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Danby DPAC8KDB Portable Air Conditioner

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Blow Snowballs - Perfect for small/medium sized rooms Aug. 4 2011
By Habitat2050 - Published on
My wife and I have a room that faces west so we get a lot of warmth buildup in our room during the later hours of the day. This coupled with our apartment complex's failure to properly size the central air's compressor to our square-footage means our room is hot and the AC can't do anything to cool it below 80F any time of the day (Texas Summers). After a month of hot nights we decided to get a portable unit and now that we've got this we won't ever go back.

###If you own this unit and the temperatures aren't reading properly, insulate the exhaust hose with some foil from where it connects to the unit and about 2 feet after that###

- Remote controlled
- Easy to install kit into window. Easy to move as well with the built-on castor wheels
- Cools great - our room is maybe 15 x 15 and we can keep it at 73 degrees all night without an issue. Unit goes to 61 degrees.
- Fan noise is pleasant - we like white noise
- Thermostat shuts compressor off once temp is reached, kicks back on when temp rises again.
- Timer is easy to set and helps to save energy.
- Energy usage is a lot less than running the central air all night (My KilaWatt meter gave me an average of 5.92kWh per night over 5 days or roughly $9 a month)
- Doubles as a dehumidifier with 45 pint capacity. Comes with hose for draining. Don't use the hose if just using it as an AC unit.
- Pulls a lot of dust out of the air. Just make sure you clean your filters about once a month.

- Blue led-lit display on the front is too BRIGHT. We cut a flap of thin cardboard and taped it to the unit along the top and sides using some electrical tape. Doing so prevents remote from functioning with unit though.
- Hose comes out at a 90 degree angle from the unit making it difficult to place next to a wall. Clearance required is roughly 1 foot behind the unit to allow proper air flow.
- Hose coming out the rear tends to get hot and gives off ambient heat. Since the units thermostat is literally right above the hose (located under the top rear filter on the upper right) the temperature readings can be off by as much as 10 degrees. At first we were having issues with the compressor running all night non stop. When I figured out what was going on I insulated the hose with some foil where the hose connects to the unit and about 2 feet more of the hose from there. Temps now read properly.

We bought our unit from Best Buy with my wife's employee discount so we paid quite a bit less than what Amazon is selling it for but I would have gladly paid the amount here for the pleasant sleep we now both enjoy.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Isn't worth the money June 2 2013
By Marvin - Published on
I picked one of these up at a local Best Buy to replace some very old and heavy window units.

-The dehumidifier does not turn on when the unit is in cooling mode.
-A thermostat that switches the unit from cooling to fan mode once the room has reached the set temperature.
-Very easy to use.
-A timer that can turn it on or off when you aren't around.
-Very quiet.

-The exhaust hose is not insulated so all the hot air passing though it is radiated back into the room.
-No adjustable slats for pointing the air in a direction you want.
-It doesn't seem to put out 8,000 BTUs of cool air. My old 2,000 BTU window units cooled better.
-The PVC window blockers that the exhaust hose connects to is very wide. So wide that it doesn't fit my window. I have to tilt it in and block off the open space with cardboard.
-The exhaust hose does not connect firmly to the PVC window blockers. They can be easily pulled apart by simply moving the unit.
-It struggles to keep a small room cooled below 77F during a warm day.
-Rather heavy, about 75 pounds.

Over view:
I plan to return this Danby portable air conditioner to Best Buy and find something else.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A little customizing June 9 2013
By Dave L - Published on
I put it on a table next to the window and connected a 6 inch diameter pipe for good air flow to the intake by making a scoop out of card board and duct tape then ran the pipe out the window making it a dual hose system.I kept the intake and exhaust hoses as short and straight as possible. It works much better now, it was almost useless before.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
works great April 15 2012
By jw - Published on
Dont know what others have been disappointed in but I bought this to cool a two car garage that we made rec room. It took the temp from 80 to 74 in less then 40 minutes. Runs about as loud as others. Add a fan in the room too and we are more than pleased.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
$400 white noise generator July 2 2014
By Greg - Published on
I bought this unit at Best Buy like Marvin did.

My room is about 12x12 and I'll have it running overnight. When I wake up the room is cooler than the others, but not by much.

It runs with reasonably quiet white noise, but that's all it has become - a $400 white noise generator. I will be returning this and getting something else.