Best Central Air Conditioner Brand (Who Won and Who Lost?)

Best Air Conditioner Brands

  • American Standard Air Conditioners.
  • Carrier Air Conditioners.
  • Goodman Central Air Conditioners.
  • Trane Central Air Conditioners.
  • Rheem Air Conditioners.
  • Lennox Air Conditioners.
  • Ruud Central Air Conditioners.
  • Carrier Air Conditioners.
  • Bryant Air Conditioners.

According to a consumer report survey, the best air conditioner brands are Lennox, American Standard, Trane, Carrier, and Bryant. And the lowest-rated brands are Coleman, Frigidaire, luxaire, Maytag, and York.

This consumer report survey happened to over 20,000 homeowners where they asked them what brand of AC or furnace they have, how often they had to get it repaired when they had to get it replaced, and would they recommend that unit to a friend.

I’ve been doing HVAC technician work for about 6 years now and the most common question I get asked is what brand do you recommend and what is the best air conditioner brand.

So I always tell them that don’t get too caught up in the brand for your furnace or your air conditioner. The brand doesn’t really matter because the truth is a handful of parent companies own all of the brands.

So my recommendation is just to go for the best deal whatever costs you the least amount because most air conditioners and furnaces will last on average about the same amount of time.

And it’s really hard to say which brand is the best because there’s a ton of variables that come into play like how big is your house, how is your house layout, was the ductwork sized properly in your house, do you replace the furnace filter regularly,

what kind of furnace filter do you use, do you ever hold down your outside unit, do you ever do any kind of maintenance, and etc.

So the parent companies I was talking about let me explain it:

So the biggest parent company is United Technologies and they own: 

  • Carrier 
  • Bryant 
  • Payne 
  • Day and Night
  • ICP
  • Arcoaire
  • Keeprite
  • Heil
  • Tempstar
  • Comfortmaker

The next parent company is Lennox International and they make:

  • Lennox 
  • Ducane 
  • Armstrong 
  • Concord 
  • Allied 
  • Air-ease 
  • Airflo

Another parent company is Rheem Manufacturing and they make Rheem and Ruud

The Next parent company is Daikin Global and they make:

  • Daikin
  • Goodman
  • Amana
  • Janitrol

Next is johnson controls:

  • York 
  • Luxaire
  • Coleman

Ingersoll Brand

  • American Standard
  • Trane

Nortek Global HVAC

  • Frigidaire
  • Maytag

Wolf steel

  • Napolean
  • Continental 

So what I’m trying to say by showing you this list of parent companies is that only the branding and label changes but the inside components remain the same. Different sub-brands under the parent company will have almost similar components but different labels.

Energy Efficient Air Conditioner Vs Normal Air Conditioner:

Nowadays more people are choosing the high-efficiency air conditioner. As they tend to save money on energy bills. These high-efficiency air conditioners have higher SEER ratings (20+).

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration. This rating system will give you an estimate on how much will it cost to run an air conditioner.

Frankly speaking, you might save around $80-$200 on energy bills per season (this is just an average estimate). But these High-Efficiency AC and furnaces have a downside too.

Tip: I also want to mention when I get myself a new unit I personally will avoid anything high-efficiency or variable speed. Because if I ever have to replace those parts for example a high-efficiency or a variable speed inducer motor for a furnace.

It would cost about four times as much as a regular inducer motor on the furnace. High-efficiency ac will save you on energy bills but the repair and replacement cost of the parts is much higher than the normal ac. The amount you save on the energy bill will be too less compared to the repair and replacement cost. 

What Size Air Conditioner Do I need?

So how do you find the right size air conditioner for your room? It’s quite simple you simply measure the square footage of the room. 

Square Foot of the room = length of the room multiplied by the width of the room (Length *Width)

If it’s on the main floor you’ll multiply the square footage by twenty. 

If it’s a second floor or a kitchen area multiply that square footage of the room by 30. 

If your ceiling height is over 8 feet I always recommend adding 1,000 BTU for every foot over that 8-foot ceiling height. 

You should also take into consideration the number of people in the room for each person over the first two individuals you must add an additional 600 BTUs. 

E.g: Room length is 25 ft and width is 20 with the ceiling height of 9 ft. The kitchen area is also included. Calculate the air conditioner size or how many BTUs will be required.

Answer: 25*20= 500

Since the kitchen area is included then we’ll multiply it with 30 

I.e 500*30=15000

Since ceiling height is greater than 8ft. So we’ll add 1000BTUs per additional square feet after 8ft.

15,000+1,000=16,000.

Does this one thing decide If Your AC will Run Longer Or Not?

As I mentioned above, all the air conditioners have almost the same reliability and durability. But why does some ac fail sooner than others?

The one factor that affects the ac life is its installation and installer. Choosing an expert and trusted ac technician (installer) is as important as choosing the best AC.

Before installing any air conditioner you have to make sure that your ac installer is certified, trusted, and expert in his craft.

Because a minor mistake by the installer can lead to the ac unit failure. And you must take quotes from multiple contractors and read their reviews on google. This will help you in choosing the most reliable installer.

Central Air Conditioner Price By Brand

BrandAC Unit CostInstalled Cost
Aire-Flo$1,900 – $4,270$2,920 – $5,730
Amana$1,920 – $5,290$3,630 – $8,560
American Standard$2,470 – $7,000$4,300 – $10,620
Armstrong/Air Ease$2,300 – $5,660$4,070 – $9,750
Bryant$3,200 – $7,190$4,300 – $9,940
Carrier$3,420 – $7,680$4,620 – $10,860
Coleman$2,560 – $5,610$4,410 – $9,310
Comfortmaker$2,070 – $5,170$4,130 – $9,020
Daikin$2,320 – $5,540$3,820 – $9,900
Day & Night$2,310 – $5,090$3,760 – $9,070
Ducane$2,110 – $3,950$3,410 – $7,050
Frigidaire$2,500 – $5,630$4,170 – $9,260
Gibson$2,390 – $3,930$4,000 – $6,110
Goodman$1,590 – $4,080$2,850 – $6,920
Heil$2,090 – $5,300$3,730 – $8,990
Keeprite$2,090 – $5,240$3,650 – $6,700
Lennox$3,160 – $7,230$4,750 – $10,780
Luxaire$2,610 – $6,020$4,590 – $9,580
Maytag$2,310 – $5,580$4,490 – $10,070
Payne$1,950 – $3,920$3,910 – $6,770
Rheem$3,460 – $6,660$4,730 – $9,410
Ruud$3,460 – $6,590$4,700 – $9,300
Tempstar$2,130 – $5,240$3,590 – $6,820
Trane$3,370 – $7,440$4,360 – $14,000
York$2,590 – $5,980$4,440 – $9,620

Central Air Conditioner Reviews By Brand

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Goodman AC Review Click Here To Read

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