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Do not buy this air conditioner.
I received the Rinnai RPC35WA from Appliances Online on the 10th of January this year. I loved its design as it looks like no other portable air conditioner out there which lured me into buying it. As it "is" a Rinnai unit, I expected great quality. Unfortunately within 2 weeks of owning it, it began to short cycle (compressor turns off and on randomly) indicating a faulty unit. Appliances Online quickly replaced it with another unit on the 22nd which once again experienced the exact issue as the other unit and began short cycling today.
When...the units worked, they worked well enough although cooling performance was disappointing for a supposed 3.5kW unit. Also they are very noisy. I live in a small apartment. It was barely any more powerful than my 2.6kW Dimplex DC09MINI which is still running flawlessly 4 years later. Save yourself the headache. Do not purchase these "Rinnai' air conditioners. There's a good reason why Rinnai no longer sells them anymore. They are extremely unreliable. You get a striking design, but terrible reliability. Also these exact units are sold across the world under many different names (Vostok, Vortex, Zanussi, AUX etc.) and are not actually manufactured by Rinnai at all.
Purchased in January 2021 at Appliances Online for $589.00.
Compressor very noisy
I had a look at a few portable AC's and settled with this one, seller recommended. But when I got home I couldn't attach the hose to my window coz my window is not the sliding window. It's the one where you wind out, then the seller said you have to do this you have to do that for it to cool your room. It's just too much stuffing around and the compressor noise is pretty loud, you won't be able to hear the TV unless it's cranked up. And on very hot days the hose gets hot and all that heat has to go somewhere (back into the room). Now the unit just sits in the closet, I've only used it once or twice and it wasn't cheap to buy either. Put in a little more money and got a mini split system, much better.
Purchased in September 2017 at The Good Guys for $800.00.
Tbh I'm pretty happy with it
It was easy to assemble and I'm not a fan of constructing flat packs of stuff of any kind. It's an easy plug and play and can adapt to window use easily but I have it working with a door with a curtain and it's working really well, it's pretty powerful and has really good air flow and immediately cooled down a really hot room that's operating a pc. My pc isn't over heating anymore, it's very smooth and worth the money tbh. It's not that loud you can sleep with it on and you forget it's there when you're concentrating on something else.
Purchased in November 2020 at The Good Guys for $900.00.
Great little unit
I have had my unit for approximately 1 year, the Unit is now starting to let of an awful smell when in use. Is there any reason for this? I clean the filters regularly.
Purchased in May 2019.
Rate: 68% OK. Nightmare window adapter. Could be 84%+
Design (main unit): 4/5
Design (peripherals): 1/5 (barely 1)
Bottom line: (17/25) 68% - OK. I would recommend this product so long as you know what you’re getting yourself into with the window adapter (you enjoy assembling ikea flat-packs, self-torture and possible occasional electrocution), then this is the unit for you. Performance is better than I expected for its size and the space it is conditioning. Noise is there, but it doesn’t bother me your assessment will undoubtedly vary.
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Purchased in February 2020 at eBay for $720.00.
Worked great for 3 years then it leaked.
This air conditioner saved me from hot nights. Has been great but last week started leaking. No where does it say you need to drain it because it’s self evaporative. I woke to totally saturated carpet in the bedroom. Had to buy a stand to put it on and buckets below. Now it seems after a few days it doesn’t leak as much in the bucket.
Also the service dept I called were quite hopeless.
Purchased in January 2017 at The Good Guys for $690.00.
has Anyone else on here had problems or know why the aircon drops in and out, one minute it would be cold as than the next it’s like the fan is only working.. if anyone could help me out that would be sweet.. thanks
Purchased for $850.00.
Replacement window kit hard to find
I purchased the Rinnai RPC35WA in October 2016 at the Good Guys and couldn’t be without it. It is absolutely perfect for my bedroom and I never had any problems with it. But after over 3 years the inevitable happened, the hose needs to be replaced but I have a very hard time getting one. As I have a heart condition It is really important that I get a replacement straight away.
Please let me know where I can purchase one.
Purchased in October 2016 at The Good Guys.
This is Cool!!!
I bought the big one by reading reviews here and I'm happy with my choice, it's very good and cool the living room very well. I think the noise is fair as everything of a normal AC is in one place so it makes noise :D
An absolute godsend in hot and humid weather
In my small 4 x 5 bedroom it cools and dehumidifies very quickly to take it down from 37 degrees, to a more manageable 27 and the added benefit of the sleep setting, means no bright display when trying to sleep at night
Purchased in January 2020.
