Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 51
Rated 5 out of 5Â by dareo Cheap and Cool
I researched for weeks on all types of air conditioners. High end mini splits, wall units, ptacs, everything. I calculated all the costs and the energy used. Today i decided to go with a cheap window unit and hope for the best. Picked it up instore along with some 2x3s to make a nice frame for it. I wanted a very sturdy mount without any screws going into my actual window. It is fully supported and the frame can be removed by taking out a few screws. I had a piece of 3/4 cabinet ply left over to fit the top. Easy!
It is not a high end unit of impeccable construction but it is light and cheap. It pulls a very respectable EER for its size.
At full blast it will produce 80 decibels of sound at 4' distance on my little meter. It doesn't sound anywhere near that loud but i guess it is. It sounds like a smooth fan.
Sure i could have gotten an inverter mini split and had 1.5x the efficiency, but it would also cost up to 10x as much by the time its installed. The performance per dollar is great and the EER is pretty good for a window unit. My garage has plenty of windows, so taking half of one is no big deal.
July 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Very pleased by my new A/C
I finally replaced my 22-yr old 10k btu unit. I have an 800 sq ft apartment in the "valley" in LA which had temps of 95F this week. Price was right and installation was a little tricky due to no window sills, just punch out the window and hang it with 2x2 wood supports. I also got some carpet throwaways and stapled them on the wood edges to help soak up vibration.
This model was pleasantly smaller and I turned it on. The A/C works great, had to get used to the remote and all the options available but the unit cooled about 2/3rds of my apt, much more than my old unit. And this was on the lowest setting as well. I tried higher settings but don't think I'll really ever need them.
This unit is quieter than my old one but still not like built-in A/C but it works just fine for me. They've come a lot further in 22 years and I am very satisfied with this new unit. You can see the wood/carpet under the unit.
May 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by anonymous Good product for the price
I have not had this unit very long so I cannot rate the energy efficiency yet, but overall a decent product for the price.
- Very good at it job. It cools very well so far.
- No rattling or odd noises as this unit is in a bedroom.
- Quality for the price.
- Very easy to install.
- Not as quiet as I hoped, but it's a consistent noise as long as it's on, so it's not too bad.
- The biggest issue is drainage. I'm not sure if this is common with other GE units, but there is no drainage on the outside and after about 3 days of use, the water pooling caused splashing from the fan, which cause unwanted noise. Easy fix...drill a small hole in the back (outside) corner.
December 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jyaj good a/c but one flaw...
This a/c is ice cold and blows strong, very quiet compared to my portable a/c. the only flaw is the electronic thermostat does not work properly. Its like 10 degrees off...! It seems like the thermostat does not work properly after the a/c turns itself off during the auto mode. other than that I would have given it a five star. GE is always a brand I have confidence in!
May 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Tanner Overall, Worth The Money
First and foremost, this unit will at least get your room to a more tolerable temperature. At the time of installation, the living room in my 2300 square foot home was a torturous 93 degrees. 4 hours later, it had dropped to 78 degrees (even though I had it set to 70). Don't expect the whole room to turn into an icebox, especially if it's 113 degrees outside as it was for me, but the air is quite chilling when it's pointed directly at you, even if you're several feet away.
First-time installation for a non-handy man like myself went alright. The manual tells you all you need to know (those plastic accordion things slide in from the top, by the way). My lone bit of advice is to be extra careful when installing the weather-stripping foam to the bottom of your window. I know it sounds obvious, but there's no second chance after applying that sticky side, so be sure to work out precisely how it's gonna fit BEFORE you expose the adhesive. Save yourself the frustration that I experienced.
The Energy Saver mode is nice to have, I guess. For anyone who might not know (I didn't), all that really means is that the a/c will automatically shut itself off when it reaches the temperature that you've set. Then again, if you're in the middle of summer, that probably won't do you much good.
As others have said, this thing is certainly not whisper quiet and you'll always know when it's on, but the noise level is acceptable and blends into the ambiance after a week or two.
What's not acceptable is the beep that occurs whenever you press a button (i.e. anytime you wanna adjust the temperature). It's not just "kinda" loud; it's "louder than your television, will scare your dogs, will probably wake somebody up" LOUD. Worst of all, there's no way to turn the sound indicator off. Why? I don't need an ear-piercingly loud noise to remind me (and everyone else nearby) that I'm pressing a button.
Also, the thermostat is wonky and inaccurate. Sometimes, I'll catch it rapidly bouncing around between two numbers as if it can't make up its mind. And if I turn the unit OFF, the thermostat reading will DROP 5-10 degrees. Bottom line is not to trust that number. Use some other sort of temperature gauge towards the center of the room (like a digital meat thermometer or something) and then you can adjust accordingly.
Lastly, the plastic accordion panels simply WOULD NOT fit seamlessly against my window frame. I had to use a row of duct along all edges of the accordion panels and the window sill in order to fill the paper thin gaps where air would have escaped. Looks shoddy, but it was necessary.
If you need a window unit to cool a ~400 square foot room, this will do the job.
August 26, 2012