Product Reviews

Hello everyone! And welcome back to RefrigerantHQ. Today, we are proud to offer our comprehensive review of one of our favorite 14,000 BTU portable air conditioners: the Whynter Dual Hose (ARC-14S). You may have noticed that we’ve expanded our knowledge base to include cooling units. This article is a fine addition to our growing collection of air conditioner reviews. Portable and window air conditioners are among the primary machines that use refrigerant. And, being the RefrigerantHQ, we feel as though our knowledge repository should also include the units that refrigerant is used in.

May just started and the temperature has already been over 100 degrees in part of the country. Even more, some of these hot areas were in the 50s only a few days ago! This whiplash-like change in temperature can catch many people off guard. For example, I’m sure there are people out there who have not prepared for hot summer days yet. When was the last time they checked their HVAC system? Does the cooling function even work anymore? Turning on the air conditioner after a long winter season could be a surprise to many people with older central cooling systems. Often times, these same people will opt to purchase a portable air conditioner at least to use for the short term. They are much cheaper than to replace an entire HVAC system. And this brings us to our current item of review.

What makes the Whynter Dual Hose so special? Are there any drawbacks to this portable air conditioner? What are its best features? We are going to answer these questions, and more. By reading a comprehensive review on this unit you’ll be able to have a better understanding of exactly which portable air conditioner you should buy. All of these units will work to cool your room. However, some of them are better for your personal taste. Features and benefits vary greatly with portable air conditioners. Our goal with this review is to give you the tools to help choose which portable air conditioner is the best for you. And, without further ado, let’s get started!

Whynter

Before we get to the Whynter Dual Hose, let’s learn a bit more about the company. Whynter makes more than portable air conditioners. As a matter of fact, they also sell portable ice makers, portable ice cream makers, deep freezers, and even cigar humidor coolers. The availability of these niche products goes to show that Whynter understands how cooling works. Whynter is pronounced “winter” for a reason: they’re products produce cold temperatures!

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

Whynter sells their products at many major stores. These include Home Depot, Best Buy, Sears, Wayfair, Sam’s Club, Target, and Brookstone. They even sell their products on Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, check out their amazing online Amazon Store. All of their products should qualify for free shipping. Furthermore, a quick glance at their products shows rave reviews. People love Whynter products! And that’s all the more reason we’re reviewing the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S).

The company was founded just over a decade ago in California. Their headquarter is actually located in Brea, CA. According to public records, the company employs just over 25 people. Customer support is one of the strongest traits of Whynter. They have an open line and are ready to assist with any customer inquiries. They also feature a comprehensive frequently asked questions area on their website. Additionally, they offer online troubleshooting, product registration, and warranty information on each product they sell.

Knowing a little about a company helps prospective buyers know what they’re getting into. And with Whynter, all signs point to great products and customer service. Let’s now take a closer look at the Whynter Dual Hose.

Product Features

The Whynter Dual Hose portable air conditioner is rated 14,000 BTU. This means it will comfortably cool a room up to 500 square feet. BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Units. 14,000 BTU is right around the middle when it comes to power options for a portable air conditioner. For a bedroom, you won’t need a unit with 20,000 BTU. You’ll also probably need more than 4,000 BTU.

The Whynter Dual Hose comes with numerous features. We mentioned some of them in our introduction list. For example, this portable air conditioner features eco-friendly CFC-free R-410A refrigerant. It also has lead free RoHS compliant components. This is important to many families who care about keeping their home safe from dangerous chemicals. One of the top features of this portable air conditioner is this: it has a dual hose function.

The unit has a dual hose which means it has one air intake hose and one air exhaust hose. This is important because the air intake hose brings air into the unit from the outside. This cools off both the compressor and the condenser coil. Portable air conditioners blow cold air. However, they also generate warm air while in operation. The warm air is removed throughout the exhaust hose and to the outdoors. It’s clear to see, then, how a dual hose portable air conditioner differs from one with a single hose. Dual hose technology provides fast cooling. Imagine this: you’ve been working all day and come home to a hot bedroom. You need to be in a more comfortable atmosphere. And you need it quick! Powering on the Whynter Dual Hose will give you instance coldness just when you need it.

Another feature of the Whynter Dual Hose is its advanced auto drain technology. Whynter loves this technology so much that it patented how it works. The portable air conditioner essentially recycles the moisture it collects during its cooling process. This means that it puts the moisture back to work. What does this mean for you? It doesn’t need to be emptied regularly. And this is a plus for many people who want a portable air conditioner to simply turn on and do its job. The advanced auto drain technology is how convenience for the owner of this product.

Additional features can be covered in the “Pros” section. We thought it was most important to separate the dual hose and advanced auto drain technology features since they are main staples of this product. But there’s much more! Keep reading to see what the Whynter Dual Hose can do for you.

Pros

On Amazon, the Whynter Dual Hose has over 1,500 reviews and over 600 answered questions about the unit. It’s a best seller! Just seeing how popular the unit is can be considered a pro. We even championed this unit as our favorite for those in the 13,000-15,000 BTU range. Like the main features, some of the main pros can be found in the introduction list of this article.

This portable air conditioner has three modes of operation. They are air conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier. For someone who is looking for added options, this would be a great choice. Furthermore, the fan has three speed options. Maybe the temperature in your home is currently satisfactory. Instead of cooling it anymore you might want to run the fan to circulate the air in the room. The Whynter Dual Hose is perfect for that.

The Whynter Dual Hose has an energy efficiency ratio (EEF) of 11.2. We came to this number by taking it’s BTU (14,000) and dividing it by power consumption wattage (1250). The higher an EEF number is the more efficient the portable air conditioner is. This is a relatively good number when it comes to efficiency with these units.

Another major pro with this unit is that it comes with an extendable exhaust hose. The hose can stretch up to 60 inches. Something so simple can make a big difference and you’ll only realize this once you unpack the unit. The portable air conditioner needs to be near a window or other opening to the outdoors. After all, the exhaust goes outside. This is important because a window may be on the far side of the room you want to cool. With an extendable exhaust hose, you can move the portable air conditioner closer to the area you want to cool the most, no matter where the window is. Many portable air conditioners do not come with an extendable exhaust hose.

Cons

There are many amazing benefits to this portable air conditioner. But what about some drawbacks? I think the biggest con is that the window adapter is only partially adaptable. After all, you need the exhaust hose to fit perfectly in your window. But if you have a home like most people, this shouldn’t be a problem. The adapter fits anywhere between 20 and 46 inches. If your window can make those dimensions you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you might want to look at another portable air conditioner.

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

The Whynter Dual Hose runs at a max of 56 dBA. Depending on your sensory perception this might not be too loud. However, there have been some complaints that the unit is louder than they thought it would be. Even so, many of these same people appreciate how cold unit makes their room.

One final con we’ll mention is that this unit releases cold air only vertically. In the big picture, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. However, some customers have expressed concern about air circulation. They say that, if the air only goes in one direction (up, in this case), the rest of the room will have uneven circulation. That being said, these same reviewers to appreciate that this portable air conditioner cools their room. And that’s exactly what this unit is meant for.

Conclusion

Because the Whynter Dual Hose is our favorite for those in the 13,000-15,000 BTU range we can’t recommend it enough. What do these features, pros, and cons mean to you? Are you able to forego some quiet in exchange for a quickly-cooled room on a hot summer day? You’re going to ask yourself these questions if you are seriously considering this model. The online reviews have overwhelmingly shown a positive liking to this portable air conditioner. If you want to cool a room that’s up to 500 square feet this unit might be a great solution for you.

Well, that covers our review of the Whynter Dual Hose. And we hope it was helpful for you. We are going to be releasing more portable air conditioner reviews over the next days, weeks, and months. So stay tuned! Visit us again soon here at RefrigerantHQ. See you next time.

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is Friedrich Chill’s CP05G10B 5,200 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different and varied here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home or office. But how do people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope in the dead heat of the summer?

Well folks their best options are window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Friedrich Chill’s CP05G10B 5,200 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

Friedrich Chill

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner brand may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Friedrich CP05G10B 5200 BTU Chill
Friedrich CP05G10B 5200 BTU Chill

Friedrich is by far one of the better, if not the best, manufacturer of window air conditioners out there today. In fact, I wrote an article the other day where I dove into what the best window air conditioner brand names were. Friedirch was on the top of my list. (Article can be found by clicking here.) Now, there are a few reasons why Friedrich rises above the rest of the competition. The first is that Friedrich manufactures air conditioners and ONLY air conditioners. Other companies, like say Frigidaire, sells air conditioners but also sells microwaves, toasters, and all sorts of other appliances. Friedrich is different. They understand what kind of difference specialization can do. The second and most prominent reason is quality.

Friedrich is headquartered out of San Antonio, Texas and can trace it’s roots all the way back to 1883. In fact, the founder, Ed Friedrich, was one of the first people to invent the refrigeration system. In the 1950’s they moved away from refrigeration and into the air conditioning market. Ever since they have been providing outstanding quality products. I really want to emphasize the word quality here. Friedirch uses commercial grade materials and components for their air conditioners. Because of this they provide a lasting and durable unit, but the price on Friedirch units are also usually quite a bit higher then the competition units such as Frigidaire or LG. If you were to ask me though folks, I would say that the price is far worth the superior quality you receive with a Friedirch unit.

 

Product Features

The Friedirch unit is rated at 5,200 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 5,200 BTUs is rated to cool around one-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a standard bedroom, a small office, or a small studio apartment. This unit also dehumidifies at 1.5 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. Please note that it is not recommended to use an extension cord with this product.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at thirteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. The unit plus all of the shipping materials comes in at fifty pounds. When it is taken out of the box and installed it will weight forty-six pounds.

The  Friedrich CP05G10B unit comes with a variety of settings and features. It comes with a digital display that shows you exactly where the temperature is set to. There is also a timer that can be programmed up to twenty-four hours that will allow you to set an on/off switch. On top of those features the CP05G10B also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess. This product also comes with a remote control to help you change the temperature without having to get out of bed.

Lastly, this unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. All you need to install this unit is a tape measure, screwdriver, and a level. Everything else is in the kit.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Friedrich window unit is not the price, no it’s the quality. Yes, I realize that the price on this 5,200 BTU unit is significantly higher than others on the market today. But, folks, there is a reason for that. You are paying for top of the line quality. I suggest you look at it this way. If you buy a standard lower priced window unit from a different company then you are buying a Toyota Corolla of window air conditioners. It’s dependable and will work, but it is not the best of the best. Using that same analogy we can say that the Friedrich units are the Lexus model. Yes, they’re both still cars but obviously one is nicer than the other. If you’re wanting top quality then I would highly recommend buying this unit. However, if you are looking for a unit but quality isn’t as important then I would recommend purchasing the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1. It’s a great air conditioner for about half the price.

Friedrich CP05G10B Energy Guide
Friedrich CP05G10B Energy Guide

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The Friedrich CP05G10B 5,200 BTU unit is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.2 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.2 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at forty-two dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The last feature I’ll mention on this Friedrich unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Friedrich window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 5,200 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a one-hundred and fifty square foot room. This sized room is your typical bedroom with a walk in closet. You can find the square footage of your room by measuring the length and width of the room and then multiplying the numbers together. If your room is bigger than the one-hundred and fifty square foot rating then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Friedrich’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the 5,200 BTU CP05G10B unit is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your bedroom or small office space then this is the unit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here. There are all sorts of different sized air conditioners that will cover your bedrooms like this 5,200 BTU unit we just reviewed, or units that can cool an entire floor of your home like this 24,000 BTU unit from Friedrich.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is Friedrich Chill’s CP06G10B 6,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different and varied here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home or office. But how do people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope in the dead heat of the summer?

Well folks their best options are window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Friedrich Chill’s CP06G10B 6,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

Friedrich Chill

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Friedrich is by far one of the better, if not the best, manufacturer of window air conditioners out there today. In fact, I wrote an article the other day where I dove into what the best window air conditioner brand names were. Friedirch was on the top of my list. (Article can be found by clicking here.) Now, there are a few reasons why Friedrich rises above the rest of the competition. The first is that Friedrich manufactures air conditioners and ONLY air conditioners. Other companies, like say Frigidaire, sells air conditioners but also sells microwaves, toasters, and all sorts of other appliances. Friedrich is different. They understand what kind of difference specialization can do. The second and most prominent reason is quality.

