LG LT1030CR 10,000 BTU Through-the-Wall Cooling Air Conditioner with Electronic Controls, 3 Cool/3 Fan Speeds & 285 CFM Air Circulation
List Price: $389.00
Our Price: $389.00
LG's Through-the-Wall models offer versatile, energy efficient solutions for residential and light commercial applications. Some of LG's Through-the-Wall models are ENERGY STAR qualified, an important feature for energy conscious customers. All feature Gold Fin Technology which protects the unit from the corrosive effects of the salt air and extend the operating life. BTU sizes range from 8,000 - 14,000, and both cooling only and heat/cool models are offered. Also, the standard size chassis fits into any competitive wall sleeve, allowing for an easy upgrade for an existing system. 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 over-sized 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 belo
Dont buy it Lets start with the manual. VERY bad. Installation guide doesn't show every step, nor does it go into detail about all of the functions.
The inside pops out which does make it easy to put in the window, but they didn't make the cover come off easy. If you do plan to remove it from the window, you will probably break off the plastic tab (like we did) and then the cover will not stay on.
The compressor turns on and off constantly. The first one we had, we noticed that the compressor would come on after 4 minutes and stay on for 1 minute and then shut off again. This would continue all night. I called LG in the morning. They said that was not right and that I could return it to get a new one, which I did. The second one, although not as loud, did it too. So I figured this is just the was this unit is meant to run. So we kept it. But then I noticed the unit would start to make a rattling sound when the compressor would kick on (which I said before was every 4 min). So we took out the inside (breaking the plastic tab on the cover) and noticed that the back screen/bars were loose, so we had to duct tape them to stop it from rattling. After having to get a new cover, we still decided to keep it.
Now for the last thing. The on/off timer. I hate that it only sets in 1 hour increments. Timer to turn it on works fine, but to turn it off does not. I turned it on when I went to bed, hit the timer for 8 hours so it would auto shut off in the morning. I got hot in the middle of the night and looked at the machine. It had turned up the temperature. I called LG, they said it shouldn't do that. Although, who knows, because the manual is not very good.
I have had it, and now we are returning it. I got a new Frigidaire from Lowes. My husband isn't happy because now he has to lift another heavy air conditioner. I hope this one is better.
Great AC for the price we paid but........... it is a little loud. I got the 10,000 BTU today for our living room. Now, we don't usually watch tv in that room anyway, so it's not really a factor for us. But we needed a good AC that would cool off the bedroom which is straight ahead. This AC, within a matter of minutes did just that and straight through to the kitchen as well...........on the lowest fan speed. And on the low fan speed, it's not really noisy at all. So I'm pretty happy with it. Love the remote. However, I do have to say, we got this AC at Home Depot today for $199.00, which is considerably less than advertised here. ...more info
Good air conditioner, terrible instructions! I've seen other reviews of this product where purchasers complained about the installation instructions.
"How can bad can they be?" I thought (I'm referring to the instructions, not the purchasers). Well, the answer is "very bad indeed."
They are not bad as in "fractured English." They are bad as in "fail to give adequate information to understand the process" and "fail to give complete information" and "fail to clarify contradictory information."
So I'll give some installation tips at the end of this review.
However, once I got the #$!#$!# thing installed, it's actually a good air conditioner. But you should be sure to shop aggressively for deals -- I've seen the price vary by more than $150.
--five-year parts and labor warranty -- MUCH better than the others (typically one or two years)
--electronic touchpad less likely to break than old-style mechanical switches.
--easy to use, understandable (unlike instructions!) remote control.
--additional dehumidify or "dry" setting intended primarily to remove humidity with only a little bit of cooling -- saves energy. (I am assuming this about the setting, since the owner's manual does not give ONE WORD of explanation).
--very good cooling. With my 10,000 BTU unit, I'm cooling a master bedroom, master bath and walk-in closet of about 310 square feet. Theoretically, I only needed an 8,000 BTU unit (depending upon whose advice you believe), but the room gets a lot of afternoon and evening sun, is on the second floor, and is typically the hottest room in the house. The LG cools this area without breaking a sweat.
