When it comes to choosing an air conditioner for your home, you have plenty of options. But you definitely don’t want to choose the wrong one. In this post, we’ll help you find the perfect air conditioner brand for your needs by looking at what really matters, such as durability and customer service. But first, we’ll look at the profiles for the top air conditioner brands.
Founded in 1934, Amana is now owned by Goodman Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Daikin. We find that Daikin, Goodman, and Amana products are all extremely similar, if not identical. Daikin tends to be more expensive, Goodman the most affordable, and Amana comfortably in the middle when it comes to price, but quality-wise, the three are equal.
Amana is a solid air conditioner choice, but you can pay less for the same product. Where Amana really shines is its warranty. Amana air conditioner compressors have a limited lifetime replacement warranty, which is a great deal if you ever encounter compressor failure.
Price (it’s considered mid-range)
Up to a 24.5 SEER range
Carrier is one of the most popular air conditioner brands on the market. Owned by parent company Carrier Global Corporation, Carrier is an American company that was founded in 1915 in Farmington, CT. Carrier’s founder, Willis Carrier, actually invented the modern air conditioning unit in 1902. You expect big things from a company that literally established modern air conditioning as we know it. Because of its distinguished history, Carrier is one of the most trusted names in home comfort solutions. But can Carrier live up to expectations?
Carrier does have a solid reputation. It’s one of the most reliable systems on the market, mainly because of the extensive certification process that Carrier installers must go through. This ensures that your system is installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
However, Carrier does pass on that price to you, the consumer. Carrier is one of the most expensive brands on this list. You’ll pay for experience, quality installation, and a good reputation. However, in our experience, Carrier’s customer service has declined in recent years.
Quality, durable product
Up to a 21 SEER rating
Although relatively new to the North American market, Japanese manufacturer Daikin has been around for almost 100 years. It was founded in 1924, and has since become a global leader in energy efficient air conditioner products. Its products are reliable and affordable, and the brand stands behind its products with one of the best warranties out there (up to 12 years parts replacement limited warranty).
Daikin may not offer some of the bells and whistles that other brands on this list provide, but Daikin is good at what it does. It produces a high quality product that simply works.
World’s largest manufacturer
Not as well known or widely available in the US market
Up to a 24.5 SEER rating
Founded in Texas in 1975, Goodman is one of the newest HVAC manufacturers on this list. However, don’t detract points for that reason. Goodman is one of the best brands out there, and one that we consistently recommend to our customers. Goodman excels at providing top-notch customer service, which is one of the most important factors to consider when searching for an air conditioner unit.
For years, Goodman was disregarded as a cheap brand with equally cheap equipment. However, since getting acquired by Daikin in 2012, Goodman products are some of the best on the market. They produce durable and affordable products. They also offer unbeatable guarantees.
Offers great warranties and quality customer service
Does not certify installers so install quality can be so-so, depending on the HVAC contractor
Up to a 19 SEER rating
Established in 1895, Lennox is a highly-rated air conditioner manufacturer that uses innovation to rise to the top. Unlike other brands on this list, Lennox uses proprietary parts to create some of the most energy efficient products on the market.
However, therein lies the problem.
Because Lennox uses its own parts, you’ll have to go through them and not a third party manufacturer if something breaks down. Plus, it may take weeks before your Lennox part arrives. That’s simply unacceptable when you’re in the middle of the summer with a broken AC. Lennox products tend to be reliable. And that’s a good thing because Lennox is also more expensive than others on this list.
Innovative and energy efficient
Only uses proprietary products which can be a nightmare to replace
Up to a 26 SEER rating
Founded in 1925, Rheem is a recognized name in the HVAC industry. These air conditioners have an okay rating, but that’s typically from poor installation service by independent HVAC contractors and not the product itself. Rheem products don’t require installers to receive special certification. This makes the brand more affordable but the installation less consistent. Your experience depends solely on the proficiency of the installers.
High marks for durability and customer service
No special certification for installers
Up to a 23 SEER rating
Founded in 1885, Trane is one of the most respected HVAC manufacturers on the planet. Trane has made a name for itself in the commercial space, but it also sells air conditioners for the home. When you get a Trane unit, you’re getting one of the most efficient and hard-working products on the market.
That said, Trane is not only top of the line, but it’s also top of the budget. It’s one of the most expensive products. Like Carrier, Trane uses products that are only installed by specially certified technicians.
Energy efficient, high quality products
Up to a 22 SEER rating
What to Look For In an Air Conditioner Brand
At the end of the day, the technology of most air conditioners on this list is similar. You’ll get the same basic parts and output. But what truly separates a company are the following factors:
Choose an air conditioner brand based on the strength of its customer service. Don’t just base your decision on the lowest price because if the customer service is lacking, your savings may not be worth the headache.
The following brands deliver amazing customer service:
Warranties vary but the standard for most manufacturers is a 10 year limited warranty. In our experience, here are the brands that offer the very best air conditioner warranties:
Both of the above brands are owned by parent company Daikin. They offer up to 12 years’ general parts, and up to a lifetime replacement on heat exchangers and the unit itself.
Although price should not be the only deciding factor on what air conditioner to buy, it can’t be ignored. Ultimately, you want a product that is both affordable and durable. Here are our top picks for affordable air conditioner brands:
- Amana (the price starts at $1,900 for equipment only)
- Goodman (the price starts at $1,500 for the equipment only)
The company you choose to install your air conditioner will play a huge role in your overall satisfaction. Your HVAC contractor should eat, sleep, and breathe HVAC. After all, you’re relying on their experience to install a pricey, complicated system into your home.
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