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Heat Pump Ratings

In comparing heat pump brands, you should consider things such as their warranty, efficiency, construction features, technology used, and their price. This can be a lot of work but, here, HvacRepairGuy has already done it for you!

With our heat pump ratings you can compare heat pumps side by side using our Head To Head tool. You can compare over 170 models from 62 brands in thirteen categories such as warranty, efficiency, construction, availability, & where they are made. You can also read the individual reviews of each brand below. These ratings are for air source, ducted central heat pump systems. Our simple rating system gives each brand a color code and a star rating. If the card is green, then, that is one of the top picks from HvacRepairGuy. If the card is yellow, then, that would be a budget pick from HvacRepairGuy. If the card is red, then, the brand is not recommended by HvacRepairGuy. With our heat pump reviews you can cut through the sales hype and find value. It really is like taking a repairman with you while you shop.

HvacRepairGuy's 2024 Top Pick

ACiQ


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps can be purchased online through hvacdirect but the units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The R4H5S models are basic single speed heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and have a relatively low 7.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency. The H4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The HCH6 models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The HVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They use electronic expansion valves which are state of the art technology for refrigerant control.

AIREASE


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are from Allied Air Enterprises which is owned by Lennox International. The units are made in America but are only sold through their factory authorized dealer network and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. All of the units feature louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from damage and their MHT technology for enhanced refrigerant and airflow through the unit which maximizes efficiency for the unit's size. They use quiet shift technology which equalizes the refrigerant pressures before going in and out of defrost which results in quieter operation. The 4SHP15LE is a basic single speed heat pump with a compressor blanket and a swept wing fan for noise control as well as an 8.5 HSPF heating efficiency. The 4SHP22LX is an ultimate heat pump with a 9.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency and a pretty decent guarantee but it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. They feature true variable speed compressors that change their speed in precise increments to provide longer, gentler run cycles for ultimate comfort. The brand does not offer a two stage model for the premium category of heat pumps.

AIRE-FLO


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers units that are made in Mexico by Allied Air Enterprises which is owned by Lennox International and are basic builder grade models that are usually sold by Lennox or Armstrong Air dealers. The 4HP14L is a basic heat pump that uses timed defrost instead of demand which is less energy efficient. The units are relatively loud with sound levels close to that of standing on the sidewalk and having a bus go by. They have louvered panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage and factory installed filter/driers to protect the refrigerant system from moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The warranty on the heat pumps is not as good as many of the other brands as it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The brand does not offer any models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium or ultimate categories.

AIREFORCE

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These heat pumps are made in Mexico by Nortek Global HVAC for the Blue Hawk buying group and the units are only available through a very limited network of dealers in the USA. The units feature louvered panel construction to protect the coil which is superior to those that use a wire grille. The guarantee on the units is not as good as many of the other brands as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The FSH1BE is a basic model with a swept wing fan for enhanced sound control and all aluminum coil construction to prevent corrosion but all aluminum coils are harder to repair than those that use copper tubes. They have a 14.3 SEER cooling efficiency and a 7.5 HSPF heating efficiency and use micro-channel construction which enables a more compact unit. The FSH1BF models are premium units with two stage compressors and state of the art Coresense onboard compressor protection. The units have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for noise control as well as a 7.8 HSPF heating efficiency. The FSH1BG models are ultimate units with state of the art compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems for enhanced comfort and energy savings. They are very quiet during operation as the noise level in low speed is less than that of normal conversations.

AIRQUEST


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series H4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series H4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The HVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

AIRTEMP


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These heat pumps are made in Mexico by Nortek Global HVAC which is a part of Madison Industries for R.E. Michel Company which is a wholesale distributor of HVAC systems in the USA. The brand is only sold through their authorized dealer network and it is a rather small network. All of the units feature aluminum coils which provide high corrosion resistance and micro-channel design for making the units compact. They feature slotted panel construction which is cheaper but does not protect the condenser coil from lawnmower debris or hail as well as louvered panels. The VSH1BE is a basic heat pump with a durable scroll compressor and a composite base pan for quieter operation while the VSH1BF is a premium unit with a Copeland Ultratech two stage scroll compressor. The unit uses demand defrost for added energy savings over a timed defrost but the warranty is not as good as many brands. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy ultimate category.

ALLIED


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are from Allied Air Enterprises which is owned by Lennox International. The brand is made in America but the units are only sold in the USA through their authorized dealers. All of the units feature their MHT technology for enhanced refrigerant and air flows through the unit which maximizes efficiency for the unit's size. The heat pumps use louvered panel construction which offers superior protection for the condenser coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail and they have a durable baked on polyester paint finish to keep the units looking nice for many years. The units have a factory installed filter/drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The units use QuietShift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. The units are relatively loud with noise levels above that of a washing machine but they offer an optional compressor sound blanket to lower the noise level. Their guarantee is not as good as many other brands as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The 4HP15L models are basic heat pumps with a 15 SEER cooling efficiency and an 8.5 HSPH heating efficiency while the 4HP17L models have a 16.2 SEER2 cooling efficiency with a 7.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency. The 4HP18V models are ultimate heat pumps with variable speed compressors and QuickLink technology which monitors system temperatures and pressures and inputs them to an algorithm which controls the speed of the compressor and fan to maximize comfort and efficiency. The brand does not offer a two stage model that would qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

AMANA


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is made in America by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited and is only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The ASZN4 units are basic heat pumps with smartshift technology for better defrost control but they only have an average warranty. The ASZC7 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. They are also backed by a very good warranty including a lifetime total unit replacement guarantee if the compressor fails. The AVZC20 is an ultimate heat pump with a variable speed compressor and fan motor for quiet, efficient operation. They use a smart algorithm to gather HVAC system performance data to automatically make adjustments to the speed of the compressor and fans to maximize comfort and energy savings. All of the units have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil and a specially designed top to minimize noise. They also have a factory installed filter/drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

