Air Conditioner Ratings part 13, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Air conditioner ratings part 13 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Napoleon, Nutone, Payne, and Philco brands.


NAPOLEON ---1*----------NA-------NA

This brand is made in Canada by WOLF STEEL LTD and is sold in North America. The SSX models are basic 13 or 14 SEER units with scroll compressors and swept wing fans for quiet operation. With their all aluminum coil construction they eliminate the problem of coil refrigerant leaks due to corrosion. They have metal panels to protect the coil and use micro-channel construction for a compact unit. The guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands and they are only sold through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada.


This brand is made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and is sold by dealers in the USA. The ES4BD is a basic unit with micro-channel construction and a composite base pan. They have louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil but the guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands. The iQ DRIVE models have advanced inverter driven compressors for ultimate efficiency, comfort, and noise control. The unit also communicates with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems for enhanced comfort control. They are available with either a 20 or 25 SEER efficiency rating and are backed by a very good warranty.  


These units are from CARRIER which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. and they are sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. The PA14NC is a basic air conditioner with a scroll compressor but the warranty is not as good as other brands in the category. The units use a wire grille for condenser coil protection which is not very effective.

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This brand is made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and is sold in the USA by authorized dealers. The units use micro channel coil construction which results in a more compact unit but their website is not much help and the guarantee on the compressor is not as good as some of the other brands.  

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