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DeLonghi PAC A120E 12,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner
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- Easily portable due to its durable castor wheels and side-carry handles. Cool only where you need it and when you need it.
- Quiet operation thanks to the high efficiency compressor and components.
- Easy-to-use with digital controls, LCD display and fully featured remote control with display.
- Never empty a bucket with the unique no drip technology. The unit automatically recycles the condensation within the machine.
- Saves money with R410A refrigerant gas. It operates more efficiently and does not harm the environment.
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Want supplemental cooling that won't block your view? Do you live in an apartment building that doesn't allow window air conditioners? For any scenario, the De'Longhi Portable Air Conditioner with 12,000 BTUs is the ideal solution. Don't suffer in the heat, simply roll the unit into a room and place it near a window. Plug it in, slide in the window bracket, attach the hose and turn it on. It's that easy, there are no tools required! You will also save money with plenty of energy-efficient features such as refrigerant gas and an adjustable thermostat. The 24-hour double function timer allows you to set it only for the time you need cooling. With most units you need to continuously empty excess condensation from a bucket. But with "no drip" technology, the unit automatically recylces the condensation so you never have to empty a bucket again! Other highlights include 3 fan speeds, auto fan function, boost function, easy-to-use digital controls with LCD display and remote, as well smart and sleep functions. With quiet, worry-free operation, this unit is perfect for anywhere cooling is needed.
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased this DeLonghi PAC A120E a year ago when my wife and I needed a stand up air conditioner unit. I should have read the reviews here because it started leaking water all over our carpet and hardwood floor. This unit has been in operation for 3 months and it has broken down and has ruined a 150 dollar carpet. I have tried to contact the customer service for DeLonghi but it is useless. The nearest service center is 75 miles away from my house and is NOT open on weekends. The company does not pay for shipping or send a technician out. DeLonghi is unwilling to help or provide any kind assistance in this matter. Why should they? They already got paid. Our local repair shop will not touch these units and will cost about 200 dollars to replace the part. Please keep in mind this unit is still in warrantee. We are left with a VERY EXPENSIVE PIECE OF JUNK (a 700 dollar piece of junk). They say it is NOT their policy to ship or pay for shipping to their service center. Its a great scam. If I could give this product a negative number I would. SAVE YOUR MONEY. I will NEVER buy a DeLonghi product again. I just want to reiterate what an absolute inconvienece this is. It is the hottest week of the summer and my thermostat has reached 93 in my living room. So, thanks DeLonghi for that. I'm sweating as I type this and I bet your CEO is sitting somewhere very cool and perspiration free.
PS. I am not exaggerating and have not had any previous problems with DeLonghi, but they have been awful to deal with.
The downside is that it leaks like crazy. Even with the dehumidifier off. And I live in El Paso, not exactly a humid area of the country.
The problem seems to mostly stem from the fact that unlike most similar units, the internal tank is not removeable. This means you can not drain the water off before it overflows the tank.
To make it worse, there is a drain hole in the rear of the unit. But hooking up a hose does not good. It seems it is only made to drain the unit at the end of the season, not for routine use. This places it to high in the tank to actually drain.
We are seeing roughly a gallon of water a day leaking from this unit. I just wish I had looked here before I bought it.
Here's the problem (and a solution). There are two reservoirs in which water is stored, an upper and a lower. The lower reservoir has an auto-shutoff - if the water level gets too high the AC unit shuts off so it doesn't overflow. Water is supposed to trickle down from the upper reservoir to the lower. The upper reservoir has no auto-shutoff. Here's the problem - dust collects in the upper reservoir preventing water from moving to the lower reservoir. When this happens the water has no place to go so it causes the unit to leak onto the ground.
Here's a solution to the problem that I found helps. Turn off the unit and unplug it. When facing the front of the unit remove the left side panel (there are about 6 screws that need to be removed and then the panel slides off). Inside the unit on the left side you will see a small white tray with a hole in the middle - this is the upper reservoir. Dust is collecting in that small hole. Using a hand vacuum and a drinking straw can remove a lot of the dirt. Tape the straw so the vac only sucks through the straw - like an vacuum attachment. Then just vacuum in the hole and hope that it gets most of the dust. You may need to do this every couple of weeks as dust builds.
So, I read all the negative reviews about the leaks, but I know that most consumers never fully read the directions (leading to many of these bad reviews). So, here are a couple key factors that will determine a Penguino (little penguin?) users happiness, or angst. I find the unit works well for what I paid. Performance examples are at the end of this review. Here are the tips to successful use.
Tip #1: READ those instructions! Really. People often get excited with new appliances, and they skim the important stuff hidden in the instruction booklets. Then bitch when things don't work out well. Starting from BEFORE you even THINK about plugging this thing into an outlet, read the instructions three times over.
TIP #2: Wait 24 hours. All A/C compressors must remain in a position of "correct use orientation" (upright & level) for about 24 hours after transportation, or after being tipping on their sides, even for a minute. Keep it level to allow the coolant to settle. The DeLonghi is no exception. Don't expect any A/C to work well, or to last very long, if you start it up right after it comes off a UPS truck, or out of your pickup truck's bed.
TIP #3: Crack the door. If the room you want to cool is well sealed (no massive air leaks) then you MUST LEAVE A DOOR AJAR IN THAT ROOM (about 4 inches) to allow the A/C unit to "vent" itself out the window. Think of sucking on an empty Coke bottle, it's hard to do after .5 seconds. That's what happens to the Penguino if there isn't a way to allow the air to circulate OUT of the window vent. It cannot function properly, and the room won't get cool. All A/C units require a vent, just like a home central air unit's "return" vent.
TIP #4: Clean that filter screen every other day (very easy to do with only warm water and no tools), at least until you get a feel for how dirty it gets. This of course depends on the environment. Shaggy pets, dust, and carpet can create a LOT of particulate). Do NOT use compressed air at over 15 PSI any closer than 2 feet away to clean the radiator fins, as the air pressure will bend the fragile cooling fins. Better to use an extremely soft brush (like the wife's old make-up brush for example... be careful here).
That's it. If the unit is kept clean, and LEVEL, it won't leak. There's a drain plug at the bottom rear to drain the unit's bottom pan before storing it.
How well did it work?
Well, my Florida two car garage space is 22' X 25' x 10' high, it's insulated drywall over cinderblock, has no air leaks, has an insulated double overhead door, four large tinted windows with shades, and it is attached to the house (which has central A/C) by a standard pass-though door. Before the Penguino PAC 120E, the garage would hit 95+ degrees, and 85+% humidity virtually every day the sun would shine. Unbearable. WITH the Penguino, I can keep it at 78 degrees @ 50% humidity, a much more pleasant working environment (and that's with a LOT of fluorescent lighting on, which of course generates even more heat to overcome).
For what I paid, the Penguino has been excellent for the three months of daily use I've put on it so far.