Heat Pump Ratings part 11, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Heat pump ratings part 11 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Gibson, GMC, Goodman, and Grandaire brands.

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

GIBSON----------1*--------<1*---------NA

This brand is from NORDYNE and the basic models have all of the standard features with an average warranty. The premium models have all of the standard features but the warranty is not as good as other brands in the category. Their website is not much help and the units are only sold by authorized dealers which are not easy to find.

GMC---------------1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is from GOODMAN MANUFACTURING (a member of the DAIKIN GROUP) and is their value line units. The VSZ13 units have a 13 seer rating and are economically priced. They have reliable scroll compressors and Smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. The units use louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from physical damage but they only have an average warranty. 

GOODMAN--------1*---------5*---------NA

This brand is a member of the DAIKIN GROUP and is sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. The GSZ14 units are basic units with a 14 SEER efficiency but the warranty is not as good as other brands. They have reliable scroll compressors and Smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. The units use louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from physical damage. The DSZC16 models are premium units with a two speed condenser fan for energy savings and lower noise levels. It also has the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's hvac systems to maximize efficiency and is backed by a very good warranty.

GRANDAIRE------1*---------NA--------NA

These units are manufactured by INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS for BAKER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY which is a subsidiary of WATSCO INC. The WCH3 units are basic models that feature durable scroll compressors and an average warranty. The units use timed defrost instead of a demand based control and their wire grille doesn't do too much to protect the coil from damage. The units are only available in the USA through authorized dealers.

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