Friedrich is headquartered out of San Antonio, Texas and can trace it’s roots all the way back to 1883. In fact, the founder, Ed Friedrich, was one of the first people to invent the refrigeration system. In the 1950’s they moved away from refrigeration and into the air conditioning market. Ever since they have been providing outstanding quality products. I really want to emphasize the word quality here. Friedirch uses commercial grade materials and components for their air conditioners. Because of this they provide a lasting and durable unit, but the price on Friedirch units are also usually quite a bit higher then the competition units such as Frigidaire or LG. If you were to ask me though folks, I would say that the price is far worth the superior quality you receive with a Friedirch unit.

Product Features

The Friedirch unit is rated at 6,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 6,000 BTUs is rated to cool around two-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a standard bedroom, a small office, or a small studio apartment. This unit also dehumidifies at 1.8 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. Please note that it is not recommended to use an extension cord with this product.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fourteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. The unit plus all of the shipping materials comes in at seventy-one pounds. When it is taken out of the box and installed it will weight sixty-two pounds.

The  Friedrich CP06G10B unit comes with a variety of settings and features. It comes with a digital display that shows you exactly where the temperature is set to. Along with that you get a digital remote that can control the mode, fan speed, desired temperature, and that can also set a timer.  This timer can be programmed up to twenty-four hours and will allow you to set an on/off switch. There are three cooling speeds (High, medium, low) and a quieter than usual operation sound. On top of those features the CP06G10B also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess. This product also comes with a remote control to help you change the temperature without having to get out of bed.

Lastly, this unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. All you need to install this unit is a tape measure, screwdriver, and a level. Everything else is in the kit.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Friedrich window unit is not the price, no it’s the quality. Yes, I realize that the price on this 6,000 BTU unit is significantly higher than others on the market today. But, folks, there is a reason for that. You are paying for top of the line quality. I suggest you look at it this way. If you buy a standard lower priced window unit from a different company then you are buying a Toyota Corolla of window air conditioners. It’s dependable and will work, but it is not the best of the best. Using that same analogy we can say that the Friedrich units are the Lexus model. Yes, they’re both still cars but obviously one is nicer than the other. If you’re wanting top quality then I would highly recommend buying this unit. However, if you are looking for a unit but quality isn’t as important then I would recommend purchasing the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1. It’s a great air conditioner for about half the price.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The Friedrich CP06G10B 6,000 BTU unit is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 12.2 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 12.2 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at forty-four dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Energy Guide
Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Energy Guide

The last feature I’ll mention on this Friedrich unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Friedrich window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 6,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a two-hundred and fifty square foot room. This sized room is your typical bedroom with a walk in closet. You can find the square footage of your room by measuring the length and width of the room and then multiplying the numbers together. If your room is bigger than the two-hundred and fifty square foot rating then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Friedrich’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the 6,000 BTU CP06G10B unit is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your bedroom or very small office space then this is the unit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here. There are all sorts of different sized air conditioners that will cover your bedrooms like this 6,000 BTU unit, or that can cool an entire floor of your home like this 24,000 BTU unit from Friedrich.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Hot temperatures are coming! It’s the middle of April and there are parts of the country that are already feeling the heat. Arizona, for example, will have temperatures of over 90 degrees. The humidity might make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

Before we talk about specific considerations, you should know what this article will do for you. Whether you are in the market for a portable air conditioner, or not, you’ll have a much better sense of the type of unit you might eventually purchase. We are going to walk through different units which will be sorted by BTU number. I’ll also include specific products for each BTU range. Each range will showcase three different portable air conditioners, if available. Finally, I’ll sort them by good, better, and best choices.

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump into the ranges you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

5,000-6,000 BTU Range

The 5,000-6,000 BTU range is the lowest on our list. These units are meant to cool smaller rooms and spaces. Specifically, a portable air conditioner with 5,000 BTU can cool a bedroom or a small office. These units are meant for a room with one-hundred to two-hundred and fifty square feet. Therefore, the bedroom might be a smaller guest bedroom (instead of a master bedroom). Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner
Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Impecca Portable Air Conditioner 6,000 BTU

  • The Impecca Portable Air Conditioner seems to be a newer model because it doesn’t have any review yet. However, it features “whisper quiet operation”. This is a selling point especially for those who have difficulty sleeping. The quiet air conditioner shouldn’t disturb their sleep. It’s important to know that there is a great range between quiet and loud when it comes to portable air conditioners.

Better – LG LP0817WSR 5,500 BTU

  • The LG LP0817WSR might be a better choice. This model is rated three and a half out of five stars. It’s my opinion that it’s better to know the rating (whatever it is) than not know the rating at all. One great feature of this portable air conditioner is that it has an auto evaporation system. That means you shouldn’t have to drain water as much. This is a convenient option for those looking to turn it on or off and forget about it.

Best – ClimateRight CR5000ACH 5,000 BTU

  • The ClimateRight CR5000ACH is likely the best choice. It is rated four out of five stars. The good rating is partly due to the unit’s durability. I’m reading that people like the way the unit works. It’s quiet, it’s small, and it works as it should. You buy a portable air conditioner to cool a room. And this unit does the job! The ClimateRight CR5000ACH seems like the perfect choice for a smaller bedroom or office.

7,000-8,000 BTU Range

Let’s take a step up to the 7,000-8,000 BTU range. With this power, we’re now looking at master bedrooms and small living rooms. These units are meant for rooms with between two-hundred and fifty to three-hundred and fifty square feet. You can also use this unit in a small room on a lower setting. This would also work for a work site office or even a construction trailer. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Haier CPRB07XC7 7,000-BTU

  • The Haier CPRB07XC7 is a good choice for the following reason: it has the option for three cooling speeds. One size doesn’t always fit everyone. And this unit is the perfect example of one that could suit the needs of different people. Do you want a more powerful unit for a smaller room? This unit is good for that, on a lower setting.

Better – LG LP1217GSR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1217GSR is our better choice. It’s rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has roller wheels which makes it more of a “portable” unit. You can easily move it from room to room depending on your needs. It also has a power cord which is six feet long. You can move it around freely to suit your needs.

Best – LG LP1215GXR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1215GXR is likely the best choice of the three. At three and a half stars, it matches the rating of the last unit. However, it has over two hundred reviews, giving it a more stable rating. This unit has a dehumidifying function which mixes cool and dry air. It’s a great option which can keep you cool during the day and night.

9,000-10,000 BTU Range

With the 9,000-10,000 BTU , we are moving up into a more powerful range. These units will cool a room between three-hundred and fifty -four-hundred and fifty square feet. These are larger living rooms and larger master bedrooms. In some larger cities, you can find a small studio apartment within the range of four-hundred and fifty square feet. The portable air conditioners found below should cool these spaces. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater
Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater

Good – SPT Slimline 9,000 BTU

  • The SPT Slimline has three out of five stars. We rate this as good because of its interesting design. It’s tall and slim, which is great for rooms without much extra space. Going up, instead of spreading out, is a solution for rooms like this.

Better – LG Electronics LP0910WNR 9,000 BTU

  • The LG Electronics LP0910WNR is rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has over one hundred reviews, making it one of the more popular portable air conditioners. Manually adjustable louvers set this unit apart. Do you want cool air to go up? Simply move the louver in the upwards position. Or, you can make the cool air go down by putting the louver in the downward position.

Best – Haier HPN10XHM 10,000 BTU

  • The Haier HPN10XHM only has five reviews so far. But it is the best choice of the three. The unit has four and a half our of five stars. It has an interesting feature: it doubles as a heater! Instead of buying a portable air conditioner and a portable heater, you have the option here of buying only one unit. You can use this unit year-round.

11,000-12,000 BTU Range

The 11,000-12,000 BTU levels are nearing the middle of the range. Indeed, these numbers also correlate to the ability to cool larger rooms. I am talking about rooms that are between four-hundred and fifty to five-hundred and fifty square feet. Large living rooms, small apartments, one-level condos—these are the type of places that can be cooled by a portable air conditioner in this range. Here, you’ll begin to find some heavy duty units. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU
DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

Good – DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

  • The DeLonghi PACN110EC has three and a half out of five stars. A great feature of this unit is that they advertise easy installation. This portable air conditioner should be up-and-running within minutes of taking it out of the box. This is important especially if you receive the unit on a very hot or humid day. Sometimes you want things you work right away. And this would be the perfect unit for that.

Better – Whynter ARC-110WD 11,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-110WD might be the better choice. It’s also rated three and a half out of five stars. However, this unit has over one hundred more reviews. This unit features four operating modes: air conditioner, fan, dehumidifier, and automatic. With all these options, there is a mode for everyone and for different situations. Sometimes you don’t need it to run much cooler than the room already is. The fan might be a good solution here.

Best – Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU

  • The Honeywell MN12CES has four out of five stars and has a whopping seven-hundred reviews. It is by far one of the most popular mobile air conditioners on the market today. This air conditioner boasts a powerful air flow yet quiet operation. In addition, this unit doubles as a dehumidifier which removes excess moisture in the air. The room will become cooler and you’ll stay dryer. This is the perfect choice for larger rooms.

13,000-15,000 BTU Range

The 13,000-15,000 BTU levels are past the middle of the range. Portable air conditioners with this level of power can cool rooms that are five-hundred and fifty to seven-hundred square feet. This might include multiple rooms that are close together. These units are able to better cool small apartments, condos, or living rooms. If you have a small apartment in an area that gets very hot in the summer, you might consider the units below instead of those in the 11,000-12,000 BTU Range. If you’re not sure, it’s always safer to go with a model that’s a little more powerful. The price difference is minimal and you’ll be happy you did. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

De'Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU
De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

Good – De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

  • The De’Longhi PAC N130HPE has three and a half stars out of five with around forty reviews. This model is extra portable due to having durable castor wheels. This plays an important role when you want to move your portable air conditioner from room to room. This model also doubles as a heater! Instead of buying another machine (a heater), you can just use this one all year long. You’ll be giving your HVAC system a break when you purchase an item like this.

Better – BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT 14000 BTU

  • The BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT is less expensive and has four out of five stars. For this reason alone, this model might be a better option. But let’s see what else it features. Like the prior model, this one has castor wheels. But this unit has an easily removable filter which you can run under your sink to clean it. A feature as simple as this can make a big difference when it comes to your air quality.

Best – Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-14S also has four out of five stars. However, it boasts over fifteen-hundred customer reviews. This unit is packed with features. It rolls. It has three modes of operation (air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier). It also includes a washable filter. This model features an auto-restart function in the event of a power outage or similar event. It has a memory and will boot right back up to where you were when before the power went out! This portable air conditioner also features ‘advanced self-evaporating technology’ which recycles moisture collected as a result of its normal operation. It’s easy to see why this unit is so popular.

16,000-18,000 BTU Range

The 16,000-18,000 BTU units can be considered the beginning of the higher-level units. These are considered more industrial-level units. These portable air conditioners can cool a space which is seven-hundred to one-thousand square feet. It’s easy to find apartments in this range. In addition to apartments, these units can cool an entire floor of your house. This would also be a great unit to cool a small service bay or workshop. You don’t need many units with this amount of power! If there is a room of area in your house that gets hotter than others, you should put your portable air conditioner right in there and enjoy the cooler air right away. This is especially true if you plan on spending a good amount of time in that room. Let’s take a look at the units in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU
DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU

Good – Movincool OP18 18,000 BTU

  • The Movincool OP18 is considered a good option primarily because of its power. However, the unit currently has no customer reviews. In the order of prudence, we are putting this portable air conditioner here (“good”) because of this reason. If it cools the room, then it does exactly what we want it to do. It might not have a high number of bells and whistles. But it should keep you and your family cool on a hot day.

Better – DOROSIN DAKC-65 18,000 BTU

  • The DOROSIN DAKC-65 has stretchable ducts, which can come in handy if you want to move away from a window. These portable air conditioners need a window or some other external fixture to connect to and the extra length from these stretchable ducts will help you position your air conditioner in exactly the right spot. This unit also features a large capacity water tank. This means that you don’t need to empty the collected moisture too often.

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL18K 18,000 BTU

  • The Tripp Lite SRCOOL can be considered the best option of the three. It has three out of five stars. However, this portable air conditioner has over two-hundred reviews. I didn’t find a higher-rated unit in this range, which tells you that there aren’t too many options. However, this unit has some great features. This portable air conditioner is unique in that it prevents “shutdowns, malfunctions, and failures caused by overheating and temperature fluctuations”. It also comes with a one-year warranty and has free tech support. Because of its popularity, there are currently only a few more left in stock. Get one while you have the chance!

