Price has dropped! Now $198, was $240 originally $400 at Costco! This is an all time low price and lowest price ever for a powerful 4 in 1 PAC with heat. In and out of stock. Check back. This is the updated '3A' Costco version for which I will share my personal experience. Model PAC EL275 HGRKC-3A
Value: Check out says "Item condition NEW". Sept 6 edit: Now $152 lower than Costco's spring sale @$350. 50% savings off Costco regular price of $400 with low cost option for extended warranty coverage with free home pick-up if required.
Powerful feature-packed unit for the price. Buyers generally say they have received
units which are in like-new condition.
Security: 90 days by Amazon + three years protection for $34 or four years for $45. Buy the extended warranty up to 30 days post-purchase. No deductibles, covers return shipping
and from day of purchase covers accidental damage, drops spills. No need to lug back to warehouse or pay to ship back to Delonghi.
Buying the extended warranty means no dealing with time-wasters at Delonghi. Potentially improves resale value of unit. The standard Delonghi warranty is essentially useless.
Wiki: In the Wiki please find useful information which I have added including vent part numbers.
Dimensions (l x w x h inches): 19.3 x 17.52 x 34.5
Weight (Lbs): 83.5 pounds
Maximum sound power level dB(A): 53dbA
Condensate recycling system: Yes
Dehumidifying function: Yes
Fan speed: 3
Flange with cap: Yes
For rooms up to (sq ft): 500 sq
Hose diameter: 130 MM, 5.1 inches
Hose length: 4 ft
Maximum cooling capacity: 7.200 BTUs (DOE)
Only fan function: Yes
Refrigerant gas: R410A
Remote control: Yes
Single hole window bracket: Yes
Timer (min.): 12hr
Auto restart after power loss: resumes last mode
I have great things to say about this model along with a few cautions which should help you determine if this PAC is right for you.
Powerful. No draining required, automatically expels condensate through vent hose, no drips, no leaks ( in AC mode only ). 'Real Feal' mode increases comfort without over-cooling.
On-unit storage for the remote. Comes with a capped vent terminus for permanent floor or wall installation. If you are lucky enough to be able to down-vent then this greatly improves the cooling, aesthetic factor, security and convenience. The cabinet itself is sleek and more pleasing than many of the competition. Resumes operation in last set mode in the event of power interruption.
Quiet: At 53dbA max this is one of the quietest PACs. IN AC mode user may select three fan speeds. I found low speed to be very quiet. But fan speed increases automatically to medium when t-stat calls for cooling. No rattles or knocks. Did not notice compressor kick-in clunk which can be annoying on other PACs. Compressor kick-out has a thump. Experience will vary depending on room acoustics and variation among machines.
Venting options: through an exterior wall, a floor, a door panel, through an interior wall to a room with an open window such as a laundry room, up through a 5" or greater chimney such as a fireplace. If a small window pane can be removed and replaced then the small vent flange may be installed in a plexi glass pane increasing security and convenience. .
How it sucks: Single hose PAC's use conditioned air instead of outside air to pump the heat out of your home and to cool the
components. In other words they literally suck and because of that they are less energy
efficient than other more expensive or less convenient options. Nevertheless
PAC work very well for certain people and certain climates. Single hose
PAC's do not work unless
unless something is left open to replenish the air used for exhausting heat.
Failure to provision outside air is origin of many poor consumer ratings on all PAC except dual hose.
No point in rehashing this limitation in this thread.
More suck: This particular model has window vent kit plastic that breaks if you look at it sideways. The hose connector twist-locks on to the back of the unit and has a tendency to fall off unless it is modified which is not difficult. The 5" diameter hose is O.K. but a bit shorter than other brands at 4 feet end to end including the hose adapters. Can not be extended more than a few inches without compromising efficiency other than venting straight up through a chimney. The hose fittings are -not- hard to assemble at all except by folks who can not screw in a light bulb. Requires a bit of putty or tape at connections to prevent leaks.
FAN: Three fan speeds may be selected in AC and heat however the speed will increase periodically during operation. In dehumidify fan speed is fully automatic.
HEAT PUMP mode, unlike cooling mode, will require frequent manual draining.
Compared to DeLonghi N series: The smaller PAC N series model may be a better choice for some. I found the N270 to be a little easier to control with a nicer top located control panel which displays actual as well as set temperature and it has an LCD remote with room temperature display. My N270 does make more of an audible bang when the compressor kicks in compared to this EL series. N270 has no heat mode but it does display both set and actual room temperature which this EL model does not.
Amperage: The EL275 I received says 9.5 amps average current. Refer to you specific unit's label for amps as some versions use more.
Dehumidifies well in cooling mode. However, unlike a dedicated dehumidifier, PAC output air can be too cool. In fall and winter months will likely require frequent draining. In humid climates this draining might be once an hour.
My experience: 16 x 12 bedroom installation, installation with short hose length down-venting through closet floor. 1500 ft elevation , coastal central California, high humidity forested mountain area, full sun mid summer 9 am to 5 pm, 95 F or better day time temps, single level 2 BR older home with good insulation over bedrooms, dual pane windows, no insulation at all in cathedral ceiling part of home which is all but bedrooms and bath. This unit can chill the bedroom to 66 F in no time at all even with room door open when >90 outside. I always leave kitchen window open for vent air. This PAC makes the rest of home bearable when turned on in the morning. In the fall the heat pump worked great but unit shuts down when internal base drain pan is full after about 45 minutes. Can not connect a continuous drain tube per Delonghi because a minimal level of internal water is required to cool. Creative persons may be able to rig a drain solution. Does yield a nice dry heat and dehumidifies on damp days 40-65 F.
Is easy to roll room to room so one unit is capable of keeping this home cool and dry.
Buy recommendation depends on user's climate and installation requirements. Easier to recommend buying if you can down-vent or vent through the wall. Plan on needing a replacement window kit unless very careful not to move unit or remove-replace vent often. Or make your own window kit.