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Haier Air Conditioner Reviews

We have independently reviewed, rated and compared the Haier air conditioner range.

Buyers Guide & Information

Haier Air Conditioner Reviews

We have independently reviewed, rated and compared the Haier air conditioner range.

by Joshm

Best 10,000 BTU Portable

Haier HPP10XCT
Haier HPP10XCT

Best 8,000 BTU Portable

Haier HPB08XCM
Haier HPB08XCM

Best Window AC

Haier ESA405R
Haier ESA405R

The idea of cooled air moving through the house is not without benefits. With increases in air temperatures outside, there are known adverse health effects. These effects include heart problems, breathing difficulties, stroke, pneumonia, and even death.

Air conditioners were studied and found that “ownership and usage of ACs significantly reduced the effects of temperature on these health outcomes, after controlling for potential confounding by family income and other socioeconomic factors.”

If your home doesn’t have central air, Haier window air conditioning unit or Haier portable air conditioner might be the perfect investment. The Haier air conditioner reviews in this article will examine the seven best Haier ACs for your home.

Who Makes Haier Air Conditioners?

While the idea of the company dates back to the 1920s, Qingdao Refrigerator Co. was officially founded in 1984. The China-based company met with financial troubles early on causing a loss in the workforce and depleted output from the factory; in some cases only producing 80 appliances a month.

Soon after the German refrigerator company Leibher was brought in along with a new director of marketing. The company began to grow and thrive and eventually entered into more home appliance markets, known as white goods. In 1992 the company was renamed to Haier.

By the end of the 1990s, the Chinese company was exporting goods to other countries. Then, in 2016 Haier purchased GE Appliances division for $5.4 billion and now produces white goods in North America under the GE name, including air conditioners.

The Haier AC Range Explained

Haier air conditioners come in all sizes and capabilities. Everything from small room comfort to entire floor space cooling, you will find it in a Haier.

The portable ACs are designed to bring comfort and quiet to any room of the house. Set up and installation is simple and will take only a few minutes. Operation is made as simple as possible with the use of remote controls and programmable modes.

The window ACs are designed to keep an entire room cool without the worry of draining issues or troublesome operation. Depending on the size of the room you need to be cooled, the max BTUs will determine the unit size that you need to purchase.

The chart below will give you the specifications of the most popular models.

Model Number Type of AC BTU (Max) Cooling Area Heating BTU (Max) Noise Levels
HPB08XCM Portable 8000 250 sq ft N/A 60 Dba
HPP08XCR Portable 8000 250 sq ft N/A 60 Dba
HPP10XCT Portable 10,000 350 sq ft N/A 55 Dba
HPC12XCR Portable 12,000 500 sq ft N/A 50 Dba
HPND14XHT Portable 14,000 750 sq ft 10,000 50 Dba
ESA405R Window 5,000 250 sq ft N/A 55 Dba
HWR08XCR Window 8,000 300 sq ft N/A 55 Dba

*Dba – (Approx. on Low Setting)

Our Favorite Haier Air Conditioners Reviewed

We give you our thoughts on these Haier portable and window air conditioners.

Portable ACs

Haier HPB08XCM – 8000 BTU Unit

If you have a small room that needs to be cooled down in a hurry, the Haier HPB08XCM is worth taking a closer look at. With 8,000 BTUs of cooling power, small rooms up to 250 square feet are simply no match.

Perfect for college dorms, guest bedrooms, or another area of the home where you want to control the specific temperature of a single room, this portable air conditioner does the job. With three fan speeds to choose from, you can dehumidify the air, cool the room, or move cold air around.

You also don’t have to worry about emptying condensation water tanks as the HPB08XCM uses auto-evaporation technology to eliminate stagnant water or condensate build-up.

Not everyone will love this model, though. Most of the complaints come from small room capabilities. It can take a few hours to drop the temperature of a bedroom three or four degrees.

