Sears Brand Overview

Sears Manufacturer Overview

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) sells residential and commercial appliances for air conditioning and heating. Sears is a publicly owned company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SHLD. Headquartered on a 200-acre campus in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Sears had a revenue of approximately $16.7 billion in 2017.

Sears sells a variety of home appliances and is known for offering low prices and deals. Sears’ heating and cooling options include air conditioners, dehumidifiers, furnaces, heat pumps and fans.

Corporate history

The history of Sears, Roebuck and Co. dates back to 1886. Richard W. Sears, a railroad agent in Minnesota, received a box of gold watches and sold them to other agents. In 1887, Richard Sears moved to Chicago and hired Alvah C. Roebuck to help him with watch repair. In 1893, the company incorporated as Sears, Roebuck and Co. The company dropped the company dropped “Roebuck” from its name in 1906, when Richard Sears reincorporated the company with his new business partner, Julius Rosenwald.

In 1908, the Hercules steam heating systems, advertised as “heating plants,” began replacing many cast-iron stoves and fireplaces. In 1927, Sears launched the Kenmore brand. The company first offered Coldspot air conditioners to the public in 1928, and Sears sold these units until 1977, when the popularity of the Kenmore brand reduced the success of Coldspot products. In the late 1940s, Dornback supplied furnaces to Sears under the trade name Homart. Homart parts are still accessible through Sears PartsDirect. At one time, Heil also supplied HVAC products to Sears.

Currently, Sears is worth about $3.72 billion dollars and has nearly 89,000 employees. Although the company is still a popular source of household appliances and home products, current retail trends nearly drove the company to bankruptcy. Despite setbacks, Sears aims to reestablish relationships with customers by offering deals and membership-style discount opportunities.

Product lines

Sears markets high-efficiency air conditioners, heat pumps and mini-split systems under the brand names Carrier, Kenmore, Kenmore Elite and Mitsubishi Electric. Sears also sells Whirlpool room air conditioners. The company’s most popular types of cooling and heating systems include central air conditioners, individual window and wall units, heat pumps, mini-split systems, furnaces, hot water systems, hydronic heating systems and heat pumps. Today, Sears licenses the Kenmore brand name to other manufacturers. Manufacturers that have made Kenmore air conditioners include Friedrich, Electrolux, Keeprite, LG and Whirlpool.

The following Sears heating and cooling options, along with units from other brands, are available in store and online.

Sears air conditioners

Window unit air conditioners

Sears offers a variety of window-unit air conditioners, designed to fit different budgets and room sizes. Options include cost-efficient models, units featuring smart technology, and air conditioners with high energy-efficiency ratings.

The Frigidaire BTU Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner is one of the most budget-friendly options for cooling a single room. The unit costs only $159, and it has an 11.2 energy efficiency rating and a decibel rating of 51 to 55. However, the unit is not Energy Star certified.

At a slightly higher price point, Sears offers the Kenmore Elite 12,000 BTU Smart Room Air Conditioner. The unit includes a control panel and remote, but it also connects directly to the Kenmore Smart AC app, so you can control the system remotely. The air conditioner is no louder than 54 decibels. It has a 12.1 energy efficiency rating and is Energy Star certified. 

One of the highest-rated models on the Sears website, the Frigidaire 10,000 BTU 115V Window Air Conditioner is Energy Star certified. The unit has a 12.1 energy efficiency rating and a sound rating of 59 decibels.

Portable AC units

Sears offers portable AC units to meet customers’ unique needs and preferences. Portable air conditioners are easy to move and store during cooler months.

The Kenmore 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is one of the most budget-friendly units that Sears offers. This model can cool rooms of up to 300 square feet, and it features two fan speeds. However, this unit is not Energy Star certified, and it has an energy efficiency rating of zero.

Consumers searching for an energy-efficient model can consider the NewAir AC 14100E 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner. This unit boasts Energy Star certification and a 9.88 energy efficiency rating. This air conditioner has a built-in function that boosts energy efficiency and reduces your utility bill.

With positive reviews, the Kenmore 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is another affordable option. This model is Energy Star certified, though it has a zero energy efficiency rating. This air conditioner is powerful enough to cool a room of up to 450 square feet. 

