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This article details that 8 companies make 24 HVAC brands — and which brands each company makes.   Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C in Plano, Texas provides maintenance & repairs for all brands of Central A/C, Gas & Electric Furnace, and Heat Pumps.  Additionally, we sell and install new HVAC Systems from American Standard (same company as Trane), Ameristar (same company as American Standard) and Coleman HVAC (same company as York HVAC).

Al’s also provides full-service plumbing maintenance, repairs and replacements for every plumbing component in your home.  Al’s sells and installs Rheem Professional Series gas & electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters.  Al’s is near your home in Plano, TX; Allen, TX; and Frisco, TX.  We service all homes in southern Collin County, TX and Denton County, TX with no travel charges.

Call Al’s today to discuss any concerns or problems you have with your HVAC System or Plumbing.  We will arrange an appointment at your convenience.

These 8 Companies Make 24 HVAC Brands

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Please Note: These Details Were Accurate As Of November 2021. 

All Details Are Subject To Change Without Notice.


Why Do 8 Companies Make 24 HVAC Brands?

Each HVAC Brand Serves A Specific Price-Point (budget-priced, good, better, best).

AND Within Each Brand’s Product Line(s) — There Are Typically Several Different Models (good, better, best).


  • Carrier Corporation makes; Carrier (best), Bryant (better) -and- Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Day & Night, Payne, & Tempstar (good brands).
  • Carrier (one again) became an independent company in April 2020.  Before then, Carrier was owned by United Technologies Corp (UTC).
  • Carrier manufactures HVAC Systems in Mexico.
  • Lennox International makes; Lennox (best) -and- Armstrong. Ducane, & Aire-flo (good brands).
  • Lennox Headquarters is located in Richardson, TX (Dallas suburb).
  • Lennox & Armstrong are manufactured in the U.S. — in Iowa, Arkansas, OR in Mexico.
  • York makes; York (best) -and- Coleman & Luxaire (good brands).
  • York Headquarters is located in Chicago, IL.
  • Coleman Headquarters is located in Norman, OK.
  • York HVAC Systems are manufactured in the U.S. — in  Oklahoma & Kansas. *5
  • Rheem Manufacturing makes; Rheem (best), Ruud (better) –and- Weatherking (good).
  • Rheem Headquarters is located in Atlanta, GA.
  • Rheem manufactures central a/c & heat pumps in Mexico. *4.
  • Goodman Manufacturing makes; Amana (perceived as better) -and- Goodman (good).  NOTE: Amana & Goodman brands are identical.
  • In 2012, Daikin bought Goodman — to expand into the United States.
  • Daikin, in Osaka, Japan, is the world’s largest manufacturer of HVAC Systems.
  • Daikin North America LLC, is located in Houston, TX —  and operates as an independent Daikin subsidiary.
  • Goodman & Amana HVAC (brands) are manufactured near Houston, Texas.
  • Nortek Global makes; Maytag, Frigidaire, Gibson, Nutone, Broan, Mammoth (budget-priced brands)
  • They are located in O’fallon, MO (near St. Louis).  ***
  • Nortek states they have manufacturing & distribution facilities in Missouri, Tennessee, & Mexico.
  • There is no indication of specifically where Nortek HVAC Systems are manufactured.
  • Trane Technologies Makes:
  • Trane & American Standard brands are nearly identical — with only cosmetic differences.
  • Trane’s XL & XR product lines (best & better) -and- XB  product line (good). 
  • American Standard’s Platinum & Gold product lines (best & better) -and- Silver product line (good).
  • Trane & American Standard’s (best & better) Product Lines Have Their Own Climatuff (brand) Compressor (in the outdoor unit)
  • Trane & American Standard’s (good) Product Lines — Have A Copeland (brand) compressor.  More on this later in the article.
  • In 1984, American Standard acquired Trane.  In 2008, Ingersol Rand acquired Trane.  In 2020, Trane Technologies was formed.
  • Trane Technologies is headquartered in Davidson, NC. **
  • Trane & American Standard brands are manufactured in the U.S. — in Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, and Missouri.
  • Ingersol Rand Makes:
  • Ameristar is endorsed by American Standard — it’s not made by them.  Ameristar offers budget-price products.
  • Ameristar’s headquarters is in Haltom City, Texas (northeast suburban Ft. Worth, TX)
  • Ameristar furnaces are manufactured in the U.S. — in New Jersey.
  • Ameristar’s A/C & Heat Pumps are manufactured in the U.S. — in Tyler, Texas (1-1/2 hours southeast of Dallas).
  • Ameristar’s Compressor Warranty is 10 years.
  • Oxbox is endorsed by Trane — it’s not made by them.  Oxbox offers budget-price products.
  • Oxbox headquarters are in Davidson, NC.
  • Oxbox furnaces — we could not find where Oxbox furnaces are manufactured.
  • Oxbox A/C & Heat Pumps are manufactured in the U.S. — in Tyler, Texas.
  • Oxbox’s Compressor Warranty is 10 years.

