Established in 1892, General Electric Company (GE) is one of the largest diversified corporations in the world. GE sells electrical and electronic equipment, aircraft engines and financial services. Its electronics lineup encompasses a wide range of home appliances, including three types of residential room air conditioners (ACs). Many of these home ACs provide both heating and cooling. GE makes commercial ACs and heat pumps, too. The company once manufactured central heating and cooling systems, but it sold that division to Trane Corp. in 1982. Back in the late 1920s, GE pioneered an electric fan outfitted with rotating blades for quieter operation.
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Air Conditioner Overview
Air conditioners use chemical compounds known as refrigerants to cool indoor air. The refrigerants evaporate from liquid into gas and then condense from gas to liquid through a closed system of coils. When the liquid converts to gas it absorbs heat. Air conditioners also contain fans for moving warm air over the refrigerant-filled coils. ACs are powered by electricity.
Several components are involved in the cooling process. Essentially, a compressor squeezes the refrigerant to convert it into a hot gas which is then pumped into the condenser coil. As it cools, the gas turns back into liquid state before being passed into the expansion valve. The expansion valve lowers the pressure on the refrigerant liquid and passes it along to an evaporator coil, where the liquid is turned into gas. As the gas absorbs the heat, the cold air produced in the process is blown into the room by the fan. Then the cool gas is returned to the compressor and the cycle starts again.
General Electric series and models
Here are details on five popular room air conditioners from General Electric.
Other functionality being equal, air conditioners that do cooling only tend to be less pricey than those that can both heat and cool a room. In some situations, cooling will be enough. For example, if you live in a northern climate with central gas or oil heat and you’re just looking to cool down a home office or family room during summer months, the AHM18DY cool only window AC could be ideal for you.
GE produces a variety of room air conditioners capable of cooling only. Where most are 115 volt units, this one is a 230 volt machine. A 230 volt AC can deliver more British thermal units (BTU) per hour than a 115 volt AC, but it cannot work with a standard electrical outlet, instead requiring professional installation of a special outlet.
This cool-only AC model includes an electronic digital thermostat with a remote, a 24-hour timer and 6 fan settings (3 for cool and 3 for fan only). Use of fan only settings can save you money on your electric bill.
The Energy Star-qualified unit operates at 18,000 BTU/hour, just right to cool a 700- to 1,000-square-foot space. It has a Combined Energy Efficiency Rating (CEER) of 11.8. CEER is a rating from the US Department of Energy (DOE) which takes into account the amount of energy used by an AC while it is running in addition to the standby power consumed when the unit isn’t running but is powered on. Dehumidification is rated at 8 pints/hour. MSRP for this unit is $629.
Some consumers find that a heating/cooling window air conditioner is worth the higher price. Especially in warmer climates, it can keep a room at optimal temperatures all year round. And if you ever move to a new home, you’ll find it easy to uninstall the AC and take it with you.
Capable of both heating and cooling, the AEE24DT is GE’s top-of-the-line model in window ACs. With its rating of 24,000 BTU/hour, the 230 volt unit is designed to cool an area of 1,400 to 1,500 square feet. It’s also great at dehumidification, delivering 8 pints/hour. Other features include a 24-hour on/off timer, a One-Touch Lift Out Filter, a selectable thermostat on the remote and 9 fan settings (3 for cooling, 3 for heating and 3 for fan only).
GE covers a wide gamut of sizes with window units across a range of BTU/hour ratings. For instance, GE produces a series of WiFi Connect-capable window units specifically for The Home Depot and Lowes ranging from 8,000 BTU/hour to 18,000 BTU/hour.
These Energy Star certified, cool-only, 115 volt units connect to Wi-Fi to give you real-time feedback, optimized performance and alerts. Through the GE Appliances Comfort app you can monitor and control either one AC or multiple ACs in the home from your mobile device.
You can set up a cooling schedule in the app, remotely change the temperature in the room and create and receive reminders to clean or change the AC’s filters. The voice-enabled app for Apple and Android devices works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.
The AEC14AY, sold at The Home Depot, is one example of one of these Wi-Fi-savvy ACs. Rated at 14,000 BTU/hour, it has an Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of 11.4. Dehumidification rate is 4.35 pints/hour. The unit provides six fan settings (three for cooling and three for fan only). MSRP is $539.
Though priced about the same as GE’s top-of-the-line windows AC, the company’s top-of-the-line built-in AC is quite different. This cooling/heating General Electric air conditioner carries a BTU/hour rating of 12,000, making it suited for a smaller space measuring about 450 to 550 square feet. Also, the built-in AC offers only four fan settings (two for cooling and heating, and two for fan only).
The AJEM12DCF, though, offers more features than GE’s window models. In addition to a remote control and 24-hour timer, the high-end built-in AC offers a continuous fan cycle, an improved anti-corrosion package and a feature for automatic restart after a power interruption.
CEER rating for the unit is 9.6 and the product is not Energy Star certified. However, this built-in AC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), meaning that it’s accessible and easy to open. MSRP is $1,000, but you’ll probably need to pay for professional installation, too.
The GE Smart Portable Air Conditioner is one of six portable ACs produced by GE. It’s a feature-packed but relatively inexpensive unit designed to cool or heat an area of 350 to 400 square feet.
A Thermistor thermostat is built in. You can use the unit’s LED display panel to select from nine fan settings: three for cooling, three for heating and three for fan-only. The GE Smart portable model also comes with features that include a 24-hour on/off timer, auto restart, a dehumidify function and a sleep timer.
The GE Smart Portable Air Conditioner discharges air from the top. The unit comes with a window exhaust kit, a condensate drain and EZ Roller Casters. The unit is rated for cooling at 11.7 Amps and 1340 watts. The unit is sold at Walmart. MSRP is $389.
Care and Maintenance
Generally speaking, GE suggests in its owner’s manuals that you regularly clean the cabinet and grill work of a room air conditioner with water and mild detergent, after first unplugging the unit from the electrical power source. You should not use bleach or abrasives. You should also make sure to keep water away from control panels.
Filters on many GE models are removable but you should not operate an AC without a filter. Otherwise, dust and grime can get into the interior of the unit and interfere with performance.
You should check the filter at least once every ten days on a portable unit or at least once every 30 days on a built-in AC or window AC. You can clean the filter by vacuuming. Alternatively, on models with removable filters, unplug the unit, take the filter out, wash it in warm soapy water and then dry it before returning it to the AC unit. If outside coils seem to be clogged with dirt, professional cleaning is recommended. Also on a portable unit, you must empty the internal tank whenever it becomes filled with water.
GE also warns that, for fire prevention reasons, you should not plug an AC into an extension cord or electrical power strip. For more specific recommendations about care and maintenance, consult the owner’s manual for the model you’ve purchased.
General Electric air conditioner warranties
For residential room air conditioners, GE provides a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor. A receipt showing the original purchase date is needed to obtain service under the warranty.