Heat pump ratings part 18 completes our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Whirlpool and Trane brands.
These units are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING for TRADEWINDS DISTRIBUTING COMPANY and the units are available in North America but only through authorized dealers. In the basic category, they really offer two brands. The regular Whirlpool brand features basic 13 and 14 seer models while the Whirlpool Gold brand offers more advanced features but will cost a little more.
The premium units are a part of the Whirlpool Gold brand. The WGHP46 model is a premium heat pump with a 16 seer efficiency rating and a two stage compressor as well as a two speed condenser fan motor and other noise reducing features. It is also backed by a very good warranty that includes lifetime coverage for the compressor when the complete system is replaced. The brand uses louvered panel construction with a durable powder coat finish to protect the condenser coil from physical damage.
This is the flagship brand from JOHNSON CONTROLS and it is available in the USA but only through their factory authorized dealer network. The YHJF units are part of their LX series and are basic 14 seer units that use a demand defrost system for overall energy savings. Their warranty is not as good as some of the other brands in the basic category.
The YZH models are a part of their AFFINITY SERIES and offer two stage 18 seer efficiency. They also feature Comfort Alert onboard diagnostics and their "Quiet Drive" system which includes a swept wing fan, isolated compressor compartment, and a base that is made of composite materials. The YZH units offer a very good warranty when purchased as part of a matched system. The brand uses slotted metal panel construction which provides good physical protection of the outdoor coil while allowing good airflow through the unit.
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