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Soleus LX-140

$455
Reviewed
May 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Soleus LX-140

Pros
  • Large capacity
  • Good cooling performance
  • Very quiet
  • Space heater function
Cons
  • Requires frequent drainage
  • Durability problems
  • Warranty service is a nuisance
  • Weighs more than 80 pounds
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Bottom Line

The Soleus LX-140 is a powerful 14,000-Btu portable air conditioner that doubles as a space heater. Most users applaud its cooling performance, and they also say it's very quiet. However, we also saw quite a lot of complaints about this unit's reliability. It needs frequent draining, which is a tricky process, and it will overflow if not emptied. Mechanical failures also pop up disturbingly often, and warranty service is a major hassle.

Performance

Powerful, quiet cooling. With 14,000 Btu of cooling power, the Soleus can cool even large rooms with ease. Most owners are impressed with its cooling power, saying it works effectively even under the most extreme conditions. Users who have tried the heater function during the winter months say that it's very effective as well. Moreover, the unit is very quiet, running at a maximum of 46 decibels. However, several users caution that this unit uses a lot of electricity. While its energy efficiency rating (EER) of 10.1 isn't bad, it isn't great either, and 14,000 Btu is a lot of power.

Ease Of Use

Watch out for spillage. Like other air conditioners in its size class, the Soleus has a self-evaporation system, meaning that it's designed to exhaust collected moisture from a room along with heated air. However, most users say this feature doesn't work well. Several reviews say the moisture tank fills up quickly on humid days, and while the air conditioner has a warning light that goes on when the tank is full, it doesn't shut off automatically. Thus, many users have had problems with water overflowing onto the floor. Moreover, with the drain on the bottom of the unit, it's difficult to add a pan to catch the overflow.

Value

Low price, but iffy durability. At just over $450, the Soleus looks like a great bargain. It's cheaper than other units its size, and you get a space heater thrown in for free. However, problems with durability may make this a poor bargain in the long run. We read many reviews complaining that this air conditioner broke down within months, weeks or even days after purchase. Although it's covered by a one-year warranty, the only way to get repairs is to ship the 83-pound machine to the manufacturer at your own cost. Moreover, one user reports that Soleus will not replace the unit again if the first replacement fails.

Where To Buy
Soleus Air LX-140, 14,000 BTU Evaporative Portable Air Conditioner, 12,000 BTU Heater, Dehumidifier and Fan

 (85 reviews)
Buy new: $929.99 $459.95   23 Used & new from $364.20

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Our Sources

1. Air-n-Water.com

More than 130 owners have written reviews for the Soleus LX-140 at this retail site, giving it an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners give the product high marks for ease of installation and use, and most also praise its cooling performance. A few, however, find it underpowered and inefficient. In addition, we saw several complaints about its durability. Several owners say it broke down shortly after purchase, and one complains that it leaks water from every seam.

Review: Soleus LX-140 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, Contributors to Air-n-Water.com, As of May 2013

2. Amazon.com

The Soleus LX-140 does not rate nearly as well in user reviews at Amazon.com as it does on other retail sites. In roughly 40 reviews, it gets an overall rating of only 2.5 stars out of 5. Although most owners say it's powerful, we saw many complaints about durability. Problems include leakage, unreliable remote controls and absolute breakdowns. Users are also disgruntled at the cost of shipping this 83-pound unit to the factory for warranty repairs.

Review: Soleus Air LX-140, 14,000 BTU Evaporative Portable Air Conditioner, 12,000 BTU Heater, Dehumidifier and Fan, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013`

3. LivingDirect.com

The Soleus LX-140 has about 30 owner-written reviews at this retail site. Owners praise the air conditioner's quietness, cooling performance and ease of installation, and several say the space heater function works well. However, there are also the usual complaints about durability and leakage. Overall, the Soleus earns a rating of 4.2 stars out of 5, and 86 percent of owners say they would recommend it. While this rating is above average, many other portable air conditioners on the site fare better.

Review: LX-140 - Soleus 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner & Heater w/ Dual Hose - White, Contributors to LivingDirect.com, As of May 2013

4. Air-Conditioner-Home.com

We found only 20 or so reviews for the Soleus LX-140 here, but they are generally positive. Owners praise the unit's cooling performance, quietness and ease of installation, and they like the space heater function. However, as at other sites, users complain that the unit can leak and requires frequent drainage. Overall, users award the Soleus 4.4 stars out of a possible 5, making it one of the top-rated portable air conditioners of the 20 that are sold here.

Review: Soleus LX-140 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Built-In Heat Pump, Contributors to Air-Conditioner-Home.com, As of May 2013

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