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Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 Review

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The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 is an easy-to-use 550 sq ft window air conditioner that cools large spaces efficiently, but it has a moderately loud noise output and doesn’t support any smart features.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Frigidaire FHCW124WB1 is an entry-level air conditioner that has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU. This makes it a great fit for rooms up to 550 sq ft. Like most of the highest rated air conditioners, this AC unit has an Energy Star Rating and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 12. Its 4-way directional louvers can be used to manage the direction of its airflow, and it offers four operational modes to choose from – Eco, Fan, Cool, or Dry.

The AC unit also ships with a remote for convenient operation, but there’s no WiFi connectivity for app use or voice control. The unit also weighs 68 pounds, so it might be hard for some to handle during installation. Check out our Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT review or our GE Profile Clearview AHTT06BC review for lighter alternatives.

Consensus

our Verdict

The 68-pound Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 is a 12,000 BTU window air conditioner designed to serve fairly large spaces of up to 550 sq ft in size. The unit allows for manual air direction control through the louvers on its front panel, and right below it, there’s a series of soft-touch buttons separated by a small white LCD display. The unit has a 12 Energy Star Rating, which makes its power efficiency average. It also has an easy-to-remove air filter that is washable.

With a noise output of 57 dB, the unit is averagely loud, but it offers three different fan speed modes to choose from, plus a Sleep Mode where the temperature gradually increases a few degrees throughout the night. There aren’t any Smart Features for app or voice control, but there’s a remote with a thermostat for accurate temperature regulation plus a washable dust filter. Overall, the AC unit has impressive cooling capabilities but average power efficiency.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Cooling capacity
    • The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 cools down 550 sq ft spaces pretty efficiently courtesy of its 12,000 BTU rating. Here’s our air conditioner high cool vs low cool info piece for more details on how to maximize your AC’s efficiency.

  • Easy-to-use controls
    • The AC unit has soft touch controls on its front panel that are fairly easy to navigate. 

Reason to Avoid

  • Loud noise level
    • With a noise output of about 57 dB, the Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 is a moderately loud AC unit.

  • No smart features
    • The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 has no WiFi or Internet connectivity, so it cannot be connected to an app or managed through voice commands.

  • Average Power Efficiency
    • The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 has a 12 Energy Star Rating, which makes it average with regard to power efficiency.

Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 Specs

Airflow RateAirflow Rate321 CFM
App CompatibleApp Compatiblen/a
Auto Shut-OffAuto Shut-OffYes
BTU Cooling RatingBTU Cooling Rating12,000 BTU
Cord LengthCord Length72"
DepthDepth21.75"
Energy Efficiency RatioEnergy Efficiency Ratio12
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
Form FactorForm FactorWindow
HeightHeight14.5"
Integrated HeaterIntegrated HeaterNo
Max Window Opening HeightMax Window Opening Heightn/a
Max Window Opening WidthMax Window Opening Width36"
Min Window Opening HeightMin Window Opening Height15.5"
Min Window Opening WidthMin Window Opening Width25"
Number Of Cool SettingsNumber Of Cool Settings3
Number of Fan SpeedsNumber of Fan Speeds4
Recommended Room SizeRecommended Room Size550 sq ft
Remote ControlRemote ControlYes
Sleep ModeSleep ModeYes
TimerTimerYes
WeightWeight
WidthWidth19", 67 lbs
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityNo

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Test Results

Cooling Speed (minutes per degree)0
Operating Noise (dB)62
Power Draw (kWh)0.8
Wind Speed (mph)0

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The Frigidaire FHCW124WB1 is an entry-level air conditioner that has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU. This makes it a great fit for rooms up…

The Frigidaire FHCW124WB1 is an entry-level air conditioner that has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU. This makes it a great fit for rooms up to 550 sq ft. Like most of the highest rated air conditioners, this AC unit has an Energy Star Rating and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 12. Its 4-way directional louvers can be used to manage the direction of its airflow, and it offers four operational modes to choose from – Eco, Fan, Cool, or Dry.

The AC unit also ships with a remote for convenient operation, but there’s no WiFi connectivity for app use or voice control. The unit also weighs 68 pounds, so it might be hard for some to handle during installation. Check out our Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT review or our GE Profile Clearview AHTT06BC review for lighter alternatives.

The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 boasts a higher cooling capacity compared to the Frigidaire FHWC064WB1, and it also has a higher airflow rating. On the other hand,…

The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 boasts a higher cooling capacity compared to the Frigidaire FHWC064WB1, and it also has a higher airflow rating. On the other hand, the FHWC064WB1 is the quieter and more affordable alternative.

The Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 has a much higher cooling capacity compared to the Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT, but the Midea AC unit allows owners to open or…

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While installing the Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 reduces how far owners will be able to close or open their windows, the GE Profile ClearView Window Air Conditioner…

While installing the Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 reduces how far owners will be able to close or open their windows, the GE Profile ClearView Window Air Conditioner has a much less limiting effect in this regard, as it has a U-shaped design that significantly reduces the amount of space that it takes up. The Frigidaire AC is also the noisier option between the two.

Airflow Rate

321 CFM

277 CFM

145 CFM

App Compatible

n/a

Yes

Yes

Auto Shut-Off

Yes

n/a

Yes

BTU Cooling Rating

12,000 BTU

12,000 BTU

6,100 BTU

Cord Length

72"

6.5 ft

6 ft

Depth

21.75"

19.17"

28"

Energy Efficiency Ratio

12

15

11.5

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

No

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