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TEMPSTAR SmartComfort TCA Central Air Conditioner

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Updated: Mar 11, 2013

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Overview of the SmartComfort TCA

The TCA is a 10 SEER, split-system cooling unit and member of Tempstar's SmartComfort 2000 series. This discontinued line consists of seven models ranging from 1.5- to 5-ton units and used R-22 refrigerant, use of which the Environmental Protection Agency has banned in new units.

With a 2-speed fan motor and top air discharge configuration, the TCA was designed to keep operation noise between 68 and 76 decibels. This model also is equipped with galvanized steel cabinets finished with a three-step paint process and a coated inlet and discharge grill designed for increased coil protection.

A copper tube and aluminum fin coil, external refrigerant connections and service-friendly features, such as an easy access control panel and service valves with 3 -inch stubs, are additional features of this unit. The TCA can be installed as close as 6 inches to the home.

Consumer Reviews of the TEMPSTAR SmartComfort TCA

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  • Very Satisfied
  • Somewhat Satisfied
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
  • Very Unsatisfied

Date created: 2011-07-18 Name: Abigail Barton
Years owned: 8

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

"Not reliable-Beware"
Every year it is the same thing, low coolant. Luckily, our installer has 90% of the time, never charged us for any labor or coolant. He is very dissatisfied with the unit also and has since changed to whom he does business with, no longer TempStar. We like that it runs quiet and works well when it works properly. We dislike having to have it serviced yearly and for the last 2 years 2-3 times each year. We would not recommend buying this brand to others, nor will be be buying another TempStar ever.

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Other SmartComfort TCA Reviews

Like most older units, The Tempstar SmartComfort TCA has mixed reviews across the web. Consumer forums such as or post several troubleshooting issues with this unit. Issues include problems with the unit frequently freezing up, loud operation, component failure and frequent service calls.

Despite the negative reviews, Tempstar has a following of happy customers. Some online reviewers state that their Tempstar unit has given reliable performance and recommend this brand for its quality, need for little maintenance, and longevity.

TEMPSTAR SmartComfort TCA Model Numbers

The SmartComfort TCA is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number SEER BTUs per Hour
TCA036AKA* 10 35,200
TCA042AKA* 10 42,000
TCA260AKA* 12 58,500

SmartComfort TCA Warranty

The TCA is equipped with a 5-year limited warranty on parts and 10-year limited warranty on the compressor. Tempstar requires HVAC units to be registered online in order for homeowners to receive the full warranty term.

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