Heat pump ratings part 10 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Franklin, Fraser Johnston and Frigidaire brands.
These heat pumps are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL and they are sold through dealers in the USA. The GSZ13 is a basic unit with their smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. It also has a compressor blanket for noise control and louvered metal panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage.
The DSZC16 is a premium model that features a two speed condenser fan and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's hvac systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. The AVZC20 model is their entry in the ultimate category and the have a two speed condenser fan as well as the latest in compressor technology for energy savings and very quiet operation. The warranty on the basic models is not as good as other brands but the guarantee on the premium and ultimate units leads the industry. The brand is only available through authorized dealers and, since it is a relatively new brand, the network is limited.
This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS and the units are available in the USA through factory authorized dealers. The THJD Gen 7 units are basic heat pumps with a compact footprint but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. The HL8B models are premium units with the ability to communicate with other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems. They feature their whisper quiet system and computerized defrost control as well as a very good warranty and they have an ECM fan motor for energy savings and durability. All of the units feature slotted metal panels to protect the coil from damage but they do not offer a model that fits the criteria for the ultimate category.
This brand is manufactured by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and the units are sold through dealers in the USA. The FT4BE units are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan and a swept wing condenser fan for quieter operation. They have a 15 SEER efficiency and use all aluminum coil construction to resist corrosion. They have louvered panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage and are backed by a decent warranty.
The FT4BF models are premium units with the latest technology in diagnostics with their coresense enabled contactor which makes them more durable and dependable. They have a compressor sound isolation blanket as well as a swept wing condenser fan for quieter operation. The warranty is not as good as other brands in the premium category. Their iQ drive models are ultimate heat pumps and are available in either 19 or 22 SEER efficiencies. The units can communicate with the rest of the home's HVAC systems for higher efficiencies all year long and they are backed by a good warranty.
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