Air Conditioner Condensate

I've been thinking recently about ways to reuse the condensed water vapor that comes out of my air conditioner condenser. I've currently got a bucket set up under the spot where the condensate drips out just to see how much water is actually wasted. With the summer heat, I've got the AC going almost all day, and it comes out to about 1 gallon a day. What I'd ultimately like to do is have a storage tank for this water that I can use to water the lawn, wash the car, etc. The problem, though, is that the water outlet is very low to the ground, so only a small bucket will fit directly underneath (meaning it overflows by the end of the day). I'd like to have some sort of hose direct the fluid into a much larger container, and I'd like to do it without electricity. I can't think of a way to move the water without using some kind of pump, though. Any ideas?

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electrical

Why does an AC of 1.5 Ton with 1 to 5 Star rating differ in power consumption though they all have the same compressor. I fail to understand how a 1 Star AC consumes more current than a 5 star rated AC?

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How to make a home made air cooler?

I want to cool the air inside the cabin of a my boat but I don't have room to install even the smallest of air conditioners.  I would like to build something like a swamp cooler (Evaporative Cooler) but without the evaporative part.   I don't want to blow additional humidity around in the cabin.  I can use a pump to get a never ending supply of cold lake water.  I'm wondering if putting a fan in front of a radiator cooled with lake water will give me any sort of a reasonable deltaT on the air flowing through it?  Basically using a radiator in reverse.  Anyone have any thoughts on if this works? what kind of radiator to use?  and if I can get any reasonable temp drop on the air going through the radiator? 

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Newbie DIY icebox AC

I'm building a DIY, small AC unit using a desk fan, ice, and an ice box cooler. The fan I'm using is the one below. http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/e-kurashi/item/1468640/ I'm planning on making tubes connected to the sides. I will insert the tubes inside the cooling box (I'm not sure where is best... Above or below the ice?) I'm also thinking about where to put the holes for the air to go in. Should I put them below the ice, above the ice, or does it not matter? Also for the ice: salt water ice, or frozen bottles in salt water ice mixture, dry ice, or just plain ice? What do you think? I'm hoping to have the ice last the night. 

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cajan cooler Answered

Hi everyone ., I am racking my brain out with with my latest projectand I dont have a pic of it yet but check this out ,I mounted a30"x30"large4core radiator to my 42" x 42" sop wall fan with a custom built wooden shroud about 10 ft high and ran 1/2" copper tubing down into a chest type deep freezer full of ice with a 5 gallon buckit of anti freeze and a 11 gallon per minute pump in it with about 30ft of 1/2" copper coiled in the bucket ,mounted to the discharge of the pump and circulated through the radiator and back into the freezer into the bucket continuasly then turned on the fan.. I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO KICK ASS Abut it did not and it slowed down the fans output by 50%. What did I do wrong ,DOES ANYONE KNOW.. PLEASE any info will be greatly apreciated ,cause I take whatever I do seriously !! Thanks goldfishpro

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Ceramic capacitor in air conditioner DPAC12010H

Hi there,  I received a not-working air conditioner model DPAC12010H from someone who didn't need it anymore, and I took it to a friend who works with refrigerators to see if we could find the problem. We took it apart, and we found that a fuse mounted on the main PCB was shot. The fuse is 120V and 3.75A so I suppose it's only for the control circuit as the whole air conditioner runs at more than 9A on max capacity. Anyway, we temporarily bypassed the fuse with a copper wire to continue testing. We plugged it in, and immediately a component on the PCB (which I now believe is a ceramic capacitor) spew sparks and melted it's insulation. However after this incident the air conditioner works perfectly, and it blows very cool air (its a 12000 BTU machine after all). However I'm still concerned about that capacitor. I can not post a picture right now, maybe when I get back from work. It was brownish yellow, about 3/4" in diameter roughly same shape as a nickel. Does anyone have any idea what that capacitor might be for? Since the air conditioner is working now I'm guessing the sparks made it conductive, or maybe it's used for the dehumidifier which I have not tested.  I will buy a new fuse today and see what happens. The air conditioner draws about 9 A at full operation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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How does this thinkgeek air conditioning device work? Answered

I was wondering, how does this device work? http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/travel-outdoors/c400/ I tried to understand it, but if it does work filtering water, wouldn't the water have to steal heat from the device, and than the vapor would be blowed to my face, giving it heat to return to liquid state?

