Heat Pump Ratings part 14, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Heat pump ratings part 14 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the North Cool, Nutone, Olsen, and Payne brands.


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This brand is from the Netherlands and is available worldwide. The heat pumps are basic units with a 15 SEER efficiency but are only available in sizes from 2 to 3.5 tons and so may not be big enough for all homes. They use wire grilles for outdoor coil protection which is not very effective and their website is not much help. The guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. The units are supposed to be sold through dealers but it is hard to find one.


This brand is manufactured by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The JT4BE CHOICE models are basic heat pumps with all of the standard features plus a composite base pan for quieter operation.

The FT4BF models are premium units with a 16 seer efficiency and a two stage compressor. They feature advanced diagnostics with the Coresense technology and an electronic relay instead of the traditional contactor. They have a sound blanket and swept wing fan for lower operating noise. The iQ DRIVE models have either a 19 or 22 seer efficiency rating and used the latest inverter drive compressor technology. They can communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency all year long. The brand is sold by dealers in the USA but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 


This brand is from ECR INTERNATIONAL and is available in Canada. The SSZ14 is a basic heat pump with a durable scroll compressor that has a sound blanket and a low rpm condenser fan for less operating noise. They use louvered panel construction to protect the outdoor coil from physical damage but their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. 


This brand is from CARRIER which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PH14NB models are basic units with all of the standard features and an average warranty. The PH16NA models are premium units with an efficiency of 17 seer efficiency but the warranty is not as good as other brands. The wire grille does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil when compared to models with a louvered metal jacket. The brand is available in Canada as well as the USA but only through factory authorized dealers.

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