Air Conditioner Ratings part 2, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Air conditioner ratings part 2 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Aaon, Airease, Aire-flo, and Airtemp brands. You can continue to browse our alphabetical listings but, if you are looking for a specific brand, you can enter its name in the search box above.



The CB series condensing units feature a variable speed condenser fan and a two stage scroll compressor for improved efficiency and durability. The units are available in sizes from two to five tons and have a 17 seer efficiency. They have louvered metal panels for coil protection and offer an optional variable speed compressor but the standard warranty on the units is not very good. The brand is sold through dealers in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as well as throughout North America. For more info, check out the CB series manual.


This is a brand from ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is a part of LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The units have anti-bacterial drain pans to inhibit mold growth and improve indoor air quality. The 4SCU13LB model is a basic 14 seer unit with a scroll compressor for reliability. 

The 4SCU18LS models are premium units that have an insulated compressor and swept wing fan blades for superior sound control as well as onboard diagnostics to assist in troubleshooting. The 4SCU20LX model has the premium features as well as the ultimate variable capacity compressor technology. The premium and ultimate models have the ability to communicate with the furnace/air handler and other hvac components to maximize efficiency and comfort all year long. The units are only sold through authorized dealers in the USA and only have an average guarantee. For more info, check out their product manuals.

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This is another brand from ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is a part of Lennox International. The 4AC14L units are typically used by large homebuilding companies as a "builders grade" unit. The units are relatively loud compared to other models and their standard warranty is not very good but can be extended. The units are only sold through authorized dealers which are usually dealers of the premium brands from Lennox International such as lennox and Armstrong Air. For more info, you can check out the tech specs for the 4AC14L.


These air conditioners are made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC for R.E. MICHEL COMPANY (a wholesale distributor). The VS4BD is a basic 13 SEER air conditioner while the VS4BE has a 14 SEER efficiency. They have an all aluminum coil and a composite base pan for noise control but the warranty is not as good as some of the other brands. They also offer 13 SEER replacement R-22 condensing units that are shipped without refrigerant but they are not recommended as R-22 is being phased out. The units are only available through dealers in the USA. For more info. check out their consumer brochure.

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