Frigidaire FAA085P7A Compact Room Air Conditioner
Very efficient and cost effective unit
This 8,000 BTU window air conditioner is a good unit which work quickly and efficiently and is ideal for cooling a room as large as 350 sq.ft.
With a high Energy Efficiency Ratio(EER) of 9.8, this ENERGY STAR complaint air conditioner provides great value for money by cutting down the fuel costs of your energy bill.
This unit was rated in ?Consumer Reports? as one of its "Best Buys" in June 2006 and continues to receive outstanding customer ratings - providing high quality efficiency and great cooling properties.
Other practical features include an 8-way air direction control; cabinet louvers; clean air ionizer filter; dehumidification functionality; pleated quick-mount window mounting kit and low voltage start-up compensator.
Check out the full specification in the section entitled, Manufactures Guide at a Glance, while list of customer comments, both pros and cons, can be seen in the section entitled Consumer Summary Points.
As with most A/C this one certainly does produce some significant and unacceptable noise, especially when running on fast fan and maximum cooling.
This has generally been the main area of discontent with certain customers, who otherwise areverysatisfied with the many features and its excellent cooling record of this unit.
InstallationThe unit comes complete with the standard Quick-Mount Window Mounting Kit together with some pretty straight forward and easy to follow instructions.
Customers comments range from easy to install to hard to install. But overallFrigidaire air conditioning units have a reputation of being reasonably straightforward to mount butthose lacking confidence in do-it-yourself skills, may prefer to seek professional assistance or advice.
At 61 pounds this unit can be lifted and carried by one individual but it is always recommended that there should be a second person on hand to assist in the moving and handling, during the installation process.
Cooling EfficiencyThis Frigidaire unit, has received some very favorable efficiency ratings from independent customer reviews, as well as being awarded one of the Consumer Reports Best Buys labels.
The high EER rating of 9.7BTUs itsENERGY STAR compliant status similarly identifies this air conditioner as a very cost-effective and energy efficient unit.
There are even some customers who, even though they are far from complimentary about the noises this unit produces, give high praise for the AWESOME cooling qualities of this product.
This unit also has a number of specific energy efficient functions, which can be selected by means of the electronic control pad or the remote control, including an Energy Saver Mode and a Sleep Mode.
It must also be remembered that regular cleaning of the filter also contributes to increased efficiency.
Manufactures Guide at a Glance
- Air Direction :- 8-Way Control provides powerful cooling
- Auto Cool Function and Sleep Settings
- Cabinet Louvers
- Clean Air Filtration /Negative Ion Generators /Electrostatic Filter
- Cooling Capacity:- 8000 BTU/hr
- Cools rooms up to 350 sq. ft.
- Dehumidifier Functionality:- 2.1 pts per hour
- Electronic Controls
- Energy Saver and Fan Modes
- Energy Efficiency Ratio:- 9.8 EER
- ENERGY STAR Compliant
- Filter:-Electrostatic / Rigid/Slide-OutTilt-Out Filter
- Full-Function Remote Control
- Low-Voltage Compensation
- Moisture Removal (Pt/h):- 2.1
- Pleated Quick Mount Window-Mount Kit
- Timer:- 24 hour
- Type:- Thru-Wall/Window
Controls and SettingsThe controls of this air conditioner are ELECTRONIC, which are generally the preferred option of most customers over manual controls.
Both the TOUCH PAD control and the full-function REMOTE control can be used separately to operate the unit, or these two control options can be combined, to makeprogramming selections and adjustment of features very simple and convenient.
Both the Electronic Control Touch Pad and Full-FunctionHand-Held Remote Control are clearly labeled with both words and easily recognizable icons. And in addition, the touch pad has a series of little lights to indicate which feature or which mode is in use.
A Digital Display Panel on the touch pad,displays the fan speed as well as the temperature and time.
The 8-way airflow directional option is not on the main control pad but is adjusted by means of a Mechanical Rotary Control on the unit. This is achieved by rotating auger wheels (left/right) AND moving the swing louvers (up/down).
The Variable Speed Fan has three main modes:- cool, energy saver and fan only, which are easily adjusted from the touchpad or remote controls.
The Cool Mode runs at the temperature selected.
The Energy Saving Mode is a pre-selected temperature and is a great energy saver. When the selected temperature is reached the unit maintains it by turning the fanoff and then back on again.
The Fan OnlyMode circulates air in order to exhaust any stale air.
A 24 Hour Start/Stop - On/Off Timer can delay the start time from up the 24 hours or can be used to program the unit to start at a specific time.
Selecting the automatically pre-programmed Sleep Mode ensures a cool nights rest with the added bonus of keeping costs low.
Similarly the Energy Saving Mode is designed to maintain a cool atmosphere while keeping running costs down.
Excess moisture in the air is effectively removed by means of the Dehumidifier Functionality, which improve both room comfortand energy efficiency. About one and a half pints of moisture can be removed per hour.
Particles of dust and pollen are removed from the airby means of the Ionizer/Electrostatic Clean Air Filtration system giving relief to allergy sufferers and those who have other respiratory ailment.
Low Voltage Compensation (LVC) is technology that ensures the proper, safe operation of the unit should there be any voltage fluctuations, especially at the start-up of the unit.
Sounds and NoiseAs with all models and makes of air conditioners, there is a range of sounds, which are part of the normal running operations. Sometimes, customers complain of noise, while other do not find them too obtrusive!
Frigidaire identifies its own unique range of sounds in all their Use and Care Manuals.
Sounds associated with Frigidaire are:-
Gurgle/Hiss Refrigerant passing through the evaporator causes a gurgle/ hiss during normal operation
Rushing Air The movement of the fan in everyday operation causes a sound like rushing air.
High Pitched Chatter The compressors cooling cycle causes a high pitched chattering sound.
Pinging / Swishing Whendroplets of water hit condenser during normal operation a pinging or swishing noise is often heard.
Vibration Poor wall or window construction or incorrect installation may result in the unit vibrating.
Air FiltersThis unit comes with a very convenient easy access, ionizing clean air tilt-out filter that makes cleaning and replacing the filter very simple. The great advantage of this function is that this removes unwanted dust particles from the air as well asneutralizing unpleasant odors, leaving a cleaner, safer and pleasanter environment.
Clean air filtration, with both negative ion generators and electrostatic filter elements helps to reduce allergens in the air giving relief to those with allergies and breathing difficulties.
Another important function of this unit is the dehumidification function, which removes up to 2.1 pints of excess moisture from the air, thus adding to ones health and comfort.
Consumer Summary Points
- Auto temp mode is a good energy saver
- Dehumidifier & the "clean air" function are wonderful
- Fast and efficient cooling
- Good number of functions on digital control panel
- Good for a room under 25 X 20
- Great feature-being able to set a specific temperature - and it maintains it
- Great feature is the variable speed fan- from 10 to 100
- Many good settings including fan speed
- Remote control is really handy
- So effective ? no need to turn it below 74 degrees
- Temp settings are very accurate
- Wide variety of settings
- Difficult to read book/ watch TV /play music when unit is switched on
- FAR too loud, especiallyin a bedroom
- It can be a hazard as things can become trapped in theA/C
- Not easy to install
- Noisy unit, especiallyon higher / cooler settings
|Height 12.5 in.|
|Width 18.5 in.|
|Depth 15.5 in.|
|Weight 61 pounds|