Packaged Air Conditioner Ratings part 9, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Packaged air conditioner ratings part 9 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Tempstar, Trane, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, and York brands.

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

TEMPSTAR----------------------4*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 models are basic units with durable scroll compressors and a good warranty that includes a "no hassle" three year replacement guarantee if the compressor fails during that time. The PAR5 units are premium units with two stage scroll compressors for durability and enhanced comfort. Both of the models feature variable speed blower motors for quiet/efficient operation and are for either roof or ground mounting. The brand is only sold and installed by the factory authorized dealer network. tempstar.com

TRANE--------------------------2*--------NA

The XL14c units are basic models with all aluminum spine fin coils for corrosion resistance and enhanced heat transfer. Their Vortica variable speed blower motor provides quiet and efficient air circulation throughout the system. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and is backed by a solid warranty but they are only available through their dealers in the USA. trane.com

WESTINGHOUSE--------------4*--------NA

This is another brand that is made by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The P7RE units have a compact footprint and all aluminum micro-channel coils which are better for corrosion resistance. The brand is backed by a very good warranty that includes their 10 year Quality Pledge where they will replace the entire unit if the compressor fails during the first 10 years of ownership. The units use a wire coil guard (which is not very effective) instead of louvered panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. westinghousehvac.com

WHIRLPOOL--------------------2*--------NA

This brand is made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING exclusively for TRADEWINDS DISTRIBUTING. The WPC43M units are basic units with durable scroll compressors and a good warranty but only have a 13 SEER efficiency. The WPC45M models have a higher efficiency (15 SEER) and a variable speed blower motor for quieter operation. The units are only sold and installed by authorized contractors. whirlpoolcomfort.com

YORK---------------------------2*--------NA

This brand is owned by JOHNSON CONTROLS and is only sold/installed by authorized dealers. The PCE4 models are basic units with all of the standard features as well as advanced ECM blower motors and a good warranty. The brand offers compact units using elevated condeser coils with louvered panels for protection from mechanical damage. york.com

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