19,000-21,000 BTU Range

Units in the 19,000-21,000 BTU range are industrial units. There are used for spaces such as computer server rooms. They cool rooms that are between one-thousand to twelve-hundred square feet in size. Although they are used in an industrial setting, they can also be used to cool your home. Depending on the size of your home, one of these units might be able to cool your entire house! Because of their industrial value and power, they are more expensive than less powerful units. For some people, the price is worth it. Let’s take a look at three portable air conditioners in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good – Ice Qube 20,000 BTU

  • With a name like “Ice Qube”, you’d imagine that this portable air conditioner would make your room freezing cold. And it could do that! Although it’s “portable”, this unit weighs over two-hundred pounds. Since we’re in the industrial range of portable air conditioners, this weight shouldn’t be surprising. But if you’re looking to cool an entire house, this might be a good place to start.

    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU
    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU

Better – Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 20,000 BTU

  • The Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 features a “condensate evaporation system”. This means that this unit precools refrigerant to conserve energy. At the same time, it vents condensation. This means that no separate drip line is required. Features like this make an industrial unit more convenient to operate and maintain. For these reasons, this portable air conditioner might be a better option than the first.

Best – Global Industrial Portable AC 21,000 BTU

  • The Global Industrial Portable AC has a unique design. Its bright blue and silver color combination is very catchy. This unit has “industrial” in its name for a reason: it cools large spaces. It features easy installation, condensation overflow protection, and anti-freezing technology. These factors are important when choosing a portable air conditioner of this class. The anti-freezing feature is important especially if the unit will be constantly running in places such as computer server rooms.

22,000-25,000 BTU Range

We are finally in the highest range we’ll cover! The 22,000-25,000 BTU range can cool rooms in the twelve-hundred to fourteen-hundred square foot range. Like the former range, these units are industrial-level air conditioners. They are also quite large. And quite heavy! If you want the coldest experience, in the hottest summer, one of the units below would be the best option for you. Let’s look at the final three portable air conditioners. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good- Koldwave 23,000 BTU

  • The Koldwave portable air conditioner has a larger length than height. This is important if you want the unit to be housed in the middle of two rooms. Half of the unit can cool one room. The other half of the unit can cool the other room. However, with an air conditioner this powerful, it should cool both rooms anyways. This unit features two cooling speeds depending on your personal needs. It also has a fan-only option which can come in handy if you only want to circulate some air.

Better – MovinCool Office Pro24 24,000 BTU

  • The MovinCool Office Pro24 is 1,000 BTU more powerful than the former. This might be the better option because it has a perfect five out of five stars. However, this star rating is only after one review. So you’ll have to take this rating with a grain of salt. One of the best features of this unit is that it operates automatically on weekends or after-hours. This is crucial if this portable air conditioner is being used in an industrial setting and employees have gone home for the day. For this reason, the MovinCool Office Pro24 might be the better portable air conditioner. Again, this would also be a great product for a small service or workshop area.

    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner
    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K 24,000 BTU

  • Unlike the MovinCool Office Pro24, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has three out of five stars. However, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has over two hundred customer reviews. This is important because it shows the unit’s popularity. This model uses R410A refrigerant, which complies with environmentally-friendly standards. Arguably the best feature in this portable air conditioner is its ability to manipulate its dual output ducts. You can turn one output duct in one direction and the other output duct in another direction. This is like having two separate portable air conditioners! For this reason, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K might be the best option in the 22,000-25,000 BTU range.

Conclusion

Now I know that we just went through a whole host of information. and it may be overwhelming. Remember though folks, the first step to choosing a portable air conditioner is to know which room you want to cool. Once you have identified your room and your needs you can then begin to realize what air conditioner you need using our above Good, Better, Best guide.

I understand that this list is quite extensive. If I had never bought a portable air conditioner before, I would want someone to point me in the right direction. That’s why I’m open to answering any questions that you may have. Feel free to contact me through this page. I wish you the best of luck choosing a portable air conditioner. Stay cool this summer and I hope this article was helpful.

Also, don’t forget to read a couple more articles we’ve done relating to portable air conditioners. They are:

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ. Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is LG’s LW1516ER 15,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope?

Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

LG

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU
LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU

I’m sure most of you have heard of the company LG before. But, if you haven’t then let’s do a quick introduction. LG is a South Korean company that can be traced all the way back to 1958 under the name of Goldstar. (Just after the Korean War!) In 1995 they reorganized and became the company we know today as LG Electronics. Today, LG is a huge multi-national company spanning multiple countries and employing over eighty-thousand people. Their income is in the billions. I like to think of them as the General Electric of South Korea.

While this product may not be American made I can assure you that the quality is second to none and you also get the LG Electronics company standing behind your purchase. As I said before LG is a huge company and companies do not get to be giants unless they are providing a quality service or product.

Product Features

The LG LW1516ER is rated at 15,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 15,000 BTUs is rated to cool around eight-hundred square feet. That could be the size of a large apartment, a second story of a home, or a very large living room/open area. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 3.3 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. This is especially important since we are looking at a 15,000 BTU units. These are the sized units that you begin to see the two-hundred and twenty volt plugins start to appear. Luckily, this LG LW1516ER  comes with the one-hundred and fifteen volt.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-six inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at seventeen inches and the recommended window height is twenty inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside.

This unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. There are many customers stating that the brackets that ship with the product work great with the product and there is no need to buy aftermarket brackets. Another thing that I wanted to mention here is that since we are dealing with a 15,000 BTU unit these things can be heavy. This unit comes in at over one-hundred pounds. When installing I would recommend at least two people to help. This is not only the safe thing to do but it could also prevent damaging the unit or risking it falling out of your window and into your yard.

This unit uses the HFC R-32 for it’s refrigerant. While R-32 isn’t the most common refrigerant today I can say that it’s popularity is picking up due to it having a lower Global Warming Potential then other refrigerants. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  LW1516ER  comes with a cool and energy saver mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The energy saver mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room. On top of those features it also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess. This product also comes with a remote control to help you change the temperature without having to get out of bed.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this LG unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) While that price point may seem high it is important to remember and to compare that price to other equivalent units. This is a 15,000 BTU unit and the higher up in power you go the higher the price goes. This LG unit is aggressively priced to sell. On top of the price you also get the LG brand name that has over fifty years of reputation behind it.

LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU Energy Guide
LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU Energy Guide

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The LW1516ER is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.9 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.9 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at one-hundred and fourteen dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The LW1516ER comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control, varying fan speeds, and cool/energy saver/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 15,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this LG unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this LG window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 8,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a three-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on LG’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the LW1516ER is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is hOme Lab’s 5,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different and varied here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home or office. How do these people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope?

Well folks their best option are window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the hOme Labs 5,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

hOme Labs

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

hOme Labs 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
hOme Labs 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Well folks, I looked and looked trying to find information about the company that makes this air conditioner. Here is what I did find. The product comes from a company named hOmeLabs. Their website can be found by clicking here. I was not able to find an about us, a Wikipedia page, or any historical information about the company.

Here is what I did find. They are an appliance company head quartered out of New York. It is a relatively small company of two-hundred people and it was founded only a few years ago in 2016. Their mission is to use the latest computer technology to make the most advanced appliances out there rather they be microwaves, toasters, humidifies, window units, and even crock pots.

Product Features

The hOme unit is rated at 5,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 5,000 BTUs is rated to cool around one-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a standard bedroom, a small office, or a small studio apartment.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. Also, the cord on this unit extends to six feet so that you should have enough space to reach the nearest outlet. Please be aware that it is not recommended to use an extension cord with this air conditioner.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at thirteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product.

The  hOme unit comes with two turn dial knobs. The first is to control the temperature setting and the other knob is to control the fan speed. (Remember, that an air conditioner also needs to be able to blow that cold air into the room.) This unit does not come with a digital display and you cannot set your desired temperature, instead you turn the dial from either high, medium, or low cool settings.

Lastly, this unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. All you need to install this unit is a tape measure, screwdriver, and a level. Everything else is in the kit.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this hOme unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is under the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 5,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. Seriously folks, this is a hell of a deal for a high quality window air conditioner. Most of the time you’re going to be paying over two-hundred dollars.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The hOme Labs 5,000 BTU unit is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.1 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.1 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at forty-one dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

hOme 5,000 BTU Window Unit Energy Guide
hOme 5,000 BTU Window Unit Energy Guide

The last pro I’ll mention on this hOme unit is that it comes with a two year manufacturer warranty and a thirty day money back return policy.  This is a great insurance if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the a few seasons. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected. Along with that a two year warranty is practically unheard of when it comes to window units. Most of the time we either see a few months warranty or a one year. hOme Labs stepped up to the plate and offered a two year policy.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this hOme window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 5,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a one-hundred and fifty square foot room. This sized room is your typical bedroom with a walk in closet. You can find the square footage of your room by measure the length and width of the room and then multiplying the numbers together. If your room is bigger than the one-hundred and fifty square foot rating then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on hOme’s website under their two year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the 5,000 BTU hOme unit is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your bedroom or very small office space then this is the unit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here. There are all sorts of different sized air conditioners that will cover your bedrooms like this 5,000 BTU unit or that can cool an entire floor of your home.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ. Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is LG’s LW8016ER 8,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope?

Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

LG

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

I’m sure most of you have heard of the company LG before. But, if you haven’t then let’s do a quick introduction. LG is a South Korean company that can be traced all the way back to 1958 under the name of Goldstar. (Just after the Korean War!) In 1995 they reorganized and became the company we know today as LG Electronics. Today, LG is a huge multi-national company spanning multiple countries and employing over eighty-thousand people. Their income is in the billions. I like to think of them as the General Electric of South Korea.

While this product may not be American made I can assure you that the quality is second to none and you also get the LG Electronics company standing behind your purchase. As I said before LG is a huge company and companies do not get to be giants unless they are providing a quality service or product.

Product Features

The LG LW8016ER is rated at 8,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 8,000 BTUs is rated to cool around three-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small studio apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 2.2 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at twelve inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at fifty-eight pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-32 for it’s refrigerant. While R-32 isn’t the most common refrigerant today I can say that it’s popularity is picking up due to it having a lower Global Warming Potential then other refrigerants. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  LW8016ER comes with a cool and energy saver mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The energy saver mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room. On top of those features it also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this LG unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 8,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the LG brand name.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The LW8016ER is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 12.1 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 12.1 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at sixty dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

LG LW8016ER Window Unit Energy Guide
LG LW8016ER Window Unit Energy Guide

The LW8016ER comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 8,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this LG unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this LG window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 8,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a three-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on LG’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the LW8016ER is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks our sole focus has been on everything window air conditioners and I can assure you that today is no different. The featured product for today is Koldfront’s WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different depending on the state. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope? Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day.

But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

KoldFront

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU
Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU

The Koldfront name is a brand from the Livingdirect company. (Think of it like how Pepsi owns the Mountain Dew brand name.) Koldfront was originally founded back in 1999 by Rick Lundbom. While that may not sound like a lot of years of experience Rick and his company have made it their mission to provide new and innovative appliances and have not relented over the yeras. Think about this for a second: Koldfront is competing with the names out there such as Frigidaire and General Electric. Two gigantic companies that have been around for over one-hundred years but yet Koldfront has thrived and grown since their 1999 beginning. That says a lot about the company right there.

While their brand name can be found on portable dishwashers, wine coolers, and other appliances their main focus and drive are window, wall, and portable air conditioners. With a Koldfront air conditioner you can count on three key factors: High-quality craftsman ship, affordability, and durability.

Product Features

The Koldfront WAC10002WCO is rated at 10,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 10,000 BTUs is rated to cool around four-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small apartment.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the WAC10002WCO extends to just over six feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fifteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at seventy pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The Koldfront WAC10002WCO  is a compact air conditioner designed to fit in most standard windows. It comes with a remote control that works up to sixteen feet away, has a sleep mode to save money, an energy saver mode, and a digital display.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Koldfront unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 10,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Koldfront brand name that has a reputation for quality and durability.

KoldFront WAC10002WCO Remote Control
KoldFront WAC10002WCO Remote Control

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The WAC10002WCO  is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. In order to meet Energy Star certification the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on a unit should be at 10.0 or higher. This Koldfront unit has an EER at 12.0. That’s a full two points higher than the required amount. I tried finding the Energy Saver sheet that comes with most air conditioners on this unit but I honestly just couldn’t find it. I do not want to guess and tell you the wrong number. Instead, I’ll provide you an estimate based off of some of the other window air conditioner articles I have written. Since this is a 10,000 BTU I would expect you to pay less then one-hundred dollars a use per year. That’s a pretty low cost if you ask me!

