Most air conditioning contractors give you a good, better, best scenario when proposing a new ac and heating system. On the lower end of the price range (good), our company is talking about entry-level efficiency and features. The truth is, in this particular range, there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between the brands.
When it comes to the base models, the manufacturers are definitely more “assemblers” compared to what they are “engineers”. The design is pretty much exactly the same it has been for a long time, the majority of the components are similar or even exactly the same and therefore are built by third-party manufacturers not the AC manufacturer themselves.
At this particular level, the big separator is really the expertise of the design and also the materials utilized to build the cabinet and coils. There are several exceptions in a few models, then one worth pointing out is trane xb1000. Trane is among the few brands that still manufactures their own compressor, the Climatuff.
While modern air conditioning units include lots of components, the compressor continues to be “heart” in the unit. I don’t think you will find many HVAC service technicians that could argue that the Climatuff is really a tank. Once you know Trane’s slogan, “It’s tough to stop a Trane”, you could know they built that slogan on the Climatuff compressor’s back – it may take lots of abuse.
Nevertheless, most of the other manufacturers nowadays are employing Copeland brand compressors, an excellent component in the own right, but the Climatuff takes the prize as best in class for me and I’d guess probably most other HVAC experts’ opinions as well. Aside from the compressor, in the three “premium” brands (Trane, Lennox, and Carrier), you simply will not find a whole lot of differences in the constituents themselves.
I recommend politely shying away from the majority of the non-name brands because even though variations in materials and design might be subtle at first glance, combined they generally amount to a unit that doesn’t last so long and/or is prone to frequent failures. Towards the end user, a minor failure means “no cooling” or “no heat” irrespective of how minor the failure may seem for an experienced HVAC service technician.
I’d be remiss basically if i neglected to mention the behemoth, Goodman – now properties of Daikin. I have mixed emotions regarding this brand (and yes, we sell it). Some Goodman models offer good bang for your buck, which is often beneficial to clients using a tighter budget, or maybe someone selling their property soon.
However, after years of recording failure rates (from minor to major), Goodman is available in last place of all of the brands we install. Not extremely high enough to stop selling them since we have with some other brands, but it needs to be said because there’s a reason Trane costs greater than Goodman.
In fairness to Daikin, I should mention the commercial Daikin Package Rooftop Unit has proven as reliable, or even more reliable as a few of the premium brands commercial products in recent years. When I look at the “better” tier of comfort systems or some other consumer product, I believe about items that offer plenty of bang for your buck. I’m referring to equipment that’s not the most efficient, but fairly high efficiency, not by far the most feature rich, but with lots of worthwhile features, not the quietest uofddu on the market, but pretty darn quiet, etc. Here is where we begin to view the cream rise to the peak, and through cream, I mean Trane for just one.
You’d be hard pressed to discover a major air cooling brand that doesn’t create a 16 to 18 SEER air conditioning unit or have a minumum of one model having a 2-stage compressor, variable speed blower motor, etc. – but put the majority of them physically side by side having a Trane unit and you start to view the differences pretty quickly.
Apart from the Climatuff compressor, you start out to acknowledge the devil is in the details (or lack thereof in some brands). Even physically shaking the equipment itself, you are able to notice the Trane unit is going to remain a much sturdier machine than most during the period of time. In my view, Trane just has several competitors whenever we start talking about “better” HVAC systems.
A lot of small details like Teflon coated screws that help prevent rust (so that they won’t loosen and cause rattling noises), to completely accessible condenser coils so a service technician can actually be able to all of the nooks and crannies to clean (meaning less loss of efficiency as time passes), etc, are details that increase the quality and worth of Trane many of their competitors are lacking.