Portable solar air conditioners come in various brands meaning they are built differently though their primary job is to cool spaces. Some of these ACs are fitted with timers, digital and remote controls, in built heaters, fans, dehumidifiers and air purifiers. One can avoid frequent solar air conditioning repairs by choosing a portable air conditioner that suits his/her needs. Here are six things to be considered.



1. Size of the portable solar air conditioner The higher the BTU (British Thermal Units) ratings in an AC, the higher its cooling power and the larger its size. One should select an AC that will cool spaces effectively. Aspects that can be used as a guide include; ceiling heights, room size, number of heat-producing appliances in the home, room insulation and the number of windows. Alternatively, one can use a guide that show the recommended number of BTUs/square feet. These guides differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.

2. Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)This indicates the amount of energy the solar conditioner uses to cool a room. Portable conditioners with higher numbers are more efficient and the law actually requires conditioners to have an EER of at least 10. EER equals BTU divided by wattage.

3. ControlsNewer portable models come with plenty of features with some having remote controls, louvers that adjust automatically, sleep mode and timers that can be programmed. Those with manual controls are much simpler to handle and are generally preferred by many people.

4. Drainage. A self-evaporative AC is a great choice as no draining will be required. Alternatively, the AC should have a bigger tank for holding the water or a continuous drainage hose. The auto evaporative technology used in modern portable ACs lessens the number of times one has to drain the tank.

5. Noise levelsPortable air conditioners come with different levels of decibels, which should be compared, prior to purchase if noise is an issue. Some models are quieter than others so shopping around is recommended. Models with 45-50 decibels are quieter.

6. Position/locationHot air produced during the cooling process must be released. Some ACs come with exhaust pipes, others with window kits while some models require a kit that releases the air through the ceiling or wall to be installed.The costs of portable air conditioners vary and so do air conditioning repair rates. Asking experts about prices should help one make good decisions.

• Central air conditioner that has failed and it doesn’t switch on when the thermostat indicates the need for cooling. Repair by first setting the thermostat to cool and the temperature very low then inspect your electrical panel to see if the fuse has blown or the breaker has tripped and offset the issue.

With time wires are corroded, the fan and compressor also age, and therefore cause failures so have them replaced as soon as possible to cut down on costs.• The sensor or thermostat can cause problems if it’s not positioned properly. It is supposed to be near the coil but not touching it so always check it first when the air conditioner behaves funny.