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PortaPac Series FAQ'S

How loud are the PortaPac units?
Does the unit make water? What happens with the condensate?
How often will I need to empty the tank?
How large are the condensate tank?
What if I need to run my PortaPac unit 24/7?
How long can the condensate line be?
Do I need to vent the unit to the outside?
How far can I duct the unit?
What kind of maintenance is required?
What do I need to do if I am going to store the unit?

PortaPac Series Application FAQ'S

How large of an area can I cool with the PortaPac Series?
How cold can I get my room/tent?
Can I put the PortaPac unit on my UPS?
Can I plug into an extension cord?
Do I need a dedicated circuit to run the PortaPac unit?
What other accessory items do I need for my application?
Who can I get to install my PortaPac unit?
Who Has Rented Portable Air Conditioners From AirPac Rents?


PortaPac Series FAQ'S

 

How loud are the PortaPac Units?

The PortaPac units are designed for indoor and outdoor use applications and we use advanced compressor technology to further reduce mechanical noise. The blowers or fans are all reciprocating type and reduce the air noise of the unit. There is no dB rating for the PortaPac series because there are to many variables involved with this unit.
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Does the unit make water? What happens with the condensate?

Yes, the PortaPac Series are true air conditioners and some moisture is removed from the air which results in condensate. The condensate collects in a pan and is then pumped out of the unit through a condensate pump.
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How often will I need to empty the tank?

There is no tank on the PortaPac Series, but there is a condensate pump to discharge the condensate to a drain line.  Condensate generation is based on various temperature and humidity levels as well as user installation and control settings. In the warm, humid summer months the amount of condensate generated will be greater than in the cool, dry winter months.
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How large is the condensate tank?

Again there is not a tank but a condensate pump.  The water will collect in a condensate drain pan with-in the PortaPac unit, drain into the pump reservoir and from there the condensate is pumped out of the unit through 3/8" vinyl tubing.  Now you can run your condensate line to a drain, sink or to the outside.
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What if I need to run my PortaPac unit 24/7?

The PortaPac unit has a built-in condensate pump that can be used to allow continuous uninterrupted cooling. The pump has a 20’ lift capability which will get you up to the drop ceiling level and allow for connection to a drain line.
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How long can the condensate line be?

The PortaPac unit has a built-in condensate pump that comes with enough 3/8" plastic tubing to reach outside the unit through the knock out hole.  You may require more tubing than what is supplied with the pump.  You can either attach the new section of tubing to the supplied tubing with a coupler or purchase a new section of tubing to fit the required length of your condensate drain line.  You can go as far as you need to with the tubing as long as you keep the tubing sloping down at an angle.  Again if you need to go a long distance to your drain then we recommend that you go up as much as you can (up to 20') then go towards your drain with the tubing sloping down at an angle.
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Do I need to vent the unit to the outside?

No, you do not need to vent the PortaPac unit to the outside. If you are cooling an enclosed equipment environment you do need to discharge the condenser air (warm air) out of the space you are trying to cool. The warm air duct attaches to the back of the unit with the quick connect flange that will allow for condenser air discharge into the ceiling plenum area or through a wall.  You may also set your PortaPac unit outside and duct the cold air into the room.
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How far can I duct the unit?

The warm air duct is an option for the PortaPac unit, but the length of duct you can have for the condenser air is a maximum of 50'.
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What kind of maintenance is required?

Unit maintenance is quick and easy. The PortaPac series has a totally sealed refrigeration system. It should not be necessary to recharge your unit. The only regular preventative maintenance is cleaning the two filters. You want to make sure that you keep the drain line clear on the condensate pump.
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What do I need to do if I am going to store the unit?

Before storing the unit you want to ensure the evaporator coil is dry and the condensate is emptied from the unit. First you would operate the PortaPac unit in the fan mode for about 5 minutes to dry out the evaporator coil and get all the moisture off of the coil. Make sure the condensate is emptied, turn off the unit, and wipe down the cabinet with a soft cloth and mild detergent. Your PortaPac unit will be in prime shape when your next cooling need arises.
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PortaPac Series Application FAQ'S

 

How large of an area can I cool with the PortaPac Series?

That depends on what is in the area you are trying to cool. All air conditioning units are rated in BTU, or British Thermal Unit, which is a unit of measure. There are 12,000 BTU to 1 ton of air conditioning. For equipment cooling we need to determine the amount of power being used by the equipment in the room so we can do a basic heat load calculation.
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How cold can I get my room/tent?

There is no way to tell. The PortaPac unit will give you approximately a 20°F temperature differential – for instance, if your room is 80°F, the unit will deliver approximately 60°F air. This does not mean that your room will be 60°F. . . that all depends on the heat load in the room/tent.
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Can I put the PortaPac unit on my UPS?

We do not recommend that you operate the PortaPac unit using on a UPS.
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Can I plug into an extension cord?

The PortaPac is hard-wired and we do not recommend that you operate the PortaPac unit using an extension cord.
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Do I need a dedicated circuit to run the PortaPac unit?

he PortaPac is hard-wired and is a mechanical device and could potentially put noise onto the line when the compressor starts and stops. A dedicated line is not required but would certainly be recommended if your computer and electronic equipment is not protected by a UPS or surge suppresser.
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What other accessory items do I need for my application?

The PortaPac has many options and accessories to keep your hot spots cool.
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Who can I get to install my PortaPac unit?

The PortaPac unit is designed for quick set-up.  A local contractor or electrician would be able to install your PortaPac unit by providing the proper electrical power and connecting the unit to the power supply.  You may also require the services of a handyman or plumber, depending on the location of your condensate drain line for your condensate pump.
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Who Has Rented Portable Air Conditioners From AirPac Rents?

Just a few companies who depend on AirPac Rents  to cool their hot spots.
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