HVAC Owner Reveals the Best AC System for your House – 2021

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Three systems can be considered the best AC system for your home. As an experienced HVAC technician an now business owner, my team has installed and made repairs on every main brand of central air conditioning system on the market.

It’s funny, I see a ton of articles online about this who makes the best AC system topic – many that someone who’s not even in the HVAC industry wrote! Some compensated blog writer wrote it or gave you a list of the best top-rated systems. Systems they’ve never even touched. These bloggers are telling people that nationally recognized economy line systems are better than the systems that are truly going to last you a long time.


Short and sweet, three companies have the best reputation over several decades of manufacturing, in no particular order, they are:


There are definitely other AC system brands that make up the middle tier and lower tier AC system lines, and I put them in this video.


We sell Trane as our premium line and Coleman or Payne as our economy line. But my goal here is to try to stay as neutral as possible here so you don’t feel like I’m trying to sway you one way or the other. You’ll hear me talk about some brands being better than others, and I mean no offense to anyone or any manufacturer.

But you’ve got to take this sort of advice from someone who’s installed all of them at one point or another and serviced the equipment out in the field.


Before I list the rest of the systems,

I want to mention air conditioning systems come fully assembled at the factory and are ready to work. However, it takes experienced technicians to modify the unit per the manufacturer’s instructions to conform to your specific home’s demands. The last steps of installing it “in the field” and adding whatever additional parts to bring it up to proper building code in your area is up to the contractor you choose.

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00:00 Intro
0:38 The 3 best brands in no particular order
4:20 Middle of the road brand names
5:00 Entry-level brand names
6:40 Single-stage systems
7:45 2-stage systems
10:08 Variable speed systems
11:18 The most efficient AC system today in the unitary market
12:15 Conclusion

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Mike Berg says:

Fantastic information. We put a York system in our 3000 sq ft, 2 story home when we bought it 10 years ago due to cost. Never ran great and the installer was a joke. Our evaporator coil started leaking 5 years ago and the original installer "fixed" it (although they never told us that was actually the issue). More problems this past summer and a different HVAC company came out and told us it had a crack in it. We're just getting ready to get quotes for a new system and we'll be looking at Carrier, Trane and Lennox installers. Thanks so much for this great video.

David Resch says:

Great video learned alot on the. Different stages

bkanegson says:

Do you have any related recommendations on Heat Pumps, probably from these same manufacturers? Asking due to soon to be available tax incentives for these types of devices, which might work for me in a warm (but not scorched, like Phoenix) climate zone that very rarely goes below freezing. Thank you.

Greg Cummines says:

I find it very interesting how you put the units into high, mid, and low end systems, but don't explain why. As far as I know, and you even said it, they can all be repaired with universally available parts. And as far as I know, the manufacturer of the units do not make the most expensive parts. Let's consider the compressor for instance. In my Carrier unit the compressor is made by Copeland. Sorry I like to challenge everything, but it would be quite a bit more beneficial to actually provide evidence on what the quality differences are between the units, and not just to say the big 3 are better.

jason alvarez says:

im an HVAC contractor and i will say the best BRAND to get is the Brand that is closest and most available to ur area …it sucks to have a Lennox and the nearest place for parts is an hr away…many of the Brands have the same parts

Lance Le May says:

I firmly believe in the Ruud / Rheem brand based on 42 years of experience with these in our home. Our 1st house had a Ruud furnace. Totally bulletproof, worked for 17 years flawlessly, never touched by a technician. Our current house has a Rheem 2 stage furnace. It’s 23 years old and the only issue I’ve had was a flame detector rod went out. If the rod fails to detect the heat from the flame at startup it shuts off the gas valve. Initially I shined up the rod removing impurities and returned it to service. It worked fine and fixed the problem but I bought a new one for $10 on Amazon and put that one in later (40 minute easy job). The Rheem air conditioner we have has worked just fine for 23 years. The only thing I did for it was clean the condenser unit outside with some spray cleaner and a hose after I vacuumed out some leaves inside. I am very impressed with this brand – sweet / simple / works every time. The AC unit is only 10 Seer but it works just fine!

Chris The Barber says:

You can swap that Lennox with Goodman. You buy a lennox 2 years your going to need a new evap coil. System you see 20+ years are GOODMAN AND TRANE

Visual Verbs says:

Back in May we replaced a 14 year old "amana" system with a new American Standard, 16 SEER, single stage, with a variable-speed AHU. A local company installed it for $9150 (+ tax). We couldn't be happier. During one of the hottest summers on record in NW Arkansas, our highest electric bill for our 1900 sqft ranch house (one story), was WELL south of $200.

Can't wait to see what the cold, cold winter brings.

Well worth the expenditure. I recommend America Standard.

Ronal Davis says:

Replaced old Lennox with new Lennox back in 2001 and besides having to replace the capacitor on 2 occasions possibly due to lightning storm, I have not had to do much of anything to it other than wash the condenser.

On the hottest days has run basically from 9 am to 9 pm for about 45 days straight on average per year. Awesome unit.

littleeddie133 Elkins says:

What about Dakin? That’s what my dealer wants to sell me but I want the top of the line Lennox

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