Air Conditioner Ratings part 10, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Air conditioner ratings part 10 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Frigidaire, Gibson, GMC, Goodman, and Guardian brands.

BRAND------BASIC--PREMIUM--ULTIMATE

FRIGIDAIRE-----2*-------NA------3*

This brand is made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and is available in the USA and Ontario Canada but only through their dealer network. The ES4BE models have a 15 seer efficiency and they have a base pan (bottom part of the unit) that is made of a composite material for better sound control. The units have all aluminum micro-channel coils for corrosion resistance and a small footprint. The iQ DRIVE models are ultimate units with inverter drive compressors for highest efficiency (25.5 seer) and quiet operation but they are only backed by an average guarantee.

GIBSON--------1*--------NA-----NA

This is another brand made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. They offer basic models but the manufacturer's website is not much help and the warranty on the units is not as good as other brands. 

GMC----------1*--------NA------NA

This brand is from GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The VSX14 units are economically priced but their website is not much help. 

GOODMAN----1*---------5*------NA 

The GSX14 units are basic air conditioners that have a reliable scroll compressor. With their 14 SEER efficiency rating, they can be installed in all regions of the USA and they have a decent guarantee. The DSXC18 models are premium units that feature a scroll compressor and a sound blanket for quieter operation. They have a two speed condenser fan with an ECM motor as well as the two stage compressor for energy savings. The DSXC18 can communicate with the other parts of the home's hvac system to maximize comfort and efficiency. They are backed by a very good warranty that includes lifetime coverage on the compressor which is the heart of any system. The brand is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL and is available in the USA and Canada but only through their dealers.

GUARDIAN-----1*------NA--------NA

This brand is more of a "builder grade" that is made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of Johnson Controls. They offer basic 14 seer (RAC14) units that are compact due to their microchannel coil construction. Their guarantee is not as good as other brands. 

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