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Tropicaire Air Conditioner
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Post# 990446   4/12/2018 at 16:08 by david81248 (fincastle va)        

I have a vintage air conditioner . It is what I refer to as a console or floor type air conditioner. It has the name Tropicaire on the front ,and a brass tag on the back that indicates it was manufactured by Ace Manufacturing, with an address of Chicago 8 Illinois. There is no model or serial number that I have found. The unit is housed in a solid wood cabinet, with a layer of veener . It sets in the floor and has a metal duct that goes thru the window . It runs off 220 volts. I used this unit for a number of years in the home I used to live in ,and it ran great. It has been in storage for at least the last 10 or 12 years. I recently moved it to my current home in a storage building I recently built. I was wondering if anyone has heard of a unit like this ,or heard of Ace Manufacturing Company . I can furnish photos if needed.

Post# 990522 , Reply# 1   4/13/2018 at 06:53 by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

Love vintage air conditioners. Pictures are always appreciated.


Post# 990550 , Reply# 2   4/13/2018 at 09:33 by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        
Vintage Air Conditioners

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Here is a great link about vintage air conditioners. It has not been updated in a while but still quite interesting.



Post# 990554 , Reply# 3   4/13/2018 at 09:53 by david81248 (fincastle va)        

retroman:Will try to get you some pics .kimball455: that link was interesting. there were some old ads that had a couple of units that slightly resemble the unit I have.

Post# 990574 , Reply# 4   4/13/2018 at 13:11 by 2packs4sure (houston)        
Can't wait to see it! This one is mine

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Post# 990626 , Reply# 5   4/13/2018 at 19:58 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Love them

I use to and still wish I had a 52 Fedders

Post# 990871 , Reply# 6   4/15/2018 at 19:32 by david81248 (fincastle va)        
Photos of Tropicaire ac

Here's some photos of my old Tropicaire ac. I was wrong in my first message. The model number and serial number is on tag on rear

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Post# 990920 , Reply# 7   4/16/2018 at 03:02 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Wow, that is something, the precursor of todays portables.

Post# 990961 , Reply# 8   4/16/2018 at 11:28 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow!  That's a really nice unit!!  Reminds me of an old radio console. 

Post# 990988 , Reply# 9   4/16/2018 at 13:22 by kd12 (Arkansas)        

The first home AC units were made to look like the cabinet radios of the time. Most of them, especially the very first models, required a water hook up and drain line return to cool the compressor. If you check the bottom of the console, you may find the fittings for a water hook-up.

Post# 990989 , Reply# 10   4/16/2018 at 13:31 by kd12 (Arkansas)        

And from what I can tell, Tropic-aire made add-on heater systems for cars in the 1920s/30s. They used the same principle we know today of circulating hot coolant and using an electric fan to blow hot air. Hence the name "Tropic".

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