The way air conditioners are installed and maintained has a major impact on its performance. Since every home is different, there’s not one particular way that air conditioners are installed and it can be difficult to compare how well central AC units perform. However, some experts have done extensive research to determine which brands are a bit more reliable and have a high customer satisfaction rating.
Maytag’s M1200 PSA4BI Iq Drive has been ranked among the top 10 central air conditioners in 2016 by webhvac.com. Due to its high-density compressor blanket, the sound levels are impeccable. This system also has SEER ratings up to 25.5 and EER ratings up to 15. One of the major benefits is that the Maytag unit has rounded corners so children stay safe.
Only 13% of homeowners have said their Lennox system has required service. A major reason that Lennox, Carrier and Trane are “better” than other brands is because they are very choosey about who installs their products. In 2016, the Dave Lennox Signature XC25 was ranked as one of the “Most Efficient Energy Star” qualified products.
The Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1 model comes with a 10-year warranty and is extremely reliable. According to toptenreviews.com, the two-stage compressor is excellent at removing humidity from outdoor air.
The Trane XV20i model remains at low capacity and gradually increases in steps as low as one percent. This keeps temperatures within a ½ degree of the thermostat, helping to reduce noise and improve effectiveness. Homeowners also have the luxury of controlling the system through a smartphone app due to Trane’s ComfortLink II technology.
While Amana has decent ratings, the Amana ASXC18 model’s compressor has a lifetime warranty and 10 years on the balance of the system. The ComfortNet offers optional controllers as well as thermostats to help improve efficiency and make the system easier to use.