Heat Pump Ratings part 7, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Heat pump ratings part 7 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Coleman, Comfort-Aire, and Comfortmaker brands.

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

COLEMAN---------1*---------5*---------NA

This brand is made by UPG which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPANY and is sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. The THJD models are a part of their LX series and have basic features with a 13 seer energy efficiency rating. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty that requires online registration. The HC8B models are premium units that feature their Whisperdrive system which includes a swept wing condenser fan, isolated compressor compartment, and base pan made of a composite material. They also use demand defrost for more efficient operation. The warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system.

Coleman THJD

Comfort-Aire  ---2*--------<1*---------NA

Comfort-Aire HRG16

This brand is from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS and the units are sold in the USA by authorized dealersThe HRG14 units are basic units with demand defrost and reliable scroll compressors. They also have a composite base pan for quieter operation and are backed by a decent warranty. The HRG16 units are premium units with all of the standard features but their warranty in this category is not as good as other brands.

COMFORTMAKER--1*--------1*---------1*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 13 (N4H3) models are basic heat pumps that use a wire grille to protect the condenser coil which doesn't actually do much and they only have an average guarantee. The SOFTSOUND DELUXE 16 (CCH6) units are premium models but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 

Comfortmaker CCH6

The SOFTSOUND DELUXE 18 (CVH8) units are their entry in the ultimate category but only feature five stages of variable compressor speeds.They also have a variable speed condenser fan motor as well as using an electronic expansion valve for quieter and more efficient operation.

The units are available in the USA and Canada but only through authorized dealers

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