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Amcor PLM16000E / PLM-16000E Portable Air Conditioner

Best price found: $444.58
BTU's: 16,000
EER: 12.1
Cooling power used (watts): 1320
Noise level: 60 dBa
Number of fan speeds: 3
Heater: No
Self-evaporating: Yes
Water tank: Non-removable
Moisture removal per day (pints): 80 pints
Timer: 24 hr
Hose type: Single
Size - Volume (cubic feet),
6.11 c.f.
20" x 16" x 33"
Weight: 87 lbs
(39.46 kg) lbs.
Notes: Has remote, requires special plug, 20-amp circuit
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Reviews of Amcor PLM16000E / PLM-16000E Portable Air Conditioner

Expensive, clunky, loud and worthless (B, 7/30/2007)

I bought this portable thinking it might be a nice solution for my master suite loft. I was in the middle of construction, so it was easy to add the proper circuitry, which is a 20amp breaker. What I didn't care for is that even though it seems cleverly designed to neatly tuck into the corner of a room, there is this giant dryer vent pipe that sticks straight out the back - pushing it further away from the corner and which needs to vent out the window...and it's only a 6 foot vent. They say in the packaging that you cannot use a different length. So, getting past the aestetics of the pipe is the fact that while it does blow cool air out of the top of the unit, the vent is venting out hot air to the outside, thereby heating up the room on it's way. Pretty much it was a wash. Any cooling it did was negated by the hot vent. I did have to drain the water a couple of times, but it was never much water. Anyhow, I returned the product and went and bought myself a window unit that was slightly lower BTUS, energy star rated and was about a third less the cost.

Additional Circuitry Required (D., 8/7/2006)

I cannot rate this item because I was never able to use it. Be aware that this particular unit requires a 20 amp circuit to operate. At the time of purchase, this was not stated in the description of the Air Conditioner. Standard household current is 15 amps, so check first. If the plugs in your house have an additional horizontal slash in the right prong slot, you are probably running 20 amps.

Put it on a platform and get a big bucket (Carlye, 8/4/08)

If you don't live in the desert, this won't work for you. It has major design flaws.

1. There is a Reset button on the plug. When the air conditioner decides to turn itself off (just after you have gone to sleep) make sure that you have access to it. It can go off sometimes every 10 minutes. Hope you didn't want uninterrupted sleep. When you press the reset button, the bright blue light on the front goes on (you can turn it off if you get up and press the buttons on the front). I suggest taping a piece of dark cloth over the light.

2. The water tank holds about 2 cups. On a humid hot day it will fill up in about an hour or so. If you try to move the air conditioner at all, it will leak all over your floor or carpet. Hope you have a good carpet cleaner with an extractor.

3. The best way to deal with this air conditioner is to put it up on a platform and let it constantly drain into a bucket. A measly 2 gallon bucket fills up in about 3 hours. Hope you didn't plan to sleep all night, or you'll wake up to a flood. The best suggestion is to leave it in a shower and vent it out a bathroom window. Hope you don't mind sleeping in the bathroom.

4. It's not exactly quiet, but if it's hot enough, you'll go to sleep anyway. Just keep an eye on the bucket...

Serves Servers Well

This unit was bought to cool a room with computer servers and does the job. Reduced the temp in the room by almost 20 degrees.

It was easy to install.

Draining the water from the unit is a hassle.

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