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Portable worksite air conditioner

I want to build an evaporative cooler, that I can take with me to my job sites.My tool brand is Makita, so I want to use a Makita leaf blower mounted to a portable cooler. What I think I need your help with is, the small liquid pump for drawing water out of the cooler and sending to a misting nozzle should be DC, so I can draw power from the Makita blower battery.Suggestions are welcome,Ralph

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Proposed Evaporative Air Conditioner

Have an idea for a Evaporative Cooler.  In most conventional coolers a fan pulls warm air through a panel that is constantly soaked in water, the water pulls the heat from the air.  Another form of this system is the simple "Mister Jets" that spray a fine mist into the air which pull the heat from the air dropping the temperature.  My idea is a combination of the two... See Image. The concept is simple... - Fan pulls warm air in and forces it into the body of the cooling unit. - A mister sprays a fine mist that combines with the air pulling the heat out. - To remove the fine air molecules a synthetic membrane (like pond filter material) is used to collect the vapor and allow the air to pass freely through. - The resulting water will make its way down the membrane and drip into the water basin below. - The pump will then recirculate the water back through the system. Seems like an easy enough system, the only problems I can see are... - Mildew - Leaks - Filter doesn't remove all the water So let me know if you guys think this will work.

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Low Powered Air Conditioner

I live in a converted bus made into a mobile home in Outback Australia. I'm currently building a 'Solar System'  so I can go anywhere without relying on hooking up to mains power. The biggest problem I'm having is finding an 'Inverter' that will handle power consumption to run my 'Fridge' and ''Air Conditioner', I have a 2500w Inverter but this can only run an 'Aircon' up to 300w, so tell me where you can get one that runs at this power level !! I have an idea that may get over both problems (Fridge and Aircon). I was looking through 'ebay' and found a 80L Fridge/Freezer that runs on 12v, mainly used for 4WDs and RVs. I'm just wondering if I could somehow carefully drill a hole into the freezer cabinet and coil copper or aluminum small bore pipe around the internal walls of this, then have a small 12v DC Pump circulating 'Antifreeze' or similar through a external radiator with fan blowing through this into my living area. I know this will be a drain on batteries as the freezer will be constantly running due to the warmer return fluid circling around inside the cabinet, but I'm not really worried about this as I will have 4 Solar Panels totaling around 500w production at 7-8amps and  4 Deep Cycle Batteries rated at 100ah each, total 400ah. Will this setup be efficient as a air cooling system without effecting the frozen food in my freezer too much. Would love to here any comments on this and also any suggestions will be gratefully accepted. Regards Keith

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Electric Air Conditioner for SUV??

I live and work in one of the southern states that moves to a position approximately 100' from the surface of the sun in summer.  I unfortunately must spend time sitting and waiting at various facilities, sometimes for a couple of hours in my vehicle.  I have 120VAC readily available at all of the facilities, but usually no air conditioning inside.  I'd like to find a way to cool the inside of the vehicle without idling the engine.  Ice would not be a preferable solution.  Ideally, I would like something that can be put into the vehicle during the summer months and then removed during the cooler month we get.  I've thought about a rooftop A/C, but don't want to cut holes in the vehicle (I also don't like the look. It's a Suburban, not a camper!).  A portable A/C with the vent hose run out of a window would be one option, but I was hoping to find a more elegant solution...and one that challenged my technical abilities. :)  It's been in the 105 degree plus range this week, with no forecast for it to go below 100.  I want/need something that travels with me, sits in the cargo area of the SUV, and can (hopefully) just be plugged in to work.  It would NOT be used while the vehicle is moving.   Oh, and of course....I want to do this as inexpensively as possible! :)

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how can u make a good electric portable air conditioner

I wanted to make a portable air conditioner for camping and stuff like that. I kind of wanted an electric one because all of the ones that i see use ice and would melt during the day up hear in north queensland. i wanted to use two pc fans pushing air into an esky full of cold copper tubing and coming out of three exits of pvc pipe and  ducts running into a tent or my swag do any of u have an idea for my air con thanks

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How to put air conditioner in wall?

