Air Conditioner Ratings part 9, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Air conditioner ratings part 9 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the EverRest Extreme Comfort, Excelair, Franklin, and Fraser Johnston brands.

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

EVERREST EXTREME COMFORT--1*--5*-NA

These air conditioners are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The GSX14 models are basic units with scroll compressors and a compressor blanket for quieter operation. They have ComfortAlert onboard diagnostics and a louvered steel coil guard but only an average guarantee. The DSXC18 is a premium unit with the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating/cooling systems. The unit also has a two speed condenser fan for added energy savings and quieter operation and is backed by a very good warranty.

EXCEL AIR-----<1*-------NA-------NA 

This brand is made in Canada and also available in the USA. They manufacture units that are specifically designed for the homeowner to install without the need for an EPA certified technician. The XL package includes the indoor air handler as well as the outdoor unit and everything to install them. The units have a factory installed low ambient control for continued cooling operations even when it is cold outside. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.

FRANKLIN------1*-------5*-------5*

This brand is made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The GSX14 is a basic central air conditioner featuring a louvered metal cabinet for coil protection but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. The DSXC18 is a premium model that has the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's hvac systems to provide maximum comfort and efficiency. It has a two speed condenser fan motor for added energy savings and quieter operation. The AVXC20 is an ultimate air conditioner with efficiencies of up to 24.5 SEER and backed by a very good warranty. 

FRASER-JOHNSTON  -1*--5*-----NA

This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS and the units are available in the USA but only through authorized dealers. The TCJF series units are basic models with all aluminum micro-channel coils for a compact unit and corrosion resistance. They have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for quiet operation but their guarantee is not very good. The AL8B units feature their whisperquiet system for noise control and can communicate with other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems for improved year around efficiency. They are backed by a very good warranty.

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