AMERICAN STANDARD


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from Trane Technologies and is sold by factory authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. All of the units use full louvered metal panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage from debris thrown by a lawnmower or hail. They all have a durable appliance-grade finish as well as rust-resistant screws to keep the units looking good for years to come. For top discharge models, they offer an all weather top as an optional accessory for those who need to keep rain, snow, and leaves out of the unit. All of their heat pumps feature all aluminum spine fin coils which resist corrosion and provide enhanced efficiency but they are harder to repair than brands that use copper. The Silver 15 models are basic heat pumps with a heating efficiency of up to 8.1 HSPF. Not all of the Silver 15 models have compressor blankets for sound control and the guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands. The Gold 16 models are premium units that have two speed fans as well as a two speed compressor but the units do not have a compressor sound isolation blanket so they have a moderate noise level similar to a vacuum cleaner. The AccuComfort Platinum 20 is their entry into the ultimate category. The units have a variable speed condenser fan as well as a variable speed compressor for energy efficiency and lower noise levels at about the same level as a modern refrigerator. The units feature their AccuLink Communicating Technology which allows the units to automatically adjust operation for maximum comfort and efficiency. They are backed by a very good guarantee but it does not include full unit replacement in the event of a compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard.

AMERISTAR


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from American Standard which is a part of Trane Technologies. The units are assembled in America but are only available from authorized American Standard brand dealers. The brand offers basic builder grade heat pumps featuring durable scroll compressors but the warranty is not as good as many of the other brands. Their guarantee does not include full unit replacement in the event of a compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard. They use a slotted metal jacket to protect the condenser coil from damage which is not as good as louvered panel construction. The heat pumps use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The units use a demand based defrost control which saves energy over time based controls as a defrost cycle is only initiated when it is really required. The brand does not offer models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories.

ARCOAIRE


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series H4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series H4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The HVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

ARMSTRONG AIR


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are from Allied Air Enterprises which is owned by Lennox International. The units are made in America but are only sold through their factory authorized dealer network and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. All of the units feature louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from damage and their MHT technology for enhanced refrigerant and airflow through the unit which maximizes efficiency for the unit's size. They use quiet shift technology which equalizes the refrigerant pressures before going in and out of defrost which results in quieter operation. The 4SHP15LE is a basic single speed heat pump with a compressor blanket and a swept wing fan for noise control as well as an 8.5 HSPF heating efficiency. The 4SHP22LX is an ultimate heat pump with a 9.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency and a pretty decent guarantee but it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. They feature true variable speed compressors that change their speed in precise increments to provide longer, gentler run cycles for ultimate comfort. The brand does not offer a two stage model for the premium category of heat pumps.

BOSCH


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from Bosch Thermotechnology which is a part of the German conglomerate of Bosch Group. All of the units feature slotted panel construction which does not protect the condenser coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail as well as louvered panels. They have energy efficient variable speed compressors and an electronic expansion valve for refrigerant control which allows for effective heating even down to outdoor temps of 5 degrees. They are very quiet when operating but are only backed by an average guarantee that does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has become the industry standard. The heat pumps are only sold through their approved contractor network in the USA & Canada. The IDS Light System combines the BOVA15 outdoor unit with a fixed speed indoor air handler while the IDS Plus System combines the BOVB18 model with a two stage indoor unit. The IDS Premium System features the BOVB20 heat pump paired with a two stage air handler and the IDS Premium Connected model includes wireless connectivity so that the system can be monitored and controlled through their Bosch EasyAir app.

BROAN


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a subsidiary of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The units are available through their dealer network in the USA but are made in Mexico. All of the units feature louvered panel construction to protect the coil. Although the guarantee on the units is very good and includes their Comfort Pledge Guarantee which provides for unit replacement if the compressor fails during the warranty period, it is not as good as some of the other brands. The FSH1BE is a basic model with a swept wing fan for enhanced sound control and all aluminum coil construction to prevent corrosion but all aluminum coils are harder to repair than those that use copper tubes. They have a 15 SEER cooling efficiency and an 8.5 HSPF heating efficiency and use micro-channel construction which enables a more compact unit. The FSH1BF models are premium units with two stages of heating/cooling with state of the art Coresense onboard compressor protection. The units have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for noise control as well as a 9 HSPF heating efficiency. The FSH1BG models are ultimate units with state of the art compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems for enhanced comfort and energy savings. They are very quiet during operation as the noise level in low speed is less than that of normal conversations.

BROCK


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Canada and is sold through Wolseley Canada but they have a limited dealer network and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. These heat pumps use microtube technology which makes for a compact unit and they use durable scroll compressors. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail. The brand uses basic PSC motors which are less durable and not as energy efficient as brands that use ECM motor technology. The heat pumps are relatively noisy with sound ratings near 70 decibels and they use R410a refrigerant which is not as environmentally friendly as brands that use R32. The BROPH14NB model is a basic single stage heat pump while the BROPH16NA is a premium two stage unit but the brand does not offer models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy ultimate category.

BRYANT


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the units are only sold through dealers in the USA & Canada. All of the units feature durable baked on powder coat finishes to keep the units looking good for years to come but they use a wire guard for protection of the condenser coil which does not actually do much to protect the unit from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail. The Legacy Line 215S model is a low cost heating and cooling option with an 8.1 HSPF heating efficiency but their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. In the premium category, the 227T model, part of their Preferred Series, offers two stage operation but the warranty on these units is not very good when compared to other brands. In the ultimate category, the 284ANV model, which is a part of their Evolution Extreme System, has the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating & cooling parts to maximize comfort & efficiency all year long. It also features their Aeroquiet system as well as soft start and smooth ramp up to operating speed which makes it very quiet. They have a Quiet Mode feature which caps the sound levels from the outdoor unit at 69 decibels but this seems like a marketing gimmick more than a useful feature. They have a very good 10.5 heating efficiency and are backed by their Red Shield guarantee which includes 10 year unit replacement if the compressor fails.

CARRIER


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico and is available only through their authorized dealer network in the USA & Canada. The Comfort Series 25SCA5 model is a basic 15 seer unit that uses a wire guard for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much to protect the coil from damage due to debris from a lawnmower or from hail. The units are relatively loud during operation and are only backed by an average warranty. The Performance Series 25TPA7 heat pumps are premium units with a durable two stage scroll compressor but the warranty is not as good as many of the other brands. The 25VNA4 models are a part of their "Infinity" line with Greenspeed Intelligence and includes their "silencer system" for quiet operation. The unit is backed by a good warranty that includes total unit replacement in case of compressor failure within the first ten years after installation but it is only average when compared to other brands.