The WAC10002WCO  comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control, varying fan speeds, and cool/energy saver/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For a 10,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro that I’ll mention on this Koldfront unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Koldfront window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 10,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a four-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a different sized BTU unit. If you are unsure of what size unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Koldfront’s website under their two year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the WAC12001W is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks our sole focus has been on everything window air conditioners and I can assure you that today is no different. The featured product for today is Koldfront’s WAC12001W 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different depending on the state. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope? Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day.

But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

KoldFront

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU
Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU

The Koldfront name is a brand from the Livingdirect company. (Think of it like how Pepsi owns the Mountain Dew brand name.) Koldfront was originally founded back in 1999 by Rick Lundbom. While that may not sound like a lot of years of experience Rick and his company have made it their mission to provide new and innovative appliances and have not relented over the yeras. Think about this for a second: Koldfront is competing with the names out there such as Frigidaire and General Electric. Two gigantic companies that have been around for over one-hundred years but yet Koldfront has thrived and grown since their 1999 beginning. That says a lot about the company right there.

While their brand name can be found on portable dishwashers, wine coolers, and other appliances their main focus and drive are window, wall, and portable air conditioners. With a Koldfront air conditioner you can count on three key factors: High-quality craftsman ship, affordability, and durability.

Product Features

The Koldfront WAC12001W  is rated at 12,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 12,000 BTUs is rated to cool around five-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small apartment. 

The Koldfront WAC12001W comes with a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. Please, please, please be aware of this! If you have a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet you have in mind then it is no big deal but I have seen so many homeowners buy one of these units only to realize that they only have one-hundred and fifteen volt outlets available.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-six inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at sixteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket that I could find. I would recommend purchasing an extra support bracket just in case. This unit weighs in at eighty-eight pounds and I would hate to have it fall out your window and damage or ruin the unit.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  WAC12001W comes with a 11,000 BTU heater as well as the 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. This is a big deal as you are getting a unit that will keep your room cooled year round and not just in the summer. (Please note that this heater has lower BTUs then the air conditioning side and will not heat as large of a space as it cools.) Along with the heater you also get an energy saver mode, fan speed control, and a twenty-four hour timer.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Koldfront unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 12,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. Remember folks that you also get that 11,000 BTU electric heater along with your air conditioner. That’s quite the bargain!

The WAC12001W comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/energy saver/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For a 12,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Koldfront unit is that it comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected. (Also, for those of you who do not know this is a full extra year when comparing to Frigidaire’s one year warranty.)

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Koldfront window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

Koldfront WAC12001W Energy Saver
Koldfront WAC12001W Energy Saver
  • This is an 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a five-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a different sized BTU unit. If you are unsure of what size unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Koldfront’s website under their two year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the WAC12001W is in your bedroom.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. In order to meet Energy Star certification the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on a unit should be at 10.0 or higher. The WAC12001W is NOT Energy Star Certified with the EPA. I’m not sure why that is since it is a full 0.9 EER above the threshold but I figured I would let you know anyways.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks our sole focus has been on everything window air conditioners and I can assure you that today is no different. The featured product for today is Frigidaire’s FFRE1533S1 15,100 BTU window air conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different depending on the state. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope? Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day.

But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Frigidaire FFRE1533S1  15,100 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

Frigidaire

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRE1533S1  is rated at 15,100 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 15,100 BTUs is rated to cool around eight-hundred square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room/kitchen, or a full sized apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 3.8 pints per hour.

Frigidaire ffre1533s1 15,000 BTU
Frigidaire ffre1533s1 15,000 BTU

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRE1533S1 extends to six feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-eight inches up to forty and a half inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at eighteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does come with an outside mounting kit known as a ‘Pleated Quick Mount.’ (Excerpt from Frigidaire’s official website.) Please note that this unit weighs in at one-hundred and two pounds. You will most likely need assistance when installing.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRE1533S1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 15,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

Frigidaire ffre1533s1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire ffre1533s1 Energy Guide

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRE1533S1 is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.8 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.8 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at one-hundred and fifteen dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The FFRE1533S1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 15,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • First and foremost please know and realize that this unit is BIG at over one-hundred pounds and you will need a few people to help you install it. While it does come with a support bracket you may want to purchase one of your own separately just in case. Also, please be sure to measure and measure your window again and again to ensure that this unit will fit correctly. The other option is to cut a hole out in your external wall and have the unit mounted that way.
  • This is an 15,100 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a eight-hundred square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a larger or smaller BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRE1533S1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall, I would say that the Frigidaire FFRE1533S1 is a definite buy if you are looking for a price point air conditioner to cool your apartment or living room/kitchen. The reviews on Amazon.com are overwhelmingly positive and as I said above the only negative complaints that I could find throughout my research was related to shipping of the product. If you are interested in purchasing this unit please click here to visit Amazon.com’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be focusing on another one of our product reviews. If you haven’t noticed by now the past few weeks our focus has been on window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our featured product is Frigidaire’s FFRE1233S1 12,000 BTU window air conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the world window air conditioners can be an unnecessary tool or a life saver. If you are like me and live in the mid-west then you know that the summer’s heat can be excruciating especially if you don’t have air conditioning. Window air conditioners provide all sorts of people an option for a cool home or bedroom even if their house isn’t routed for a central air conditioning system or if they are short on cash and can only afford to spend a few hundred dollars instead of the thousands it takes to install a new split system.

But what window air conditioners are the best? Is the Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 the right unit for you? Or, should you be looking at a different unit, a different size, or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out!

Frigidaire

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRE1233S1  is rated at 12,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 12,000 BTUs is rated to cool around five-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 3.8 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRE1233S1 extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fifteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at seventy pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRE1233S1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 12,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it for a great a price.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRE1233S1 is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. In order to meet Energy Star certification the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on a unit should be at 10.0 or higher. This Frigidaire unit has an EER at 12.0. That’s a full two points higher than the required amount. On top of that you the estimated annual energy cost on this unit is only eight-three dollars. That’s not a bad price at all to pay for a cool apartment during the summer.

The FFRE1233S1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For a 12,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 Energy Guide

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a five-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a different sized BTU unit. If you are unsure of what size unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRE1233S1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

 

Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do one of our product reviews. Over the past week or so we have been putting a lot of attention on window air conditioners and today is no different. Today’s featured product is Frigidaire’s FFRA1022R1 10,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Window air conditioners can be a lifesaver, especially in homes or apartments where a traditional split level air conditioner isn’t an option. But, what kind of product should you get? Is the FFRA1022R1  the right machine for you, or should be you looking elsewhere? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out!

Frigidaire

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 is rated at 10,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 10,000 BTUs is rated to cool around four-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small studio apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 2.7 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRA1022R1 extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fourteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at sixty pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRA1022R1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 10,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRA1022R1 is NOT Energy Star Certified with the EPA. While this is a downside I should point out that the Energy Efficiency Ratio is rated at 10.9. That is nearly 1.0 above the EPA’s recommended 10.0 rating. So, while you are not Energy Star certified with the EPA you do get an energy efficient machine that exceeds EPA expectations.

Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU Energy Guide

The FFRA1022R1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 10,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 10,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a four-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRA1022R1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTU

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Our featured product today is Frigidaire’s FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTU window air conditioner. For those of you who aren’t in a hot climate and don’t know let me tell you. Window air conditioners can be a life saver especially to those of us on a budget or to those of us living in an older home without a central air conditioning system. Here’s the question though, is the Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 the right unit for you? Or, should you be looking at a different unit? Let’s dive in and find out!

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

Frigidaire

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTU

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 is rated at 10,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 10,000 BTUs is rated to cool upwards to four-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large living room, a great room, or a small sized apartment. It also dehumidifies a room at up to 3.0 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRE1033S1 extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fifteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at sixty-one pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRE0833S1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the three-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 12,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

Frigidaire ffre1033s1 10,000 BTU Energy Cost
Frigidaire ffre1033s1 10,000 BTU Energy Cost

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRE1033S1 is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 12.0 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 12.0 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at sixty dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The FFRE0833S1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 10,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 10,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a four-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRE1033S1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall, I would say that the Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 is a definite buy if you are looking for a price point air conditioner to cool your apartment or living room. The reviews on Amazon.com are overwhelmingly positive and as I said above the only negative complaints that I could find throughout my research was related to shipping of the product. If you are interested in purchasing this unit please click here to visit Amazon.com’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigeranHQ! Today we will be doing one of our product reviews and our featured product is Frigidaire’s FFRA1222R1 12,000 BTU window air conditioning unit. Depending on where you are in the world and how hot your summers get the idea of an air conditioner may have never crossed your mind. But, if you are like me and live in the heart of Kansas then I can assure you that air conditioning is a necessity. The best thing about window air conditioners is that they give people a much cheaper alternative to the traditional split AC systems found in most homes today. Here’s the question though, is the Frigidaire FFRA1222R1  the right air conditioner for you? Or, should you be looking at a different product? Let’s find out!

Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

Frigidaire

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 is rated at 12,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 12,000 BTUs is rated to cool four-hundred and fifty square feet upwards to five-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large living room, a great room, or a small sized apartment. It also dehumidifies a room at up to 3.8 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRA1222R1 extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fifteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at sixty-eight pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRA1222R1 is NOT Energy Star Certified with the EPA.

This Frigidaire unit comes with two turn dials that allow you to set the temperature and the fan speed of the unit. You do not get a digital temperature display on this unit but for those of you who are on a budget and aren’t concerned about all the latest and greatest features then this product may be just for you. For an example of the turn dial knobs reference our picture to the right.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the three-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 12,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

The FFRA1222R1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, energy saver mode, exhaust control, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, and varying fan speeds. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 12,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the basic features that you would need.

The last feature I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU Energy Guide

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a four-hundred and fifty square foot room to five-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • Remember how I said that this Frigidaire product is not Energy Star certified with the EPA? Well folks, there is a reason for that. The EPA bases their certification on the Energy Efficiency Ratio of the product. The EPA’s baseline EER rating is 10.0. The FFRA1222R1  comes out at 9.8 in Energy Efficiency. It is just shy of the EPA’s standard, but I would say that it is still not going to cost you that much. Remember, in the Pros section and in the picture to the right we can see that it costs about ninety-nine dollars per year. While that it is higher than other window units out there it still isn’t a bad expense per year.  It works out to be about eight dollars a month.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRA1222R1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall, I would say that the Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 is a definite buy if you are looking for a price point air conditioner to cool your apartment or living room. The reviews on Amazon.com are overwhelmingly positive and as I said above the only negative complaints that I could find throughout my research was related to shipping of the product. If you are interested in purchasing this unit please click here to visit Amazon.com’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ. Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Our featured product is Frigidaire’s FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU window air conditioning unit. Window air conditioners can be a lifesaver in the dog days of summer especially to those who don’t have the means or the house to support a traditional central air conditioning system. Purchasing a new window unit can be a bit daunting as there are so many choices out there to choose from. Is this Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 the right model for you, or should you be looking elsewhere? Let’s find out folks!

Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

Frigidaire

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 is rated at 8,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 8,000 BTUs is rated to cool around three-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small studio apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 1.7 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRE0833S1  extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fourteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at fifty-two pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRE0833S1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 8,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRE0833S1 is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 12.0 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 12.0 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at sixty dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU Energy Guide

The FFRE0833S1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 8,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 8,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a three-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRE0833S1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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For me having air conditioning is a necessity. My family and I live in southern Kansas. For those of you who do not know or who are not familiar with the area Kansas gets VERY hot during the summer months. The Fahrenheit starts to creep up in May and then with each passing week it goes higher and higher until we are in July and we have nearly two months straight of one-hundred degree heat. It is not a fun time, I can assure you. During these months the only times I usually go outside are either to mow the yard or to jump in the pool. (That’s usually done in that order!) I cannot imagine going without air conditioning. Now, you may say that I am spoiled but let me tell you folks it is tough. It is especially tough when it is so hot outside that your air conditioner can’t even keep up with the set temperature.

Because I live in Kansas, just like other areas of the Midwest, there are many older homes throughout the area. In my neck of the woods there are a lot of older farm houses that range from fifty all the way to one-hundred years old. Now, obviously these homes did not come with central ducts or central cooling. When the summer months hit the people in these homes are left with three choices:

  1. Suffer through the summer with fans and open windows in a sweaty and drippy mess.
  2. Pay, or do it themselves, to have their home retrofitted with ducts and to have a central air conditioning system installed. I can’t even imagine how pricey that is.
  3. The third option, and what most everyone does, is to purchase a window air conditioner. Depending on the size of the home some people purchase two or three of these products to get their whole home feeling cool and adjusted during the peak heat days.

