The Kühl line air conditioners range from the 7,900-Btu/hr. SS08M10 to the 36,000-Btu/hr. SL36M30. Eight of the Kühl air conditioners are Energy Star qualified, and all 11 use R-410A refrigerant, which doesn't damage the ozone layer. Friedrich also makes Kühl air conditioners in a heat-pump configuration and with a built-in electric space heater.The Kühl air conditioners are equipped with a seven-day thermostat that allows you to program up to four settings each day. You can also hardwire the air conditioner to the programmable thermostat for that part of your home.
The Kühl air conditioners were introduced too late to be included in our July 2010 review of air conditioners, though we are testing the SS08M10 and will add it to our ratings of air conditioners (available to subscribers) in the next week or so. This Kühl unit weighs a heft 105 pounds and is 6 inches or so wider than other 8,000-Btu/hr. air conditioners.
Along with our comfort test, which measures how well an air conditioners maintains temperature and humidity levels on a low setting, we're reviewing noise (Friedrich promises "ultra quiet operation," airflow (Friedrich says it "developed the unit's 8 directional louvers to be deeper and more robust to optimize airflow placement within a space"), ease of use, and other factors.
The five Friedrich models currently in our ratings are strong performers. Two models are recommended and one tops the 7,000- to 8,200-Btu/hr. category.
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URGENT! This is a problem your reviewers should know about before you add this model to your ratings, as you say you will in about a week.
I recently purchased a Friedrich Kuhl air conditioner model no. SS08M10 and am having a very serious problem with the air flow control. A slide control has 3 positions - to bring in fresh air from outdoors, recirculate room air, or exhaust room air to outdoors. The problem is that no matter what position the slider is in, the unit brings in fresh, and often much-too-humid, air (often seen as fog coming from the air conditioner's vents), making it impossible to maintain a fairly stable humidity level in the room. These humidity extremes are very harmful to some of my furnishings. Friedrich seems to have a good reputation, and, although the explanations they have given so far do not make sense with respect to the physics involved, I remain optimistic that they will fix the air flow so that the controls actually do what Friedrich says they will. I am continually monitoring the room humidity with an accurate hygrometer that indicates daily maximum and minimum.
We have a less than 3 year old side by side Frigidaire from Best Buy. It is no longer funtioning since the water filter exploded inside and blew out the control panel which will cost at least $600 but then their is the filter problem so what's the use of that?
The water filters are supposed to last 6-9 months, however, since their redesign last year, they last only 5-8 weeks. I've been returning them to Lowe's and purchasing another one every 1-2 months. We would know the filter went bad went it would start to drip inside the fridge. We'd catch the water and get another one within a few days. This one didn't last a few days and just blew up squirting water everywhere inside.
Frigidaire has admitted to this problem, (they've heard of it)
but it's not their problem, it's the water filter people. The water filter people take no responsibility either!
I've seen this problem on the internet and Craig's List.
People need to be warned of this danger.
Can you help? Now, we've got to get another fridge.
I've always thought about technology where window A/C units could be wired to a programmable thermostat, enabling you to schedule cooling time just like for central air conditioning systems. However, I'm not sure I want to spend $970 to cool a 120 square foot room (Friedrich Kuhl model SS08M10). Are Kuhl A/C units really worth their premium price?
I am not sure where to post this question but is there Consumer Report ranking of wall-in air-conditioner?
On June 29, 2010, Consumer Reports wrote on its blog @http://blogs.consumerreports.org/home/2010/06/freidrich-kuhl-air-conditioners-review-of-best-air-conditioners-consumer-reports-ratings.html that it will test the Kuhl series of air conditioning units and include them in its list of ratings @http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/heating-cooling-and-air/air-conditioners/air-conditioner-ratings/ratings-overview.htm within one week. "The Kühl air conditioners were introduced too late to be included in our July 2010 review of air conditioners, though we are testing the SS08M10 and will add it to our ratings of air conditioners (available to subscribers) in the next week or so." It has now been two weeks since, and the results of the test of the Kuhl units still aren't available. How come? Or am I not looking in the right place?
We just bought a Kuhl 24,000 BTU heat/air unit. What a piece of junk. Only have had it five days and it won't cool the room 15 feet away. We own four other Freidrich twin temps...the old style and love them. This new Kuhl is awful. The old saying of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" should've been applied here. We called Freidrich after the second day and the woman on the line argued and wouldn't listen to our problems. I wasn't giving up and she finally scheduled someone to come and take a look at it. Don't know what they will be able to do since this is obviously a total design screw up. It cools just fine...but their new fan won't blow a tissue three feet. There's absolutely no air distribution on this lemon. What a total mess. We too had the vapor coming out of the vent. One day it was dripping water out of the back of the unit like it is supposed to, then the next day all the water was being blown out into the room and we had to use towels to catch it. At one time it was spitting small pieces of ice out. I turned the temp up to 78 and of course the room got hotter...81 degrees about 15 away. I spent 1,200.00 on this thing and I can't afford to get a new one. If Friedrich doesn't do something I am just stuck. Stay away from these new fangled, electronic monsters until they've been on the market a couple of years and some other poor souls have put up with the problems and maybe, maybe Freidrich will fix it. But I'm not holding out much hope of that happening.
We recently bought a Kuhl 28,000 BTU in-wall unit after our old (but wonderful) Quietmaster died. I was concerned that the unit was too large for the space because it was not properly regulating the humidity, but after reading some of the comments here I'm wondering if the issue is the unit itself. We also had vapor coming out of the vent. Our old 19,000 BTU a/c effectively cooled off the open living area as well as the back bedrooms (about 800 square feet total), but our new one seems to only cool the front space and regularly cycles on and off leaving humidity. I was considering downsizing to a smaller unit, but I'm wondering if there's really a design flaw at fault. I'm anxious to read CR's review of the SS08M10.
I have heard of problems with this model, but Friedrichs are great AC units. I've used their wall units for years with no problems.
I have an in-wall version of this unit and it has been absolutely nothing but problems.
At various points around the louvers, there are nothing but rattles. The A/C has yet to cool the room correctly in 3 months, despite multiple visits from our installer. Apparently there is an issue with the thermostat in the unit where it freezes and does not allow the condenser to kick back on. Still waiting for the phantom replacement part.
For $1200 this is the biggest piece of junk AC I have ever owned. The Chinese manufactured and cheaper model from a 2-3 years back is significantly better.
I bought the SL28M30 about a month ago (28000 BTU). I wasn't impressed with the unit at first, using the built in thermostat - the unit was cycling on and off way too much. It wasn't cooling the house down much. I really bought the unit planning to wire in a remote thermostat which I did a week after it was initially installed. ***This made all the difference*** - this unit has the capability, but its internal thermostat is near useless. Once I wired up a Hunter 7 day programmable thermostat on a backwall in the room, this unit cooled to perfection. Until today, where some major mechanical malfunction inside the unit on the blower that blows air into the room started making a tremendously loud noise, its now not operable until I can get it serviced.
Friedrich has a great idea with these units, and I would have waited for them to work out the bugs, but I needed it now. I hope they get the issues worked out with these units. My remote was DOA and the front panel *barely* fit over the sleeve. I had to force it on. For the record these are made in Mexico.