CENTURY


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in America by Heat Controller which is a part of Motors And Armatures Inc and the units are sold in the USA through a very limited network of authorized dealers. All of their units have a durable baked on finish to keep the units looking good for many years while their louvered metal jacket provides good protection for the condenser coil from lawnmower debris and hail. The HRG14 units are basic heat pumps with demand defrost for energy savings and reliable scroll compressors. They also have a composite base pan for quieter operation and are backed by a decent warranty but it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard. The HRG18 units are ultimate heat pumps with variable speed compressors as well as variable speed condenser fans for quiet and efficient operation. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

CHAMPION


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand is made by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls Company but the units are only available through their dealer network in the USA & Canada. The TH4 models have basic features and a 8.2 heating efficiency rating. The units have impact-resistant, powder-painted, galvanized steel, two-piece extruded coil guards but they are slotted which provides less protection from lawnmower debris and hail than louvered panels. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty. The HL19 models are premium units that feature their Silent Drive noise control 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 as a defrost cycle is only initiated when it is really necessary. They have a 10 HSPF heating efficiency and the warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system. The HL20 models are ultimate heat pumps featuring variable speed fans and compressors as well as a compressor blanket for very quiet operation. They have a climate sync feature that allows the installing contractor to quickly fine-tune the equipment to match the climate where the equipment is installed. Their charge smart feature allows an installing contractor to quickly and accurately install and charge the HL20. The warranty on the units is not as good as some of the other brands as it does not include unit replacement if the compressor fails which has become the industry standard and the units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

COLEMAN


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand is made by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls Company but the units are only available through their dealer network in the USA & Canada. The TH4 models have basic features and a 8.2 heating efficiency rating. The units have impact-resistant, powder-painted, galvanized steel, two-piece extruded coil guards but they are slotted which provides less protection from lawnmower debris and hail than louvered panels. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty. The HC19 models are premium units that feature their Silent Drive noise control 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 as a defrost cycle is only initiated when it is really necessary. They have a 10 HSPF heating efficiency and the warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system. The HC20 models are ultimate heat pumps featuring variable speed fans and compressors as well as a compressor blanket for very quiet operation. They have a climate sync feature that allows the installing contractor to quickly fine-tune the equipment to match the climate where the equipment is installed. Their charge smart feature allows an installing contractor to quickly and accurately install and charge the HC20. The warranty on the units is not as good as some of the other brands as it does not include unit replacement if the compressor fails which has become the industry standard and the units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

COMFORT-AIRE


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in America by Heat Controller which is a part of Motors And Armatures Inc and the units are sold in the USA through a very limited network of authorized dealers. All of their units have a durable baked on finish to keep the units looking good for many years while their louvered metal jacket provides good protection for the condenser coil from lawnmower debris and hail. The HRG15 units are basic heat pumps with demand defrost for energy savings and reliable scroll compressors. They also have a composite base pan for quieter operation and are backed by a decent warranty but it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard. The HRG18 units are ultimate heat pumps with variable speed compressors as well as variable speed condenser fans for quiet and efficient operation. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

COMFORTMAKER


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series C4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series C4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The CVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

CONCORD


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are from Allied Air Enterprises which is owned by Lennox International. The brand is made in Mexico but the units are only sold in the USA through their authorized dealers. All of the units feature their MHT technology for enhanced refrigerant and air flows through the unit which maximizes efficiency for the unit's size. The heat pumps use louvered panel construction which offers superior protection for the condenser coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail and they have a durable baked on polyester paint finish to keep the units looking nice for many years. The units have a factory installed filter/drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The units use QuietShift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. The units are relatively loud with noise levels above that of a washing machine but they offer an optional compressor sound blanket to lower the noise level. Their guarantee is not as good as many other brands as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The 4HP15L models are basic heat pumps with a 15 SEER cooling efficiency and an 8.5 HSPH heating efficiency while the 4HP17L models have a 16.2 SEER2 cooling efficiency with a 7.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency. The 4HP18V models are ultimate heat pumps with variable speed compressors and QuickLink technology which monitors system temperatures and pressures and inputs them to an algorithm which controls the speed of the compressor and fan to maximize comfort and efficiency. The brand does not offer a two stage model that would qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

CONTINENTAL


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These heat pumps are made in Canada by Wolf Steel and they are sold throughout North America through a limited dealer network. The CS18 models are ultimate heat pumps with state of the art inverter compressors and the units can provide 100% of their heating capacity down to -5 degrees outdoor temperature. The units are Wi-Fi enabled and are relatively quiet in operation with a noise level of 55 decibels which is much less than normal adult conversation. The units are horizontal discharge compact units but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands as it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has become the industry standard. The brand does not offer single stage or two stage models that would qualify for the HvacRepairGuy basic and premium categories.

DAIKIN


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is made in America by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited and the heat pumps are only available through their Comfort Pro dealers. The heat pumps have louvered metal panels to protect the coil and are backed by a very good warranty that includes total unit replacement in case of compressor failure within the first twelve years after installation. The DZ14SN model units have efficiencies of up to 9 HSPH and Smartshift technology for less noise when the unit goes into defrost. They feature a durable baked on paint finish and a factory installed filter drier to protect the system from the effects of moisture. The DZ18TC is a premium model that can communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. The unit has a high density compressor blanket for noise control and Copeland CoreSense advanced diagnostics to diagnose problems with the system. The unit has a two stage condenser fan as well as a two stage compressor for energy efficiency. The DZ20VC units have state of the art technology and are ultra quiet with a compressor sound blanket and ECM condenser fan motor.