Window air conditioners are a great great product that give so many people a chance to access cool air. I don’t care if you are out in the country in farm land like me or if you are in an urban sprawl in Miami. Everyone needs air conditioning and these window units allow just that. Introductory costs on a new small unit can be as low as one-hundred dollars. If you compare that to the cost of a central air conditioner there is just no contest. Even in the most dire of circumstances most people can scrimp and save for a one-hundred dollar purchase.

The problem here is that while these air conditioners sell like crazy during the summer months many people don’t know exactly what they are buying or what kind of air conditioner they really need for their home. This buyer’s guide is going to solve just that. We are going to go in-depth into all considerations that have to be made before you should purchase. On top of that we are going to go through all common room sizes, determine what size your of air conditioner your room needs, and we will recommend two or three products for your room from Amazon.com. I will warn you now that this may be a long read but I can assure you folks that it is worth it because when we are done you will be an educated buyer and you know exactly what kind of unit you need for your home to keep you and your family cool.

Considerations

Remember how I said above that there are number of considerations that have to be made before you can purchase? Well you will be surprised at just how many options and sizes there are out there when it comes to window air conditioners. When I list these considerations I am going to arrange them by most important to least important. So, if you get anything out of this section please please please pay attention to the first three points.

Size Does Matter

No really, it does.  Your windows size does matter. What were you thinking? Just think about this. You buy your new window air conditioner. You got the exact sized system you needed. You are ready to install. You open your window and began to slide the new system in only to realize that your window is too narrow and won’t accommodate the air conditioner. I can only imagine the frustration of this happening and truth be told I can see myself making this kind of mistake.

We all know that old rule, measure twice and cut once. Well the same rule applies to air conditioners. Always always always be sure to measure the width and the height of your window to ensure that the air conditioner that you will be buying will fit and will fit correctly. To get even more specific you may even take into consideration the depth of your new AC unit and see if there are any trees, shrubs, or anything else that could obstruct exhaust flow of your unit. Remember folks, that heat has to go somewhere and if there is something obstructing your exhaust your air conditioner isn’t going to have a good time.

As I said before it is best for you to measure the window so you know exactly what you are dealing with but I will give you this bit of advice. Most windows found in homes today range between twenty-four to thirty inches wide and forty-eight to fifty-six inches high. If you are unsure of the dimensions of the air conditioner you are wishing to buy either on Amazon or the manufacturer’s official product page will have the full details for you.

BTUs, Square Footage, and What You Need to Know

First and foremost before we get into what kind of unit you need we need to understand how sizing in air conditioning system works. It is not as simple as just picking the biggest and baddest model on the market. If you purchase a window unit that is rated to cool one-thousand square feet and you put it in your one-hundred and fifty square feet office your air conditioner is going to have difficulty extracting the humidity from the air as well as evenly distributing the cooler air. The end result will be hot and cool spots throughout the room. That isn’t even mentioning the increased monthly cost to run a much larger machine then you needed in the first place. This will leave you feeling frustrated due to the hot and cool spots as well as paying more money per month then you should be.

Now, if we do the inverse of this scenario and buy a smaller air conditioner for a much larger area your unit will be running constantly all day and night just trying to keep up by cooling the larger square footage. This will result in the room not being as cold as it should be as well as significantly increasing the energy bills for running your AC non-stop. Remember folks, air conditioners are supposed to hit a desired temperature, turn off, and then turn back on when the temperature begins to rise. If they are running constantly that means higher bills as well as quicker parts failure on the unit.

To understand air conditioner sizing you need to understand British Thermal Units, or BTUs. If you have already been looking online or in stores you have probably noticed that window air conditioners always have a BTU number in their description. As an example, Frigidaire’s FFRA0511R1 5,000 BTU air conditioner. 

BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat.  In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. Using that standard measurement let’s do some match based off of the 5,000 BTU rating example we pulled from earlier.

5,000 / 30 = 166 square feet

So, a 5,000 BTU air conditioner will cool a one-hundred and fifty square foot room with ease. For those of you who do not know an average sized bedroom or office is about one-hundred and fifty square feet. If you were looking to cool a bedroom, small office, or a dorm room then a 5,000 BTU system is just the one for you. However, if you were looking to cool a larger room, even if it is only two-hundred square feet it would make sense to go up to a 6,000 BTU system. Remember folks, it is a fine line to get the ‘perfect’ sized air conditioner for your room.

To ensure that you are buying the right sized air conditioner for your room it is best to measure it. I can give you standards and guidelines all day long but only you know the size of your room. To get the square footage of your room measure the width and depth of your room and then multiply the numbers together to get your square footage. As an example if you have a ten foot by eleven foot room you have one-hundred and ten square foot.

There are also other considerations when looking at your room. Yes, the size of the room definitely matters but these other scenarios could have a play into what kind of air conditioner you should purchase.

  1. The first being is your room sunny for most of the day? If so then we at RefrigerantHQ recommend increasing your required BTUs by ten percent. After all, your unit is going to have to work harder to make up for that direct sunlight.
  2. How many people will be in this room through out the day? One? Two? If it is anymore then two then it is recommended that you increase the required BTUs by six-hundred per additional person. There are times where I’m stuck in a conference room during the summer with ten people in it. It doesn’t take long for the once cool room to become hotter and hotter. The more people in a room the more power you need!
  3. How tall is the ceiling in your room? Is it a standard seven foot or eight foot celing? If so, then no problem. However, if you are working in a vaulted ceiling room or even something as high as ten foot then you may end up wanting to go up a size in BTUs. A taller ceiling means more space in your room and more space means more space to cool.
  4. The last consideration to make is will your unit be used in a kitchen? If so then we recommend increasing the required BTUs up by four-thousand. (You’ve got to accommodate for all that heat from the oven.) This one is rather obvious. There are ovens in the kitchen. Ovens are hot. You have more heat to displace now because of the kitchen appliances.

115 Volts VS 220 Volts

If you will be buying a smaller air conditioner then this will most likely not apply to you but I would be amiss if I didn’t at least devote some time to this. Most of your smaller air conditioners in the ranges of 5,000 BTUs upwards to 10,000 all come with a standard one-hundred and fifteen voltage plugin. For those of you who do not know a one-hundred and fifteen plug is the standard outlet connection that you have in your house or apartment.

You will notice however that as you go up in size in BTUs like 12,000 or 15,000 you will start to see products coming with a two-hundred and twenty volt connection. Typically a two-hundred and twenty volt connection is only found in a couple places in a standard home, your oven and your dryer. The reason for this is that these two appliances take a substantial amount of power to operate. The same can be said with more powerful window air conditioners.

If you plan on buying one of these higher BTU window units then I will warn you now to check if it is a one-hundred and fifteen volt or a two-hundred and twenty volt model. I would hate for you to purchase one of these, install it, and then go to plug it in only to realize that you do not have the right outlet available. I don’t know about you but I would be frustrated.

On that same note it behooves me to mention that along with the outlet type another key factor to consider is the length of the cord that comes with the unit. Most units that I have seen come with a six foot cord. Depending on the setup and where your window lies this could be more than enough. Worst case if your cord is too short you can always use an extension.

Cost

Depending on your budget the cost consideration may be the most important. Window air conditioners can range in prices from one-hundred dollars all the way up to over one-thousand dollars. The good thing here is that once you know the square footage that you aim to cool and you know the BTUs that you need it becomes a whole lot easier to narrow down your search.

As an example if we have decided on a 5,000 BTU window unit we can then determine a baseline or average price for this size of air conditioner. Our first product in the 5,000 BTU category is Frigidaire’s FFRA0511R1. As I write this article the price is set at around one-hundred and thirty dollars. Now keeping that price in mind let’s take another 5,000 BTU model. This time it is Frigidaire’sFFRE0533Q1. The price on this model is over double the price of the previous one coming in at around two-hundred and sixty dollars. (Please note that these prices are subject to change at any time.)

Why is there such a large price difference between these two products made by the same company? Well folks it all comes down to quality and features. This more expensive model, the FFRE05331Q1, comes with a remote control, a digital display, a continuous temperature monitor, a longer cord, twenty-four hour on/off timers. I could go on and on.

The question that you have to ask yourself is are you willing to pay for those extra features? Or, are you content to have a basic unit with no remote? Remember now, that this basic unit will still do what it is supposed to do. It will still cool your room. I will leave this decision up to you.

Cost to Run Per Month

While most people tend to think about the upfront cost of purchasing a new window air conditioner there is another side of cost that is often overlooked. We all remember the days as kids when our parents would yell at us for leaving the front door or window open during the summer. There was a reason for this. By letting that hot air into the house your air conditioner has to work harder which results in a higher power bill at the end of the month.

First, let me give you the bad news. It is almost impossible to estimate the cost to run a unit as there are so many variables that come into play. Just a few of these are:

  • What temperature you have the air conditioner set at. If you are keeping your home cooled at sixty-four degrees in the dead of summer then expect to pay a lot per month!
  • What climate you are in. Rather you are in Miami or Rochester makes a heck of a difference to your monthly power bills. I’m not just talking heat either, the humidity in the ‘tropical’ states like Florida is something to be reckoned with and will make your air conditioner work that much harder.
  • This one should be obvious, but I will mention it anyways. The larger the air conditioner the more you will pay more month. As an example a 5,000 BTU unit will cost a lot less to run than a 10,000 BTU unit.
  • How often will you be running the air conditioner? Is it just going to be in your bedroom and you run it while you are sleeping? If so you will save quite a bit of money. However, if you are going to be running it all day then your bill is going to go up.
  • Lastly, if you are cooling an individual room are you keeping the door to the hallway closed? If connected to a bathroom are you keeping that door closed as well? The more sealed the area the less your AC has to work and the less you have to pay.

While I cannot give you an exact estimate of how much your air conditioner will cost to run based off of the above factors what I can tell you is to look at the ‘Energy Guide’ sheet that come with your air conditioner. When shopping for a window unit most of the time the Energy Guide will either be on the box or as a picture if you are looking at Amazon.com. For example, let’s take a look at the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5,000 BTU unit on Amazon.com. You will notice that one of the pictures has a completely yellow background. This is your Energy Guide. The Energy Guide will give you an estimated yearly cost to run the air conditioner. In this example the yearly estimated expense is forty-one dollars. If the product you are looking for does not have a picture of the estimated costs or it is not on the box then I would recommend checking out the manufacturers website to find the information.Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU Energy Guide

The last thing I’m going to mention before the next section is the Energy Efficient Ratio (EER) rating of your window air conditioner. EER is a measurement of how many BTUs the unit uses for each watt of power consumed. In other words, it is a measurement of how efficient and how much energy your ac unit uses to cool the room. The higher the EER number the more efficient your air conditioner is. The standard EER for most air conditioners is set at 10.0. The Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is rated at 11.1 EER. This number is also displayed on the Energy Guide sheet of your new air conditioner. So, again the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is a very efficient and cheap unit to run.

Energy Star Certification

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Start Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA.

A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. Remember how we mentioned energy efficiency ratios (EER) earlier? Lastly, a certified AC unit will use up to eight percent less energy than non-certified one.

While Energy Star certification is mandatory for AC units there are some consumers out there who prefer to only buy certified appliances. Again, this decision is up to you. Most of the time the product that you are looking at will advertise if they are Energy Star certified. It will be listed on the box or in the description of the product. If you do not see it listed then you can most likely assume that it is not certified by the EPA.

Room Examples & Recommended Air Conditioners

Ok folks, so we now have an understanding of what goes into picking an air conditioner and what requirements have to be considered before you can move forward with a purchase. What I want to do in this next section is to provide you with an estimated square footage, a room type, a recommended BTU size, as well as a two or three recommended window air conditioner units for each application. Using the below suggestions as a guide will set you in the right direction of picking the right system and experiencing the relaxing cool air blowing in your face on a hot summer’s day. If you ask me there’s nothing better then coming in from mowing the yard and having a cold beer in a nice cold house.

100-150 Square Feet – Small Office, Room, or Dorm

I mentioned the 100-150 square feet example earlier when we were going over sizing of an air conditioner. Does anyone remember the amount of BTUs required for the 150 square foot room? Yes, that’s right. Pat yourself on the back! 5,000 BTUs are required to effectively cool a room of 100-150 square feet. These types of rooms are your typical bedroom, a small office, or even a college dorm room. Here at RefrigerantHQ our top three recommended window air conditioners rated at 5,000 BTUs from Amazon.com are as follows:

  1. Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5,000 BTUs

  2. hOme Window Air Condtioner 5,000 BTUs

  3. Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTUs

150-250 Square Feet – Larger Room or Office

The next step up from a standard sized bedroom are your larger bedrooms, office, and even some smaller master bedrooms. These rooms can range between the baseline of one-hundred and fifty all the way up to two-hundred and fifty square feet. For this size range we recommend going with a 6,000 BTU window air conditioner. Our recommended products from our Amazon partner are as follows:

  1. Frigidaire FFRE0633S1 6,000 BTUs

  2. Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTUs

  3. Emerson EARC6RE1 6,000 BTUs

250-300 Square Feet – Master Bedrooms

Alright folks now we are truly onto the master bedrooms. Depending on the type of house you have your master bedroom will most likely fall into this range if not a little bigger. My house has the master bedroom above our two car garage. While I hate that design due to the heating and cooling issues I love how big the room is.

