Frigidaire’s FRA053PU1 Portable 5,000 BTU Air Conditioner is perfective for little rooms up to 290 square feet. This unit features electronic controls and full function remote control. The antimicrobial filter reduces bacteria, room odors, and other airborne corpuscles for a comfortable environment. It likewise includes swing air direction control and 3 speeds for cool and fan.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #65397 in Home
- Color: White
- Brand: Frigidaire
- Model: FRA053PU1
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 28.20″ h x 17.50″ w x 14.60″ l, 73.00 pounds
- 5,000 BTU cooling capacity
- Cools room sizes up to 216 sq. ft.
- Swing air direction control
- Antimicrobial mesh filter; Rear top filter access
- Electronic controls
181 of 186 people found the following review helpful.
Nice unit. Does the trick.
By David Solomon
Purchased this unit a few weeks ago to cool a small office room (about 120sf). I was skeptical when I bought it because I was unsure how well portable AC units could be. The unit works really well and is very nice looking. The blowers are somewhat loud but given the small size of my room that is to be expected. It’s not annoying loud. My only complaints were the poor documentation regarding the drainage. There are two drainage outlets. The upper one requires a garden hose attachment. This is only required if you are using the unit in the dehumidifier mode (which I am not). The instructions about this one were clear. The second drainage port is very small at the bottom of the unit. There were no specific instructions about this. It has a soft rubber cap. Once a day I place a shallow tin (pie tin) and drain the water. This is really important otherwise you will have a leak on your floor. Ideally you would hook up some type of small tube to drain. The only problem is that this drain is only about an inch above the floor which makes draining somewhat clumsy.
You do need to vent the unit and it comes with a good length, expandable, 6″ thick plastic vent tube. I believe it stretches to 6 feet. Also comes with a window adapter.
Aside from the drainage issue, the unit seems very well made and works wonderfully. Comes with a remote control which I have not used.
90 of 93 people found the following review helpful.
DO NOT DRAIN THE WATER!
There is NO REASON to drain the water from the bottom outlet during normal conditions.
Modern portable units REUSE the condensation water to their advantage (for evaporative cooling). The only time you would drain is if you need to move the portable system.
My house has central air, but my computer room gets hot on it’s own, and central air doesn’t kick in since the average house temperature isn’t hot enough for it to kick in. So the solution? Get an air conditioner for just the computer room. I have a vertical sliding window, and that makes getting an affordable window air conditioner quite difficult. I settled for this portable AC.
Installation of the window pane didn’t take too long, and was generally easy. Only issue is that although the pane was more than long enough (maximum length of 48.5″; minimum of 26.6″), the amount of non-adhesive and adhesive seal was insufficient to make rounds around the window, resulting in gaps for outside air to freely come in, as well as potential bugs.
Another issue is that the window pane has holes on it for screws that I’m not using (since this is meant for both vertical and horizontal window panels; so I’m not using the horizontal screws), and again, this will result in the outside air to freely come in, as well as potential bugs.
Both issues are solved by getting more seal, and/or taping it up.
Note that sound and heat/cold radiation will be more with this window pain, since it’s just one sheet, as opposed to double-panel windows, which insulate very well.
In addition to the window kit, an L-shaped metal hinge is included so that you can block the window from sliding, since you can’t lock your window anymore (for vertical sliding windows), for security.
The duct is of better quality than I imagined. It’s very hard, and will not crinkle easily, and can do tight turns (although this is not recommended in the manual). It however does not come with any insulating material, so you may want to get a cover for it to insulate the heat better. The duct ranges from 15″ to 55″ in length.
The remote is also of better quality than I imagined. It has a small LCD display with backlight that shows the current settings, and you can change any of these settings using it. I expected a non-LCD remote with just buttons on it. It uses 2 AAA batteries, of which are included.
It cools. Very well. Outside temperature is 70F, house temperature is 77F, room temperature was 89F while installing this unit. After about an hour, room temperature is down to 75F, of which I am happy of (and will keep around there).
This unit features fan-only mode and cooling mode, with cooling mode having two options: manual and auto. Manual, you control everything, fan speed and temperature. Auto, it controls it by itself to get it down to the temperature you want it at, and keep it there (so if it’s hot, it will blast the fan at full ’till it gets to lower temperature, then start using slower fan speed for quieter operations).
It also features sleep-mode, in addition to timers, which increases the temperature every half hour for 7 hours, then decreases it back to what you set it at (so you can save energy by not using it as much when you’re asleep).
Power consumption, in the manual, says it uses 8.4-9.1A @ 115V input, and estimates a power usage of 560 Watts for cooling.
Note: Fan is on at all times if the device is on, presumably to take advantage of the evaporative cooling, so it will never be silent as long as it’s on. Be sure to take this into account if you’re planning on using this in the room you sleep in.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful.
Awesome Little A/C
I was at first a little skeptical at how powerful this A/C unit could be, considering my experience with in-window units in the past. That skepticism quickly passed after I hooked it up and saw how powerful it was and it was more than capable of cooling down my room (which is around 175 sq./ft.). It brought down the temperature from 78 degrees to 69 degrees in less than 30 minutes time, which surprised me. I highly recommend this product for cooling down bedrooms and the like, and find the price to be more than competitive for what you are getting.
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