DAY & NIGHT


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series C4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series C4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The CVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

DIRECT COMFORT

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is a part of Daikin Global and is available in the USA. The brand is sold for DIY installation through authorized internet retailers such as Alpine Home Air Products and HVACDirect.com. All of these heat pumps feature a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower and from hail and a specially designed top to minimize noise. The units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The GSZ14 units are basic heat pumps with smart shift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve but the warranty on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. The GSZC16 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. The units have advanced system diagnostics with indicator lights and storage of six fault codes to facilitate quick and easy troubleshooting. The GVZC20 is an ultimate heat pump with variable speed compressor and fan motors for quiet, efficient operation. The GSZC16 and GVZC20 models are backed by a very good warranty including a ten year total unit replacement guarantee if the compressor fails and a lifetime compressor warranty.

DUCANE


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are from Allied Air Enterprises which is owned by Lennox International. The brand is made in Mexico but the units are only sold in the USA through their authorized dealers. All of the units feature their MHT technology for enhanced refrigerant and air flows through the unit which maximizes efficiency for the unit's size. The heat pumps use louvered panel construction which offers superior protection for the condenser coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail and they have a durable baked on polyester paint finish to keep the units looking nice for many years. The units have a factory installed filter/drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The units use QuietShift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. The units are relatively loud with noise levels above that of a washing machine but they offer an optional compressor sound blanket to lower the noise level. Their guarantee is not as good as many other brands as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The 4HP15L models are basic heat pumps with a 15 SEER cooling efficiency and an 8.5 HSPH heating efficiency while the 4HP17L models have a 16.2 SEER2 cooling efficiency with a 7.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency. The 4HP18V models are ultimate heat pumps with variable speed compressors and QuickLink technology which monitors system temperatures and pressures and inputs them to an algorithm which controls the speed of the compressor and fan to maximize comfort and efficiency. The brand does not offer a two stage model that would qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

ECO TEMP


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These units are manufactured by Carrier for Baker Distributing Company which is a subsidiary of Watsco Inc. and the units are only available in the USA through authorized dealers. The WCH6 units are basic models that feature durable scroll compressors and an average warranty but they are relatively loud during operation with a noise rating that is equivalent to adult conversation. The units use timed defrost instead of a demand based control and their wire grille doesn't do too much to protect the coil from damage due to debris from a lawnmower or from hail. They use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The brand does not offer models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories.

ENERGI AIR SYSTEMS


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand is a private label brand made for The EverRest Group by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. The units are sold through dealers in the USA and they are also backed by a very good warranty. The units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. All of the heat pumps use ECM motors for the condenser fans which are quieter and more energy efficient than brands that use PSC motor technology. The GSZ14 units are basic heat pumps with smartshift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. They have a compressor blanket for overall noise reduction. The DSZC18 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy ultimate category.

ENERGI AIR ELITE SERIES


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This brand is a private label brand made for The EverRest Group by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. The units are sold through dealers in the USA and the units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The ASZ14 units are basic heat pumps with smartshift technology for better defrost control but they only have an average warranty. They have a compressor sound blanket for quieter operation. The ASZC18 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. They are also backed by a very good warranty including a lifetime replacement guarantee if the compressor fails. The AVZC20 is an ultimate heat pump with a variable speed compressor and fan motor for quiet, efficient operation. They have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil and a specially designed top to minimize noise.

EVCON


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in America by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls. The heat pumps feature slotted panel construction which is cheaper but does not protect the outdoor coil from physical damage from lawnmower debris or hail as well as brands with louvered panels. The warranty, which does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure, is not very good when compared to other brands. The RHP150 models are basic builder grade heat pumps with demand defrost for energy savings.

EVERREST ELITE SERIES


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is a private label brand made for The EverRest Group by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. The units are sold through dealers in the USA and feature smartshift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. The units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The heat pumps have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail and a specially designed top to minimize noise. They have a compressor sound blanket for quieter operation and they are also backed by a very good warranty including a lifetime total unit replacement guarantee if the compressor fails. The ASZH5 units are basic heat pumps while the ASZC18 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. The ASZV9 is an ultimate heat pump with a variable speed compressor and fan motor for quiet, efficient operation.

EVERREST EXTREME COMFORT


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is a private label brand made for The EverRest Group by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. The units are sold through dealers in the USA and feature smartshift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. The units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The heat pumps have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail and a specially designed top to minimize noise. They have a compressor sound blanket for quieter operation and they are also backed by a very good warranty including a lifetime total unit replacement guarantee if the compressor fails. The GSZH5 units are basic heat pumps while the GSZC7 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. The GSZV9 is an ultimate heat pump with a variable speed compressor and fan motor for quiet, efficient operation.

FRANKLIN


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

These heat pumps are made by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. The brand is only available through authorized dealers and the network is somewhat limited. The heat pumps use louvered metal panel construction to better protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage due to debris thrown from a lawnmower or from hail than brands that use slotted panels or a wire coil guard. The GSZ14 is a basic unit with their smartshift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve but the warranty on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. The GSZC18 is a premium model that features a two speed condenser fan and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's HVAC systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. The units have advanced ComfortAlert diagnostics with diagnostic indicator lights and the ability to store six fault codes which makes troubleshooting much quicker and easier. Their guarantee is not as good as the ASZC18 models which have a lifetime unit replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The GVZC20 and AVZC20 models are their entries in the ultimate category and they have the latest in compressor technology for energy savings and very quiet operation. They have a field-selectable boost mode that increases compressor speed during unusually high loads to ensure comfort at all times. The guarantee on the AVZC20 models is better than the GVZC20 models.

FRASER-JOHNSTON


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand is made by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls Company but the units are only available through their dealer network in the USA & Canada. The TH4 models have basic features and a 8.2 heating efficiency rating. The units have impact-resistant, powder-painted, galvanized steel, two-piece extruded coil guards but they are slotted which provides less protection from lawnmower debris and hail than louvered panels. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty. The HL19 models are premium units that feature their Silent Drive noise control 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 as a defrost cycle is only initiated when it is really necessary. They have a 10 HSPF heating efficiency and the warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system. The HL20 models are ultimate heat pumps featuring variable speed fans and compressors as well as a compressor blanket for very quiet operation. They have a climate sync feature that allows the installing contractor to quickly fine-tune the equipment to match the climate where the equipment is installed. Their charge smart feature allows an installing contractor to quickly and accurately install and charge the HC20. The warranty on the units is not as good as some of the other brands as it does not include unit replacement if the compressor fails which has become the industry standard and the units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

FRIEDRICH


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a part of Paloma Group. The units are sold through authorized dealers in the USA but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. They use louvered panel construction for condenser coil protection which provides superior protection from hail or lawnmower debris. They have a powder coat paint finish and rust resistant screws to keep the units looking nice for years to come. The FRP14AZ models are premium heat pumps with a two stage compressor for efficient and quiet operation but they are still relatively loud when compared to other brands. Their guarantee is not as good as other brands as it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The Endeavor Line FRP18AZ heat pumps are Ultimate heat pumps that are EcoNet enabled so that they can communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are much quieter than the FRP14AZ units and they are backed by a pretty good warranty that includes unit replacement in the event of compressor failure. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy basic category.

