What brand Air Conditioner should you go with?
We’ve been in business since 1976 and installed every brand out there. From our experience, Here’s our top 5 brands we recommend for 2019.
First on our list of the top 5 air conditioner brands is Goodman Manufacturing. Goodman offers several models of air conditioners that range from 13 SEER to 18 SEER and many Goodman air conditioners utilize the new ozone friendly refrigerant R-410A.
Here's why Goodman ranked number one on our list of the top 5 air conditioner brands...they use the same internal components. So, if you were to forget everything that you read in this article, remember this: Goodman is one of the best deals on the market, and you are getting a premium brand (Amana) at a more affordable price. They are solid and reliable, and made in Texas. Plus, they have the best warranty pay-out program on the market. They are the only company to offer an unlimited warranty on their compressors, which is the heart of an air conditioner .
Bryant has a good reputation and is reliable. They are the exact same thing as Carrier just more affordable. They use the exact same parts and are even made in the same factory as carrier. The only difference is they don’t have the same name-recognition as Carrier, but offer a premium product at an affordable price. They offer a 10 year limited warranty on parts.
If the world were a different place, Mitsubishi Electric would be our go-to company. They are used extensively in Japan and Europe – two societies known for perfectionism. They are reliable, and the most efficient systems on the market. So what’s the catch?
The catch is that they are ductless systems, meaning that you have to install one in each room at several thousand dollars a pop. Each unit has to have its own drainage, electrical and line set run to it. So, if you’re just trying to get the garage some air conditioning for when you are working on the car, this would be the option for you. But, to do an entire house with ductless air conditioners would be far more expensive than a central heating and air conditioning system. They offer a 10 year limited warranty on part.
We love Carrier air conditioners and they have a top notch reputation in the industry. That being said, their biggest downside is their price. “But you get what you pay for right?” In most cases this is true, but I just have a hard time putting them first when you can get their technology at a more affordable price tag under the name of Bryant. But Carrier is one of the gold standards in the industry, and if price is not a factor for you, this is definitely something to consider. On the top end, they also offer a 21 SEER model that they do not offer in the Day & Night or Bryant lines. That’s why we have them as fourth on our list of the top 5 air conditioner brands. They offer a 10 year warranty on parts
York isn’t the best and isn’t the worst air conditioning system out there. They are reliable and well built, but lack some of the features that our list-toppers have. They offer a 10 year warranty on parts.
What features should you look for in air conditioners?
High efficiency. An Energy Star qualified air conditioner will have a SEER of at least 15 and an EER of at least 12.5, while the most efficient central air conditioner will perform even better. Note, however, that air conditioner installation and the specific components used can effect efficiency. This means some models that nominally meet the Energy Star threshold might not qualify as installed.
Good value. A high-efficiency central air conditioner can seem expensive to buy in the beginning, but can be less costly in the long run, especially compared to older, less-efficient models.
A solid warranty. For quality systems, 10 years is now the norm, though better systems have stronger warranties still. Some models offer lifetime coverage on the compressor; a significant consideration since that's the most important -- and costliest -- part of a central air-conditioner system.
Quiet operation. All central air conditioners are relatively quiet inside the home, but that doesn't mean they aren't stirring up a racket outside. If you have neighbors nearby, or like to sit outside even when the system is running, a quieter system will be appreciated by all.