Dependable workhorse is still working away, my Frigidaire cooling machine
My central air conditioning system died in May (it had a long and rewarding life) just as the summer heat was starting (a little early this year, of course). Replacement was weeks or possibly months out (thanks to supply chain issues), so off to my folks' garage when they have accumulated several window units over the years - all various name brands piled up and collecting dust. They worked fine for the bedrooms, but I needed something of a chill monster to cool my family room and adjacent kitchen. So, off to my trusted advisor, Google, to hunt for this beast. I searched for the sales first, which led me to my local membership club (the Berkeley Jensen folks). They had a large variety of brands of window units, but I was able to filter the search for 10,000+ BTUs. Reading through the results, I needed to further refine the list since I read most every review and it would have taken me until the end of the summer to get to them all. I liked the idea of an Alexa-enabled unit, because, well, I'm an American and getting up to change the thermostat or grab the remote all-the-way-over on the end table is so unnecessary. Four results left! The Frigidaire 12,000 BTU seemed to be the best deal, offering a nice sale price for just a little more than the 10K model. I've heard or Frigidaire (unlike some other brands with strange-sounding names and all seemed to all look alike). It wasn't in stock in my local club, so I traveled a few additional miles away and picked it up (literally, it was hEaVy), brought it home and popped it in to one of the two double hung windows in my family room. Installation was not bad - just screw in the side-accordion things and peel off all of that plastic tape that apparently keeps the whole thing together while in transit. It was kinda pretty - especially when compared to the older units I borrowed from the 'rents. BUT I WASN'T DONE. Now it's time to connect to Alexa, which never seems to go as well as I always expect it should, and this was no different. Instead of touching a few buttons to add the device in the Alexa app, I had to download and set up the Frigidaire app, which was fine, but shouldn't really be necessary, right? I mean, I can practically connect my Alexa toaster just by saying "Alexa, connect my toaster so I can make some, y'know, toast" or something like that - so why do I need this other app? But I'm kind of used to it by now - not everything is easy, but in the scheme of the internet of things, it really wasn't that bad. It took only a few minutes once I found my reading glasses, and BOOM goes the A/C! I was pleasantly surprised that the commands were simply "Alexa, turn on the air conditioner" and "Alexa, lower the thermostat to 68 degrees" instead of having to rattle off some stream-of-consciousness list of instructions (although maybe if you have more than one, you may have to call out the location or something - or perhaps you can them?! ("Alexa, turn on Beverly"). So, how does the unit itself work? Exactly as it should! It cools pretty quickly, and keeps the temperature consistent by cycling on and off as necessary. During some extreme heat, it seems to ramp up to warp speed but doesn't rattle out of the window. I don't have much to compare it to, but it's really not that quiet, although it seems to be make about the same level of noise as the older, small units. Sometimes I have to raise the TV volume a little bit, but to me, that's a small inconvenience so I don't have to sweat while binging (bingeing?) "New Girl" episodes that I somehow missed. After running it for over a month now, performance is still as good as ever. I did lose connectivity to Alexa once, but I think it was my Echo Dot because it came back after I unplugged/re-plugged it in. I also found that keeping it on all the time with the thermostat a little higher during this past week of 90+ degree weather was better than cycling it off and on after leaving and coming home. It's still working away, my Frigidaire cooling machine. Doing what it's supposed to without complaint or without any regret that I didn't buy the extended replacement contract.I expect to have my central air replaced within the next months, but I'm happy I purchased this A/C to get me and my family through this abnormally hot weather we've been having. It was also A LOT cheaper than moving to the Embassy Suites which was my wife's first solution. I'll return my borrowed units but will either keep this one or may seek out a new home so it can run free and condition air in some other friend's home.TL;DR: I didn't seek out to buy a Frigidaire Air Conditioner, but I'm glad I opted for a name brand unit since it's been working great after 30+ days of near constant use. Sure, there are some other well-known brands out there, but I couldn't justify the much higher price tag. Installation was easy; Alexa set up was a little annoying but fine. It's not loud but it certainly isn't quiet either - but at 12,000 BTUs, I don't know how it could be. You want quiet? Get a mini-split and pay through the nose to hang that big white thing on the wall somewhere.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com
Yes, I recommend this product