The Payne PA12 air conditioner is a discontinued model once manufactured by Payne. Payne is owned by Carrier, which is a subsidiary of United Technologies. The model is still available through various HVAC distributors, and is often used in new construction as a builder’s choice.
The PA 12 has a SEER value of 12, and operates with R22 refrigerant, also known as Freon.
Units are available in a range of sizes varying from 1.5 to 5 tons. The design of the PA12 air conditioner allows for easy access for maintenance and service personnel.
We had two units installed in our home a little less than two years ago. Since then we have had to call out the techs four times. These units are so bad. We had them put in to replace our builder grade original ac units but what I wouldn't do to get those back. If you're considering putting a Payne in your house, think again. It's not a wise idea, its a mistake that I wish I could take back.
A post on city-data.com refers to the fact that Payne is a subsidiary of Carrier. The writer
mentions that the two brands have the same inside components, and that Payne is the “generic” version of a Carrier. A contractor that posts on hvac-talk.com states that Payne is Carrier’s cheap line, and that he would not recommend their products.
A homeowner asks a question on doityourself.com about his Payne air conditioner making
a “buzzing” noise. The experts say to look under the cover outside to find the source of the noise, but it is probably an easy fix. The homeowner reports that there are no other problems with the operation of the air conditioner. Searches of various forums did not reveal many problems with Payne air conditioners.
Payne PA12 Model Numbers
The PA12 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The original owner of a Payne air conditioning unit receives a ten-year limited warranty upon
registering the unit online within ninety days of installation. If the unit is not registered, the
warranty period is five years. Apartments and rental properties also receive a five-year limited
warranty. Payne warranties do not cover labor costs, and the original installation must be by a
licensed HVAC technician.
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