Amana Air Conditioners
Updated Oct. 12, 2018
By Josh Rosenson
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Amana makes a few different kinds of air conditioners, the efficiency of which is measured by the SEER rating. This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and reflects the proportion of energy used that that translates directly into cooling. A higher SEER implies greater energy efficiency.
Amana's air conditioners range from 13 to 18 SEER. All models are AHRI (Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) certified and ETL (originally of ETL Testing Laboratories, now of Intertek testing services) listed.
We have no bias towards or against any particular brand of heating and cooling equipment. Since 2002 our job has been to provide information, reviews and commentaries on equipment, not to tell you to buy one brand over another. With that in mind, here is what you should know about Amana Air Conditioners.
Amana Air Conditioner Series
The top end Amana air conditioner is the AVXC20, with up to 24.5 SEER. It comes with ComfortBridge ™ technology, which we will discuss more later. It also includes inverter technology, which is for controlling the speed of the compressor motor. The AVXC20 comes with a high efficiency, variable speed compressor and variable speed ECM motor, as well as advanced diagnostics.
The ASXC has two units in this series. They come in 19 and 17 SEER. Both are equipped with ComfortBridge ™ technology, a two-stage scroll compressor, and a two speed ECM motor, as well as Copeland CoreSense Diagnostics, which we will discuss in more detail below.
There are three units in the ASX series. They range 14-16 SEER and come with Copeland Coresense. Motors vary by unit within this series.
In the ANX series, are two air conditioners, one reaching up to 15 SEER. They both come with a single-speed condenser fan motor. Warranties vary by product. We’ll let you know beneath what heating contractors say about the Amana warranty.
Where are Amana Air Conditioners Made?
Amana is owned by Goodman, and is manufactured in its Houston, Texas facility. Goodman is headquartered in Waller, Texas, under Daikin North America, a division of parent company Daikin Group.
ComfortBridge™ technology is a thermostat and communicating device located on the air conditioner. The device manages the unit, aimed to keep it running at top efficiency. The device also collects data to make adjustments, which Goodman claims will minimize the amount of energy used to cool.
Copeland CoreSense Diagnostics, which are in several units, comes from Emerson, which claims it is an advanced diagnostic system for Copeland scroll compressors. Some of the supposed benefits include: protects Copeland scroll compressors from critical failure, the compressor serves as a sensor for unit health, and it reduces failures and warranty claims.
What do Heating Contractors Say?
- One contractor preferred Amana to Lennox and Trane, and noted a part of that was the warranty, “I would put in an amana/goodman unit, cheaper generally and I know what I'm doing. Plus like I said if I remember right the warranty is great.” Many agreed the Amana warranty is what sets it apart. Another said, “Doubt the other brand models you mention come close to that warranty. If you want added security Amana offers a extended labour warranty that is backed by Amana, don't believe the other brands mentioned back their extended labour warranties but use someone else.”
- Building on the warranty theme, another contractor said, “I would consider a Amana, all their 16 SEER models and higher SEER units have a limited lifetime OD unit warranty, if the compressor ever fails you get a new OD unit, ( once unit is registered ) not a replacement compressor. Amana has extended labor warranties from the manufacture up to 10 years and is backed by Amana, not a 3rd party like Trane called Asure Care.”
- Several contractors noted that Amana seems to be better built than Goodman, not as cheaply, as one noted, “Other contractors have told me they like Amana and that it is built better than Goodman which remains the choice of bargain hunters. We hired a tech from another contractor, and he said the Daikin ductless systems are well built.”
- One contractor thinks Amana’s warranty is to make up for a lesser product, saying, “I think that Amana knows that by listing a better warranty that people will automatically think that's the best option, it's marketing ploy that helps sells air-conditioners. You said "should I opt for the name brand with the inferior warranty and hope for the best?" Why not get the best of both worlds, get the Trane and buy an extended warranty?”
- One contractor thought the lower end Amana is built cheaply and preferred Trane, though said the higher end Amana was considerably better than the lower end, “The XB series is gone. Even it was better than the bare bones Amana. I like to see high & low pressure switches on a 410 unit and the XR units have them. The ANX is essentially a rebadged Goodman with no extra features. If you like the idea of Amana or that dealer, the ASX will be a lot nicer unit.”
ASX13 and ASX14
The Amana ASX13 is a basic air conditioner with a relatively low SEER of 13. It uses choline-free R-410A refrigerant. It also features insulation to decrease escaping operating noises.
It uses a Copeland® ComfortAlert system for monitoring the environment and making changes as necessary
The next model is slightly more efficient:14 SEER. It also has a better warranty and perhaps slightly more durable parts.
ASX16 and ASXC16
These air conditioners operate at 16 SEER efficiency. That is, 16% of the energy fed into the units manifests directly as cooling in the building to which they are attached. This efficiency level earned Amana an EnergyStar rating from the government.
This model includes a switch for high or low pressure, along with a fan that can operate at high or low speeds. The two-stage system increases energy efficiency, because the device is not required to operate at full power on days that aren't all that hot.
The system uses ComfortAlert diagnostics, but is also compatible with the ComfortNet home monitoring system.
Set-up and maintenance are made easier by color coded terminals and a light-up diagnostic panel.
ASX18 and ASXC18
These models are the top of the line for Amana. They have SEERs of 18 and all of the same features of the above versions. In addition, they come with ambient temperature sensors.
These units are supposedly designed to be particularly quiet. They have insulation on multiple levels that dampens the typically loud noises associated with air conditioners. The lowest figure cited in the manual is 71 decibels. This number is not actually lower than the figure cited for the least expensive model.
Amana makes a separate line of air conditioners called distinctions. These models range from 13 to 16 SEER in their efficiency. They are different in appearance though, with black exteriors instead of gray.
They can apparently also be distinguished from the other models by their inclusion of particular metallic features, such as copper tubing, aluminum coils, and brass connectors.
Care and Maintenance
Amana recommends having regular inspections performed on all of its air conditioners. The more consistent the inspections the greater the chance of uncovering leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires, corroded electrical contacts and any other problems that can compromise the units functionality.
The most basic model (ASX13) comes with a ten-year limited warranty for its parts. The better models also come with a limited lifetime unit replacement warranty.
The warranties for the Distinctions series increase with expense. The GSX13 has a ten-year parts warranty. The GSX14 also has a ten-year compressor warranty. The SSX14 and SSX16 have lifetime compressor warranties.