Comparing Major A/C Brands

If you’ve done even a tiny bit of research, you now know there is absolutely no difference between Goodman, Amana and Daikin as well as Trane and American Standard with regards to components and models, but how do they stack up to other brands like Lennox, Carrier, Rheem, Ruud, Bryant, Day & Night, Maytag, and the rest?
First let’s talk about what other brands also manufacture the same product under different names, just like the Trane / American Standard comparison.
Goodman Manufacturing in Houston, Texas makes all Goodman, Daikin, Amana, and Franklin branded air conditioners. Did you pay extra for the Amana name? It’s a Goodman!
Carrier Corporation (who recently announced they were shutting down their US based manufacturing facility and moving all manufacturing to Mexico next year) makes Carrier, Bryant, Day & Night, Payne, Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Heil, KeepRite, and Tempstar.
Rheem Manufacturing makes Rheem, Ruud, and Weatherking.
Nortek Global “white labels” a lot of brands (same machine, different sticker) including; Maytag, Westinghouse, Broan, Frigidaire, Nutone, and Mammoth…to name a few. Thought about that Maytag Repairman commercial when you were buying that Maytag air conditioner? You own a Nortek!

BRAND                                                                   PARENT COMPANY

Amana                                                                    Goodman Global
American Standard                                              Ingersoll Rand
Arco Aire                                                                United Technologies Corp.
Armstrong                                                              Lennox International
Bryant                                                                     United Technologies Corp.
Carrier                                                                    United Technologies Corp.
Comfortmaker                                                      United Technologies Corp.
Ducane                                                                   Lennox International
Gibson                                                                    Gibson (private)
Goodman                                                               Goodman Global
Heil                                                                         United Technologies Corp.
Lennox                                                                   Lennox International
Payne                                                                     United Technologies Corp.
Rheem                                                                   Rheem
Ruud                                                                      Rheem
Sears                                                                      Various Manufacturers
Temp Star                                                             United Technologies Corp.
Trane                                                                     Ingersoll Rand
Whirlpool                                                             Whirlpool
York                                                                       Johnson Controls

If you took the time to count the air conditioner brands we listed above, you’d see that these five manufacturers alone are responsible for twenty-four of the brands on the market!
So why do they do it, why not just stick with one brand name? In short, it’s all about increasing market share.
All air conditioner manufacturers have figured out that they can increase their market share by changing the label and adding more distributors, while maintaining some level of exclusivity with each distributor.
Let’s take Jacksonville Fla. as an example, where we, McCue Heating and Air are located (our main offices are located in Jacksonville Beach). Naturally this is one of the hottest HVAC markets in the country (pun intended). If you were to throw a rock in any direction from our office, you would hit an air conditioning and heating equipment distributor. Each of these distributors represents a different brand of equipment, however some are the same manufacturer just rebranded.
So now that you know one of the HVAC manufacturers’ dirty little secrets, let’s talk about another similarity most of these brands have in common…components. When you visit these HVAC manufacturing facilities you start to notice another similarity between them. Most are all using third party components from the same manufacturers as well. For example, odds are General Electric or Dayton made the condenser fan motor in your air conditioner, Copeland probably made your compressor, and Sporlan most likely made your TXV (Thermostatic Expansion Valve) and filter/driers. In fact, it’s not until you start looking at some of the upper end, high efficiency air conditioners that you really see that much difference between them all.
The biggest difference is going to be the level of service the HVAC Contractor receives from the distributor. The better service the contractor receives from the distributor, the better service they can deliver to you, the end user!
What do we mean by that? Well, let’s take this week where it dipped to 20 degrees (that’s not a typo!). Heat pumps are going to break down when they’re working this hard, a lot of them, and that includes newer ones too. Some distributors will have plenty of parts on hand for their loyal contractors, some will remain open all weekend, some will open up after hours for their best customers…and others don’t or won’t.

So one big difference is; if you’re A/C broke down this weekend, would it be up and running at the end of the day…or are your parts being special ordered and expected in 7-10 days?
Of course, your air conditioning company plays a huge role in this too. Are they open on the weekends? Are they an important enough client to the distributor that they can get an after-hours opening? Is the weekend technician equipped to & qualified to make a major repair if needed?

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts diving deeper into the differences between air conditioning brands, but for now remember, it’s still more important that you choose the best air conditioning contractor than which brand you choose! Take a company like McCue Heating and Air; we are open seven days a week (no additional fees), our weekend technicians are equipped and qualified to do a major HVAC repair on a weekend, our distributors will open when we need them to, and we don’t put all of our eggs in one basket anyway…we represent four major manufacturers for a reason (remember the component similarities?).

For now, we’ll leave you with this, there is more in common between air conditioning brands and equipment than most people know…a lot of times they even share the same address on their birth certificate!

With over 100 years serving the Jax Beach, Ponte Vedra and greater Jacksonville metro area, the McCue family is a trusted name in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, pest control, construction and remodeling as well as garage doors. So, if you want to shop local, it doesn’t get any better than McCue!

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