Want to put my window air conditioner thru wall instead of window, how should it be supported and insulater for us northerners.

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Swamp/evaporative air conditioner question?

Does it matter where the air out flow is? Seems to make more sense to have an opening in the front of the ice box unit than on the top.

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how to build an air conditioner into a wall?

27"x28" in size 220v unit, I want to put in wall instead of window

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Removing heatsink from air conditioner? Answered

I got an old (functional) AC lying around and before i get rid of it i tough i'll try to do something with it. I tough about removing the heatsinks from the rear coil and cooling it with another copper tube with water pool flowing in. This way i hope to achieve 2 things : incrase the eficiency of the AC by cooling it with another coil of cold water and heating my pool for free ( and hopefully with better and more constant results than the solar heater) Since im'not HVAC certified, i'll have to remove the heat sinks pieces without removing the refregirant tubings. Any tips on removing thoses?

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2001 volvo v70 t5 air conditioner cuts off while driving.

I have a 2001 volvo v70 t5, and the air conditioner cuts out while driving. When I turn it off for about 10 mins. and turn it back on it will work for a little while.

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How can I turn an air conditioner on/off without remote.

How can I can I modify an air conditioner so that it can be turned on/off without the remote as soon as I turn on the power switch? I however want to use the remote to regulate the temperature.?

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Does anyone know of a electric air conditioner that runs off of the cars D/C or using a A/C converter

Does any one know of a air conditioner that could be used in a car, that runs off of the D/C current of a car of using a converter to use A/C power. I am trying to aircondition my car without using all the gas from when the compressor is on. Any ideas or suggestions? possible even solar energy if anyone knows enough about this.

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How do I make my hair thicker?

My hair is thin and flat. Is there a way to thicken it up and help the shine? I don't eat meat (except for fish); would that affect my hair?

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Will an air conditioner pump be good for a vacuum evaporator?

I've been wondering if I could use an air-conditioner pump for a vacuum evaporator for making concentrates without destroying some flavor for home brewing and cooking and I'm wondering if I should worry about the water vapor the comes from this. Should I set up some kind of cold trap for the water making some kinda vacuum distiller or should I use something else to drop the pressure?

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Help: Opening/Cleaning a portable air conditioner

I don't think this is the right place for it but I'm desperate. I have a portable air conditioner (Whynter Arc-14s) and need to vacuum and remove mildew from the inside, especially the fan blades. Now, I did contact Whynter support (e-mail) and they were able to help me remove the screws with a PDF guide. This allowed me to remove the front. Unfortunately, the back case won't come off, even though I took out all screws I was directed to. They couldn't assist me anymore after that. Now I'm stuck, summer is ending and I never got to use it this year. So has anyone opened up a Whynter Arc-14s portable a/c?

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what causes black soot to come out of air conditioning vents, the air conditioner is brand new?

What causes black soot to come out of air conditioning vents, the air conditioner is brand new?

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When my electricity goes for 1 minute and comes again, i have to restart my Air Conditioner again from remote?

When my electricity goes for 1 minute and comes again, i have to restart my Air Conditioner again from remote? is it possible to make my air conditioner of auto restart mode when electriciy comes? my ac is of hier company. thank you

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can i power a household fan with some sort of battery pack? Answered

I am working on a portable air conditioner for my house when in order to make it portable i would need to power with a battery pack of some sort.