FRIGIDAIRE


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a subsidiary of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The units are available through their dealer network in the USA but are made in Mexico. All of the units feature louvered panel construction to protect the coil. Although the guarantee on the units is very good and includes their Comfort Pledge Guarantee which provides for unit replacement if the compressor fails during the warranty period, it is not as good as some of the other brands. The FSH3BE is a basic model with a swept wing fan for enhanced sound control and all aluminum coil construction to prevent corrosion but all aluminum coils are harder to repair than those that use copper tubes. They have a 15 SEER cooling efficiency and an 8.5 HSPF heating efficiency and use micro-channel construction which enables a more compact unit. The FSH3BF models are premium units with two stages of heating/cooling with state of the art Coresense onboard compressor protection. The units have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for noise control as well as a 9 HSPF heating efficiency. The FSH1BG models are ultimate units with state of the art compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems for enhanced comfort and energy savings. They are very quiet during operation as the noise level in low speed is less than that of normal conversations.

FujitsuRating

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing for Fujitsu General and the units are sold through dealers in the USA & Canada. All of the models feature louvered panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage as well as powder coated paint and rust resistant screws to keep the units looking nice for years to come. The units have a QR code on them which allows for handy access to technical information. The WP14 models are basic units with a 9 HSPF efficiency rating that are more of a "builder grade" heat pump as they have a boxy look to them and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. The FOP15 units are premium two stage heat pumps with a 9 HSPF efficiency and feature a composite base pan for noise control but the units are still relatively loud in operation with a sound rating of 75.5 decibels. They have much better curb appeal and their warranty is decent but does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The FOP16 ultimate units have a state of the art variable speed compressor but they only have a 9 HSPF heating efficiency. They are backed by a pretty good guarantee but it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The FOP18 units are ultimate heat pumps with a variable speed compressor and a standard compressor blanket for noise control which results in a much quieter unit with a sound rating that is less than normal conversation. They have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC systems through the EcoNet control to maximize comfort and efficiency. The units use electronic expansion valves which is state of the art technology in controlling refrigerant flow.

GE

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in America by GE Appliances Air & Water Solutions which is majority owned by the Chinese company Haier. All of the units feature louvered panel construction which is the best way to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage due to objects thrown by a lawnmower or from hail damage. They have a durable baked polyester paint to keep the outdoor unit looking good for many years. These heat pumps use all aluminum coils which resist corrosion and feature enhanced coil design with lanced fins for maximum heat transfer. all of the units feature demand defrost which saves energy by only going into the defrost mode when there is sufficient ice buildup on the coil. The NS17H models are basic units with a 9.5 HSPF heating efficiency and a swept wing condenser fan blade but they are still relatively loud in operation. They offer an optional sound control blanket for the compressor to lower the sound level from about 74dB to 72dB. The NS18HM and NS22H heat pumps units are ultimate units with a heating efficiency of 10 HSPF. They have a standard compressor blanket to lower their noise level and feature a proprietary algorithmic control program that uses ambient temperature, coil temperature, and refrigerant pressure sensors which enables fine control of the system to maximize comfort. They have variable speed condenser fans and compressors for very quiet and efficient operation. The warranty on the brand is only about average and does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure which is what you would expect from an ultimate unit. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

GIBSON


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from Nordyne which is a subsidiary of Nortek Global HVAC. The units are available through their dealer network in the USA but are made in Mexico. The heat pumps have all of the standard features but only an average warranty that does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The units use a wire grille to protect the condenser coil from damage from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail but it does not do a very effective job. They use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. Their website is not much help and the units are only sold by authorized dealers which are not easy to find. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy ultimate category.

GMC


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited and it is their builder grade line of units. The units use louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from physical damage due to lawnmower debris or hail but they only have an average warranty. The warranty does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard. The VSZ14 units have a 9 HSPF heating rating and are economically priced but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. They have reliable scroll compressors and Smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. The brand does not offer models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories.

GOODMAN


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is a part of Daikin Comfort Technologies North America, Inc. and the units are made in the USA. They are only sold through the factory authorized dealers. All of these heat pumps feature a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower and from hail and a specially designed top to minimize noise. The units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The GSZ14 units are basic heat pumps with smart shift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve but the warranty on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. The GSZC7 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. The units have advanced system diagnostics with indicator lights and storage of six fault codes to facilitate quick and easy troubleshooting. The GVZC20 is an ultimate heat pump with variable speed compressor and fan motors for quiet, efficient operation. The GSZC7 and GVZC20 models are backed by a very good warranty including a ten year replacement guarantee if the compressor fails and a lifetime compressor warranty. They have a field-selectable boost mode that increases compressor speed during unusually high loads to ensure comfort even in unusual conditions. They have a proprietary Goodman control software that is designed to maximize efficiency and comfort.