If you are looking for an affordable and efficient portable AC, you may want to check out our review of the 9 smallest portable air conditioners.

However, for the money and the running costs, this might be the best 8000 BTU option. A remote control will allow you to power on or off the machine as well as set the mode and fan speed. The quick-install window kit will have you up and running in no time.

Haier HPP08XCR – 8000 BTU Unit

Assuming you are on a tighter budget and still need to cool off a small room, the Haier HPP08XCR is a wallet-friendly model designed to give you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

While you won’t find any fancy features on this slimmed down model, once installed it will cool a room and keep you comfy.

The 8000 BTU portable air conditioner is the best budget option available. It comes with several modes including a dehumidify option, cooling, or have only the fan running. This model is perfect for small bedrooms where white noise is wanted to aid in sleep.

It isn’t the quietest model produce, however. If you are looking for a iquiet air conditioner, you should check out our review of the quietest portable air conditioners.

The HPP08XCR does come with a timer function and an auto-restart ability that will pick up cooling your room when you turn it back on.

It doesn’t have an evaporation mode, though, so you will need to empty the water tank when it gets full. Haier has added a full tank indicator to let you know when it is time to onempty the tank. You unscrew the drain cap on the rear of the unit and let the water out. Easy.

Haier HPP10XCT – 10000 BTU Unit

The best 10,000 BTU option is the Haier HPP10XCT. This model will help you lower the temp in a small room or office up to 350 square feet. It may not be suitable to cool an entire living room, as some reviewers complain, but it will keep your bedroom fresh at night while you sleep.

It comes with two fan speeds (high and low) to allow you to take the heat out of the room quickly or to maintain a lower humidity level.

This efficient model has castor wheels to aid in movement as well, so when it comes time to empty the water tank, you wheel it wherever you need it to go and remove the drain cap.

If you have an office space that gets warm during the summer, the HPP10XCT is a good fit for you. It easily vents to an open window with the window kit, and you can have cold air blowing through the office in minutes.

Three operation modes (cool, fan, and dehumidify) allow you to control how the unit operates. You also have an infrared remote control and a sleep function, so you don’t even have to get up to change settings.

Haier HPC12XCR – 12000 BTU Unit

If you are ready to up your game and put some severely cold air into your house, the Haier HPC12XCR is the model you should consider.

With 12,000 BTU max output, the portable AC can cool down any room up to 500 square feet. Some reviewers state that the cooling process can take some time. This model will take about three hours to get a room from 78 degrees Fahrenheit to 73 degrees.

Because it is efficient, though, the running costs won’t be that noticeable over a smaller sized unit. If your home is without central air, the best 12,000 BTU option will keep your entire living room cool. With a programmable interface, you can keep your room cool all hours of the day and night.

When the set temperature is reached, the unit will shut off, saving you energy consumption in the process. It will automatically come back on when the temperature rises two degrees over the set temp, and the process starts again.

You can also run just the fan for that pleasing hum while you sleep, or if the unit gets too loud while you are watching the big game.

Haier HPND14XHT – 14000 BTU Unit

For those that want it all, allow us to introduce the Haier HPND14XHT. The best 14,000 BTU option with heat that you can find. Ideal for year-round use, the vast BTU output means you can heat (10,000 BTU) or cold (14,000 BTU) almost any room in the home.

If you have an open floor plan, or living room/dining room combination, the HPND14XHT is best suited for you. The forceful air flow will reach up to 200 feet, so you don’t have to move it around always.

While not as efficient as a window unit, the portable option allows you to take the cooling air where you need it most. It also comes with two vent hoses and runs on a single 114-volt circuit.

The digital display will tell you the temperature and allow you to program sleep modes, timers, and fan speeds.

If you want a remote, it has one. If you don’t want to use a remote control, the included one double as the panel buttons. Place the remote in the face of the unit itself and select your temperature like any other panel. Or, pop the remote out and take it with you to the couch.