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how can you non-toxically and permanently remove an active wasp nest, which is located inside an air conditioner?

The air conditioner is in second-floor window. Every few days one or two wasps (? paper wasps; lower New York) find their way into the room; these I kill. All other active wasps go in and out of the air conditioner on the outdoors side. Two years ago this same scenario happened ... I left them alone and read that they rarely inhabit the same nest the following year, which was true in my case, and therefore I vacuumed out the nest in the air conditioner and used it last year. This year they are back! How can I permanently get rid of them?

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How can I modify a wired air conditioning control to be wireless or IR remote control?

The main intention is just to "turn on" and "turn off" the air conditioner wireless-ly.

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on top of my water conditioner reserve tank, there is a plastic connection that is leaking.

It is just off the main water line. leak is becoming more rapid. i tried turning the bypass knob. did not help. how do i repair it without diconnection? is there a spray, or putty that can be used?

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Cheap Wine Cooler using a standard small room air conditioner?

Need to bypass the auto shutoff at 64 degrees of a room air condiitoner so I can use it as a cheap way to keep my wine below 60 degrees. How physically is this done? 

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im interested in a whole house power conditioner and surge protection system, any ideas?

I have a new house, 2900 sqft. 3 breaker panels im looking for something i can put inline at the primary panel that will stop surges and keep my power at a solid 110v.

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What are your plans for the summer this year?

Are you going somewhere with your family and loved ones or going to stay at your place and enjoy the summers in the cool temperatures of your air conditioner? I am not going anywhere this year and enjoy the hot temperatures outside. What are your plans, please add your replies.

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Is there any way I can reverse engineer the wiring for this car CD player? Answered

I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima that I intend to customize just a little (well, a lot).  Recently I was at a garage sale and bought a 6 disk CD changer for $1.  I'm hoping this was a worthy investment since I want to install it in my glove compartment and wire it into a custom stereo system.  That's all fine and dandy, but step one is to figure out how to reverse engineer the proprietary control systems.  Eventually I want the air condititioning, stereo, and this 6 disk CD changer to be interfaced to a computer with a big ole touchscreen in the dash.  I'm going to need to do a few things: 1. Figure out the wiring for the 6 disk CD changer so that I can power it up, control it through the computer, and connect it's audio output to my car's speakers.  2. Figure out the wiring for the air conditioner so I can control it with the computer. 3. Get a touch screen that fits in the dash (I'll measure it later), that I can use with a computer with (relative) ease.  These are my goals for right now.  If I can figure this out, I will be ready for the next phase, actually installing the new dash.  If anyone can recommend any sources to learn more about basic car work, that'd be helpful too.  I'm used to computers.  The lid comes off.  Screws are all easily accessible.  Parts don't weigh more than I do.  I know where everything goes and what everything does inside.  Since a car is so proprietary, and such a new field for me to be working in, ANY resources would be greatly appreciated.  How do I figure out how to take things apart in my car?  FYI: The disk changer is marked with part number 39115-s3v-a011-m1 Update (18 August 2012): I added some pictures.  The connector I am holding is the only connector that comes out of the box. 

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DC To AC Converter?

Hello, It Is Now Summer where I live, and it is getting VERY hot. I Want to put in an Air Conditioner, but whenever I do, My electric bill goes through the roof! I have an old car part (Cannot remember what it is called, its the part that uses the turning engine to charge the battery or something like that... I Cant remember) and I would like to use that (made into a mini wind turbine) to charge my spare car battery, and use a DC to AC Power Converter to power the air conditioner... I Have an DC - AC converter, but its not powerful enough... I Need To Build One That Can Power The Air conditioner.... Soon... Its Starting To Get REALLY hot... Thanks...

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How can I make a mechanical white-noise generator (sound conditioner)?

I would like to be able to make a white-noise generator like this one but I do not know how I would start.  If anybody has any suggestions, that would be fantastic.   If you do not know how to make a mechanical version but do know how to make an electronic one, that would still work, but mechanical would be preferred.  