Ductless air conditioners

Sears offers a variety of mini ductless air conditioner models that can cool your home while helping to minimize energy costs. These units allow for greater control over each room’s temperature.

The Gree 115V Wall Mount Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner functions similarly as a window unit but is placed on the wall to provide more environmentally friendly cooling. This unit is Wi-Fi enabled and has a 16 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. This model can cool rooms of 400 to 650 square feet.

The BOREAL EQUINOX Wall Mount Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner has a high customer review rating, along with a 22 SEER rating. Although pricier than some ductless models, this unit offers Wi-Fi capability and extensive cooling for rooms of average to large size.

The Senville 12,000 BTU Split Ductless Air Conditioner also features a heat pump. This unit is a great deal, since it provides both cooling and heating. The quiet air conditioner has a maximum decibel level of 41 and a SEER rating of 15.

Sears heat pumps

Heat pumps bring in cool air during summer and warm air during winter. These units are more efficient than central air conditioning, but they may not work as well in extremely cold temperatures.

The Rheem/Rud 3.5 Ton Heat Pump is a great option for year-round temperature control. The system includes a heat pump and an air handler that can heat or cool up to 2,100 square feet. The system has a 14 SEER rating and features sound-softening functions.

A smaller, cheaper option is the Mitsubishi 18,000 BTU Single Zone Heat Pump, a wall-mounted indoor unit. This unit boasts a quiet operation and five fan speeds.

The MrCool Advantage Ductless Heat Pump System is ideal for energy-conscious households. This model has an 18 SEER rating and features SmartHVAC Wi-Fi controls. This system helps bring your home to an optimal temperature while reducing utility costs.

Sears packaged systems

Packaged systems are ideal for smaller homes and those located in colder climates. These systems provide both heat and electric air conditioning. Sears offers a variety of packaged systems to meet customers’ unique needs.

One of Sears’ most budget-friendly options, the Friedrich 9000 BTU Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner provides quality heating and cooling. The system features an LED display.

The Friedrich Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner 15K BTU Heat Pump offers additional features, including advanced energy-efficiency functions. This model boasts a two-motor design and a 9.8 energy efficiency rating.

The Goodman 3 Ton 16 SEER Gas Package Unit is a larger model that delivers gas heat and electric air conditioning. This unit has a 76-decibel rating, but the system is designed to be installed away from the home. This model has a 16 SEER rating and utilizes an energy-efficient compressor.

Customer reviews

Customer reviews can provide more information about Sears’ cooling and heating products. Reviews often includes practical details about customers’ experiences. On the Sears website, you can sort products by type and model. Customers should remember that reviews are specific to homes, budgets and lifestyles. The most helpful reviews are from customers whose specifications and preferences match your own.

Energy efficiency

Sears products can help you improve the energy efficiency of your household. More energy efficient models are better for the environment and can reduce the long-term cost of utilities.

To help customers make decisions based on energy efficiency, Sears indicates Energy Star certification when applicable. Energy Star certification is a government-backed distinction that demonstrates an appliance has passed certain requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star-certified products are typically more energy-efficient and can reduce utility bills.

Sears was named the 2017 Energy Star partner of the year for reducing its overall energy consumption and introducing more energy-efficient products. Sears’ Kenmore brand has received ENERGY STAR certification for a variety of products, including HVACs, furnaces, heat pumps, TVs and water heaters.

To evaluate the energy efficiency of a heating or cooling product, you should also consider the model’s SEER and EER ratings. Higher SEER ratings indicate more energy-efficient products. The average SEER rating is 13 to 14. A higher EER rating is also better; however, this rating does not account for seasonality. The EER rating is most helpful for customers who live in temperate climates or areas in which the temperature does not change drastically by season.

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Contacting Sears

Sears National Customer Relations 

3333 Beverly Road 

Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 

Phone: (847) 286-2500

Warranty

Warranties on Sears heating and cooling systems vary depending on the manufacturer and brand. However, Sears offers a systems warranty plan for $59.99 per month. The plan covers products including central AC and heat, water heaters and plumbing. The warranty includes a free heating and cooling check each year, and it covers any required service for listed appliances.

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