The WeatherKing 13PJA is a discontinued single-stage heat pump with efficiency ratings of 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF. The unit featured copper tubing and enhanced aluminum fin coils. It was also equipped with expansion valves with an internal check valve, demand defrost control and a non-cycling reversing valve. A grille/motor mount helped to lower fan operation noise levels, while service valves and an accessible control box provided easy installation and serviceability.
This "Weather King" lasted only about 5 years. Years 6 and 7, it had lots of troubles. During year 6, it didn't heat if it was below 50 degrees outside. It's year 7 now and it's just an air conditioner. I'm told that the reverse valve is stuck and cannot be fixed. It's dead, they said. Our first heat pump (I forget the brand) was installed in 1988 and lasted 18 years. Our furnace lasted 27 years. It worked together with our first heat pump with a programmable thermostat (installed in 1987 when the house was built). Now I've been told by the heat and air guy that you cannot have a furnace and a heat pump on a programmable thermostat. I asked, how did it work for 18 years? He had no answer. He installed a manual thermostat. I am very frustrated with this Weather King. He did tell me to get the model number and serial number and he would do some checking. He said parts weren't available anymore. I feel scammed. A hapless, helpless, hopeless consumer.
Don't buy I have spent over a thousand dollars trying to keep it working.
Forest City NC
"Weather Junk or S____ King should be the company name"
I have 2 pieces of junk in my house…soon to be only 1 piece of junk. I bought my property brand new with brand new systems. The very first winter, I had one of the units go bad. My electric bill was in the $500.00 range for two months before I could figure out what went wrong. Between both systems, I have replaced 6 compressors total. I have replaced the capacitors 4 times. Each spring, I had them checked out, and each time they were low in refrigerant. The outdoor units is loud, to the point no one can sleep in the room next to the outdoor units. My problem has been to let my wife talk me into replacing the compressor each time rather than buying a new system. I am finally putting my foot down — with the permission of my wife, in case she reads this review — and buying a new York system. If there was ever a desire for a class lawsuit, please count me in and let me know. I have a number of my neighbors that would like to get in the action as well.
""sucker i see you coming""
Purchased on June, 2010, runs very loud, but it worked great for 11 months. April, 2011, compressor leakeage. June, 2011, txv gone bad. Should I ask, "what's next?"
Port Royal, SC
I built my house and contractor recommended using this brand/model. They are junk!! Compressor went out after 3 1/2 years. Had a 5 year warranty on the compressor. Uh… $775 + Tax for labor to do this. Not covered at all. I want to tell Weatherking to stick this unit right up their…. I will do whatever I can to spread the word on this terrible product/company.
Online comments regarding the WeatherKing 13PJA are not very positive. A professional on hvac-talk.com who installed several 13PJA units stated that he would prefer a comparable unit by Ruud because of quality concerns. Also on hvac-talk.com, a professional said he would prefer a Ruud or Rheem unit because of compressor issues he’d had with several units. Another member did state that he’d installed several 13PJA units without a problem.
WEATHERKING 13PJA Model Numbers
The 13PJA is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
SEER / HSPF
BTUs per Hour
13 / 7.7
The warranty for the WeatherKing 13PJA heat pump is comprised of the following:
5-year limited warranty on parts
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