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what is the best size pump for a homemade A/C?

I'm making a homemade A/C for a 4 H project and wanted to know the best size pump for it

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To even out my current coming in can I use 12v Gel batteries or should I go to a bank of wet cell batteries?

I have a chispito like wind generator and a radiator fan that I will place on the Air conditioner fan outside. When the Air Conditioner kicks on, I will be generating DC. My plan is to take both sources into a charge controller tied to a bank of 12v batteries, then into an inverter. I have purchased two 12v gel cell sealed batteries to get up and running with. Do I need to use wet cell batteries or can I go with the Gel Cell batteries? By the way my generator creates 3-6 volts in a good stiff wind anf my radiator fan creates 2-4.5 volts when the Air Conditioner is running. Thanks

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How do I effectively (and cheaply) cool a rom in a warm day?

Of course I cannot afford an air conditioner, and a simple vent is not enough. Is there any way to cool my room?

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Hoist? Answered

Any ideas for a small hoist to lift an air conditioner out of a window that is about 3 feet off the floor and lower it to the floor for transport to another room. It would be helpful if it was small enough to fold and fit in a VW trunk. It should have casters on the bottom.

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Help

I was planning on building a mini fridge and i was gonna use a peltier cooler and pvc pip maybe but i was wondering how could i insulate it so its more efficient? thx for help

Topic by edfel01   |  last reply


Squirrel cage wiring??

I see a lot of squirrel cage fans with internal motors at the scrap yard. They are from discarded air conditioners, but could be used for room ventilation, etc. Does anyone know the wiring scheme or have a wiring diagram. There is usually a capacitor involved.

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Functional intra nasal prosthesis

A patient had a malignant cancerous tumor removed from the nasal anatomy and is now left with no nose and no internal nasal structures that normally would filter, warm and humidify the inspirated air. Can anyone design a mini air conditioner that is light weight, safe to use, easy to clean, and affordable? If you do, then you can patent your device, and will probably be the first to ever create such a device. While there is no monetary reward, you would probably become known in the international medical community, and your device could be developed and marketed through the usual channels. As for me, I have nothing to gain. Its just that I am trying to help some colleagues who are now faced with this challenge. Anyone?

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building a small VAWT to charge 12v battery, which motor to use? PM 3791 12v 96 or 60 hz 115v PH1 1,1 anp 1.5 hp?

I took apart an old air conditioner for the turbine blades and the second motor is from the air conditioner. The DC motor is from a salvage shop, I don't know any more about it except it was made in Canada. I am a long time out of school and not very handy so please don't suggest I wire my own alternator/generator. I know I am ignorant, but I hope you will keep answering my questions until I build the dang thing. Thanks John S.

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My air conditioner is broken beyond repair, any ideas on how to keep the house cool until we move? Answered

The people we rent our house from decided to "fix" the air conditioning to the house by getting rid of the unit for the upstairs and just making the duct for the one downstairs bigger. Now the ducts are basically clogged with dust because there's no filter that will fit the main intake and the main unit keeps freezing up because it can't handle cooling the entire house. We live in Florida, so it get's very hot, very fast. We're currently looking for a new house, but does anyone here have any creative cooling ideas for until then? I currently have fans upstairs blowing all the hot air out, which is working a little bit.

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Tall irrigated hedge to pre-cool A/C condenser? Answered

I am thinking about planting a hedge around our air conditioner condenser to increase its efficiency. This would serve as shade for the condenser and as a means to inject water to keep the plant cooling the air as it evaporates the water. When rainwater is available, an aquarium pump could "irrigate" the hedge. When not available, a switch could control a valve for a high-pressure drip irrigation system. Both could be controlled by the compressor circuit. Keep the hedge trimmed about 6 feet tall and with just enough space around the condenser for a workman to easily maintain the unit (at least 3 feet from the condenser). The hedge would have to be drought resistant and one that does not shed leaves or debris. Any thoughts about this?

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