entire homes or apartments. They are meant to be room air conditioners and are often used to help supplement central air conditioning.

Portable air conditioners are designed to be more flexible than window air conditioners, which can only be carefully installed in standard-sized windows. While portable air conditioners must still be vented to the outside, their exhaust hoses are bendable and extend somewhere between five to seven feet, meaning the unit can be moved as needed. This allows for more direct cooling in different parts of a home throughout a day. The downside to portable air conditioners is that many, though not all, models have no good mechanism with which to properly dehumidify a room, but instead function like regular dehumidifiers, collecting water in a dish that must occasionally be emptied.

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A window air conditioning unit is, in many ways, a terrible technology. It's inefficient. It blasts cool air from only one location, as opposed to the many vents of central air. These heavy hunks of metal hang precariously over sidewalks—something I think about whenever I walk the streets of New York, look up at the many window ACs, and ponder the fact that they were installed by amateurs. But when summer comes and your apartment has no central air, the alternative is suffering (or a bunch of big, dust-collecting fans).

Or is it? Many of the same companies that produce window ACs also make portable air conditioning units that don't have to sit in the window. I was only vaguely aware of these machines until this weekend, when the heat wave that pushed temperatures to 90 degrees F in May forced us to consider cooling options for our suddenly roasting bedroom. We wound up with a 8,000 BTU Frigidaire portable unit. Is this kind of...

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Portable air conditioners can cool surfaces of up to 600 square feet and don’t need professional installing. But did you know that portable air conditioners dehumidify the air whilst cooling it?

Technology advances and portable air conditioner advance and improve with it. In this article, you’re going to read about the reasons you should buy a portable air conditioner instead of a fixed one, and why this technology is superior to others.

We read thousands of reviews, hundreds of product descriptions, and tested multiple devices to make the most comprehensive buying guide about portable air conditioners available online.

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It has been a very warm week here in Charlotte and I noticed that one of the supply air vents in a bathroom, had a bunch of condensation on it, to the point that it was dripping water onto the floor. I immediately thought that I am not the only person with this problem, and wanted to share the reasons why this happens.

Where Does the Water Come From?

Before you start reading this, go and get yourself a big glass of Ice Water, and set it onto your desk. By the time you are done, you will have effectively done the same thing that your vents are doing… Condensing!

As the cold air coming from your central air conditioning passes through your ducts, it gradually warms up. There is a point where the colder and warmer air actually product water, known as the dew point. The higher the humidity, the higher the dew point, or point at which air condenses and forms water.

What Causes It To Condensate?

There are several things that can cause the cold air to...

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Nearly 90 percent of all central-air service calls are related to leaks. Although these leaks tend to be relatively small, if left unchecked they can cause a tremendous amount of damage, especially if the air handler is installed above a ceiling and can drip downward. But most homeowners don't realize that a vast majority of leaks can be easily repaired without calling a service technician.

There are main reasons a central A/C system leaks. First, there's a crack or hole in overflow drain pan. Second, the air filter is clogged with dirt. Third, the condensate line is plugged up.

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The first cause—the overflow pan—is easily detectable by simply using a flashlight. The pan is a piece of equipment that catches any condensation from the A/C unit; if you're noticing a leak, carefully inspect the overflow pan for damage. Check each corner, along the outside edges, and, of course, directly above the wettest spot. Small holes and...

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