Frigidaire FAC124P1A Compact II 12,000-BTU Room Air Conditioner with Electronic Controls

 
List Price: $439.99

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Product Description

Nothing says home comfort like Frigidaire. Nobody delivers better quality, better service or a broader variety of home comfort products. With units ranging from 5,000 BTUH to 28,500 BTUH they provide quiet, efficient and reliable air conditioners for years of trouble-free service. Most included a remote thermostat, clean air filtration and low voltage start-up to add to consumer comfort, convenience and safety. And with their ENERGY STAR qualification for efficiency, they can provide comfort and savings for any room in your home. You expect all this from Frigidaire... and they deliver. How to Choose a Room Air Conditioner Compared to large capacity central units, room air conditioners have several advantages. The initial cost of a room air conditioning unit is significantly lower than the cost of central air. Because room air conditioners are designed for cooling small spaces, operating costs are reduced. And, room air conditioners can provide personalized temperature and humidity controls that central systems cannot. Calculating Cooling Capacity Cooling capacity is the critical factor in properly selecting a room air conditioner. Cooling capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) and typical models will range in capacity from 5,000 BTUs to 28,500 BTUs. Choosing an undersized unit will overwork the unit and it will not cool properly. Choosing an oversized unit will cost more to buy and operate and it will not dehumidify properly. We can help you to calculate capacity. Be prepared to provide specific information on: Room Dimensions A simple floor plan to show the location of doors and north-facing windows The number of people it will serve Sources of heat such as lamps, TV and appliances An explanation of what's above the intended room Your insulation provisions Cooling Capacity by Room Size Measure the length and width of the area to be cooled. Multiply the length by the width to determine square footage or square meters. Locate the room size in the chart

Features:
  • 12,000-BTU air conditioner for large rooms up to 640 square feet
  • 9.8 EER; electronic controls with remote; 24-hour on/off timer
  • Energy-saver and sleep modes; variable-speed fan; 8-way air direction
  • LVC technology; pleated quick-mount window kit; tilt-out filter access
  • Measures 21-1/4 by 19 by 14-1/2 inches; 1-year full warranty
Customer Reviews:
  • Frigidaire FAC124P1A Compact II 12,000-BTU Room Ai...
    I am cool!!!!! after a week of being way too hot, need I say more? My husband says that it was easy to install, he loves the remote ( what guy wouldn't). I think it is a little louder than our last one, but I think it cools better. What we really liked and appreciated was the excellent shipping service we received. It was free, it was fast, and it came in excellent condition A big thumbs up to you Amazon, you are my favorite place to shop!!!...more info
  • Does the job well
    I bought this air conditioner despite reviews that it is too noisy. It is no louder than other A/C units I have had before, and works well so far. I haven't had it long. The unit was very easy to install and was cooling my apartment less than an hour after it arrived. ...more info
  • Too Cold
    Wow this machine is great the noise was not a problem for me. The noise level was the average with most comparable machines too me. I will admit I do not watch much TV in the bedroom I am more of a reader so I would not be the best of judge for how the noise would interupt TV viewing.

    On the highest setting it is too cold, but it this not the point of an AC. You can however sleep comfortably with the AC on 78 degrees; this takes out the Humidity, cools the room to a comfortable level and still allows for savings on your electric bill. (The 78 degrees reflects my opinion for normal summer days Not for Heat Waves during heat waves I Turn my AC Down to 65 degrees, I rather be safely cool than sweaty)

    This is a Great AC for a great Price, I am thinking about purchasing one for a larger area maybe living room and kitchen area since its cooling capacity is so Great. Buy it you will not waste you money. ...more info
  • Excellent A/C At An Excellent Price
    This is a fine air conditioner and a good value. It is compact and fits easily in most standard windows. It's electronic controls offer many refinements/conveniences which your old a/c does not. It is also much more efficient than your old a/c, and the electronic controls make operating it efficiently simple and straight-forward. Manuals and installation instructions can be found at:

    http://www.frigidaire.com/products/roomair/window_mounted/compact_II/prod_FAC124P1.asp

    To address some of the points raised in the other reviews: this is a powerful unit. It is meant to cool 650+ sq. ft. It is easily up to that task, and in fact does a pretty good job of keeping my entire 1300+ sq. ft. house comfortable. As such, it is not a good choice as a bedroom unit, unless you have an enormous bedroom. Although it is no noisier than competitive units of the same capacity, the compressor and blower do produce some noise and you would not want this unit 6 feet from your ear when trying to sleep at night. That said, I have it in a hall window about 10 feet from my 3 bedrooms, and the noise level is very reasonable and acceptable. The blower is electronic and continuously adjustable, which helps quite a bit.

    The construction of this unit is no less robust than most other modern a/c's, with the possible exception of the top-end brands costing twice as much. The case is all metal. The vents and vent covers are plastic and need to be handled with normal care, but they are not especially delicate. The switches seem robust. All the functions can be very conveniently controlled via remote. The remote "beep" which confirms operation is not particularly loud and not being able to turn it off is not a problem. The vents offer slightly less control of the airflow than the unit this replaced, but the difference is minor and of no real consequence.

