SPT 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner WA-1211S
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- 12000 BTU cooling Capacity
- 3 fan speed
- Washable Filter
- Temperature Range from 62-86 F
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Energy star Window Air Conditioner
12000 BTU cooling Capacity
3 fan speed
Temperature Range from 62-86 F
Now, let me tell you what this unit REALLY offers!
First, it has a remote control. This is a big thing for us... we don't like to have to keep getting up and down whenever we want to change a setting... and settings it has! With the remote, you can not only change the temperature, but also set the timer, fan speed, sleep mode, and operating mode (cooling, fan, "drying" - which I'll get into in a moment..., or AUTO)
It has a timer! You can set your air conditioner to shut off after a certain amount of time - up to 24 hours in half-hour increments (one-hour increments after 10 hours). This is great for those of us who "accidentally" fall asleep while watching a movie or something with the air conditioner on... it saves a ton on electricity!
The vent is adjustable so you can direct the air. Pretty standard, but Amazon doesn't mention it.
Digital temperature display - again, probably seems obvious, but again, Amazon doesn't mention it.
About that 3-speed fan they mention... that would be Low, Medium, or High... but you can also choose "AUTO", which will alter the fan's intensity for you depending on demand.
The filter is not only washable, the unit actually tells you when it needs cleaned, so you don't forget to check it.
It has this thing called "SLEEP" mode... where it apparently slowly rises the designated temperature by 4 degrees over a 1 hour period, then runs at that temperature for six hours before returing to the original temp. I suppose this would make it quieter when you're sleeping, but we don't intentionally sleep in the room we have this in, so it's not such a big deal to us.
Lots of other modes! Here's a description:
FAN mode - works like a fan by bringing air in from the outside.
AUTO mode - a "smart" air conditioner! Instead of just flooding your room with constant cold air until icicles form, this allows you to set a temperature and stick to it. This may be a standard function in newer air conditioners, but the one we've been using in our bedroom for years didn't have this, so you'd wake up freezing in the middle of the night. In AUTO mode, the AC starts cooling whenever the temperature in your room hits 4 degrees above your desired temperature, and it switches to FAN mode when the temp drops 2 degrees below that. This seven-degree range may seem broad, but it keeps your air conditioner from constantly turning on-and-off-and-on-and-off, like my grandma's nursing home AC used to do.
COOL mode - standard air conditioner mode. This is similar to AUTO, except that you only have a two-degree range. The booklet offered this example:
Assume you set your temperature to 70 degrees.
- in AUTO mode, it will COOL to 68 degrees, then FAN to 74 degrees, then COOL again...
- in COOL mode, it will COOL to 70 degrees, then FAN to 72 degrees, then COOL again...
Basically COOL is the same as AUTO except it'll switch more often.
Then there's DRY mode - now this is neat... your air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier, removing moisture from your home, which can make it seem drier without having to spend as much on electricity.
Finally, there's an ENERGY SAVER mode, which can be selected from COOL mode. When your desired temperature is reached, it stops cooling, the fan runs for another couple of minutes, then it "cycles" for two minutes every 10 minutes until the room temperature gets above the set temperature, at which point it COOLs again.
Oh, and it plugs into a regular outlet. This is great, because at the time we needed an AC, all the stores in our city were sold out of everything but 220s, which (I recently learned) do not fit normal outlets.
It's heavy. The UPS guy dropped it off and I couldn't get it inside until my husband got home. Also, the instructions tell you to screw it into your windows. My windows aren't made of wood, and I don't really want to drill into them anyway, so we chose not to do that. I'll let you know if it slides out or anything, but I think it'll be fine. We might prop it up outside with a 4x4, we'll have to see.
Installing it was really pretty easy, given that we didn't really follow the instructions. If you follow the instructions, best of luck to you.
Please comment if you have any questions! I was leery about purchasing this unit when there weren't ANY reviews ANYWHERE, but we did... and I'm glad we did!
UPDATE: ONE YEAR LATER.
A couple of comments have suggested this review sounded a lot like a manual. It probably does. We wrote this the day after we got the air conditioner, and wanted to help out anyone else considering buying the unit with as much information as possible. When you get the manual, you probably will not have to read it if you've read this review!
That said, we used this air conditioner for the lower story of our 1940s-era brick home, which does not have working central air. It was used for an area of probably around 650-ish square feet. Our home is not insulated, and any argon gas that may once have been in our windows is no longer there, so this is definitely not the "optimal home", but this unit worked for us. It is sort of noisy, but no more so than the 5000 BTU air conditioner we had from the 1990s. I love the different cooling modes that help us save money on electricity. We usually turn it off at night unless it's an especially hot Ohio night.
One more note - it came with foam padding to put around the window opening to more fully insulate from the outside air. This then stuck when we tried to remove it in the fall. We won't be using that this year.
I'm glad to see this review has been helpful to a lot of you. Please keep the comments coming if you have any more questions! It's really a fantastic value.
So today, when it turned 85 degrees in NYC, we powered it up and it does not turn on.
I can hear the compressor turn on but none of the fans turn on.
I get on the call with customer service at Sunpentown, which is based in CA.
Got through, they had to verify with their Amazon rep. My purchase checked out but the warranty requires me to ship the unit all the way to CA. Pay about $100 out of pocket to ship it there.
I'm told turnaround for repair is 2 1/2 weeks. So add that to shipping time and other overhead, I'm waiting nearly a month to get a warranty repair? I wrote back to the rep, who will hopefully get back to me tomorrow, to see what alternatives I have. If this is the only option what would you do?
Lesson learned so far, don't buy large and heavy items online if you need the warranty.
Should have bought local. Will Amazon do anything to help ? Will try once I hear back.
The one star is mostly for having a product that works for one season. Will update once I hear back from their customer support.
*UPDATE* 5/23/13 - I heard back from Sunpentown and they will not make any other accomodations. We called a local repair guy and got it fixed. $60 out of pocket, still cheaper and much much faster than sending it for warranty. After this experience, I doubt I will buy anything from Sunpentown in the future. This experience has left a sour taste. Hope you all found this review helpful. I actually bought this unit because of all the good reviews - never thought I'd be one to write the bad review.
*UPDATE* 5/19/15 - We have replaced our very noisy SPT unit with a new 12,000 BTU Frigidaire unit, also bought from Amazon. I tried cleaning out the SPT before purchasing just to see if it was noisy due to dirt / dust buildup. I could not do a thorough cleaning since I don't live in a house with a garage - that would allow me to fully clean with a water hose. The noise did not dissipate so we decided to replace the unit.
2) The unit doesn't drain. There are no drainage holes anywhere! This means, if you're in a humid environment, the water collects inside the unit - you can see it through the vents from outside. And after the water inside the box reaches a certain depth, the water will actually interfere with the plastic fan blade that's spinning around trying to cool the condensor fins! Yes, that's right, the fan blade will begin plowing through the water like a boat propeller! This is not good. So with no drain holes, you will have to drill your own drain holes. Take a drill and drill through the steel bottom in a number of places along the side. You can peer into the unit and see where it's safe to drill. Be sure your unit is turned off when you do this. Make more than one drainage hole, and make them fairly large because otherwise debris will collect in the unit and block the drainage hole. This will solve the problem.
Having said that, I'm still giving it four stars because it is a great price, the shipping is free, and it does a fabulous job of cooling our living space. No AC has done an equal job. It not only cools well, but it blows well too. You can feel the air moving on the other side of the room and you can point it in any direction you want. And the thermostat works great!