GRANDAIRE


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are manufactured in Mexico by Carrier for Baker Distributing Company which is a subsidiary of Watsco Inc. and they are mostly available in the southeastern and southwestern parts of the USA. The units use timed defrost instead of a demand based control which can waste energy and affect the overall comfort of the home. Their wire grille doesn't do too much to protect the coil from damage due to debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail. The W4H models are basic heat pumps that feature durable scroll compressors but use basic PSC motor technology for the condenser fans which is noisier, less efficient, and less durable than brands that use state of the art ECM motor technology. The brand does not offer a models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories and they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

GUARDIAN


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in America by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls and it is what is known as a builder grade brand which is designed for large homebuilding companies that are more concerned with price than features and durability. The heat pumps feature slotted panel construction which is cheaper but does not protect the outdoor coil from physical damage from lawnmower debris or hail as well as brands with louvered panels. The RHP150 models are basic heat pumps with demand defrost for energy savings but the warranty does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard. They use basic PSC motor technology for the condenser fans which is noisier, less efficient, and less durable than brands that use state of the art ECM motor technology. The brand does not offer a models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories and they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

HEIL


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series H4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series H4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The HVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

KEEPRITE


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series C4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series C4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The CVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

LENNOX


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

The Lennox brand is made in America and all of the units feature louvered metal panels to protect the coil from damage but they are only sold through factory authorized dealers. The brand features a proprietary aluminum alloy exclusive to Lennox that has been tested to provide superior corrosion protection. The Merit Series ML14XP1 units are basic heat pumps with scroll compressors for reliability but they are rather loud compared to many basic models from other brands. The standard warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. The XP21 is a part of their Dave Lennox Signature Collection and is their entry into the premium category. They feature two speed compressors for better overall comfort and energy savings. The SL25XPV units use PreciseComfort technology to adjust the output in 1% increments to closely match the requirements of the home. The units are very quiet and have a modern rounded look and feel to them but the guarantee is not as good as other brands as they do not have a unit replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure which has become the industry standard.

LIBERTY

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is made in America by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. All of the units feature louvered metal panel construction with a powder coated finish for durability and to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. The brand is only sold through their dealer network in the USA. The GSZ4 is a basic unit that features CoreSense diagnostics which will proactively shut the system down should it detect conditions that could damage the compressor. The unit has a factory-installed filter drier which protects the refrigerant system from moisture. They have a compressor sound blanket for noise control and are backed by a pretty good guarantee but it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure and so it is not recommended by HvacRepairGuy. The ASZC18 is a premium unit with a two stage compressor and a two speed condenser fan for efficient operation. They have a high density sound blanket for quiet operation as well as the ability to communicate with other parts of the HVAC system to maximize comfort and efficiency. They are backed by a very good warranty including lifetime unit replacement in case of compressor failure while the GSZC16 models are less expensive but they only have a 10 year replacement guarantee. The AVZC20 is an ultimate heat pump with a 21 SEER cooling efficiency and a 10 HSPF heating efficiency rating. They have a variable speed condenser fan motor for added energy savings and quiet operation. They are backed by a very good warranty that includes lifetime unit replacement in the event of compressor failure. The GVZC20 models are identical to the AVZC20 but less expensive as they only have a 10 year unit replacement guarantee.

LUXAIRE


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand is made by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls Company but the units are only available through their dealer network in the USA & Canada. The TH4 models have basic features and a 8.2 heating efficiency rating. The units have impact-resistant, powder-painted, galvanized steel, two-piece extruded coil guards but they are slotted which provides less protection from lawnmower debris and hail than louvered panels. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty. The HL19 models are premium units that feature their Silent Drive noise control 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 as a defrost cycle is only initiated when it is really necessary. They have a 10 HSPF heating efficiency and the warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system. The HL20 models are ultimate heat pumps featuring variable speed fans and compressors as well as a compressor blanket for very quiet operation. They have a climate sync feature that allows the installing contractor to quickly fine-tune the equipment to match the climate where the equipment is installed. Their charge smart feature allows an installing contractor to quickly and accurately install and charge the HC20. The warranty on the units is not as good as some of the other brands as it does not include unit replacement if the compressor fails which has become the industry standard and the units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32.

MAINLINE

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a subsidiary of Paloma Group for Hajoca Corporation which is a wholesale distributor of HVAC equipment. They are only available through their dealer network in the USA and their guarantee is not very good as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The Performance Series MPP14AZ models are boxy old school looking premium heat pumps but they use louvered panel construction which is best for protecting the condenser coil from damage due to hail or debris thrown by a lawnmower. The Elite Series MLP14AZ models are a more modern looking premium unit but they use a wire grille for condenser coil protection which doesn't actually do much. The Elite Series MLP18AZ models are ultimate heat pumps with variable speed compressors for quiet and efficient operation. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy basic category.

MAYTAG


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand name is licensed to Nordyne which is a subsidiary of Nortek Global HVAC. The units are available through their dealer network in the USA but are made in Mexico. All of the units feature louvered panel construction to protect the coil. The guarantee on the units is very good and includes their Dependability Promise which provides for unit replacement if the compressor fails during the warranty period. The CSH3BE is a basic model with a swept wing fan for enhanced sound control and all aluminum coil construction to prevent corrosion but all aluminum coils are harder to repair than those that use copper tubes. They have a 15 SEER cooling efficiency and an 8.5 HSPF heating efficiency as well as micro-channel construction which enables a more compact unit. The PSH3BF models are premium units with two stages of heating & cooling with state of the art Coresense onboard compressor protection. The units have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for noise control as well as a 9 HSPF heating efficiency. The PSH1BG models are ultimate units with state of the art compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems for enhanced comfort and energy savings. They are very quiet during operation as the noise level in low speed is less than that of normal conversations.

MR COOL


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is available through dealers in the USA & Canada. The second generation Signature Series MHP15 models feature louvered metal panel construction which is the best way to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage from lawn mowers, hail, etc. They have a durable baked polyester paint finish to keep the units looking good for many years and have a proprietary aluminum blend coil that resists corrosion. The units use MHT technology which consists of rifled tubing to enhance refrigerant flow and lanced coil fins which increase surface contact between metal and air. The MHT Technology ensures maximum heat transfer and efficiency while maintaining a compact unit footprint. They have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture and use demand defrost control for energy savings. The units are rather loud with a sound rating about the same as a washing machine. The guarantee on these heat pumps is not as good as other brands as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure during the warranty period which has pretty much become the industry standard. The brand does not offer a models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories.

NAPOLEON


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These heat pumps are made in Canada by Wolf Steel and they are sold throughout North America through a limited dealer network. The NS18 models are ultimate heat pumps with state of the art inverter compressors that can provide 100% of their heating capacity down to -5 degrees outdoor temperature. The units are Wi-Fi enabled and are relatively quiet in operation with a noise level of 55 decibels which is much less than normal adult conversation. The units are horizontal discharge compact units but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands and it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has become the industry standard. The brand does not offer a models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy basic and premium categories.

