Frigidaire FAK124R1V 12,000-BTU Slider/Casement Air Conditioner with Electronic Controls
List Price: $439.99
Our Price: $409.00
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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
12,000-BTU air conditioner for rooms up to 640 square feet
9.5 EER; electronic controls with full remote; 24-hour on/off timer
Energy-saver and sleep modes; variable-speed fan; 4-way air direction
Measures 24-1/2 by 14-1/4 by 20-1/4 inches; 1-year full warranty
Great Product Product, price and delivery service was great, so good I bought a second unit a week later...more info
adequate but could be improved This A/C unit meets my expectations based on the product description but it could be improved. In my case it is installed in a bedroom sliding window where it provides ample cooling for that room. The built-in fan isn't powerful enough to push the cool air into other rooms but with the help of a floor standing fan I get reasonable cooling of another bedroom and the living room as well. It will never be a substitute for central A/C but in a rental apartment, there is no option to install central A/C or even the ductless mini-split systems that would otherwise be preferable. I expect this A/C unit would be very well suited for cooling a large open room such as a living/dining area where it doesn't need to push cool air through doorways or around corners.
The digital control panel and remote control are decent but the timer function is quite primitive. There is no recurring or 24 hour timer. Its annoying that the timer has to be set manually every day. And the timer can only do one thing at a time. Either it can be set to turn on after the set number of hours, or it can be set to turn off after the set number of hours, but it cannot be configured for both on and off timers simultaneously.
Installation was pretty straightforward and took less than 90 minutes but the unit is quite heavy so be prepared for that. I'd recommend downloading the instruction/installation manuals from the manufacturer's website prior to purchasing so that you know what to expect. Other than that, the energy usage can be quite high if the unit is running 24/7 at a low temperature - in my case it more than doubled my monthly bill. I will need to find that balance between comfort/cost. Also, while this unit doesn't require it's own dedicated 20A circuit, it is possible to overload a circuit if you run this unit and one or more other high powered devices (hair dryer, iron, etc) on the same circuit. If you go much higher than 12,000 BTU you'll probably need a dedicated circuit.
My only other complaint is one that applies to all A/C manufacturers - the casement/slider air conditioners always seem to cost a lot more than the horizontal air conditioners. Surely the cost of manufacturing isn't that much different that they can justify a 50-100% higher retail price.
My unit was delivered by a third party shipping company (CEVA). I had no problems with them. They called and scheduled a delivery time with me and delivered when they said they would....more info
BUY IT AT LOWE'S This is probably a fine air conditioner. The only reason I am giving it one star is the buying experience on Amazon. Item was shipped through CEVA which, besides being slow, has the worst product tracking I have ever encountered (save for perhaps the US Postal Service). Not only did it take 10 days for the unit to arrive, but when it did, it was totally smashed on two sides. I'm not talking about just dented. It was smashed and broken. Whoever dropped this thing knew it had to be damaged yet allowed it to be delivered anyway. Save yourself the hassle and buy it at Lowe's. The price is lower and you can take it home the same day. I will write a postscript to let you know how the refund process goes with Amazon.
P.S. - Return of the product was relatively hassle free. CEVA came to take it away. The driver said the unit was obviously hit by a forklift and should never have been delivered. I am getting a full refund. In the meantime, I bought a replacement unit at Lowes for less money (even considering sales tax) and it is working fine. Amazon is great, just not for this product....more info
Frididaire FAK124R1V Very nice product, based on another review, we plugged the unit in and made sure it was good before installing. The install went without a problem. The heavy duty bracket with the nice paded support for the outside of the wall is fast and easy to install. The Unit is great, it cooled half hour house with no problem (1350 sq ft home)...more info