Heat Pump Ratings part 11: Frigidaire, Gibson, GMC, & Goodman

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

FRIGIDAIRE-------3*---------1*---------1*

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 have a 19 SEER efficiency. 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.

Frigidaire iQ Drive

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.

Goodman DSZC16

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