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What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

I put the word "hose" in the thread title so maybe it will help someone in the future, amongst the slew of air conditioning threads (seems to be a popular topic)...

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I broke down today and bought an air conditioner. I didn't want one that had to be hooked up to the window so I was careful to check the displays (but of course I didn't ASK anyone).

Nevertheless, when I got home, there's this HOSE. dammit. And the instructions say put it out the window, close the window as best as possible, etc. Fine.. did that... as best as possible.

But then the directions say for trouble shooting, that if the unit can't cool the room, that you should SHUT all of the windows! (well DUH).

So now I'm wondering, why do I need that hose?!? Can the unit just be run without the hose thingy? Perhaps someone more technically savvy could give a tip here. Maybe throw a groan and a red blobbie just to make me feel even worse for not knowing.

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Old 20.08.2011, 18:10
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

The hose needs to pump out the hot air, if the window is open it won't really work so make a hole in some cardboard to seal the window.



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I put the word "hose" in the thread title so maybe it will help someone in the future, amongst the slew of air conditioning threads (seems to be a popular topic)...

Anyway...

I broke down today and bought an air conditioner. I didn't want one that had to be hooked up to the window so I was careful to check the displays (but of course I didn't ASK anyone).

Nevertheless, when I got home, there's this HOSE. dammit. And the instructions say put it out the window, close the window as best as possible, etc. Fine.. did that... as best as possible.

But then the directions say for trouble shooting, that if the unit can't cool the room, that you should SHUT all of the windows! (well DUH).

So now I'm wondering, why do I need that hose?!? Can the unit just be run without the hose thingy? Perhaps someone more technically savvy could give a tip here. Maybe throw a groan and a red blobbie just to make me feel even worse for not knowing.

Thanks!
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Old 20.08.2011, 18:11
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

No idea on this one but I found this link which will give you something to read until someone who understands the gadgets comes along.

I know someone who cut a new 'pane' for the window out of wood with an appropriate sized hole in it for his 'hose'. It was a very light room and the loss of one pane of glass didn't matter - especially as they had to keep the blinds down anyway. I don't know what the hose did though.

I think the Thread belongs in 'housing' or 'other/general' really and will move it there when I have decided which...
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Old 20.08.2011, 18:14
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

With portable air conditioners both the evaporator and condenser are built into the unit, the unit is therefore self-contained. Whilst air-conditioning units produce cool air for the desired room it also produces hot exhaust air that needs to be removed. The hot air is removed via the exhaust tube and needs to be dispersed away from the area being cooled (stick it out an open window or door). A more expensive but more efficient way is to have a hole cut in a window for the hose, take note you will most likely be required to have the glass replaced when you leave the apartment (adding to the cost).
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

do you have roll down shutters?

if so no need for cutting or making holes in anything- you get plastic adaptors that fit in the shutter rails - the hose then attaches to this - you will however need to have the shutter down for it to work.
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

If you have sash windows (eg, they open by sliding up-and-down), then you can buy a kit like this which rather elegantly solves the problem:

http://www.build.com/whynter-arc-wk-...baid=761426436

Similar kits exist for sliding doors.

If you've got casement windows (eg, the swing open, like a door), then you're out-of-luck. We've got casement windows, and the trick is to leave the window cracked open. When you vent the hot air, try to get it directed away from the opening in the window.

If anyone has a more elegant solution for casement windows, I'd love to hear it! (Edited to add that the idea of using a kit like the one above with roll-down shutters is an excellent one. I just wish I had roll-down shutters!)
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Old 20.08.2011, 18:30
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

We have a cheaper option that actually came with our unit, but you could have one made. It's a foam rubber type padding material with room for the "hose" and which fits in the window opening. Sometimes there is another "hose" for the water that comes out the bottom of the unit. If not there is a plug which you have to remove every so often and drain the water.

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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

At a DIY shop order a piece of plywood that exactly fits the window frame when the window is open. Look at window frame and design clips or something that will hold the plywood firmly in the window frame.

Cut hole in plywood, and fit hose or tube to hole. Use sponges to seal hole and hold the tube in place.
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

I'm new to this forum and therefore must guess that this posting is a joke.

Clearly an air conditioner takes power (quite substantial actually)

That means energy, in other words if you switched any device that consumes power, eg air conditioner, fridge, television, toaster, ON in a sealed room the room would get warmer by the energy input

So of course the air conditioner produces cold air at the front, VERY hot air at the back, and that hot air needs to be vented somewhere
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

Be careful Amouses, people collect groans with that attitude. Not everyone here is a technician. Maybe you can edit, then delete your post?
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

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I'm new to this forum and therefore must guess that this posting is a joke.

Clearly an air conditioner takes power (quite substantial actually)

That means energy, in other words if you switched any device that consumes power, eg air conditioner, fridge, television, toaster, ON in a sealed room the room would get warmer by the energy input

So of course the air conditioner produces cold air at the front, VERY hot air at the back, and that hot air needs to be vented somewhere
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

There suppose to be two 6Inch flex pipe ,one takes fresh air in (goes one the bottom true the window) and a 6inch flex pipe which exhaust the hot air to the atmosphere(goes on top) There is also a train pipe at the back half way up .You can put a 1/2 hose to it and train into a bucket.But don`t kick the bucket
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No idea on this one but I foundthis link which will give you something to read until someone who understands the gadgets comes along.

I know someone who cut a new 'pane' for the window out of wood with an appropriate sized hole in it for his 'hose'. It was a very light room and the loss of one pane of glass didn't matter - especially as they had to keep the blinds down anyway. I don't know what the hose did though.

I think the Thread belongs in 'housing' or 'other/general' really and will move it there when I have decided which...
This link Describes a window A/C Unit .The OP has a portable A/C unit
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Re: What's the hose for on a mobile air conditioner?

http://www.toyotomiusa.com/products/AccessoriesTID.mv

Here are all the component you need
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At a DIY shop order a piece of plywood that exactly fits the window frame when the window is open. Look at window frame and design clips or something that will hold the plywood firmly in the window frame.

Cut hole in plywood, and fit hose or tube to hole. Use sponges to seal hole and hold the tube in place.
If you're not too handy with hammers and nails and wood and such, please be careful if you get ambitious and try this: you'd do well to attach some cheap metal handles to the inside of the wood panel or you might have a 3 Stooges moment and drop that wood down however many stories you live up . Even if it's an exact fit and you know it will butt up against a lip in the frame it just takes a few degrees of tilt for it to slide through. That's why manhole covers are circular .
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