--fairly quiet, IMHO, especially on the low setting. Also has an energy saver setting when the fan turns off when the compressor isn't running. However, it turns itself on every 10 minutes or so and blows air for about 30 seconds -- I think this is so it can tell the room temperature accurately and decide whether it needs to fire up the compressor again.
--once you figure out the instructions, the idea of first installing the outer metal "sleeve" is a good one -- helps reduce the likelihood of dropping the entire heavy unit out the window.
--as mentioned previously the instructions. If you have kids who think they're really smart, ask them to figure out how to attach the "lower guides."
--very flimsy hinges for the front cover, easy to break. Fortunately, there's no reason to open the cover very often.
--when the compressor turns off, there's a "shudder" (because it's mounted on rubber bushings), which can make blinds rattle against the window.
--this is NOT an Energy Star rated air conditioner (although at least one big-box retailer lists it that way. LG itself, however, does not.)
On balance, I am satisfied and would buy this again.
OK, installation tips:
--First, check all the plastic parts to make sure they aren't broken (like mine were) and that you can open the front panel (the hinges sometimes move out of place, so be careful -- once you've pushed them back, you're OK.) The first unit I bought was damaged in shipping, but of course I didn't notice the broken front cover until I had already finished installing the rest of the unit. Then I had to uninstall the whole thing to return it.
--If, like me, you have trouble carrying the entire box, do the first step (un-attaching the outer metal sleeve from the A/C unit) first. Then carry the A/C unit by itself -- it will be lighter, smaller and easier to deal with.
--Some reviewers have complained about overly tight shipping screws (the first things that you remove). I didn't find this a problem, but you do need a DECENT phillips-head screwdriver, not one from a dollar store.
--Regarding the weatherstrip -- the shorter piece goes on the bottom of the retaining bracket (which has holes in it). It's fine to run it along the middle, covering the holes, because you can easily screw through them when you're mounting the bracket to the shell. The longer piece of weatherstrip goes on the underside of your window, after trimming to fit. The foam piece is used at the end of the entire process.
--Be careful NOT to overtighten screws -- you'll just strip the holes. Plus, overtightening makes it harder to remove them after you've made a mistake ... :)
--Regarding the outside support brackets: they are truly junk quality, especially the threads, so do not overtighten the locking nuts. Don't overtighten the mounting screws, either, because the holes will strip.
--I used four pieces of duct tape on the inside of the metal casing to hold the wires of the rear grille (obvious when you see it) more firmly. I thought otherwise they might rattle -- plus I don't feel fulfilled about a project unless I've managed to use duct tape in some way.
--Regarding the black plastic mounting brackets that go at the bottom of the metal housing -- think of these PIVOTING into the case, with the two small ears going through two rectangular holes and the round section ending up in a half-round groove in the metal case. You should end up with a smooth face on the interior side. Be careful -- these look very easy to break.
--Regarding the plastic curtains -- these are very easy to put in the wrong way (which I did both on the original installation and my re-installation -- tells you more than you need to know about my learning curve). To get it right: 1) the mounting holes for the curtains to the metal unit should be on the EXTERIOR side, not the interior side and 2) when installed correctly, there should be flat mounting holes for attaching each end of the curtains to the window on the top left and top right, respectively, and 3) when installed correctly, the curtain sliders are held quite nicely by the "L" in the top bracket (instead of being loose and floppy).
--on both my samples, the metal slots at the top of the unit that hold the plastic tabs for the front cover were twisted or uneven. Using a pair of pliers (preferably against a straight piece of metal), carefully straighten them out. Ditto for the slots on the side.
--the manual forgets to mention a mounting screw at the bottom center of the plastic grille, which will help prevent rattles. Use one of the little screws.
--the manual specifically says not to drill a drain hole in the metal casing, but also provides a plastic drain plug "in case of overflow" -- a direct contradiction. I wouldn't bother with the plug (at least, until there's a problem), but do make sure that the unit does tilt down slightly toward the outside (a small spirit level can be helpful).
--finally, if the unit has been turned on its side or upside down during assembly (very likely), wait half an hour before turning it on. The manual mentions this, but not very prominently, and it's important -- to let all the lubricating oil drain back down to the compressor. Otherwise, it could be damaged, probably resulting in failure exactly five years and one day after you've purchased it.