Excellent for renters
Summer hot nights can be annoying but this cool-only machine does away with the hot annoyance for a small rental bedroom in a shared house accommodation with only on-roof heating system, size of the room probably no bigger than 3 meters width, height and length
. It is noisy but only in intervals of long whispering silence when room temperature reaches above 23'C and the setting kept on low for a small room. How long does it remain quiet while keeping the room cool depends on how clever you are in keeping gaps in door or window closed or blocke...
Purchased in November 2019 at The Good Guys.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Excellent cooling and great value for money. Portable and great for rentals/extra rooms.
Bought this last Summer after moving into a new place without air conditioning and not being able to sleep in the heat. Just brought it out again and remembered how much of a godsend it is on high 30 degree days. It brings down the temperature to a more manageable low-mid twenty degrees in less than half an hour. Used in a 5 x 6M room. You get used to the noise, which is a bit more than a ducted or split system. But as a solution for renters or someone who doesn't have the money for an electrician to install built-in systems, this is a winner. ...I've previously bought an ALDI version which I gave up on after a week, totally useless. I also got another one for around the $400 mark which also struggled to bring down the temperature. Spend a bit more on a Rinnai 4.1kw and you won't regret it. It genuinely cools your place like a split-system.
Purchased in November 2018 at Appliances Direct Online for $720.00.
Good quality. Cools well - but quite noisy indeed.
We've had this unit for a year and it cools well and is economical to run. However, two things stand out as problems with this unit. The cooling vent points upwards instead of out in front, so sitting in front of it to cool down is frustrating. Secondly, its notably noisier than our other portable air conditioner of the same power. In the end we had to retire the Rinnai to a not often used room as its just too noisy and get another portable air conditioner that is much quieter. We got another portable air conditioner today (notably cheaper) and...its so much quieter. Rinnai is such a well known brand (we have two other Rinnai products) but this particular model is just too noisy to use in a room that is fairly quiet. If it was used during the day in a kids play room or garage etc, I'd say it would be passably okay.
Purchased in November 2018 at Appliances Online for $799.00.
Window mount literally melted
The window mount for the exhaust pipe literally melted from the heat after only 1 or 2 weeks of use approx 3 hours a day.
Can't find replacement, as others have said unless I pay an exorbitant price. Now it's basically useless. Pretty unreal that a simple spare part is so hard to acquire.
Purchased at The Good Guys.
As per review says
Before I bought this unit, I read the review here. Majority of the review is good. Indeed it is as good as it says. Unfortunately it is not reverse cycle and the cable length is slightly shorter that what you would expect. It cools reasonably well. I have yet to test it on a very hot summer. So far its performing well. It is only slightly louder than a pedestal fan when the compressor is not running, but when compressor is running, its abit louder than you might expect, which is normal.
- Customer service is very helpful and I am very satisfied with the product.
- At full blast, its actually quite loud.
Purchased in May 2019.
Good portable Air Con
I bought this unit a month ago and am very happy with my purchase. It is a little noisy as all portable units are but otherwise works well. It cools the room nicely and keeps it at temperature all night long.
Purchased in February 2019 for $728.00.
Good cooling. Economical. Noisy.
We've owned this model for a couple of weeks and are fairly happy with it. We have solar power, so can measure how much power we are using each day and this Rinnai model is notably cheaper to run than our other portable air conditioner, which is a different brand. It cools one to two rooms well and works particularly well on the dehumidifier option. However, it is notably noisier than our other model when the compressor comes on. There is also no way to easily have the cold air blow directly on you, as for some curious reason, the airflow comes out of the top of the unit. Still, it cools well, so we will learn to live with these problems. Just don't buy this model if you want the quietest compressor. There are quieter units out there.
Purchased in January 2019 for $699.00.
Neat design, a little bit noisy when everything gose quiet and sleep. Every half to one hour we have to clean the water out otherwise the air con stop generating cooling air. The water must be pumped out at the very bottom of the machine so we have to stack the machine up to be able to let water fully flow out.
Overall, I'd say average.
Purchased in January 2019 at The Good Guys for $659.00.
