Rated 5 out of 5Â by 3
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TXCheapskate Impressed in Texas - Cold & Quiet!
Very impressed with this unit so far! I have a Fridgidaire 12000 btu unit to compare it with and would recommend the LG over the Fridgidaire for several reasons which I will list here:
1. The unit has a much quieter compressor so is much quieter in low fan mode, which I feel is important if you plan to put this unit in any room that you plan to sleep in or watch late night tv in.
2. Capacity of unit (BTU) seems to be equal or greater to the Fridgidaire in both cooling and more importantly removing heat even though only rated at 10000 btu vs the 12000 for the F unit. This may sound like a strange statement if you are unfamiliar with how a/c work, but they are different. To further explain, I have a 5000 but Fridgidaire that blows supper cold (blowing on me right now) it works great for my home office of 10x12, but if I leave the door open and allow more heat in, it's virtually useless because it cannot expel the incoming additional heat from other rooms.
3. Finished installation. There were a few more steps with screwing in off the side curtains, but they seems to seal better to the window and unit than the F does. Note: My left curtain was a little warped, but the right was perfect. Not bad enough to prevent installation but was the only thing that bothered me. Not a problem though, I called LG and they are sending me a new one to replace it, along with a whole new installation kit since they can just send the one part. So service for this was A+++ :-)
4.The only negative I have with the LG that's better on my F is that it does not have Auto Fan mode. This will increase or decrease the fan speed based on the "load" of the a/c. That mode is great for getting the room cooled down fast and then automatically reducing the fan speed to low once the room as cooled off. I use it all the time when I come home. Also, if the unit is not keeping up on low speed it will increase the fan speed for additional cooling.
Primary purpose of unit-Our Central A/C went out late last summer and hence the Fridgidaire 12000 unit that is in our Master Bed room. I wanted to see if it would be possible to get another unit installed in the guest bedroom that might be able to cool that room along with the rest of the upstairs ( I did not think this would actually work since the upstairs total Sq. Ft is about 1600 Sq ft but wanted to try). BUT IT DID! Mind you I had the unit set on 68 and a fan pushing air to the rest of the upstairs keeping it around 74 degrees and the bedroom at 67-68 degrees. Yes it did run non-stop, but I was doing laundry (also upstairs) and outside temperature here in TX... 98 degrees.
So, it's possible the Fridgidaire could have done this as well, but for some reason I doubt it and it would have used more electricity to do it.
Specs comparisons between the 2 units:
F draws 10.8 amps and LG draws 8.5 amps.
Both units blow cold air typically 40 degrees cooler than outside air but I believe the LG is possibly better at removing the heat.
LG in the $200 range
F in the $300 range
F size is 21.5Dx14.4Hx19W and weighs 68 lbs
LG size is 20.35Dx14.45Hx19.57H and weighs 62 lbs
Summary- I like the LG better and wish it were in our bedroom since its quieter but not enough to hassle with uninstalling and reinstalling the units. When I resinstall next summer, the LG will find it's way to our bedroom!
I believe both units comparable in ability to cool the same area. I believe the much larger and heavier 12000 btu LG would probably run circles around my F 12000 while using the same amount of electricity (per specs anyway).
i bought my F last year because it came with a 2 year warranty, but I bought my LG (that only has one) with my Mastercard who will double LG's warranty should I have a problem :-)
I hope this review has helped someone as much as all of the reviews and research I used to help me make this purchase.
Good luck with your decision and stay COOL!
June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HappilyRetired Simply The Best
What a wonderful air condtioner. Easy to install, cools quickly.
It's economical to operate cutting my electric bill by 48% over the 12,000 BTU unit I was using when it was actually cooler then this month.
I just set the temperature at 74, turn the fan on low and use the energy saving mode then forget it. Keeps my 20X20 living room, hall, bathroom and kitchen area maintained at that temperature all day and night no matter what the outside temperature is.
It's fairly quite for a window unit, never have to turn up the sound on the TV when I use it.
I also have a 8,000 BTU LG for my bedroom which works just as well.
When I go to bed I turn off the one in the living room and use just the bedroom unit. In the morning its usually between 84-87 in the living room when I get up. I turn it on and within an hour or less its down to 74.
I highly recommend this wonderful air conditioner, can't say enough good things about it.
July 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Shinypenny Cool Summer!!!
I just purchased this A/C unit for an attic room that the central air can't keep cool. The weather hasn't started to heat up yet, but the attic is pretty unbearable already, and I wanted to get one early in the season before they started selling out. I was stuck trying to buy an A/C unit at the end of the season during a heatwave one year, and couldn't find one anywhere in town before.
This unit was fairly easy to install. I recommend that you should definitely have someone help you install it, just because of the weight. I can handle an 8,000 BTU A/C install myself, but I don't think I would have tried to install this one on my own, it's a little heavy and bulkier.
You screw on the side curtains, and put it in the window, close the window on it, secure it with the brackets, plug it in and it's ready to roll.
It cooled down the room quickly, the noise wasn't overly loud or distracting. It has a remote control, so you don't have to get up and adjust it if you're laying in bed or across the room. I think all the larger model A/C units have remote controls now. I have a cheap little 5000 BTU for a downstairs bedroom that I use occasionally before I start up the central air, with no remote, and it is noisy, and I got to get up out of bed when I want to adjust it. Sometimes I kick myself for being so cheap, I could have spent a couple of bucks more for the model with the remote, but I didn't think it would be that important...
The controls are easy to use and understand, with a digital readout, nice appearance, has 3 fan settings that are powerful and adjustable air deflectors. Definitely recommend.
May 7, 2014