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Payne PA12 Air Conditioner Overview

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.

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Consumer Reviews of Payne PA12


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  • #2 of 5 Payne Air Conditioner
  • 36.36% of customers recommended

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Payne PA12 Air Conditioner Reviews

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"Stay Away Dont Even Consider"

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Very Unsatisfied

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.


Atlanta, GA

Other PA12 Reviews

A post on 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 states that Payne is Carrier’s cheap line, and that he would not recommend their products.

A homeowner asks a question on 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.

Model Number SEER BTUs per Hour
PA12NA024-A 12 23,200
PA12NA024-B 12 23,200
PA12NA030-A 12 29,000
PA12NA030-B 12 29,000
PA12NA036-A 12 35,000
PA12NA036-B 12 35,000
PA12NA042-A 12 40,000
PA12NA042-B 12 40,000
PA12NA048-B 12 47,000
PA12NA048-C 12 47,000
PA12NA060-A 12 57,000
PA12NA060-B 12 57,000

PA12 Warranty

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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