Perfect for apartment living
It’s design is good, but the most important things to me when looking for an air conditioner: ability to cool, noise levels.
If you have a bedroom you want to cool down, this is the machine for you. Make sure you know the space you need to cool before deciding on which machine you need. This machine allows you to sleep well through those hot summer nights, however you may need ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. Additionally the unit slides quite easily around rooms and did an admirable job cooling down our open space living room & kitchen within our apartment. I’d recommend this machine!
Purchased in January 2019 at The Good Guys for $530.00.
Average portable air con...
Knowing portable air con are the last resort....we bought Rinnai RPC41WA.
nice looking air con, i mean design.
- Expensive . I paid around $750 @ good guys.
- Power lead is way too short.
-Window kit is flimsy, windows can hardly hold it. No screws provided.
- Most annoying is the manual which got nothing.
-May cool down the bed room, avoid using in the lounge...takes ages ...
Questions & Answers
Hi! What are the differences between 1-Rinnai C3.5kW Cooling Only Portable Air Con RPC35WA and 2-Rinnai C3.5kW Cooling Only Portable Air Conditioner
RPC35MC (RPC35WA and RPC35MC) ? Regards!
Hi Class C, thanks for the question.
The main difference in the units is the type of refrigerant used.
The WA uses R410A as a refrigerant. The MC uses R290.
Performance wise the MC is slightly more efficient than the WA, being the newest release model. The WA is 2018 model and the MC is 2020.
There are some minor operating differences.
For more information you can check our website or contact our technical department on 1300 555 545 option 3.
The cooling seems to stay on for a brief time (5minutes) then reverts to fan for about 15 minutes). It definitely does not get to the temperature that I set it to. Any clues?
The unit is brand new. It also has the heat exhausted through a wall outlet.
It fails if over 25 degrees. Waiting for an answer before I return back to Goodguys.
Hi Anthony Mascia,
Thank you for reaching out to us.
We would recommend contacting our Technical Helpdesk on 1300 555 545 (option 3) for assistance.
Hi. I’ve tried tech support and they could not provide an answer. I tried your service team and they suggest I return it back to the retailer for a replacement.
Hi Anthony Mascia,
The unit can be returned to the place of purchase for a replacement.
Do I need to drain the water out if I use the humidifier or is there a hose that empties the water out?
Hi ttsailormoon t,
Thank you for your question.
As I am unable to find the answer for you in the manual, please contact our Technical team on 1300 555 545, option 3.
I can advise there should have been a drain hose included in the contents that came with the unit.
The Rinnai RPC portable ACs come available in 3 models for different room sizes:
- 2.6kW unit: Suitable for small rooms, home studies and bedrooms up to 20sqm
- 3.5kW model: Capable of cooling rooms up to 24sqm
- 4.1kW: This AC performs well in larger bedrooms, home studies and small living areas.
These Rinnai ACs are also designed with a range of features, including variable temperature control, a washable filter, an in-built timer and set-and-forget sleep mode. A remote control and ventilation kit is also included. The self-evaporative system or 'no-drip' air conditioner type also ensures that water rarely needs to be drained from the unit, unless you live in an area with high humidity - as more water may accumulate in the water tank.
What reviewers liked about these Rinnai Portable Air Conditioners:
- The ability to cool a room that was reasonably hot, i.e. over 30 degrees Celsius and bring it down to the mid-twenties, was appreciated by a number of reviewers.
- The speed with which these portable ACs were able to bring a room’s temperature down was nothing short of admired. Short wait times of 20-30 minutes were reported before a room was comfortably cool.
- While these ACs can be heavy (39 kg for the largest model), the fact that they come on wheels makes them easy to port around the house.
- While several reviewers found the Rinnai Portable AC to be noisy, but either they expect this from a portable AC, or forgave it due to its excellent cooling performance.
|Category||Portable Air Conditioners||Portable Air Conditioners|
|Features||On/Off Timer and Remote Control||On/Off Timer and Remote Control|
|Cooling Power||3.5 kW||4.1 kW|
|Cooling Capacity||12,000 BTU||14,000 BTU|
|Dimensions||795 x 480 x 400 mm||795 x 480 x 400 mm|
|Auto Restart Function||No||No|
|Max Room Size||21 m²||25 m²|
|Max Room Air Flow||410 m³/h||450 m³/h|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
- MPN: 36472413
- GTIN13: 9314109219449
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