Avoid this model if you live in a cold climate.
I had a Daikin FTXM71QVMA installed in Canberra in January 2017. I rarely use it in summer but rely on it in winter. I was less than happy at the initial level of service and things have not improved.
During winter 2017 I thought the external component dropped too much water but the installer, without attending, said this was normal. I got up late so did not turn it on very early in the mornings. This year there is another person in the house and the heater is turned on at 6:30 am when the outdoor temp is low.
I am finding the heatin...g aspect a huge disappointment. The second below zero (-5C) morning temperature saw the internal unit turn off seven times between 6:30 and 9 in a vain attempt to defrost the external unit and by 9am the indoor temp was still only 15C. A call to the installer evoked a list of ridiculous suggestions and Daikin responded that the unit's behaviour was not unusual. Every sub-zero morning the unit struggles to de-frost itself and the power goes to that instead of to heating the house. I have been trying to get someone to check the water overflow which is a bucketload not a cup full. No luck. When I installed a heat pump hot water system tradies warned that it would turn to an ice block in a Canberra winter. The heat pump hot water service has worked extremely well. But the heat pump Daikin air con is a constant ice cube. Choice has just published a new assessment of air conditioners and ranked this model 9th out of 10 in the large >6KW range. On my experience I wouldn't have ranked it at all.
- Cora FTXM71QVMA (7.1kW)
Would not buy again!
This unit is noisy. It's a noise beyond the fan, a fluttering sound that varies depending on the load the unit is under. On colder nights you can hear the whiny fluttering in the next room, over the TV and the normal fan sound. I called the installer back after two or three days and he said yeah they all make that noise. So it's not just me. I've called them again (it seems to be a winter thing). It's not fan cavitation (like they are suggesting) because if it was it'd do it any season. Anyway the installer is doing everything to stay away, So I suggest you do the same.
BTW visitors have noticed the noise.
Update. The unit is now gone and a Fujitsu reverse cycle ducted system put in. Yes, more expensive but next to no noise.
Questions & Answers
How many solar panels will I need to run this aircon on a normal sunny day
Depends on the size you choose. I have the 9.4 kw unit and it draws approximately 3kw (electrical) when running flat out. These are inverters though, so they do operate at reduced rates once target temperature is acheived. If you were to install solar because you were running the air con often just install the largest you can get (usually 6.6 kw panels with 5 kw inverter)
Thank you Bman. I have the 7.1kw already installed and an electrician is coming in two days to quote on panels for the express purpose of powering the aircon often. However as price is an issue, I don't want to be feeding too much back in to the grid.
If I want to recycle the air inside the house will in cool or heat mode. What is the setting on the controller? I don't want to draw the smoke and ash into the house.
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|Category||Split System Air Conditioners|
|Features||Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control|
|Cooling Power||7.1 kW|
|Heating Power||8 kW|
|Type||Full System (Indoor & Outdoor Unit)|
|Cooling Energy Rating||2.5 stars|
|Heating Energy Rating||3 stars|
|Auto Cleaning (Self Cleaning)||No|
|Indoor Unit Dimensions||295 x 990 x 263 mm|
|Indoor Weight||13 kg|
|Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level||49 dB|
|Outdoor Unit Dimensions||695 x 930 x 350 mm|
|Outdoor Weight||60 kg|
|Max Outdoor Sound Pressure Level||54 dB|
|Max Outdoor Sound Power Level||66 dB|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Replaced by||Daikin Cora Reverse Cycle|
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