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Payne Air Conditioners

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Payne Air Conditioner Overview

Established in 1914, Payne Heating & Cooling boasts over 100 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Payne offers reliable and affordable heating and cooling products, such as single and two-stage air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps, evaporator and fan coils, ductless split systems, and packaged units.

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  • #2 of 4 Payne Air Conditioner
  • 30.26% of customers recommended

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Payne’s heating and cooling products are easy on the environment. All of Payne’s products meet or exceed the Department of Energy’s minimum efficiency standards, and higher-tiered models carry the ENERGY STAR label. Additionally, all of Payne’s AC models use R-410A refrigerant, which is environmentally safe.

Payne air conditioners

Payne’s range of air conditioners includes central split-system units, packaged units, ductless mini-split systems, and heat pumps. 

Central forced-air units connect to a series of ducts throughout your home and consist of an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor air handler unit. In contrast, packaged units combine the AC and furnace into one unit, which can be situated outside, perfect for homes with limited indoor space.

Ductless systems deliver air directly to an indoor air handler in each room without the need for ductwork. The indoor unit can be wall- or floor-mounted or ceiling recessed, which is ideal for zoned heating and cooling. 

Payne’s air-source heat pumps can both heat and cool a home by drawing heat from the outside air and transferring it indoors during the winter and reversing the process during the summer.

Payne air conditioner series and models

Payne air conditioners come in a variety of models and price points. The price varies by model, unit size, and SEER rating. Factors like home size and installation difficulty also affect the final cost. We cover Payne’s top five AC models below so you can make the best choice for your needs. 


The PA13NA is an entry-level split-system central air conditioner. It features a single-stage compressor, a single-speed fan motor, a system-protecting filter drier, and protective inlet grille panels for easy coil cleaning. The model also features a baked-on powder coat finish over galvanized steel to resist rust. 

Technical specs: Cooling capacity of 1.5-5 tons.

Energy efficiency: 13 SEER and 11 EER

Price: Varies by size. For example, a 2-ton model costs around $2,379, excluding installation.


The PA17NA is a split-system central air conditioner This model is the only two-stage air conditioner in the split-system series. It delivers excellent temperature and humidity control, making it ideal for humid climates. The PA17NA also features system-protecting high- and low-pressure switches and a filter drier. 

Technical specs: Cooling capacity of 2-5 tons.

Energy efficiency: 17 SEER and 13 EER, with a continuous low-stage operation option

Price: Between $2,300-$3,250, excluding installation


The PH4Z is a packaged central AC unit. The PH4Z is designed for ground installation on small and narrow lots. It features a fixed-speed blower motor and advanced electronic control that smoothly switches between heating, cooling, and defrost modes. Other features include system-protecting high- and low-pressure switches, a louvered hail guard grille, and raised coils to protect against weather and debris. A soft-mount compressor and blower motor ensure quiet operation.

Technical specs: Cooling capacity of 2-5 tons.

Energy efficiency: 14.5 SEER and 11.5 EER

Price: $2,195-$2,993, depending on unit size. The 3.5-ton model, for example, costs around $2,800.

High-wall Indoor Unit DHMPHA

This is a ductless mini-split system The high-wall indoor DHMPHA model is sleek and stylish with quiet operation and built-in Wi-Fi. The unit boasts smart technology, like an occupancy sensor that senses where you are in the room and redirects air to you and a “follow me” function that senses the temperature at the handheld remote as you move around. The DHMPHAl also features a relative humidity sensor and whisper-quiet indoor operation.

Technical specs: 

  • Cooling capacity of 0.75 to 1 ton. 
  • 208/230V.
  • Sizes: 09 / 12.

Energy Efficiency:  Features an ECO mode for improved energy efficiency.

Price:  Contact your local dealer. 

Two-stage Heat Pump 16 PH16NA

As an alternative to a conventional air conditioning unit, this is a two-stage heat pump offering excellent temperature and humidity control. When the weather is mild, you can continuously run the AC on the low stage, which bumps efficiency up to an impressive 17 SEER. In harsher weather, the high-stage operation ensures consistent comfort. The PH16NA heat pump can also be combined with a compatible gas furnace and thermostat to create a dual-fuel system.

Technical specs: Cooling capacity of 2-5 tons.

Energy efficiency: 17 SEER /13.3 EER / 9.5 HSPF; Endorsed by ENERGY STAR

Price: $1,570, excluding installation

Care and maintenance

Routine maintenance maximizes the lifespan of a Payne air conditioner. You should change the air filters regularly; keep the outdoor unit clear of dirt, leaves, and debris; and schedule annual professional maintenance with a dealer using the form on this page.  

Payne AC Warranty

Payne air conditioners come with a 10-year, non-transferable limited warranty. You must register the product within 90 days of installation to qualify for full coverage. If you don’t register within 90 days, the warranty period is reduced to five years.

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