Small air conditioners review 2009

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  • Updated:6 Mar 2009
 

08.Reliability

Our 2007 reliability survey gathered responses from over 13,000 CHOICE subscribers about their appliances. 
 
Is your main air conditioner an inverter model?
Percentage not needing repairs in the 12 months prior to the survey*
Yes (2367) 91
No (1568) 88
 

*These figures have been adjusted for the age of the appliances.
There is a significant difference in the two repair rates.
The figure in brackets is the number of subscribers reporting on this brand bought in or after 2000.


Air conditioners by type
Percentage not needing repairs in the 12 months prior to the survey*
Wall/window unit (465) 96
Split system (3416) 91
Ducted (1073) 85
All air conditioners (4954) 90

*These figures have been adjusted for the age of the appliances.
Differences of 5% or more are statistically significant.
The figure in brackets is the number of subscribers reporting on this brand bought in or after 2000.


Percentage not needing repair
All air conditioners (5018) 90
Mitsubishi (493) 96
Electrolux/Kelvinator (144) 95
Panasonic (552) 93
Fujitsu (789) 92
Daikin (1283) 92
LG (362) 90
Carrier (199) 86

The figure in brackets is the number of subscribers reporting on this brand purchased in or after 2000.
These figures have been statistically adjusted for the age of the appliances.
Differences of 5% or more are statistically significant.


Percentage who would buy the same brand again
All air conditioners (5058) 87
Daikin (1296) 97
Mitsubishi (492) 94
Fujitsu (802) 93
Panasonic (555) 92
Electrolux/Kelvinator (148) 80
LG (362) a 79
Carrier (202) 76
The figure in brackets is the number of subscribers reporting on this brand purchased in or after 2000.
a) A higher than average number of respondents (57%) gave their reason for not buying again as 'Noise.'
 

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