If you need a large air conditioner to cool between 400 and 500 square feet, reviewers say the Frigidaire FRA106CV1 does a pretty good job. The three-speed fan is powerful enough to quickly lower the temperature and it's especially efficient at reducing the humidity. According to owners, the FRA106CV1 isn't as user-friendly, however, because it's noisy and difficult to install. Frigidaire's one-year full warranty and five-year sealed system warranty is one of the best.
Icy cold but not quiet. The Frigidaire FRA106CV1 is excellent at cooling up to 500 square feet quickly; its dehumidifying performance is also top-notch, removing up to three pints of moisture from the air every hour. Owners are mixed on the noise level, however -- some say the FRA106CV1 isn't any louder than a regular fan, while others call the noise from the compressor and buttons a nuisance. The Frigidaire reduces impurities in the air with two stages, using the electronic air ionizer and the washable antibacterial air filter. A light on the front of the unit lets you know when the air filter is dirty.
Excellent remote with on-board temperature sensor. A few of the Frigidaire FRA106CV1's features are well-designed and user-friendly. The remote control is an owner favorite: Its digital display shows the temperature setting on the unit and includes a built-in thermostat to better gauge how warm it is in the room. The 24-hour timer can be set when the air conditioner either turns on or off in 30-minute increments (most timers have only 60-minute increments). At 60 pounds, however, this Frigidaire is quite heavy. It takes two people to install, though most owners say it's easy to mount and set up.
Outstanding warranty. Frigidaire is a top brand for window air conditioners and offers one of the best warranties available: a one-year full warranty plus a five-year sealed system warranty. Owners call the FRA106CV1 solid and reliable, praising features such as the heavy power cord with built-in circuit breaker. Only a couple of owners mention mechanical issues and these were within the warranty period. Electric bills are higher with this Frigidaire in comparison to similar units, however. Its estimated yearly energy cost is $83, the 10.8 EER is on the low end of the scale and there's no Energy Star rating.
Few larger air conditioners have a significant number of owner reviews -- the Frigidaire FRA106CV1 is one of the highest rated, with 4.4 stars out of 5 from about 90 users. Owners praise the Frigidaire's cooling and dehumidifying performance, but say the fan is louder than average.
Review: Frigidaire FRA106CV1 High Efficiency 10,000-BTU Room Window Air Conditioner, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2014