The Frigidaire FRA053PU1 Review: An Affordable Portable AC

Frigidaire FRA053PU1

Frigidaire is one of the most reputable companies, when it comes to home appliances. There is a high probability that you have a Frigidaire refrigerator in your kitchen, at this very moment. I do, and I have received outstanding performance out of it. With this in mind, I decided to try out one of their portable air conditioners. After a little research, I found the sleekly designed Frigidaire FRA053PU1. At the time, the price fit my budget, so I made the purchase. Below, you will discover my assessment of this portable air conditioner.


Although it is vital to mention that the product is beautiful, the internal components matter most. Therefore, the specifications will be laid out below for your convenience.

  • Capable of 5,000 BTU
  • Can cool a space of 216 square foot
  • An easily accessible antimicrobial mesh filter
  • Convenient electronic controls
  • Control the flow of the air seamlessly

Despite the low cost and decreased power, I found this unit to be perfect for my needs. If you only need to cool a small space, you will likely come to the same conclusion.


Quick Installation

Before you can actually use this unit, you need to install the exhaust vent hose. This hose, which is 6 inches in diameter, needs to access the air outside of your home. The company provides you with a window kit, with a pane. The pane can be adjusted to fit your window to perfection. It can extend from 26.6 to 48.5 inches. Still, you may need some silicone, in order to prevent air from flowing through tiny gaps.

Controls and Control On-The-Go

Once the unit’s installation has concluded, you can begin enjoying cool air. It is possible to operate the unit in two different, but equally convenient ways. Each of the settings can be easily adjusted from the front panel. You have the option of selecting between 3 fan and 3 cooling speeds. Temperature settings can quickly be controlled, as well. If I don’t feel like leaving the couch, I can quickly grab the included remote control and adjust the settings. As long as I don’t accidently change the television channel, this is always my go to option.


Since I was only interested in keeping a small amount of space cool, this unit worked perfectly. It operates at 5,000 BTU 115-volts. It is generally best suited for rooms, which are under 300 square foot. The manufacturer suggests 216 square foot, but I wholeheartedly believe it is a little more efficient than that!


Since this unit is a little less powerful, it is capable of getting away with a lighter weight, which I find to be very beneficial. At approximately 14.5×17.5×28 inches, the unit can be positioned out of the way easily. The case is embedded with two convenient side handles and a set of caster wheels for effortless portability. The antibacterial filter, which helps to eliminate airborne allergens, can be accessed easily from the unit’s rear.


Do not expect for this portable air conditioner to keep an extremely hot room adequately cool. In fact, I it is more or less useless, in my son’s bedroom, since the sun seems to beam in the window on an extremely hot day, but is capable of cooling a small room on the other side of the home. Keep this in mind, when deciding whether or not this unit will be suitable for your cooling needs.


Overall, the Frigidaire FRA053PU1 5,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner might not be suitable for everyone. For those, who only need to cool a small space, this unit should be able to fulfill their needs. Although it isn’t perfect, this Frigidaire portable air conditioner has enough beneficial features to give it a recommendation.

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Frigidaire FRA053PU1 Portable AC
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  • Updated October 5, 2016