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Soleus PH5-13R-35S Portable Air Conditioner

Best price found: $539.10
BTU's: 13,000
Cooling power used (watts):  
Noise level:  
Number of fan speeds: 3
Heater: Yes
Self-evaporating: Yes
Water tank: Tankless
Moisture removal per day (pints): 60 pints
Timer: 24 hr
Hose type:  
Size - Volume (cubic feet),
6.02 c.f.
18.9" x 17.2" x 32"
Weight: 88 lbs
(39.92 kg) lbs.
Notes: Has remote
From the Manufacturer: Soleus Air's 4 Season Cooling and Heating Appliance. This portable unit is a 13,000 BTU air conditioner, 12,500 BTU heat pump, 60 pint dehumidifier and fan all in one unit. Evaporative technology on this model allows for any condensation to be vented outside automatically so there is no need to empty a bucket. Portable unit can be placed in any room that has outside venting. The air conditioner provides 13,000 BTU's of cooling power with an adjustable digital thermostat from 64 degrees to 86 degrees. Quiet 3 speed fan with WaveFlo oscillating vents. 24 hour programmable timer. Full-function remote control with Smart Chip technology. Unit also includes easy rolling casters, washable air filter. Dehumidifier extracts up to 60 pints of humidity per day. Single hose window venting kit is included. For proper performance portable AC's must be vented outside.
12,500 Heating BTU's

Reviews of Soleus PH5-13R-35S Portable Air Conditioner

leaks condensation, very noisy, doesn't cool room on hot days (Farb, 5/27/2012)

This rather expensive portable air conditioner is of very low quality, and it's also very poorly designed.

First of all, the air conditioner leaks water from the base. I purchased one, it leaked, I returned it, and the replacement leaked as well.

In order for a portable air conditioner to work properly, it needs to have a two hose design so that one hose takes in outside air to cool the compressor and the second hose expels the hot air from the unit to outside your house. This air conditioner only has one hose that vents the hot exhaust through a window to the outside of your house. This mean it takes in cool air from inside your house and blows it outside to cool the compressor. This creates a partial vacuum inside the house, which results in warm, humid air being drawn in from the outside to fill the partial vacuum. The intake of warm humid air almost completely offsets the amount of cooling this unit is able to provide. Using this unit alone in one small bedroom, the temperature would often be above 80 degrees F on hot July and August days. That's not acceptable performance for such an expensive air conditioner in such a small room.

For a portable air conditioner to work efficiently, it needs to have two hoses: one for intake and one for exhaust.

Lastly, the compressor and fan on this unit are very very loud. It's difficult to watch to TV or carry on a conversation while the unit is running.

I do not recommend this product to anyone.

I have returned the unit (Chris, 7/15/2010)

Home depot gave me my money back.
I bought a frigidaire window unit that is rated at 12000btu which is slightly smaller than the soleus but cools my rooms down to 70 where the soleus at 13000btu only cooled it down to 76f.
Also saved $387, half the price half the noise and plenty cool.That'll teach me to buy an AC on a 90 degree day without shopping for it.

Condensation leaks on the floor (Chris, 7/14/2010)

Not worth the 600 bucks I paid for.
the unit leaks from somewhere inside the body. The drain plug is useless when the unit is running. Air suction seems to keep it from draining through the tube I have installed on the drain plug.
I does not keep my rooms cool like it should.
Also the system is suppose to shut down when the tank is full of water, it does not.
It's a stupid design and I would not recommend this machine.

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