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    Portable AC

    Anyone have experience with these to supplement central unit? Our bedroom is farthest from the system and gets warm and stuffy at night.

    We picked up a name brand 8000 btu window unit yesterday. The temp sensor must be garbage. Had it set on auto and 71. Checked the temp in the room when I got up and it was 77 right in front of the unit. It's a wifi unit so I checked the app and it hadn't ran in about 5 hours. Turned it off and back on, with it set at 74 and it drove the temp down to 72 and never shut off.

    Coworker has a portable unit from Lowes for the same purpose that they are happy with, idea being to raise the central temp and close the bedroom off with the portable unit to keep it cooler, maybe save a few $. Reviews are all over the place though, very inconsistent. Seems like QC with any appliance is hit or miss these days.

    Anyone recommend a good brand or one to avoid? Window unit selection is very small for the btu we need due to narrow windows, so portable may be the way we need to go.

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    The thing with the portable type units is you need to provide a drain - or be prepared to dump the small internal container quite often if it even has one.
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    What about one of the through wall mount units with its own compressor? Like this one

    Blueridge BMKH30DM21G3 9W 9W 18W 30 000 BTU 2 5 Ton 21 SEER Three Zone Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump System

    This unit has 3 zones with 3 separate exchange units and the stand alone compressor unit and they make them with 1 for much less money. We see these often used when someone adds on or changes the configuration of their house and it makes getting heat or A/C to the location a challenge.

    My cardiologist installed a nuclear imaging machine in his office and he uses a single zone unit like the one I linked to cool the rooms where the nuclear testing takes place and it works real well. Very quiet and he claims very energy efficient, plus it doesn't tie up the window.......

    It's a permanent install, but it also provides a permanent solution............It would probably take some of the load off your central A/C system.....

    Also, we have a 6,000 BTU window unit for our bedroom as sometimes we don't want to run the entire A/C system just for our room. Our bedroom is about 550 sq foot with the bathroom and closets and the window unit does well when we run it. Our house has (2) 5 ton central A/C systems and (2) 110,000 BTU furnaces, one system for each floor and sometimes we don't want to run the system for the upper floor just to cool our room.....the unit we have was just some no major brand name unit from WalMart and it was only about $200 and it does the job when needed. Perhaps the unit you have just doesn't function right......I will say that when it is hot outside, the 6,000 btu unit rarely shuts off. But in those cases, we are usually running the entire upper floor unit instead...........

    Here are some single zone systems instead at $600 to $900 and the operating costs for cooling make up the difference in the purchase price over time.....

    https://www.pioneerminisplit.com/pro...0aAm9EEALw_wcB
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    Put in an in duct fan to get more of the cold air to where you want it.

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    https://www.pioneerminisplit.com/pro...0aAm9EEALw_wcB[/QUOTE]

    SB hit this one on the head. I just installed a split system in our cabin. Cheap and runs by itself and easy to install.
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    I also installed a 5 zone Split System Heat Pump. Easy to install if careful and read the instructions good. My Daughters big 3,000+sf shop is heated and cooled to the same temp year round. Super cheap to run 230vac/19 amps and lower as it is a Variable Freq Drive System. No problems yet after 3 years being on 24 hours a day.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	688516Biggest issue is the condensation off the unit in the winter! It can freeze up on the bottom so I put a heat tape inside the bottom and down inside a ABS 3" Drain Pipe. I extended the heat tape out the end and put a coil of it on the ground so the water would soak in and not turn to ice. Works better then I thought the first year I had a mess with ice pools!!
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    We have a portable that we used for a few weeks before relegating it to a back corner of the basement.

    It has a... "bucket" that is supposed to collect water condensate. That leaked. We hooked up a hose to the drain which is supposed to bypass the bucket. It didn't bypass the bucket all the time so we still ended up with water on the floor. Finally ended up with it sitting in one of the concrete mixing tubs on a couple of cinder blocks. We'd dump the tub out every evening.

    That got old in a hurry so we put in a split-mini system and haven't looked back. If you'd like our portable unit, swing on by. I'll wrestle it out of the basement for ya!
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    Have you always had this problem with the existing central unit or is this new?

    Our bedroom is at the furthermost point from our package unit and it still cools fine as long as the system is working correctly. System has a slow leak and it's a R22 unit so planning to replace it soon. Have had to have it charged a couple of times in the last two years. Right now with 100* temps it's still working okay so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    It has a... "bucket" that is supposed to collect water condensate.
    Thank you.
    It's a pet peeve when people call it condensation.
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    another vote for a mini-split system...
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