The LG LW1214ER is part of the air conditioner
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, window air conditioners
models like the LW1214ER are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
How quickly the air conditioner on its low fan setting cooled a room sized for the particular unit and how accurate it came to meeting the temperature set point.
Indoor noise low:
This judgment of indoor noise at the low-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.
Indoor noise high:
This judgment of indoor noise at the high-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.
About This Brand
LG is a national brand available in a wide variety of independent and regional appliance retailers, as well as Home Depot and PC Richards. LG also markets lower-priced window air conditioners under the Goldstar name. Window air units range in price from $150 to $500, and in Btu from 5,000 to 25,000. The brand has units that are Energy Star certified.
Features & Specs - LG LW1214ER
Btu/hr. The unit's cooling capacity, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). Capacities range from 5,000 British thermal units per hour (enough for a modest-sized bedroom) up to 12,500 Btu/hr. (adequate for a large, sun-drenched room or even two interconnected rooms).
EER The energy-efficiency rating, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). The higher a unit's EER, the lower its operating cost compared with other models of its size.
Min window width (in.) The minimum and maximum window-widths into which the air conditioner will fit. If your window opening is narrower than the minimum width, the air conditioner will not fit. If your window opening is wider than the maximum width, the side panels will not cover the entire opening.
Min window width (in.)
Max window width (in.) The minimum and maximum window-widths into which the air conditioner will fit. If your window opening is narrower than the minimum width, the air conditioner will not fit. If your window opening is wider than the maximum width, the side panels will not cover the entire opening.
Max window width (in.)
Weight (lbs.) In general, smaller-capacity models are lighter, while larger-capacity and some high-efficiency models tend to be heavier.
Remote control Much like the remotes for home-entertainment devices, these wireless devices control almost any function on the unit. They're especially useful if access to the air conditioner is limited, as when the unit is mounted through the wall at ceiling level. The remote generally works well anywhere in a room, although some may not work as well when they're used far to one side of the air conditioner.
Beware of purchasing an LG product. I ordered two window air conditioners, both shipped from an LG facility. Both cartons clearly had been opened and then resealed in a slovenly fashion. Both units were damaged and neither was functional and both required repair. No service facility was available in my well-populated area, and it required nearly 2 weeks before someone could arrive. The installation hardware supplied contained such things as metric nuts to attach to inch bolts. The hardware for providing circumferential insulation was entirely inadequate and offered very little resistance to heat flow. <br />This is an inferior product. I wrote letters to LG with explanations of the problem and with photographs detailing the damage. They never responded. Based on my experience, I warn you not to purchase LG equipment.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Fort Worth, TX
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great for Apartment
Accurate Temperature Controls
Cools the Whole Room
My apartment is a 2 story loft type with the upstairs being completely separate from below (not an open loft). They only have a single central AC unit to cool the place and it is not doing the job. I live in Texas and my apartment is in the 80s during the day WITH the AC running so I got this little window unit to help it out.<br /><br />I thought the installation was fairly quick. Taking the outside off really helped because I bought an extra mounting arm as this is a second floor installation. The shell installed easily onto the arm, then the unit slid right in. Only problem was I had to reach around to install the drain port but it wasn't too much of a reach.<br /><br />Unit is awesome - cools the room so quickly I turn it on when I get home and within an hour the room is cold. I closed off the upstairs with a room darkening set of curtains to limit the space it cools to help on energy savings. On the energy saver mode it cycles on and off and maintains a nice and comfy 75 despite the 100+ temps here outside.<br /><br />My electric bill has gone up a LOT which I hate, but as long as I am cool I am ok. When I open the curtains to downstairs this one unit cools all 1200 sq ft though not intended to.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(105 of 109 customers found this review helpful)
Shocked this was recommended
Difficult To Install
If you look closely at the CR recommendation of this model it says much harder to install that other models. I didn't notice that, to my own detriment. You have to unscrew the actual machine from the outer casing (something that would nullify the warrantee for any other machine) in order to screw the metal outer frame to the window sill. Then you have to slide the unit into the frame. I have had to screw in a single window jam on other models but this has you screw in three separate screws for the bottom part of the frame and then two others for the blinds on the side of the machine. Also, instead of sliding the blinds on either side of the frame in they have you screw 8 separate screws to secure the blind to the machine (they don't go in easily). It was a humid, mild night last night so I had the machine on for the whole downstairs. Nothing went up to the second floor like it had done in the past with my 10,000 BTU Frigidaire. This morning it was cool downstairs (not that big of a feat since it is 60ish outside) but also clammy and humid. Also, CR review says it blows best to the right (facing the machine) and it really doesn't go left well at all eventhough there are horizontal and vertical louvers. Basically, after having installed 6+ window air conditioners before this was absolutely ridiculous to install and not worth the effort. However, now that it is screwed into the window frame I am going to be stuck with it. Buyer beware, go with a model you get out of the box and stick in the window. Also, the directions would be very difficult for someone who hadn't done this before- the pictures are miniscule and the text is bare to say the least. Finally, the remote is the most basic, cheap thing I have ever seen and needs to be completely in front of the machine to work. There are a number of different notes in the literature and a bright yellow sign in the box saying not to return the unit until you call LG. I have a feeling a lot of these are going to be returned. Nothing about this merits the trouble. I am shocked that CR recommended this- very disappointing.<br />Cons: No Instructions, Difficult to Install, directions are very small and not clear at all, remote low quality