For this room size we would recommend getting a unit in the 7,000 BTU range. Here’s the problem though when I was writing this article I just couldn’t find any 7,000 BTU air conditioners. I found the 6,000s and the 8,000s but no 7. This may just be a weird size. What I am going to do here is recommend three products here but I have to remind you to please watch your room size. If you are on the upper end of this range then you should get an 8,000 BTU but if you are on the lower end then you should be fine with the 6,000 BTU.

Our top products for this range are:

  1. Frigidaire FFRE0633S1 6,000 BTUs
  2. Frigidaire FRA082AT7 8,000 BTU 

  3. LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU 

300-350 Square feet – Master Bedrooms or Living Rooms

The sizes just keep getting bigger! We are now in the territory of larger master bedrooms and living rooms. The recommended BTU for this room range is 8,000 BTUs. But, I do want to mention that as we get into these room sizes a few things start to happen. With these larger rooms you usually find higher or even vaulted ceilings. That means that you have more to cool and may consider going up a size in BTU. Along with higher ceilings you can often find living rooms open up to other rooms like the kitchen or dining room. If you have a large open floor plan you may also consider going up a size in BTUs.

Our top products for this range are:

  1. Frigidaire FRA082AT7 8,000 BTUs
  2. GE AHM08LW 8,000 BTUs

  3. LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTUs

350-400 Square Feet – Living Rooms or Great Rooms

Remember that weird 7,000 BTU size that we just couldn’t find on the market? We ended up referring to a 6,000 or an 8,000 BTU model. Well folks, I’m going to have to say the same thing for this room size range. We would recommend 9,000 BTUs here but again, I just can’t find a 9,000 BTU model. Instead I am going to ask you to use your best judgement here and really take the size of your room into consideration. Look at the ceilings. Look at open areas. Look at sunlight shining into the room. Take all of these into consideration and then determine if you either need the 8,000 BTU or the 10,000 BTU model.

Our top products for this range are: (Remember, I am going to recommend some 8,000 and some 10,000 BTUs.)

  1. Frigidaire FRA082AT7 8,000 BTUs
  2. LG LW1016ER 10,000 BTU 

  3. Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTUs

400-450 Square Feet -Living Rooms or Great Rooms

Ok, folks we are moving right along. Now we are getting into the big ones out on the market. With these larger rooms comes the need for more power. The recommended BTU size for this room range is 10,000 BTUs. These rooms are you larger living rooms or even great rooms that you would find in more expensive homes. The other option here for this room size are hotel rooms. Think about it. When you check into a decent hotel there’s enough room to walk around in, sit down on a couch, a nice large bed, and sometimes even a small kitchen. The 10,000 BTU size is the perfect fit for cooling an individual hotel room.

Our top products for this range are:

  1. Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTUs
  2. LG LW1016ER 10,000 BTU 
  3. Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU

450-550 Square Feet – Living Room or Studio Apartments

The numbers keep climbing. This category we are starting to get into standard apartment sizes. Depending on where you live the 450-550 square footage could be the average size of a studio apartment. The preferred size for this room range is 12,000 BTUs. As we get into these larger sized window air conditioners I need to mention a couple things. Obviously, the cost on these are going to go up with the increase of BTUs. A 6,000 BTU is going to be much cheaper than a 12,000 BTU. It’s just simple math. The other point I wanted to make that on some of these larger BTU sizes come with a 220 volt plugin rather than the standard 115 volt. Please please please be sure that you buy the 115 model. If you do have a 220 outlet available then by all means buy a 220 model, but I just wanted to warn you about this possibility. The preferred products below for our 12,000 BTU category are all 115 volt outlets Except for the Koldfront model.

Our top products for this range are:

  1. Frigidaire FFRA1222R1 12000 BTU

  2. Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU – 220 VOLT OUTLET

  3. LG LW1217ERSM 12,000 BTU

Larger Sizes

Well folks we all know that there are larger rooms out there than just five-hundred and fifty square feet. With the larger rooms come larger BTUs but the problem that I am running into here is that window air conditioners over 12,000 BTUs are very difficult to find. What we end up running into is that instead of window air conditioners we see the larger 14,000, 18,000, and even 20,000 BTU models come as portable air conditioners.

Portable air conditioners function practically the same as a window air conditioner except that they come with a hose that you route outside the building either through a window, vent, or door. (There has to be a place for the exhaust to go.) I won’t get into all of the details on portable air conditioners in this article but I will give you a short summary of square footage, room types, and the preferred BTU size.

  • 550-700 Square Feet – Apartment or Condo Living – 14,000 BTUs
  • 700-1,000 Square Feet – Apartment or Condo Living – 18,000 BTUs
  • 1,000 to 1,200 Square Feet – Apartment or Small Home – 21,000 BTUs
  • 1,200 to 1,400 Square Feet – Apartment or Small Home – 23,000 BTUs

These types of portable air conditioners are more in line for larger shops or work areas that need to be air conditioned during the summer months. I do not see a portable air conditioner being used in a home but rather a work site. If you do need to cool an entire home or something over six or seven-hundred square feet then I would recommend one of two things:

  • Look into a central air conditioning system for your home. Yes, they are expensive but if you are looking to cool a larger area of your home, or all of your home, then this may be the best solution to maintain a reliably cool and balanced temperature.
  • If central air conditioning is not an option then I would use my guide above and purchase two, three, or however many window air conditioners that you think you may need to cool your home. My father in law has an older ranch home with no routed central AC. He has three window air conditioners installed in the home: One in the bedroom, one in the dining/kitchen, and one in the living room. Having these three units going at the same time help to maintain the overall temperature in the home and provide him with a level of comfort.
  • Yes, I know said two things but I felt like I had to mention this as well. If you are really serious about getting a powerful window air conditioner then there are a few choice products on Amazon.com today that will give you the power to cool an area up to one-thousand square feet or higher. As I said before these types of window units are rare but there are some out there. Here are our top picks:

Brands

You may have noticed in the above section that when I recommended products there was one brand name that I always included in my top three picks. That brand name was Frigidaire. There was a reason I did that. If you haven’t heard of the company name Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? These guys have been around for over one-hundred years and were in fact one of the pioneers in the early refrigeration industry. One of their principal investors was Willam Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. On top of all of that Frigidaire invented and began selling the first self-contained refrigerator in 1916. They have been around ever since manufacturing and innovating on new appliances. The point I’m trying to make here folks is that Frigidaire knows what they are doing when it comes to air conditioners and refrigeration. Don’t shy away from this company. They make great products and stand behind them. If I was to buy an air conditioner today it would be from Frigidaire.

Conclusion

Regardless of what size you need window air conditioners are a great addition to the home and offer people from all over the country a cheaper and obtainable way to access cool air during the summer. As a product I love these things. They give every walk of life access to air conditioning. A regular split system air conditioner can cost anywhere from two or three thousand dollars. You can get a window unit for a tenth of that cost. I don’t care if your living in a tiny studio apartment in an urban sprawl or if you are out in the middle of nowhere in a one-hundred year old farmhouse window air conditioners will work for you. In fact every time I see one of these units sitting in a window I can’t help but think of an older farmhouse. The house may be decades old but not much has changed. The barn is still up. The original woodwork still adorns the stairways and baseboards of the house. Everything look as it did except one or two window air conditioners resting outside the windows. I’ve always been a country guy at heart and seeing those air conditioners hanging outside a farm house gives you that country feel along with the conveniences of modern life.

That’s enough of that though as I’m getting a little bit off track. So, anyways, I hope that this guide was able to help you find the exact right kind of window air conditioner for you and answer any and all questions that you had. If I missed something or you feel that something is incorrect please do not hesitate to reach out to me by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ. Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Our featured product today is Frigidaire’s FFRA0511RA 5,000 BTU window air conditioner. If you are reading this review then I can only imagine that it is summer, or close to summer, and you are sitting in a very hot room looking to get some relief. You are wondering to yourself is the FFRA0511R1 the air conditioner for you? The price point I am sure has grabbed your attention but what other considerations should you look at? Will it keep your room cool? Or, should you look at a different product? In this product review we will answer those questions and more. Let’s dive in and take a look!Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner with Mechanical Controls

Now before I get into the details of a product review I always like to take some time and write a short paragraph about the company behind the product. After all, if you don’t know the company and what kind of quality they represent how can you fully review the product that they are selling? If you haven’t heard of the company name Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? These guys have been around for over one-hundred years and were in fact one of the pioneers in the early refrigeration industry. One of their principal investors was Willam Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. On top of all of that Frigidaire invented and began selling the first self-contained refrigerator in 1916. They have been around ever since manufacturing and innovating on new appliances. The point I’m trying to make here folks is that Frigidaire knows what they are doing when it comes to air conditioners and refrigeration. Don’t shy away from this company. They make great products and stand behind them.

Is this the Air Conditioner for me?

Before you make a purchase especially one that is going to cost you a bit of money it is wise to consider all avenues to see if the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is the right air conditioner for you. In my opinion there are two major factors that should weigh on your mind before purchasing.

The first is the size of your window versus the size of the air-conditioner. Now it is safest to measure your window to ensure accuracy but I will tell you that most windows found in homes today range between twenty-four to thirty inches wide and forty-eight to fifty-six inches high. Looking at the official Frigidaire product page we can see that the FFRA0511R1 model fits window sizes with a width of twenty-three inches all the way up to thirty-six inches. As you can see by reading these numbers the FFRA0511R1 falls right in line with the width requirements of standard windows. If you are concerned about height the unit comes in at thirteen inches high. If your window is fifty-six inches high you can just pull your window down until the air conditioner is nice and snug in the window frame. Height is not really a factor when it comes to window air conditioners.

The second and equally important factor to consider is the cooling capacity of your air-conditioner and the type of room that you will be cooling. When dealing with air conditioners their cooling capacity is measured by British Thermal Units, or BTUs, per hour. You’ll notice that in the title of this Frigidaire air-conditioner the FFRA0511R1 is rated at 5,000 BTUs. As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. Using that standard measurement let’s do some match based off of the 5,000 BTU rating.

5,000 / 30 = 166 square feet. 

For argument’s sake we will call this unit rated at cooling a room at about 150-200 square feet. This square footage range is about the size of an average bedroom or office in most homes. If you are looking for an air-conditioner to cool your master bedroom then this may not be the one for you as most master bedrooms are at two-hundred fifty square feet or larger.

To ensure that you are buying the right sized air conditioner for your room it is best to measure it. I can give you standards and guidelines all day long but only you know the size of your room. To get the square footage of your room measure width and depth of your room and then multiply the numbers together to get your square footage. As an example if you have a ten foot by eleven foot room you have one-hundred and ten square foot. In this example the FFRA0511R1 would be a perfect fit for your room.

There are also other considerations when looking at your room. Yes, the size of the room definitely matters but these other scenarios could have a play into what kind of air conditioner you should purchase.

  1. The first being is your room sunny for most of the day? If so then we at RefrigerantHQ recommend increasing your required BTUs by ten percent.
  2. How many people will be in this room through out the day? One? Two? If it is anymore then two then it is recommended that you increase the required BTUs by six-hundred per additional person.
  3. How tall is the ceiling in your room? Is it a standard seven foot or eight foot celing? If so, then no problem. However, if you are working in a vaulted ceiling room or even something as high as ten foot then you may end up wanting to go up a size in BTUs.
  4. The last consideration to make is will your unit be used in a kitchen? If so then we recommend increasing the required BTUs up by four-thousand. (You’ve got to accommodate for all that heat from the oven.)

Some of you may be asking why does the size of the unit have to be so specific? Can’t I just get a larger unit then I need and call it good? Well folks, if you get an over-sized air conditioner for your room the unit will have trouble removing humidity from the room as well as costing you more to run each month. On the other side of the coin if you get a unit that is too small for your room the air conditioner will work and work trying to cool the room. This will result in higher and more expensive energy bills at the end of each month. Why pay more per month if you can be smart about it and get the right size for your room?