Source: https://ameristarhvac.com/air-conditioners/

Source: https://oxboxhvac.com/furnaces/

** Source: https://www.tranetechnologies.com/en/index/brands.html

*** Source: https://www.nortekhvac.com/top-brands/

*4 Source: https://talkbusiness.net

*5 Source: furnacecompare. com

It’s Common For Different HVAC Brands & Models To Share Components  

Example: Trane & American Standard Are Nearly Mechanically Identical — With Only Cosmetic Differences.

To See How Similar Trane & American Standard Central A/C Look

 Copy The Link Below Into Your Browser To See Trane’s XR 16 (best) SEER-16 Central A/C Product Brochure:

https://www.trane.com/residential/en/products/air-conditioners/xr16-air-conditioners/

 Copy The Link Below Into Your Browser To See American Standard’s Platinum XL18 (best) SEER-18 Central A/C Product Brochure:

https://www.americanstandardair.com/products/heating-and-cooling/air-conditioners/platinum-18-air-conditioner/


Which Brands Rate The Highest For Owner Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction Levels Of 8 Companies Make 24 A/C Brands.

In Their 1st (2018) Study, Consumer Reports surveyed 48,318 Members — who purchased a new Gas Furnace between 2003–2019.

Gas Furnace Owner Satisfaction (5 = highest score):

  • Trane, American Standard, Lennox:  Scored 5 out of 5.
  • Carrier, Bryant (Carrier makes Brant), Rheem, Rudd: Scored 4 out of 5.
  • All other brands (except the 3 below): Scored 3 out of 5.
  • Frigidaire, Maytag, Westinghouse: Scored 2 out of 5.

In Their 2nd (2020) Study, Consumer Reports surveyed nearly 24,000 Members — who purchased a new Central A/C between 2005–2020.

Central A/C Owner Satisfaction (5 = highest score): 

  • Trane, American Standard, Lennox, Carrier, Bryant (Carrier makes Bryant):  Scored 5 out of 5.
  • Rheem, Rudd, & Armstrong (Lennox makes Armstrong):  Scored 4 out of 5
  • All other brands:  Scored 3 out of 5.

A/C Outdoor Units & Furnaces Are Available In; One Speed, Two Speeds Variable-Speeds.

Click On This Link To Read About The Different Central A/C Outdoor Units Speeds Available:

Alsplumbing.com Different A/C Speeds Available


The HVAC Contractor Is As Important (or perhaps more) Than

The HVAC Equipment Brand

A “Good” HVAC brand with an excellent installation — will likely outperform a “Best” brand with shoddy installation.   Particularly with flexible ductwork — (which is used in most new HVAC System Installations) — if the ductwork is not installed correctly to specifications — the HVAC System will perform poorly.

Air-flow through an HVAC System is one of the most important operating characteristics.   If ductwork is poorly installed — or is too small for the furnace — airflow is compromised, and the System can’t perform as it was designed to.   This condition will; reduce comfort, raise cooling & heating costs — and will wear the System out faster.  It can also cause the furnace to overheat and shut down to protect itself.  The furnace will start running again once it’s cooled down — but will become damaged by multiple overheating-events.

