Air Conditioner Ratings part 15, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Air conditioner ratings part 15 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Tappan, Tempstar, Thermopride and Trane brands.



This brand is made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and is sold in the USA and Canada through factory authorized dealers. The ES4BD models use micro-channel construction for a more compact unit and have a composite material base pan for quieter operation. The TECH 3 (iQ DRIVE) models are ultimate units with a 25.5 seer efficiency and an advanced inverter drive compressor. They also have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC systems to maximize efficiency all year long. They have all aluminum condenser coils to avoid corrosion and louvered metal panels to protect the coil from damage.


This is one of the brands from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 14 (N4A5) units are basic air conditioners with an average warranty. They have a durable baked on finish but only a wire grille to protect the condenser coil. The SMARTCOMFORT DELUXE 19 series offers premium units with a variable speed fan and a compressor blanket for quieter operation. The units are sold in Canada and the USA but only through their dealer network. 

THERMO PRIDE--3*------NA-------NA

This brand is from THERMO PRODUCTS LLC but the units are made by the UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The TC4 offers basic units with a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for quieter operation. They are backed by a pretty good warranty. The AL6B is a basic 16 SEER unit that is backed by a very good guarantee. Their website is not much help and the units are only sold through a limited dealer network. 


This brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and is only available through their dealer network in the USA. The XB16 models are basic units with louvered metal panels to protect the coil. They use all aluminum coil construction to resist corrosion. They are a cost effective air conditioning solution and have a 16 SEER efficiency but their guarantee is not as good as many of the other brands. The XL18i units are premium two stage units with a variable speed fan for enhanced comfort and energy savings but the warranty is about average. The XV20i units communicate with the other parts of the HVAC system to optimize performance. It is an ultimate air conditioner and is backed by a good guarantee.

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