General Electric (GE)
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General Electric Co. (GE) makes room air conditioners and heat pumps. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE is a publicly held company and trades under the New York Stock Exchange symbol (NYSE:GE). In 2014, the company's Appliances & Lighting segment, which includes appliances such as its room air conditioners and hybrid water heaters, saw revenue of roughly $8.4 billion. Appliances & Lighting makes up approximately 5 percent of the company's global operations.
Thomas Edison established the Electric Light Co. in 1878. In 1892, Electric Light Co. and Thomson-Houston Electric Co. merged and created General Electric Co. General Electric Co. manufactured its first electric cooling system -- the electric fan -- in the early 1900s.
While the company at one point produced central air conditioners, GE sold its central air conditioning division to Trane in 1982.
In its 2011 Annual Report, GE announced its decision to return the bulk of manufacture of its appliances to the United States from Mexico and China, accompanied by a $1 billion investment in U.S. facilities.
In 2014 GE agreed to sell its Appliance business to Electrolux for $3.3 billion. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of GE and Electrolux and is targeted to close in mid-2015.
Today, GE makes high and low-efficiency room air conditioners. Built-in, wall-mounted room air conditioners can reach up to 9.8 EER, and provide 4-way air direction and two or three fan speeds. Window units provide similar features, and come with an easy mounting kit.
The company's Energy Star-qualified window and wall units feature high-efficiency compressors, fan motors and heat transfer surfaces. An "Energy Saver" feature shuts down both compressor and fan once a room has reached the desired cool temperature.
Zoneline commercial air conditioners incorporate either heat pumps or electric heat sources, and come in a range of efficiencies.
GE also makes the GeoSpring hybrid water heater, which has a 50-gallon capacity and is up to 67% more efficient than a standard electric water heater.
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3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06431-0001
Phone: (800) 432-2737
GE appliances generally come with a limited 1-year parts and labor warranty. The GeoSpring water heater comes with a 10-year limited warranty. Extended warranties are available for some products.