I have tried different brands including Haier and LG. They are nothing compare to this Whynter. The Haiers both self destructed with in a few months when the squirrel cage fans failed. Haier refused to repair either unit. We then had 2 LG units. These leaked water and just didnt cool very well either. The Whynter is a different experience entirely. They work great. We have used them all season long and we love a cool house. Usually 70 or under when possible, so they got a lot of use.
Installation was pretty straight forward. I read several reviews where folks stated the window kit was flimsy. My take in that, I’ve seen much worse on some models. The only provision I had to make was to cut a piece of furring strip to length and place it under the window kit so the hose connections could clear the high lip of the inner sill. Bingo! Perfect fit and no having to cut the sliders.
As for performance it definitely does blow pretty cold air…and a lot of it and fairly quietly. No louder than the window unit we used in there before. Something I found kind of neat about this machine is this. Since it’s a dual hose configuration, it actually has two independent blower motors instead of a single motor driving two blowers. One blower is on the cold side and the other handles the condenser side (where the hoses connect). That fan is tied in with the compressor so when the compressor cycles on and off as needed, that fan does too. Display is pretty easy to read and controls both on the front panel and remote are easy to work with. Appearance is nice too with it’s black front panel with silver side trim. The soft blue backlight in the display makes it easy to read and the fact the backlight goes out after a short time would be nice in a bedroom for folks who like total darkness for sleeping. I like the idea the place on the back where the hoses connect is angled upward rather than straight rearward make it nice when the window is higher in the wall and the hoses don’t need to bend as much. Filter access is pretty easily accessible for cleaning. Haven’t had to drain it yet so I can’t comment there although drain plug is easy to remove and drain.
Final verdict, this seems to be a pretty decent machine. If well taken care of it should last a good long time.
Whynter is going GREEN! With this new Eco-friendly CFC free, lead free and high enery efficiency portable air conditioner, you can stay cool while keeping with better environmental standards and reducing energy consumption. This Whynter GREEN ARC-14S portable air conditioner features the ECO-FRIENDLY CFC free GREEN R-410A refrigerant and lead free RoHS compliant components. This unit features the patented advance auto drain technology, which uses and recycles moisture collected during the cooling process to produce cool air. The dual hose operation provides fast cooling. This unit can cool up to a 500 sq. ft. space (ambient temperature and humidity may influence optimum performance).
Color: Platinum and Black
|Item Weight||80 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16 x 19 x 35.5 inches|
|Item model number||ARC-14S|
|Color||Platinum and Black|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Air Flow Capacity||222 CFM|
One year warranty on unit. Three year warranty on compressor.