GIBSON JT5BD Heat Pump
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Overview of the JT5BD
Ranging in size from 1.5- to 5-ton capacity units, the Gibson JT5BD is a R-22 heat pump reaching up to 13 SEER/8 HSPF when paired with complementing air handlers. The system can increase an additional 1 SEER and .5 HSPF if matched with the appropriate variable-speed air handler or blower kits.
This series is promoted by the manufacturer for its quiet, durable performance, in part thanks to a composite base pan that absorbs sound and resists corrosion, as well as a galvanized steel cabinet with a polyester urethane finish and a metal wrapper that protects the unit coil from being damaged.
The JT5BD also is designed for simple maintenance with easily accessible gas values and a removable top grill assembly, a permanently lubricated fan motor requiring no maintenance, and a five minute restart time delay designed to prevent compressor problems when the unit shuts down.
Date created: 2016-09-05
Name: SCREWED IN MARYLAND
Location: Baltimore, MD
"Bad compressors from Copeland"
When shopping for affordable units, I saw Gibson used compressors made by Copeland, so I trusted that name. Well, I'm sorry to say I'm going on the third one in 6 years, and they do not replace the unit as the warranty says for the first year. They did supply a new compressor twice, but I had to pay for new filters, flush lines, etc., twice. Copeland sucks! Gibson sucks for trusting them.
Date created: 2016-04-06
Name: D. Slangal
"WARNING - Do Not Purchase this Brand!"
Unit was installed in 2012, recently stopped cooling so technician was called. Technician investigated the unit and discovered that the reversing valve had failed and the bleeder tube had ruptured, causing the loss of 18 pounds of R-22. Contacted Nordyne (now Nortek) and was told that they would only cover the cost of the reversing valve and bleeder tube (fairly inexpensive parts) but would not cover any of the cost of the R-22 (which is the real expense). I argued that obviously the R-22 would have never been lost had the reversing valve not malfunctioned causing the bleeder tube to rupture but, once again, was told that they would not cover the cost of the R-22. If we want a working AC this summer (which is not optional when you live in Georgia) we will have to pay several thousands of dollars for the cost of replacing 18 pounds of R-22 and labor. This company does not stand behind their products and obviously takes no pride in obtaining satisfied customers...this retired military family will never purchase a product from this company again!
Date created: 2013-07-16
Location: Gettysburg, PA
"Gibson is Terrible"
Replaced my heat pump last summer with a Gibson. Within 6 months, the compressor was bad. Will never get a Gibson again!
Date created: 2013-05-13
Name: Christina Russoniello
Location: Asbury, NJ
"Stay Away from Gibson"
We have replaced 2 compressors in 4 years of use, even when it is working. The unit is so loud it scares my dogs. I can't express how much I regret buying this thing. Both the contractor and Gibson want nothing to do with you once they get your money.
Date created: 2013-01-22
Name: M. Ledbetter
Unit was installed on a brand new construction home 2008, 4 years later looking for a replacement brand. Coil has been replaced twice due to leaks. R22 is not a bargain anymore. Looking at replacing unit with a brand name quality unit. As of January 21, 2013 a replacement coil is $500- $600, plus another $400 for r22, and then cost of labor. At this point you are already halfway to a new unit. Unit has never been efficient and has never worked properly. Contract grade…If you are having problems with any Gibson product I would strongly recommend spending the extra money to have it replaced, If I had done this a couple years ago when the problem started, I wouldn’t be in this situation…absolute Junk.
Date created: 2012-06-23
Name: L. Dees
Location: Gulfport, Ms
Had it for 3 yrs. Replaced a capacitor first year. This year the fan blades that are tack welded on just fell off and were sitting in the bottom of the unit. This is a piece of junk.
Date created: 2012-03-12
Name: M. Smith
Years owned: 4
"Lemon Laws for heat pumps?"
The above unit was installed in 2008. We replaced the compressor under warranty in 2010. The warranty is no longer valid and the compressor went out again. This unit is barely 4 years old. We just replaced the unit because with another brand. Also, it was extremely loud.
Other JT5BD Reviews
According to reviews from around the web, the Gibson JT5BD, manufactured by Nordyne, is designed as a builder-grade model. Contractors on hvac-talk.com note this may be a fine choice for homeowners more concerned about price than quality. With proper installation, contractors say, the unit should offer solid heating and cooling.
However, other contractors warn shoppers against this unit, stating buyers will get poor performance because of the unit’s low quality. Contractors on forums such as askville.com suggest paying more for a more reliable and well-known brand. A review on hvac-for-beginners.com also notes this is a standard, low-tier unit, and the warranty may not be as competitive as other brands.
GIBSON JT5BD Model Numbers
The JT5BD is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
|Model Number||SEER / HSPF||BTUs per Hour|
|JT5BD-018K||13 / 8||0|
|JT5BD-024K||13 / 7.7||0|
|JT5BD-030K||13 / 7.7||0|
|JT5BD-048K||13 / 8||0|
The JT5BD is equipped with a limited 5-year parts warranty and 5-year compressor warranty. Homeowners much register their unit on Gibson's site within 60 days of installation or 60 days of residence in a newly constructed home to receive the full warranty benefits.