Whynter portable air conditoner manual drain bucket compatible to all models
Posted by Jeremy on Nov 29th 2017
This heater/cooler is pretty great. Our living room and kitchen are connected (and so is a small room with the fridge), so it has to heat/cool 2.5 rooms ... and it does a great job. I turn it on in the morning and within an hour or two the whole area is warm (it has a sleep function so I could use that to pre-heat things, but I don't mind the wait).
The only flaw in the heater/cooler is draining its water. At least once a day, and sometimes twice, I have to empty the water that it dehumidifies out of the air. That wouldn't be a big deal except that the water drain is at the very bottom of the back of the unit, so the only thing you can fit underneath it is an ice cube tray. However, it takes about two and a half trays worth of water to empty the thing, and you wind up spilling a ton on the floor.
I finally gave in and paid $40 for their stupid drainage container (a $2 piece of plastic that should have been included), but even still the fact that the drain is at the very bottom makes it a real pain.
If they just added a pump or redesigned the internals to make the water come out at the top I would have happily paid $50 more (really only $10 since I wouldn't have to buy the stupid drain thing), and would totally have given a 5-star review.
Posted by Michael Shapiro on Jun 12th 2017
The Whynter ARC-14SH is excellent at discharging condensate out with the exhaust but in high humidity conditions (continuing tropical rains common in Florida), a small amount of condensate will accumulate. The drain bucket is an easy way to collect the condensate without getting any on the floor. Highly recommended!