The last thing I’ll mention before we get onto the details of the product is a recommended BTU size by square footage of your room along with RefrigerantHQ’s recommended air conditioning unit. This should aid you in determining the type of air conditioner that you need.

Product Details

Let’s take a look at some of the details on the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 air conditioner. Whenever we are dealing with a window air conditioner dimensions and weight are always very important to take into consideration. The FFRA0511R1 has a height of twelve inches, a width of sixteen inches, and a depth of fifteen and a quarter inches. The weight comes in at forty-one pounds. There is a reason this AC unit is called a mini. It is a rather light unit and will allow for easier installation.Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU

This product uses R-410A refrigerant. R-410A is an HFC refrigerant that really began to see popularity about ten years ago. The majority of the time it is used in stationary split system air conditioners like what you would find in most homes. If the time ever comes when you need to make a repair on this unit and recharge the system you can rest assured that the cost of R-410A is still relatively cheap per pound especially when compared to R-22.

Like with most other window mounted air conditioners out there this unit comes with adjustable side panels. (They remind me of an accordion.) I love this feature as it allows you to get a custom fit for your window. If there is empty space after you install your system you just pull the panels out, secure them, and there you go. No leaking air in or out.

The FFRA0511R1  comes with two control knobs allowing you to adjust the temperature as well as the speed of the fan. While there is no remote for this unit once you play around with it and get the temperature that you like there will be very little intervention needed on you part. In other words, once you set your desired temperature you can walk away and be done with it.

The last feature that I will mention is that this product comes with a 115 volt power outlet and a six and a half foot cord length. The 115 volt power outlet is important as some of the larger air conditioners require a 220 volt outlet which most houses only have two, one for their oven and one for their dryer. This Frigidaire unit will work just fine with a basic electrical outlet in your room.

Pros

Ok ladies and gentlemen now we are on to the pros side of the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1. The first and biggest point to a lot of you is the price. This product is a budget air conditioner to help you get through the summer without costing you an arm and a leg. As I write this the unit is just under two-hundred dollars on major retailers like Amazon.com. (Note, that prices can change at any time.) That is a great price when comparing this to other window air conditioners or to even a traditional split system.

I mentioned this already in the product details section but this unit is able to maintain preset temperatures. This is a key point to mention as other units only come with what is called a ‘cool mode.’ With this unit you get a four different fan settings to use as well as a variety of turn knob settings to control the temperature in your room. There is a picture further up in this article that shows the control panel.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners are their Energy Efficient Ratio rating, or EER. EER is a measurement of how many BTUs the unit uses for each watt of power consumed. In other words, it is a measurement of how efficient and how much energy your ac unit uses to cool the room. The higher the EER number the more efficient your air conditioner is. The standard EER for most air conditioners is set at 10.0. The Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is rated at 11.1 EER. So, this is a very efficient unit to run.

The air filter on this product is easy to remove and clean. All you have to do is open the front panel and remove the filter. It is important to remember that the air filter is reusable and may be cleaned using soap and warm water. (Remember to turn off your unit before pulling the filter out.) This may seem like a basic thing but some of the other air conditioner models out there have their filters placed in inconvenient positions that result in you having to take the air conditioner out of it’s window mounting to retrieve. Frigidaire recommends cleaning the air filters once a month.

Since this is a mini-window air conditioner the product is in fact very light. It comes in at forty-one pounds. Because of how light the product is it is possible for one person to install this unit by themselves. While it would be easier to have a couple people to do this job it is possible for one person. If you were dealing with a larger BTU air conditioner the weight and dimensions of the unit would go up making it nearly impossible to install the unit by yourself.

The last thing I’ll mention as a Pro before moving onto the Cons is that this product comes with a one year warranty from Frigidaire. While this may not seem like a miraculous amount of time for a warranty it is good to know that you investment is secure for the first season of summer in case something goes wrong.  To register your product and to also file a claim visit their official webpage for this product by clicking here.

Cons

There aren’t too many major cons when it comes to this unit. The first and most obvious one is that this is only a 5,000 BTU rated air conditioner. What that means is that if you are trying to cool your large master bedroom or even your entire second floor then this air conditioner will not work for you. This AC is designed for small offices, bedrooms, or even a dorm room. It is not meant for larger areas and if you try to install it in one of these areas you are going to have the unit running all night and day trying to keep up. It’s only going to cost you more in energy bills and not do a complete job.

The Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is NOT Energy Star certified from the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product IS certificated by the EPA you get a unit that is more energy efficient as well as coming with more and higher quality features such as premium side curtains to help reduce leaks. Most users report an average energy savings of ten percent when using an Energy Start Certified AC unit. As I said above, this FFRA0511R1 is NOT certified by the EPA.

Throughout my research on this product the number one complaint that I found was the noise that this unit makes when cooling. Some users have stated that it’s just a basic white noise that they get used to over time while others have stated that it is so loud that they can’t hold a conversation in front of it. Even more users have stated that for the first season or two the noise isn’t really noticeable but as the product ages the noise becomes louder and louder until they eventually toss the unit and purchase a new one. Again, let me remind you that this is a budget air conditioner.

Expanding on the above paragraph the lifespan of this unit from what I have found is around two-three years of constant use. While some users have kept theirs for many years many others have stated that they have had to throw theirs away after only a couple of seasons. If you are one of the unlucky ones that has your air conditioner stop working after the one year warranty window has passed you may be out of luck.

Conclusion

In conclusion ladies and gents I would say that the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is a buy only IF you are looking to cool your small room, office, or college dorm room. If you are looking to cool a larger room I would refer back to our suggestions towards the beginning of this article.

As far as the quality of this unit if we look at Amazon.com we can see that over two-thousand people have reviewed this product with an average rating of four out of five stars. While there are some issues with noise and longevity with this product I would highly recommend purchasing it if you are in a pinch or cooped up in a smaller room for most of your days during the summer. If you are interested in purchasing click our ‘Buy Now’ button below to be taken to our Amazon partner.

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Thanks for reading and I hope that I was able to help you in your buying decision today,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Hello ladies and gentlemen and happy Sunday to you all! Over the past few days here at RefrigerantHQ we have been taking a look at the various R-134a AC recharge kits on the market today. These products are typically used during the summer months when a customer gets into their car and realizes that their air conditioner is on but it is no longer blowing cold air. Typically this happens because your AC system is either running low or has lost all of it’s refrigerant. What these AC recharge products do is simply recharge your AC system with more refrigerant. The added refrigerant should be enough to get your car blowing cold again.

Now, there are a variety of R-134a AC recharge kits out there on the marketplace. The question is which ones to buy and which ones are worth your money? Should you go with the cheaper version, or the more expensive? What brand should you get? This buyer’s guide will give you an idea of what to expect when purchasing and using recharge kits as well as how to use them.

Know Before You Buy

A lot of you may already know this but I would be amiss if I didn’t mention it. Before we get onto the top products I want to point out that these AC recharge kits are not a miracle worker. Heck, most of the time they aren’t even a fix. What these recharge kits do is take a problem that you have with your car’s air conditioning system and push the problem on down the road.

Your AC system rather it be on a car, house, or freezer all work relatively the same way. The refrigerant goes through an endless cycle moving back and forth between gas and liquid and liquid to gas. The system is completely sealed and no refrigerant should be coming out of it. So, in a perfect world you should never run out of refrigerant. But, as we all know the world isn’t perfect and things break, hoses crack, o-rings crumble, and so on and so on. When this happens your refrigerant begins to leak out. The more refrigerant that leaks out the less potent your air conditioner will be in the dead of summer.

Now what these recharge kits do is pump your system full of refrigerant again. So, you have a leak where your refrigerant escaped out of and if you use a recharge kit you are just dumping more refrigerant into your system. Depending on your leak this could be a good thing or a bad thing. If you have a tiny crack in one of your A/C hoses that barely leaks then an AC recharge kit will be perfect for you. You could recharge it in March and have it last the whole season because the leak is so small. But, if you have a very large leak, or worse, a major part failure then these recharge kits will not work for you. You could recharge your car today, have it blow cold air, and then come back a few days later and all of your refrigerant is gone again. Not a good deal.

So, the point I’m trying to make here is just know that these recharge kits aren’t a miracle worker. Yes, they’ll work in some cases, but not all. Alright, on to the review!

Brands

One last thing that is worth mentioning is that while you may see different brand names and product names below these products are all owned, manufactured, and produced by the same company known as IDQ Incorporated. Upon doing my research on these products it looks like the IDQ company has carved out their specific niche and now have nearly one-hundred percent of the do-it-yourself vehicle air conditioning repair sector. The company has been in business for over forty years and through out all of those years they have been dedicated to providing products for the weekend warrior mechanic as well as the seasoned service tech. These guys know what they are doing and provide customers with a good quality product. That being said all of these products below are from said company even though the brand names may be different.

Good, Better, Best

Alright folks onto the best recharge AC kits on the market today. When I do a best of article I always like to organize things by the Good, Better, Best technique. This process and way of organizing things has stuck with me for nearly ten years. It was how my boss, back when I worked at Kenworth, taught me. If you overwhelm someone by offering them dozens and dozens of choices they will most likely shut down and stop listening to what you have to say. Instead, the smarter way to do it is to offer the customer three main choices: Good, Better, and Best.

The good category offers customers a viable and working product that will get their job done at a low price point. The better category is, you guessed it, the next step up. With better the customer gets a little more quality but also ends up paying a bit more. Lastly, the best category is reserved for the best product on the market. That means top quality and top price. Now, depending on who you are and what your mindset is it is up to you what you decide to purchase. Are you a Good, Better, or Best guy? I hate to say it but I’m a Good guy… I’m trying to break that habit and move up to Better!

Good – Interdynamics MAC-134 EZ Chill Refrigerant Refill

Interdynamics MAC-134 EZ Chill Refrigerant Refill with Charging Hose and Gauge - 18 oz.

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Coming in at the Good category is Interdynamics MAC-134 EZ Chill recharge kit. This product comes with eighteen ounces of refrigerant, a built in gauge, a hose, and a coupler to fit your low side port. It is definitely on the cheaper side of recharge kits but it will still get the job done. This is the product I like to recommend as a ‘trial’ recharge. If you are unsure if you need to take your car to the shop or not then give this product a try and see if you can solve the problem yourself, or at least put it off until next season.

Better – A/C PRO ACP-100 Professional Formula R-134a

A/C PRO ACP-100 Professional Formula R-134a Ultra Synthetic Air Conditioning Refrigerant with Reusable Dispenser and Gauge - 20 oz.

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The A/C Pro ACP-100 is a great middle of the road product that falls into our ‘Better’ category. It is a bit pricier than the EZ Chill version but there are some benefits to this price increase. With the ACP-100 you get twenty ounces instead of the eighteen that we mentioned above on the EZ Chill. Along with that you get an extra long twenty-four inch hose to help you reach those cars with the ‘strange’ designs. To top it off the coupler on this product is easier to attach. Instead of having to manually pull the collar up on the coupler like you do with other products all you have to do is just push the coupler onto the port and it will pop right on. I’m always a big fan of the easier the better and the ACP-100 does just that, it makes things easy.

Best – Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze Ultra

Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze Ultra Synthetic Recharging Kit with UV Dye and UV Light

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Remember how I said that these recharge kits are a temporary patch and don’t actually solve anything? Well folks the Interdynamics AFK-11CS actually takes a step in that direction by providing you with UV dye mixed in with the refrigerant as well as a UV light pen that you can use to begin scanning for the source of the leak after you have charged your system. This feature right here, along with giving you two cans of refrigerant, is why the AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze falls into our ‘Best’ category. You get two cans of refrigerant, UV dye and pen, and ALL of the other features and benefits that the other recharge kits have. The only real downside to this product is the price. As you can imagine since this product falls into the best category it is going to be quite a bit more expensive then the other products on the market we mentioned above.

Conclusion

Regardless of what kind of consumer you are any of the above three products will aid you in getting your car blowing cold air again. While some are better than others it is important to note that even the product in the ‘Good’ category is still perfectly viable solution to fixing your air-conditioning system. Also, I’ll say it one more time. These charge kits are not a cure all and most of the time they do not fix your problem. Instead, they delay your problem by adding more refrigerant to your system. So, while this may work for you today you man end up feeling warm air blowing in your face a few weeks later. It is impossible for me to tell if you have a minor leak, a large one, or a failed compressor.