NEXGEN


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This is a private label brand that is available in California. The basic models feature smartshift technology where the refrigerant pressures are reduced prior to entering and exiting the defrost mode which makes less noise and minimizes the wear and tear on the reversing valve. The units have a factory installed filter drier to protect the refrigerant system from the effects of moisture but they use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The heat pumps have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail and a specially designed top to minimize noise. They have a compressor sound blanket. The ASZH4 models are basic builder grade heat pumps with a warranty that is not very good while the ASZH5 units have a much better guarantee. They are both manufactured by Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing LP which is a part of Daikin Industries Limited. The Mini-VRF models are ultimate heat pumps that are made by Lennox and feature an all aluminum coil which resists corrosion but is harder to repair than brands that use copper tube coils. They are compact horizontal discharge units with state of the art inverter compressors but they use a basic check flowrater for refrigerant control and their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

Oxbox


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of Trane Technologies and the units are only sold through a dealer network in the USA. The brand offers basic heat pumps that are designed for the price conscious large homebuilding company market. They feature durable scroll compressors but the warranty is not as good as many of the other brands. They use a slotted metal jacket to protect the condenser coil from damage which is cheaper to make but not as good at protecting from lawnmower debris or hail as louvered panel construction. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as environmentally friendly as brands that use R32. The units have variable speed fan motors but are noisy with a 74 decibel rating which is more than double the noise from a washing machine. The warranty on the units is different as it is connected to the installation location instead of the person that purchased the unit which makes it much easier to get warranty service even after a home is sold. The brand does not offer a models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium and ultimate categories.

PAYNE


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand features builder grade units from Carrier and they are made in Mexico. The brand only uses a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil and their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The brand is only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The PH5S model is a basic no frills heat pump with an 8 HSPF heating efficiency. The PH7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quietshift technology when going into the defrost mode. The 38MURA model is their offering in the ultimate category and it is a compact horizontal discharge unit which allows it to be placed in tough spots. The units are very quiet with a noise level as low as 56 decibels which is low enough to be background noise. They have a durable baked on finish but their guarantee is not as good as many brands in the category and all of their units use R410a refrigerant which is not as environmentally friendly as brands that use R32.

RHEEM


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is a subsidiary of Paloma Group and is available throughout the Americas as well as in Asia and the Middle East but only through authorized dealers. All of the units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage and a much better looking design than Rheem products of the past but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The WP14 models are basic units with a 9 HSPF efficiency rating that are more of a "builder grade" heat pump as they have a boxy look to them and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. The RP14AZ Classic Plus Series models are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan for quieter operation. The units have a single row condenser coil which allows the unit to be kept cleaner to maintain system performance. They have a heating efficiency of up to 7.6 HSPF and communicating ability. The RP16AZ premium units, part of their Classic Plus Series, have two speed compressors and integrated heat pump lift receptacles which allows standard CPVC stands to be inserted into the base. This is very nice for areas that receive significant snowfall as the units can be easily raised to maintain performance. The RP20 model is their entry into the ultimate category and it is a combination of modern styling with high efficiency. The units have brushless DC condenser fan motors for quieter and more reliable operation. They have advanced onboard diagnostics as well as state of the art electronic expansion valves for refrigerant control and are backed by a pretty good warranty.

RUN TRU


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from Trane Technologies and the units are assembled in America but are only available from authorized Trane brand dealers. The A4HP4 models are basic builder grade heat pumps featuring durable scroll compressors but the warranty is not as good as many of the other brands. They use a slotted metal jacket to protect the condenser coil from damage which is not as good as louvered panel construction. In the ultimate category, the E4HL models are compact horizontal discharge heat pumps which allow them to be placed in tough spots and they feature state of the art inverter compressors. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy premium category.

RUSSELL


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a part of Paloma Group. The units are sold through authorized dealers in the USA but their guarantee is not as good as some of the others. They use a wire grille for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much to protect from hail or lawnmower debris. They have a powder coat paint finish and rust resistant screws to keep the units looking nice for years to come. The SP15 models are basic heat pumps with integrated lift receptacles which allows standard CPVC stands to be inserted into the base to raise the units in areas that receive significant snowfall. They have single-row condenser coils which is easier to clean in order to maintain system performance as well as a QR code that can be scanned to quickly provide technical information on demand. The SP16 models are premium heat pumps with an optimized composite fan shroud as well as a two stage compressor for efficient and quiet operation but they are still relatively loud when compared to other brands. Their guarantee is not as good as other brands as it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The Vantix Line SP18AZ heat pumps are EcoNet enabled so that they can communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are much quieter than the other models that Russell offers and they are backed by a pretty good warranty that includes unit replacement in the event of compressor failure.

RUUD


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a subsidiary of Paloma Group. The units are available in the USA but only through authorized dealers. All of the units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage and a much better looking design than Ruud products of the past but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The WP14 models are basic units with a 9 HSPF efficiency rating that are more of a "builder grade" heat pump as they have a boxy look to them and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. The RP14AZ Achiever Series models are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan for quieter operation. The units have a single row condenser coil which allows the unit to be kept cleaner to maintain system performance. They have a heating efficiency of up to 7.6 HSPF and communicating ability. The RP16 premium units, part of their Achiever Series, have two speed compressors and integrated heat pump lift receptacles which allows standard CPVC stands to be inserted into the base. This is very nice for areas that receive significant snowfall as the units can be easily raised to maintain performance. The UP20 model is their entry into the ultimate category and it is a combination of modern styling with high efficiency. The units have brushless DC condenser fan motors for quieter and more reliable operation. They have advanced onboard diagnostics as well as state of the art electronic expansion valves for refrigerant control and are backed by a pretty good warranty.

