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BANGKOK 12 December 2018 06:41
Hal65

Why is this air con unit so cheap?

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https://www.lazada.co.th/products/air-mitsui-chofu-12000btu-r32-mu-13ec-i250802632-s387102660.html?spm=a2o4m.searchlist.list.1.481c5ff0hQ1AjX&search=1

 

8,400 thb for a 12,000 BTU unit. In Big C it cost 17,000 for a unit of that power. A little higher at power buy.

 

They include free install at those local stores. I imagine I could pay someone 500 thb, maybe 1000 at most to get it done. 

 

Is Mitsui Chofu a low quality brand? Anything else to be wary of?

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8 hours ago, Hal65 said:

They include free install at those local stores. I imagine I could pay someone 500 thb, maybe 1000 at most to get it done. 

Standard install cost is around 2,000+

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9 hours ago, manarak said:

apparently a new Thai manufacturer. I'd say they are a very new company just starting out with all the risks it means for you. can't say anything about quality, but you can figure the odds yourself.

 

Selling Air-cons since at least March 2013:

ราคาแอร์มิตซุย โชฟุ อีเล็คทริค(MITSUI CHOFU ELECTRIC )

 

 

 

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from their website

แอร์ Mitsui Chofu รุ่น MS-13EC32/MU-13EC32 ขนาด 12,000BTU 7,500 บาท

that's very cheap and I might be tempted to  try one...even if it only last a few years

but they say 12 year warranty on compressor and 3 year warranty on  coils

so good for at least 3 years (maybe)

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1 minute ago, eyecatcher said:

I paid 10k supplied and fitted a new 13kbtu LG inverter just last year from an independant air con specialist. 

Well that's cheap ,  do you have the details of this "independent air con specialist"  ??

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17 minutes ago, atyclb said:

inverter ac's are worth paying a bit more for

Do you have any data to support this? I originally bought 5 a/c units with inverters at a significant extra cost over ordinary models. I have since bought a fourth 5 non inverter models.....I must say that my electricity bill has not risen at all with the new units.

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8 minutes ago, Pedrogaz said:

Do you have any data to support this? I originally bought 5 a/c units with inverters at a significant extra cost over ordinary models. I have since bought a fourth 5 non inverter models.....I must say that my electricity bill has not risen at all with the new units.

Inverter units are more expensive than standard units because of the heaps of electronics in them. This also means that if they fail they can be very expensive to repair. In Australia it was often just as cheap to replace the whole unit. I could imagine the same here. Inverter units, again because of the electronics are more prone to damage by power surges and vermin such as geckos, mice etc. In a non inverter unit the compressor cuts in and out to control the temperature whereas an inverter unit the compressor is running a lot more at varying speeds to control temperature within a narrow range. Again, due to electronics they are susceptible to heat and if the out door unit is mounted in direct sun they are "smart enough" to derate themselves when the electronics get too hot and thus don't deliver the rated output. If you buy a unit that is just big enough for the room then it runs at full power most of the time and any savings are lost. Having said all that I did have one in my bedroom in Australia as I worked shift work and it was much better at controlling a constant temp and usually quieter,

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11 hours ago, manarak said:

apparently a new Thai manufacturer. I'd say they are a very new company just starting out with all the risks it means for you. can't say anything about quality, but you can figure the odds yourself.

My first split AC in Australia was a Fujitsu General. The installer said it was a new brand and did not know what it was like. Well I changed it out for an inverter model after 19 years of use and I put it in my workshop and was still going a several years later when I moved to Thailand. So you just really don't know.

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4 minutes ago, Dazinoz said:

My first split AC in Australia was a Fujitsu General. The installer said it was a new brand and did not know what it was like. Well I changed it out for an inverter model after 19 years of use and I put it in my workshop and was still going a several years later when I moved to Thailand. So you just really don't know.

odds are what they are: odds.

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