    The window mounting is achieved with conventional accordion "wings" which are easily installed, and if need be, replaced. Again, they are no less robust than competitive units and if used with normal care and common sense, will likely hold up as well as any of this type of equipment does. There are a/c's which are designed to use a "sleeve" mount, which in my opinion is more of a pain than a convenience.

    This unit is inexpensive in comparison to the competition, and is just as well constructed as most and has the same features. It cost me about 20% less than the next lowest priced unit (a Kenmore) and 25%+ less than anything I could find at the big-box home-repair stores. I cannot say if it will live as long; I'll report back in 20 years and advise ;-)

    The unit is heavy (80 lbs.), but comparable to the competition. It will take two of you to put this in and out of the window, but even two smaller folks can hand this simply and easily.

    I would recommend this unit. I purchased mine at a local store of a major national electronics chain for $285....more info
  • It is good but too loud!
    The unit is nice and compact, but, it is too loud. I think it is due to the material it is used inside, which helps to make flappy noises when the fan blows the air around....more info
  • Nice A/C, but kinda chincy
    I recently moved into an old house with no central air. The summers here are mighty humid and hot, with temps of 100 degrees during the worst of it. I purchased this 12,000 BTU window unit because it's affordable and easy to install.

    I wish this unit was offered with mechanical controls because I do NOT like the electronics (one more thing to break), but alas, it's only offered with the electronics. However, I was impressed with their ease of use. They are fairly user-friendly, but you may need a magnifying glass to see the little tiny printing on the displays.

    As to the chilling details, I was surpised and pleased with the cooling power of this unit. I also have the 5,000 and 6,000 BTU a/c's and those units never can pedal fast enough to keep up with the hottest days of summer. This unit (which has a much, much higher efficiency rating than its 5,000 and 6,000 BTU cousins) seems to be stronger, quieter and better built.

    I'm currently using this unit it to cool a 500+ square foot area with 16 massive windows (and a southern exposure) and 10' ceilings and thus far, it's doing very, very well.

    However, it is noisy. I don't mind some white noise but I have to turn the television way, way up just to hear anything.

    This unit arrives partially disassembled (which surprised me). The top bar and side pleats have to be installed. The styrofoam shipping blocks in the side vents are nearly impossible to get out. Ick. And the vents (where the air blows out) had to be installed. I had to use my bowling words and lots of upper body strength to get those &^%$ things popped into place.

    The accordian pleats on the side can't possibly last more than a couple years. They're thin and light and I was afraid of breaking them whilst doing the install! (Pass the duct tape, please.) The shroud inside the unit (where the cold air blows) is lined with chincy-looking plastic and styrofoam.

    I bought three of these units so I could survive the summer, so I guess I've voted with my wallet. Window units are never as good as central air, but these little sweeties will keep me from going stark-raving mad when the temps start to climb....more info
  • FAC124P1A
    1. Unit arrived a week earlier than expected--great for prepping.
    2. Unit received by apartment security which did not see front lower right corner damage--resulted in cracked upper right front bezel--I'll take care of this later.
    3. All components neatly packaged.
    4. Installation instructions short and clear.
    5. Too early to tell about use yet--summer is coming and now I'm ready...more info
  • Not much cooling for 12,000 BTUs
    I bought this for my parents who live in a 1 bedroom in-law apartment. I thought 12,000 BTUs would be a big improvement over the 5,000 BTU they had. But it is not. The fan blows harder (and louder) but even after running all day it cant cool off the apartment which is only a livingroom kitchen combined and a bedroom. Even with ceiling fans on it isn't much better than the 5,000 BTU unit.

    The louvers for air direction are really cheap. They are either center or 1 click up or 1 click down. And since there is a big gap under and over the louver the air pretty much always just pushes straight out no matter what direction you place them in.

    The air filter sits flimsily in the front. And the front of the unit does not open all the way down for easy removal and installation of the filter.

    I was pleased with the side sliders that block the extra space in the window. They fit tightly against the unit and had ample length to reach the edges of the window.

    The remote control is about the same surface area as other AC remotes I've seen but, for some reason is almost 1" thick....more info
  • Way Cool!
    I ordered this unit from Amazon during the two week plus heat wave here in southern California when it remained at over 110 degrees during the day and 85 degrees at night. During this time our old 10,000 BTU Sears unit died and you couldn't buy, beg, borrow or steal a suitable replacement in SoCal. When we received this Frigidaire, I immediately installed it and ran it nonstop for almost two weeks. The installation was easy and the Frigidaire easily outperformed the Sears on its best day. The continually variable fan speed which resets as needed during the "auto cool" setting is really effective at cooling a room.

    Probably the best feature of this a/c, besides its outstanding performance, is its compact size. We live in an ancient house and only have 21 3/8 inches of window opening space. The Frigidaire is only 19 1/8 inches wide, an inch less than the 10,000 BTU Sears a/c it replaced. I am aware that there are "casement" style a/c units available for narrow window openings. Unfortunately, after extensive investigation of these units, it seems that they are less fully featured than the non casement a/c units.

    If this Frigidaire is ever available on Amazon again, I'll buy a spare. I might even buy two....more info