If you are looking for durable heating and cooling AC to take with you when you go “glamping,” this may not be the most suitable model. However, we have a review of the best portable air conditioners for camping for you to read through.

Window ACs

Haier ESA405R – 5000 BTU Unit

For a more permanent cooling solution, a window unit may be in order. The 5000 BTU smaller option ESA405R will cool a room up to 250 square feet. It is recommended for smaller rooms, around 150 square feet, but it will eventually cool a larger room.

One of the chief complaints is how loud the unit is on high speed. If you are looking for a quiet window unit, the Haier Serenity series or an LG model, as outlined in our quietest window air conditioners review, may be more suitable for you.

What you get with the ESA405R is about silence but comfort. The remote control is in English and Braille and will magnetically attach to the side of the unit for secure storage. If you are the type that tends to lose remote controls, you may be interested in this feature.

You also get three fan speeds and a dehumidifying option. It also has an energy saver mode that will shut the fan off when not in use.

You will need to connect the AC to a dedicated 115-volt circuit, but as long as no other appliances are on the same circuit, you won’t have to worry about tripping a breaker.

The Haier ESA405R easily mounts to any vertical opening window or double pane and will drain quickly as long as it is level.

Haier HWR08XCR – 8000 BTU Unit

A step up from the ESA405R model is the Haier HWR08XCR window unit. This 8,000 BTU larger option is best suited for bedrooms or home offices. With its 4-directional airflow and a 24-hour timer, you can produce cold air at will, around the clock.

The HWR08XCr, even in energy saving mode, isn’t the most energy efficient model. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and have a smaller monthly electric bill, we suggest you take a look at our most energy efficient window air conditioners review.

This unit, though, has three fan speeds, energy saving mode, magnetic infrared remote and multi-directional air flow.

When appropriately mounted in a window (or even as a through the wall mount with a well-vented cage), the 8,000 BTUs will cool down a 350 square foot room up to 4 degrees in just a few hours.

If you decide to mount it in the bedroom, you don’t have to worry about placement. The adjustable airflow can be angled to reach any corner of the room, regardless of where the unit is plugged in at.

Longer or wider rooms may not feel the air moving from the other side of the room, but the temperature drop will be noticeable, fast.

Portable Vs. Window

You aren’t without options when it comes to single room air conditioners. Portable or window model? Here’s how to decide.

Haier Portable Units

Haier portable air conditioners can be placed in any room, though you will be limited with where they can go. Each mobile unit will need to vent out of a window.

The hose length will determine how far from the window the unit can be placed, but in general, you will have about 5 feet of hose to play with. You will need to be cautious of where the outlets are as well, as the power cord can present a tripping hazard.

For single rooms or homes where extra air conditioning is needed, a portable unit will fit in nicely.

Haier Window Units

A Haier window air conditioner, on the other hand, will need to be mounted. This is usually done through a window, using the included window kit.

You also have the option to mount some models through the wall. Instead of a window, you can have an AC mount cut out that leads to the outside for the unit to vent and drain to.

There won’t be a trip hazard as these units aren’t sitting on the floor or away from the wall, however, you can’t move them from room to room when needed. At least not without great effort.

Another factor to consider is the outlet requirements. Some window units will require their circuit and up to 230 dedicated volts.

Both portable and window air conditioners have models that will also heat the room using a heating element. While these typically cost almost double that of an AC only model, the all-in-one style is more convenient for year round use.

British Thermal Units (BTU) Explained

A British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is the amount of energy needed to change 1 pound of water 1 degree (Fahrenheit) at sea level.

This measurement is used to describe the cooling (or heating) ability of air conditioners and heaters because the energy level measured is thermal (heat).

Haier has portable air conditioners that range from 5,000 to 14,000 BTUs. They also carry window air conditioners that range from 5,400 to 14,000 BTUs.

Cooling Area

In terms of BTUs, the most energy efficient use of an air conditioner is one that will cool the air and run long enough to dehumidify the room. You should try to use no more than 20 BTUs per square foot.