Click Here To See Properly Installed Flexible Ductwork: Properly Installed Flexible Ductwork #1

Click Here To See Properly Installed Flexible Ductwork: Properly Installed Flexible Ductwork #2

Click Here To See Shoddy Flexible Ductwork Installation: Shoddy Flexible Ductwork Installation #1  (Ductwork Compressed).

Click Here To See Shoddy Flexible Ductwork Installation:  Shoddy Flexible Ductwork Installation #2 (Ductwork Bent Too Tight).

TIP:  Tell your contractor you want photos of all the flexible ductwork once it’s installed.


Some A/C Brands/Models Have A Scroll Compressor — Others Have a Piston Compressor.

What Is A Scroll A/C Compressor?

A Scroll Compressor contains 1 fixed coil in the center of the unit.  A second coil rotates around that fixed coil The rotating coil pushes refrigerant towards the center, which compresses it.   Until recently the Scroll A/C Compressor operated at only 1 speed.  As compared — reciprocating (piston) Compressors can operate at many different speeds.

Now, Copeland brand Scroll compressors are make as Single-speed,  Two-Speed, or Variable-Speed.   Two-stage units provide either partial-load & full-load capacity within a single compressor.  Scroll compressors change speed while they are running.   Reciprocating compressors operate at partial-load capacity — by shutting off some of their cylinders.  Depending on the size of the compressor, a reciprocating compressor can have as many as 8 cylinders.

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Copeland Scroll™ UltraTech™ Compressor

In 2016 — Copeland announced a Second-Generation, Variable-Speed Compressor(s) began production.  Copeland originally began making Variable-Speed, Scroll, Compressors in 2011. **

** Source: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/24278785/field-tested-award-winning-copeland-scrolltm-ahr-expo

** Source: https://climate.emerson.com/en-us/shop/1/copeland-sku-zpv0282e-2e9-xxr

** Source: http://climatecontrolme.com/2016/02/emerson-launches-second-generation-variable-speed-compressor-motor-control-drive/

 

In January of 2017 – Copeland announced a Second-Generation, Two-Stage A/C Compressor.   The second-generation, two-stage, Scroll, A/C compressor operates at 65% & 100% capacity — to more closely match cooling-output to the home’s current cooling-demand.  Two-stage compressors deliver higher energy-efficiency when operating at the lower capacity (during milder weather).

Copy this into your browser to see a Brochure For 2nd Version Copeland Scroll Compressor: 2nd Generation Copeland Two-Stage A/C Compressor


What Is A Reciprocating (piston) A/C Compressor?

The reciprocating (piston) compressor is the most common.  A piston compresses the refrigerant by moving up & down inside a cylinder (much like a car engine).  As the piston moves down, it draws refrigerant into the cylinder.  As the piston moves up– the gas compresses.

Click On The Arrow In The Image Below To Watch How A Reciprocating (piston) Compressor Works.

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An A/C Compressor’s Outside Appearance Tells You Which Type It Is

Click Here To See A Reciprocating (piston) A/C Compressor (short & wide): Reciprocating (piston) A/C Compressor

Click Here To See A Scroll A/C Compressor (tall & narrow):  Scroll A/C Compressor

 

This article advised that 8 companies make 24 HVAC brands.  Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C in Plano, Texas provides maintenance & repairs for all brands of Central A/C, Gas & Electric Furnace, and Heat Pumps.  Additionally, we sell and install new HVAC Systems from American Standard (same company as Trane), Ameristar (same company as American Standard) and Coleman HVAC (same company as York HVAC).

Click On This Link To Read About The Different Central A/C Outdoor Units Speeds Available: Alsplumbing.com Different A/C Speeds Available

Al’s also provides full-service plumbing maintenance, repairs and replacements for every plumbing component in your home.  Al’s sells and installs Rheem Professional Series gas & electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters.  Al’s is near your home in Plano, TX; Allen, TX; and Frisco, TX.  We service all homes in southern Collin County, TX and Denton County, TX with no travel charges.

Call Al’s today to discuss any concerns or problems you have with your HVAC System or Plumbing.  We will arrange an appointment at your convenience.