SURE COMFORT


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This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a part of Paloma Group. The units are sold through authorized dealers in the USA but their guarantee is not as good as some of the others. They use a wire grille for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much to protect from hail or lawnmower debris. They have a powder coat paint finish and rust resistant screws to keep the units looking nice for years to come. The SP15 models are basic heat pumps with integrated lift receptacles which allows standard CPVC stands to be inserted into the base to raise the units in areas that receive significant snowfall. They have single-row condenser coils which is easier to clean in order to maintain system performance as well as a QR code that can be scanned to quickly provide technical information on demand. The SP16 models are premium heat pumps with an optimized composite fan shroud as well as a two stage compressor for efficient and quiet operation but they are still relatively loud when compared to other brands. Their guarantee is not as good as other brands as it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure. The Vantix Line SP18AZ heat pumps are EcoNet enabled so that they can communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are much quieter than the other models that Sure Comfort offers and they are backed by a pretty good warranty that includes unit replacement in the event of compressor failure.

TEMPSTAR


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Carrier and the heat pumps are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. The units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from damage due to flying debris from a lawnmower or hail and the guarantee on the brand is not as good as some of the other brands. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as earth friendly as brands that use R32. The Performance Series N4H5S models are basic heat pumps that produce about as much noise as a normal conversation and a relatively low 8.1 HSPF2 heating efficiency while the Ion Series T4H5S models are basic heat pumps that have Wi-Fi connectivity through the Ion system control. The N4H7T is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology when going into the defrost mode. The unit has a two stage compressor for longer heating and cooling cycles but only a standard single speed condenser fan motor. The Ion Series T4H7T models are premium two stage heat pumps with communicating capability and a better guarantee that includes a 10 year no hassle replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure. The TVH8 is their offering in the ultimate category but the units are not true variable speed heat pumps as they only have five stages of compressor operation. They have a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation and they are about as quiet as a typical household refrigerator. They feature Smart Sense technology which allows the system to adapt to changing weather conditions to provide longer running cycles for enhanced comfort.

Thermal Zone


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a part of Paloma Group and the units are sold through authorized dealers in the USA. The TZP14AZ models are premium units with two stage compressors but only a 14.3 SEER2 cooling efficiency and a 7.5 HSPF2 heating efficiency. They feature louvered panel construction which does a superior job of protecting the condenser coil from mechanical damage from debris thrown by a lawnmower as well as hail. They have a metal base pan with virtually no sound attenuating features and a resulting sound rating that is close to that of a vacuum sweeper. The TZPLV models are ultimate heat pumps that have variable speed compressors and use state of the art electronic expansion valves for refrigerant flow control. They only have a 17 SEER2 efficiency and their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands as it does not include total unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has become the industry standard. The brand does not offer a model that fits into the HvacRepairGuy basic category.

TRANE


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is assembled in America and is sold through its dealer network in the USA and Canada. All of the units feature louvered panel construction to protect the coil from physical damage. They have a powder coat finish as well as their weather guard fasteners that resist rust and keep the unit looking better through the years. The units have an all aluminum spine fin coil that is good at preventing corrosion but it makes the outdoor coil harder to keep clean which can lower the system performance. The all aluminum coil is also harder to repair than brands that use copper tubing. The XR14 models are basic units with all of the standard features but only an average guarantee. They have a 7.8 HSPF heating efficiency but are relatively loud during operation at a level of 76 decibels. The XL17i units are their premium units and feature two stages of heating and cooling as well as a variable speed condenser fan motor for energy savings. The XL17i also features their Link technology where the heat pump uses bluetooth to talk to the other parts of the HVAC system to maximize performance. The XV20i is an ultimate heat pump with a good guarantee but it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard. It has their weather guard top which keeps snow, rain, and debris out of the unit and provides for better curb appeal. All of the units use R410a refrigerant which is not as environmentally friendly as brands that use R32.

WEATHERKING


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing which is a part of Paloma Group. The units are sold through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada but their guarantee is minimal when compared to other brands. The WP14F models are basic "builder grade" units that are designed for large homebuilding companies that are more concerned with price than other factors. They feature louvered panel construction which does a superior job of protecting the condenser coil from mechanical damage caused by lawnmower debris or hail. They use demand defrost control where a defrost sequence is only initiated when it is really necessary which results in energy savings over units that use a timed control. They have a base pan made of composite material but they are still relatively loud in operation at about the sound level as a vacuum sweeper. The Versus Line Select Series WP14AZ units are their entry in the premium category but the heat pumps are relatively loud compared to other brands with a sound level that is equivalent to a busy restaurant. They are also quite boxy in appearance and do not have the look and feel of a premium product. The brand does not offer a model that qualifies for the HvacRepairGuy ultimate category.

WeatherMaker

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from Carrier and is made in Mexico. The brand is only available through authorized dealers in the USA and the units only use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which doesn't do much as far as protecting the coil from debris thrown by a lawnmower or from hail. They are basic "builder grade" units that are made for the large homebuilding companies who are more concerned with price than any other factors. Their guarantee, especially on the compressor, is not as good as some of the other brands as it does not have a unit replacement guarantee in case of compressor failure which has become the industry standard. The PH5S models have a 8.1 HSPF heating efficiency but, with a sound rating that is close to that of a washing machine, they are pretty loud during operation. The brand does not offer models that qualify for the HvacRepairGuy premium or ultimate categories. The units use R410a refrigerant which is not as environmentally friendly as brands that use R32.

YORK


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This is the flagship brand made by Unitary Products Group which is a part of Johnson Controls and it is available in the USA and Canada but only through their factory authorized dealer network. All of the units use slotted panel construction which does not protect the condenser coil from damage due to lawnmower debris or hail as well as units with louvered panels. They also have a high quality powder paint finish which provides the ultimate protection from corrosion and harmful UV rays which maintains curb appeal. The LX Series YHE units are basic heat pumps with a 8.2 HSPF heating efficiency. They use a demand defrost system for overall energy savings but their warranty is not as good as some of the other brands in the basic category. The YZT models are a part of their AFFINITY SERIES and offer two stage models with a somewhat disappointing heating 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 YZV models are their entry in the ultimate category and they offer a Climate Set feature which allows the installing contractor to quickly fine-tune equipment to the climate where the equipment is installed. Their Charge Assurance feature allows the contractor to quickly and accurately install and charge the YZV. The units are backed by a good guarantee but it does not include unit replacement in case of compressor failure which has pretty much become the industry standard.

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