If you have too large of an AC, it will shut off before it can dehumidify the room, making the room feel muggy or sticky. If you opt for too small, the AC will run longer than needed trying to cool the larger space.

Installing your AC next to heat sources like lamps or televisions can result in the air conditioner running longer or coming on sooner than needed.

To give you an example of what to look for this chart will outline the maximum BTUs needed for a specific living space.

Room Size Example of Room Max BTUs Needed Haier Model 
Up to 250 sq ft Guest Room 5000 BTUs Haier ESA405R
300 to 500 sq ft Master bedroom 10,000 BTUs Haier HPP10XCT
600 to 700 sq ft Living room 12,000 BTUs Haier HPC12XCR
800+ sq ft Open living space 14,000+ BTUs Haier HPND14XHT

More Features of these AC Units

Haier ACs come with more than just the promise of cool air.

Most models will come with remote operation. You can use the remote to change every setting or even turn the unit on or off or set timers and schedules.

You will also get the option of different modes. Sleep mode, for example, will allow you to set a time when the AC kicks off. This is useful for hours when no one is home, or while you are not occupying the room.

Energy saving mode will also shut the fan off when the condenser isn’t running. Most Haier units come with a three-speed fan which will allow you to control the humidity in the home or push more air around the room.

Removable filters are also found on Haier units. These filter screens can be pulled out and cleaned without having to disassemble the entire machine.

Haier strives to keep your maintenance time to a minimum.

Comparisons with Similar Products

How does Haier stack up against the competition? Let’s look at a few head-to-head matchups for window and portable air conditioners.

Haier Vs. Honeywell

The Honeywell portable units are small, compact, and efficient. The best Honeywell portable AC, the Honeywell MO08CESWK, is our top pick for smallest portable air conditioners.

Honeywell has a firm grip on the portable air cooling market and offers a broader range than Haier. This doesn’t mean buying a Haier is a bad idea. When it comes to size and efficiency, Haier can rival Honeywell any day.

Where Honeywell wins is in weight and actual portability. The set up is almost identical to Haier (and most portable models), and the energy draw is, also. Honeywell weighs, on average, 10 percent less than Haier units of similar BTU capacity.

Neither Honeywell nor Haier portable units will be as efficient as a wall unit, but the benefits can outweigh the added energy costs.

Haier Vs. LG

If you have been shopping for the perfect window AC, you no doubt have come across the LG brand in your research.

While Haier wins as the quietest model on the market, the two runners-up are both from LG.

LG uses similar technology as Haier to keep their energy efficient window units working in top-notch condition. Where they do prevail is in energy savings and being more efficient in all sizes compared to Haier.

The Haier window air conditioner costs a little less across the board, and both models have the same max BTU range. If you are looking for quality and saving some money with your purchase, Haier could be the way to go.

Likewise, if you value long-term efficiency and money savings on your energy bills, then the LG models might catch more of your attention.

Haier Air Conditioner Troubleshooting

Air conditioners are not without fault, and eventually, you will need to do troubleshooting. It is never recommended to do repairs on the internal aspects of an air conditioner unless you are certified to do so.

However, common problems and solutions do come up. Here are a few of them.

  • AC won’t turn on. Most of the time, this has to do with the reset switch. The units come with a surge protecting plug. If the unit doesn’t turn on, press the reset button on the outlet plug.
  • Musty odor when AC is running. Usually, this means that there is mildew or bacterial growth in the pan or vents. In a spray bottle mix equal parts water and bleach and soak the vents. Wipe clean and restore power to the unit. The odor should be gone.
  • AC doesn’t drain properly In almost every case a leaking AC (especially inside) means that the window unit isn’t level. Remove the mounting brackets and level the unit. Replace the brackets maintaining the levelness. Double check the drain pan hole isn’t clogged, then return the unit to service.

