Thanks to Kenmore Air Conditioner this Southern California home is cooled off
May 29, 2005
Pros: remote control, foam strip, high and low options, 12-hr on/off timer setting
Cons: loud at night, hard to open to remove air filter for cleaning
The Bottom Line: The Kenmore is an easy to use Air Conditioner that keeps the bedroom cold day and night, but louder noise in the evenings.
The last few days of April 2005 were eventful in my home. On the 28th I had a home burglary that occurred sometime between taking my children to school and returning from the gym after doing some errands. The following day the Sunbeam Air Conditioner stopped working.
I did some research online at Sears.com and headed over to the Sears store on Saturday, April 30, 2005 in Glendale, California. The Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner cost $129.00, plus I paid for a two-year extended warranty. I then paid a neighbor $25.00 to install into the window of the back bedroom where my children sleep.
This Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner is more appealing to the eye than the last one that died within one year's time, Sunbeam 1349667 Air Conditioner. Within twenty minutes we were feeling refreshed in the bedroom at a cool 65 degrees.
The remote control comes with two 'AAA' batteries, two screws and a plastic holder to keep stored in. I have not utilized the remote control often, but it does work when pointed at the Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner. I did not attach the remote control since I would rather use the touch screen panel for ease in operating and no need for the remote control to be close to the hands of curious children.
Within the remote control you can turn on and off the unit with the power button. The temp buttons have up and down for controlling the temperature on the unit, the timer button, mode button and energy saver. The mode button goes back and forth between cool and fan. The timer is not something I am interested in using and once pressed it by mistake. The only way to rectify that error was to turn the power off and wait the needed three minutes before turning on the system again.
It is mentioned that the shut off timer is usually used at night when sleeping. However this is not the case in my house as the Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner is on day and night. The only time I have turned off the unit is when I cleaned the air filter. If you do move from fan to cool you should give the unit three minutes before moving back again.
The energy saver might be a useful button for those who worry about their electrical costs. Since I reside in a duplex the landlord pays utilities. If I were to use this energy saver button the fan would stop when the compressor stops cooling and every three minutes would turn on to check the room air to determine if the cooling is still needed.
The on and off timer can be used to set the Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner to turn off at a certain time and/or to turn on prior to your return home. The time increments are one hour with a twelve hour maximum. Each time you press the timer button an additional hour gets added to the time you set it to turn on or off. Also it should be noted that each time you press a button on the unit you will hear a beep. This is a good feature as today when I plugged in the unit after cleaning and waiting the three minutes I heard the beep as well. It felt good knowing I did not ruin this unit and it is still working one month later.
The temperature setting range can go from 60F to 86F with increments of 1F. When the Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner was first installed and turned on it went directly to 60F. Today when I turned it off to clean I had it set at 69F. When I turned the power on using the remote control it went straight to 72F.
The instruction booklet is in English and Spanish. The cord is a good size length that I have plugged into a power strip. You should not store flammables in the vicinity of this appliance. It is best to have it in the window that has the most shade of your home. The screen needs to be removed from the window and it is recommended to clean the window on both sides. I pretty much skipped that since time was of the essence and my window goes out onto another neighbor's driveway which means dealing with their barking dog. You should not use an adapted plug or an extension cord. This Air Conditioner is a more snug fit than the last one and I like the addition of the foam strip to seal the window.
The air filter should be cleaned every two weeks. I did it once so far in this one month period and it was dirty. I was worried about doing this and procrastinated a bit on this task. Now that I am familiar with the process and know how easy it is to remove the filter, it will be a cinch. Opening the grille is a bit tricky, you do it on the sides and it is best to do it together to get it open. It was possible with this unit to keep the grille open while I removed the filter. The Sunbeam unit was an awkward process where you had to pull out the grille and did not actually see it standing in the upright position, plus the knobs were in the way so it actually turned on before the three minutes allotted.
Before opening the unit make sure the power is turned off and the plug is removed from the outlet. The air conditioner should not be run with a protective cover on the outside either. It is not unusual to hear a pinging sound from the unit, but the night time noise is hard to miss and does not seem to disturb my children's sleep. I keep the unit on at 70 cool most nights and during day fluctuate from 65-69. When I do run the fan the display notes it is on F2, meaning the high fan speed. I have not tried the low speed.
When I leave in the morning I close the door and come home to a nice cold room where I can watch the news in comfort and have my lunch. On days I do laundry it is perfectly suited for putting clothes away and sorting socks in the bedroom.
My ten-year old son likes to go to sleep in the cold bedroom and says it is very comfortable. The LED display is on at night making it easy to change the temperature a degree or two. With the addition of the remote control I can easily make changes without having to tip toe around children and press the wrong button by mistake.
The control tabs are easy to move back and forth for the flow of the air, as it can go up, down, left and right. At night I tend to turn it farther away from my eight year old and sometimes move it upwards a bit. There is a lever at both sides and it works fine. I can sit on the bed with my son and read a book or watch television and feel the nice cool air on my skin. It is refreshing for those of us living in Southern California where you can have summer weather in early spring and late winter.
There is a full one-year warranty from Sears from the date of purchase. They will repair or replace the unit. The unit must be grounded, is 5300 BTUs, a time delay circuit breaker is recommended. The window needs to have clear opening widths of 22 to 36 inches with a vertical opening of 14 inches. The unit is equipped with a three prong service plug. This comes with a drain pipe, brackets, wood and short screws. We did not need a drill to install the Kenmore 72056 Air Conditioner.
Amount Paid (US$): 129.99
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