Few of the most common questions people ask are:
- Why does water collect in my portable air conditioner?
- Do portable air conditioners need to be drained?
- Should i buy fully self evaporating portable air conditioner?
- How to empty water from a portable air conditioner?
- Why my portable air conditioner fills with water quickly?
The good news is you may never have to empty the water bucket. I’ll get to that in a second. Before that, let me tell you why water collects in the first place. As they are cooling it loses its ability to hold as much water. So this excess moisture is collected in your AC as the moisture builds up. Some of it is automatically evaporated and released through an exhaust hose.
There are two types of portable air conditioners
- Partially self evaporative
- Fully self evaporative
Most portable air conditioners are partially evaporative. So let’s talk about those first partially evaporative. Air conditioners evaporate a large amount of moisture but some water still builds up and needs to be emptied from time to time, depending on the humidity in your environment.
The most basic way to get rid of this water is to manually drain it. Simply remove the drain plug and allow the unit to drain into an empty container. How often you’ll need to do this depends on your humidity and how long you run your AC.
It can be anywhere from six to eight hours to several weeks. A lower maintenance option that’s available in select units is to use a drain hose. Simply attach the drain hose to your AC and run it to another location. Keep in mind that drain hoses rely on gravity. To move water, you won’t be able to drain vertically or through a window but it’s a convenient option to avoid manual draining and is especially popular in basements with floor drains.
The most versatile draining option is a condensate pump. These let you drain water up and out of an area without relying on gravity. Most people who use a condensate pump guide theirs outside a window fully evaporative air conditioner removes all collected moisture so no water builds up inside the units. Meaning you don’t need to drain them.
How come my portable air conditioner fills with water quickly
Your portable air conditioner not evaporating water effectively. Some portable ac able to evaporate moisture faster but some don’t. It depend on brands and the quality of the product.