Installing AC Units The Right Way

Installation doesn’t have to be overwhelming or frustrating. Here is how to install a Haier window and portable air conditioning unit.

Window

Window units may require two people given the weight and bulk of the machines.

You will first need to attach the top rail and side curtains (along with curtain frame) to the unit, then carefully place the unit in the window frame. Fit the top rail snugly into the window pane area.

Attach the mounting brackets to prevent the unit from falling out and position the curtains in place.

You can watch this video to see the steps and to learn how to install the Haier window air conditioner.

Portable (With Window Exhaust)

Each portable air conditioner will need to be vented through a window. Unfortunately, you cannot simply plug it in and turn it on.

Haier supplies a window exhaust kit with each model, complete with a venting hose. You will first need to set the window kit up in your window and then attach the venting hose to the exhaust port of the AC unit.

This installation video will show you the proper steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s take a look at the answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about Haier air conditioners.

How do you clean a Haier window AC?

Monthly you will need to remove the filter and clean it with warm water (not hot) and a mild detergent (if needed). Once the filter is completely air dry, return the unit to service.

Using a spray bottle with equal parts bleach and water (or vinegar and water) spray the vents and wipe clean with a dry cloth. Make sure the unit is turned off first.

How do you clean a Haier portable AC?

Once a month, you should remove and clean the air filter. Pull out the filter and wash with warm water and mild detergent. After the filter is clean, allow to air dry completely before returning to service.

On models with a removable water tank, you will need to empty the tank and clean it. Unplug the machine and remove the water tank. Wash with warm water and a cloth. Dry with a paper towel and return the tank before restoring power.

How do you recharge a Haier portable air conditioner?

The short answer is that you don’t. Working with refrigerant requires EPA certification and specialized tools. Even with those, a portable AC is a sealed unit without access ports to connect gauges or refrigerant lines.

How can I set the timer on my Haier AC?

The AC must be on. Press the timer button, and the timer indicator will blink while the display shows the number of hours (1 – 24) until the unit is to shut off/on. Press the temp/time up button until the required number of hours is shown. Finally, press the timer button again. The timer indication light will remain lit.

What does E0 mean on a Haier air conditioner?

The “E0” trouble code means there is a drainage problem. Most likely, the condensation from the evaporator is not draining correctly. Check all drainage tubes for clogs and double check that the drain pan isn’t full. Unclog the tubes or unblock the drain pan hole.

How can I remove the filter from my air conditioner?

On portable units, the air filter is on the back. Find the air intake vent and then look for the small handle on the side of the filter. Pull the filter screen out.

On window models, the filter is in the front below the output vents. Again, find the handle for the filter and pull either straight up or straight out the side (depending on the model).

How do I reset my Haier AC?

You can reset power to your AC through two methods. On the plug, there is a reset button. Pressing the button will reset the circuit and allow the unit to come on.

On models with a remote, there is a small hole marked reset. Using an unfolded paper clip, press the clip into the hole until the unit resets itself.

Customer Reactions & Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are some reviews about Haier air conditioners from around the web.

New2 on Home Depot said of the Haier HPC12XCR, “Awesome products it works well it cools down my place in a few minutes and its easy to use it well compact it does not take much space the remote works well it doesn’t have any lag when pressing the function on the remote.”

Issac purchased the HPND14XHT from Walmart and said, “After several days of rain and cool weather it was 93 today. It was 78 inside when the unit was turned on, and it cooled a 476 square foot room from 78 to 73 in 2 hours.”

Conclusion

As these Haier air conditioner review ratings show, Haier and the GE appliance division that makes them, are here to stay. Overall, customer satisfaction is high, and the machines do their job keeping houses cool.

The Haier HPB08XCM is a portable AC that provides you with 8000 BTUs for cooling up to 250 square feet. As long as there is a window to put the exhaust vent, you shouldn’t have any problems keeping any room of your home at a comfortable temperature.

No matter which model you decide on, You will be happy with your Haier purchase for years to come.

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