Amana’s VCA condensing air conditioner is advertised as a cost-effective solution for dependable cooling. This model, discontinued since 2003, was available in Amana’s Distinction product line. It offers up to 10 SEER when paired with Amana evaporating coils.
Available in seven different models, Amana’s VCA Series has a cooling capacity ranging from 18,000 to 60,000 Btu/h and was designed for installation in new construction or as a replacement unit.
According to information from the manufacturer, this unit was constructed to withstand nature’s elements, but also blend in with buildings and landscape. A painted sheet metal cabinet, rust-resistant cabinet and screws, corrosion-reducing embossments at the bottom of the unit and a heavy vinyl-coated grill help the unit maintain its appearance and increase its longevity.
Additional features include thick, refrigeration-grade copper tubing, easy service accessibility, a liquid line filter to keep refrigerant dry and a soft-operating condenser fan to reduce noise levels. Amana also offers an extensive line of accessories for the VCA.
Our unit is 2 and 1/2 years old. It has to be repaired every 3 or 4 months. We paid almost 8k for this and have already had leaks repaired and coils replaced. This is by far the worst product we could have purchased.
My home has 3 Amana units installed by the home builder. I have been in this brand new home for 5 years and have had nothing but trouble with all three units. Had to replace three outside fan motors on two units and already replaced 2 coils. Just informed that two coils are leaking again and need to be replaced! Warranty paid for parts the first two times but I had to pay labor. This time, the warranty is expired. I told my a/c guy that I am going to replace all three units and will never purchase another Amana product again!
Queries on fixya.com reveal several homeowners have had troubleshooting issues with Amana cooling products, although none specify issues with the VCA directly. Common issues include problems with electrical components, noisy operation and overall unit failure.
Conversely, threads on hvac-talk.com and gardenweb.com are from consumers who have had a positive experience with Amana’s HVAC products in general. Homeowners and contractors alike recommend Amana to shoppers, commenting on the effective scroll compressor, reliable operation and good warranty.
Amana VCA Model Numbers
The VCA is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The VCA is equipped with a 5-year limited warranty on all parts and the compressor. Amana requires all products are registered online within 60 days of installation to receive the full warranty.
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