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Well! i bought their inverter series model HS18 CY03 in December 2010.according to previous site of Haier and shopkeeper it has dc inverter compressor but nothing in mentioned on an manual and box about it.i remember i go through the same phase,there UAN directed me to marketing department but no picked the call.i tried their service center as well but they don’t know about inverter thing.their UAN don’t even aware of specification of their products.Lot of numbers given at their site are don’t even exists.even some email id are invalid as well.Anyways! i bought on relying their previous site and shopkeeper’s info coz its only invert model available in Pakistan.Haier’s india site has inverter models which seems same as mine.
it is installed but covered, haven used it yet and it seem no chance to use it in near future due to load shading conditions.quality wise it looks good,I’ll share my experience after using it.
I surveyed the market last week in Karachi, Haier invertor model (1 ton) costs PKR 70,000 plus !!, yes I confirmed it with two different dealers so it’s not that I misheard. And btw, no dealer knew what Inverter actually is, even they looked astonished after hearing the prices from company representatives, as one of them blatantly inquired “Yeh inverter hoti kya cheez hai” ?
Hence, definitely CY03 is not an inverter-type, their website sucks, giving false information.
LEK 3 is Haier’s latest model (standard split AC) and the lowest quote I could get of 1 ton unit was 29,500, however, the other previous models e.g. LEA, CEA are going about the same rates as far as I could learn.
I have ordered it from one of my neighborhood shops and it will be arriving soon.
Now the next big hurdle is finding a decent technician to install it. I spent the whole of my last weekend looking for good installation practices and it turned out that all the manufacturers and almost all the technicians abroad use vacuum pump to evacuate the copper lines and check for leaks before making the AC operational. This is standard practice followed internationally. However, when I inquired a couple of local technicians, one of them said that they never heard of vacuum pump, and another one commented that “yeh sub kehne ki baatain hain”.
If you look around on google on different forums, you will find why vacuuming is so important. They say that the AC will continue to function normally, however the compressor will be prone to failure before it’s actual end-of-life, since any moisture or air left behind will gradually corrode the compressor and condensor interior. And now I know why do compressor fail after only a few years, they are made to last a good 9-10 years, the desi technicians blame it on KESC, however, what I have learned is the new ACs are equipped with special circuitry to prevent damage to compressor from fluctuations in electricty besides other things. One other side-effect, besides early compressor failure, of not vacuuming the lines is that the efficiency of AC is lowered by 5-6 %, i.e. it consumes more power by this much amount. So imagine ppl buying Mitsubihshi and other expensive ACs to save electricity. They are perhaps not aware that poor installation practice will offset everything and will also endanger the expected life of compressor.
After all this, may I please request if anyone knows of proper technicians for installing AC, esp. in Defence / Clifton area in Karachi ?