Packaged Air Conditioner Ratings part 3, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Packaged air conditioner ratings part 3 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Carrier, Century, Coleman, Comfort-Aire, and Comfortmaker brands.

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

CARRIER-----------------------2*--------2*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The COMFORT 14 (50VL-B) units are basic models with an average warranty but they use the cheap wire mesh coil protection for the condenser. The PERFORMANCE 15 (50VG-A) units are premium units that have two stage compressors and a durable rustproof base. These units have louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil instead of a cheaper wire mesh that does not do much. the brand is only sold and installed through their authorized dealer network. carrier.com

CENTURY----------------------2*--------NA

The TARG model units feature a variable speed blower and are designed for ground level mounting. They are available in either 13 or 14 SEER efficiencies and feature aluminum micro channel coils for corrosion resistance. The brand is from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS. They use the wire mesh (cheaper) method of coil protection which does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil. century-hvac.com

COLEMAN--------------------<1*--------NA

This brand is made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The DEZ units have all of the basic features but only a 13 SEER efficiency while the DEQ models have a 14 SEER efficiency. The units have durable powder coated finishes but use the cheap metal mesh "protection" for the condenser coil. The guarantee on the units is complicated and not very good when compared to other brands. The brand is available in the USA and Canada but is only sold/installed by their certified dealers. colemanac.com

COMFORT-AIRE---------------2*--------NA

This is another brand from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS. The TARG model units feature a variable speed blower and can be connected with side or bottom discharge. They are available in either 13 or 14 SEER efficiencies and feature aluminum micro channel coils for enhanced corrosion resistance and a smaller footprint. They use the wire mesh (cheaper) method of coil protection which does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil. comfort-aire.com

COMFORTMAKER---------------3*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 model is a part of their SOFTSOUND SERIES and is a good option for a basic air conditioner. It has all of the standard features and a scroll compressor for durability. They have a variable speed blower motor for quiet and efficient operation. The PAR5 models are premium units with a two stage compressor and more sound reduction features. All of the units are backed by a good guarantee but they are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. comfortmaker.com

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