Lastly, if you need some help or am not sure how to use these kits please check out our do-it-yourself guide that we put together a few days ago. It can be found by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Hello ladies and gentlemen! Today on RefrigerantHQ we will be doing another product review. Today’s featured product is the Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze AC recharge kit. Whew! Try saying that a few times fast. Anyways, these types of products are VERY common during the summer time. If you are reading this then I can imagine that it is the dead of summer, it’s ninety or one-hundred degrees outside and your car’s air conditioner is blowing warm air. It’s not getting cold at all. Is the Arctic Freeze product the right fit for you? Well, let’s dive in and take a look!Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze Ultra Synthetic Recharging Kit with UV Dye and UV Light

Before I get into what a product does and doesn’t offer I always like to spend a little bit of time looking at the company behind the product. I feel that a look, even if it’s a brief one, helps the consumer and myself understand what goes into the product. In this case the Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze is from the company called rechargeac.com. This company is then owned by IDQ Incorporated out of Garland, Texas. The IDQ company has been in business for over forty years and through out all of those years they have been dedicated to providing do-it-yourself air conditioning products for the weekend warrior mechanic as well as the seasoned service technician. In fact I would feel comfortable saying that they have a VERY large market share when it comes to DIY air conditioning recharge kits. These guys know what they are doing.

Know Before You Buy

A lot of you may already know this but I would be amiss if I didn’t mention it. Before we get onto the Pros and Cons I want to point out that these AC recharge kits are not a miracle worker. Heck, most of the time they aren’t even a fix. What these recharge kits do is take a problem that you have with your car’s air conditioning system and push the problem on down the road.

Your AC system rather it be on a car, house, or freezer all work relatively the same way. The refrigerant goes through an endless cycle moving back and forth between gas and liquid and liquid to gas. The system is completely sealed and no refrigerant should be coming out of it. So, in a perfect world you should never run out of refrigerant. But, as we all know the world isn’t perfect and things break, hoses crack, o-rings crumble, and so on and so on. When this happens your refrigerant begins to leak out. The more refrigerant that leaks out the less potent your air conditioner will be in the dead of summer.

Now what these recharge kits do is pump your system full of refrigerant again. So, you have a leak where your refrigerant escaped out of  and if you use a recharge kit you are just dumping more refrigerant into your system. Depending on your leak this could be a good thing or a bad thing. If you have a tiny crack in one of your A/C hoses that barely leaks then an AC recharge kit will be perfect for you. You could recharge it in March and have it last the whole season because the leak is so small. But, if you have a very large leak, or worse, a major part failure then these recharge kits will not work for you. You could recharge your car today, have it blow cold air, and then come back a few days later and all of your refrigerant is gone again. Not a good deal.

So, the point I’m trying to make here is just know that these recharge kits aren’t a miracle worker. Yes, they’ll work in some cases, but not all. Alright, on to the review!

Pros

Sure you could go out to an auto parts store and buy a couple of cans of refrigerant and recharge your car yourself but when you do this you have to realize that when you are buying those R-134a cans you are ONLY buying cans of straight refrigerant. Have you thought about the PAG oil that needs replaced? What about a leak sealer or any other additives? With the Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze you get your refrigerant along with everything else including the PAG oil, the additives, and yes even a leak sealer built right into the formula.

Along with all of that the AFK-11CS comes with a couple extra features that the other recharge kits just simply do not have. The first is that this product comes with two thirteen ounce cans of refrigerant giving you a total of twenty-six ounces. This is much more refrigerant than the other products on the market. In fact if you look at some of the other Interdynamics products out there you’ll see canister ranges between eighteen to twenty-two ounces. The twenty-six ounce for this product is in a class of it’s own.

The second change on this product that I wanted to mention is that it comes with ultraviolet dye built right into the formula. For those of you who do not know UV dyes are used to find and identify leaks in your refrigerant system. Remember earlier how I said that the AC cycle is a sealed system? Well this UV dye will help you find where your leak is. It also comes with a UV pen so that you can scan and identify the source of the leaks. All you have to do is shine the light along all the joints, hoses, and pipes of your ac system and watch for any indication.

The last Pro that I am going to mention here is that the R-134a that comes with this product is compatible with all other types of R-134a. What that means is that you do not have to worry about mixing refrigerants together. Say, for example, you have a pound of refrigerant left in your car and you need to recharge it. You do NOT have to purge all of the old refrigerant before recharging. Like I said before, easy button.

If you get one thing from this review it’s this: The AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze is all about making things easy. It’s the easy button so they say. Everything that would need to be done to add refrigerant to your system is in that one little can.  On top of that the product comes with a hose and with a pressure gauge so you can see exactly how much refrigerant you have when you start, when charging, and when you finish.

Cons

Alright folks, onto the cons. The biggest con is something that I’ve already mentioned. Any recharge kit, I don’t care what brand, are temporary fixes and that is if they work. If you have a massive leak or a faulty compressor then these recharge kits aren’t going to do you any good. I still like to buy them though as a kind of pre-cursor before taking my car into the shop. If the recharge kit doesn’t work no big deal. You are out thirty dollars and you take your car to the shop. However, if the recharge kit does work then you just saved yourself a whole mess of money by not taking your car to the mechanic.

Another con that I want to bring up is that the price on this unit is a bit more expensive then the Interdynamics EZ Chill model. The EZ chill is a bare bones price point item to get you product. The Arctic Freeze is just the opposite. You get a higher quality product and a super sized container, but you will be paying more. So, you will be paying more but in my opinion it is worth it as you get a quality product.

Lastly, like with all refrigerants there is risk of shipping damage and the product arriving damaged. This could be either the can being damaged and having the refrigerant leaked out, a damaged gauge, or even a damaged hose. This is obviously a problem and if you run into this please call their customer service number which can be found by clicking here.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that the AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze is a definite buy especially if you are looking for a top-tier product when it comes to recharging your vehicle’s air conditioner. This product gives you all of the features and benefits of the other Interdynamics products out there as well as giving you bonus refrigerant and a UV detection system.

If you are interested in purchasing the Interdynamics AFK-11CS Arctic Freeze please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner.  Or, you can also find this product in most retailers and auto parts stores. Also, if you are unsure on how to use this product then I highly recommend you click here to be taken to our ‘How To’ guide on AC recharge kits.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen! Today on RefrigerantHQ we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Today’s lucky product of choice is Interdynamics’ AF-22 Arctic Freeze R-134a refrigerant recharge kit. Now, I am sure most of you are familiar with these types of products. They can be a lifesaver in the dead heat of summer when you find your air conditioner is blowing warm air. This holds true especially so here in Kansas where we get weeks of one-hundred degree heat! But how does Arctic Freeze product compare to the others on the market? Should you buy it? Let’s take a look!Interdynamics (AF-22) Arctic Freeze R-134a Ultra Synthetic Refrigerant with Recharge Hose and Gauge - 22 oz.

Before I get into what a product does and doesn’t offer I always like to spend a little bit of time looking at the company behind the product. I feel that a look, even if it’s a brief one, helps the consumer and myself understand what goes into the product. In this case the Interdynamics AF-22 Arctic Freeze is from the company called rechargeac.com. This company is then owned by IDQ Incorporated out of Garland, Texas. The IDQ company has been in business for over forty years and through out all of those years they have been dedicated to providing do-it-yourself air conditioning products for the weekend warrior mechanic as well as the seasoned service technician. In fact I would feel comfortable saying that they have a VERY large market share when it comes to DIY air conditioning recharge kits. These guys know what they are doing.

Know Before You Buy

A lot of you may already know this but I would be amiss if I didn’t mention it. Before we get onto the Pros and Cons I want to point out that these AC recharge kits are not a miracle worker. Heck, most of the time they aren’t even a fix. What these recharge kits do is take a problem that you have with your car’s air conditioning system and push the problem on down the road.

Your AC system rather it be on a car, house, or freezer all work relatively the same way. The refrigerant goes through an endless cycle moving back and forth between gas and liquid and liquid to gas. The system is completely sealed and no refrigerant should be coming out of it. So, in a perfect world you should never run out of refrigerant. But, as we all know the world isn’t perfect and things break, hoses crack, o-rings crumble, and so on and so on. When this happens your refrigerant begins to leak out. The more refrigerant that leaks out the less potent your air conditioner will be in the dead of summer.

Now what these recharge kits do is pump your system full of refrigerant again. So, you have a leak where your refrigerant escaped out of  and if you use a recharge kit you are just dumping more refrigerant into your system. Depending on your leak this could be a good thing or a bad thing. If you have a tiny crack in one of your A/C hoses that barely leaks then an AC recharge kit will be perfect for you. You could recharge it in March and have it last the whole season because the leak is so small. But, if you have a very large leak, or worse, a major part failure then these recharge kits will not work for you. You could recharge your car today, have it blow cold air, and then come back a few days later and all of your refrigerant is gone again. Not a good deal.

So, the point I’m trying to make here is just know that these recharge kits aren’t a miracle worker. Yes, they’ll work in some cases, but not all. Alright, on to the review!

Pros

Sure you could go out to an auto parts store and buy a couple of cans of refrigerant and recharge your car yourself but when you do this you have to realize that when you are buying those R-134a cans you are ONLY buying cans of straight refrigerant. Have you thought about the PAG oil that needs replaced? What about a leak sealer or any other additives? With the Interdynamics AF-22 Arctic Freeze you get your refrigerant along with everything else including the PAG oil, the additives, and yes even a leak sealer built right into the formula. The best part about it?

This Arctic Freeze model is one of the more expensive products on the market but you have to realize that you are getting higher quality as well as a larger container of refrigerant. The Arctic Freeze AF-22 comes in a giant sized twenty-two ounce container. That is bigger than the A/C Pro ACP-100 at twenty ounces and bigger than the Interdynamics MAC-134 EZ Chill at eighteen ounces. This amount will ensure that you can get a proper recharge even if you do end up spilling some of the refrigerant.

Along with all of that your Interdynamics Arctic Freeze comes with an easy to attach coupler and a pressure gauge so that you can monitor your levels as you recharge your system. All you have to do is pull back the collar on the coupler and then pop it on your low side service port. (Usually these will have an ‘L’ on the cap.) Don’t worry though if you have the wrong port as this coupler will ONLY fit the low side port and nowhere else. This prevents very costly mistakes by using the wrong port.

The last Pro that I am going to mention here is that the R-134a that comes with this product is compatible with all other types of R-134a. What that means is that you do not have to worry about mixing refrigerants together. Say, for example, you have a pound of refrigerant left in your car and you need to recharge it. You do NOT have to purge all of the old refrigerant before recharging. Like I said before, easy button.

If you get one thing from this review it’s this: The AF-22 Arctic Freeze is all about making things easy. It’s the easy button so they say. Everything that would need to be done to add refrigerant to your system is in that one little can.  On top of that the product comes with a hose and with a pressure gauge so you can see exactly how much refrigerant you have when you start, when charging, and when you finish.

Cons

Alright folks, onto the cons. The biggest con is something that I’ve already mentioned. Any recharge kit, I don’t care what brand, are temporary fixes and that is if they work. If you have a massive leak or a faulty compressor then these recharge kits aren’t going to do you any good. I still like to buy them though as a kind of pre-cursor before taking my car into the shop. If the recharge kit doesn’t work no big deal. You are out thirty dollars and you take your car to the shop. However, if the recharge kit does work then you just saved yourself a whole mess of money by not taking your car to the mechanic.

Another con that I want to bring up is that the price on this unit is a bit more expensive then the Interdynamics EZ Chill model. The EZ chill is a bare bones price point item to get you product. The Arctic Freeze is just the opposite. You get a higher quality product and a super sized container, but you will be paying more.

Lastly, like with all refrigerants there is risk of shipping damage and the product arriving damaged. This could be either the can being damaged and having the refrigerant leaked out, a damaged gauge, or even a damaged hose. This is obviously a problem and if you run into this please call their customer service number which can be found by clicking here.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that that the Arctic Freeze recharge kit is a definite buy if you find yourself in the situation where your vehicle’s air conditioner is blowing warm air. In fact, I would rate the Arctic Freeze kit as a step above the rest of the recharge kits out there. The reason I say this is not from personal experience but from research. When customers experienced problems with other recharge kits out there they seemed to always recommend trying Arctic Freeze. There is a reason for that. While you still get the refrigerant with all of it’s additives you also get quality parts and manufacturing that result in a lot less chance of breakage either during shipping or during use.

If you are interested in purchasing the Interdynamics AF-22 Arctic Freeze please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner.  Or, you can also find this product in most retailers and auto parts stores. Also, if you are unsure on how to use this product then I highly recommend you click here to be taken to our ‘How To’ guide on AC recharge kits.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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