As much as central air conditioners get a workout in Phoenix, you may be looking at AC replacement this year. You have many fine choices available, and two of the best are the Trane brand and Carrier systems.
Some Assembly Required
No central air conditioner arrives at your home ready to work. Experienced HVAC specialists in Phoenix will bring the basic system to your home and complete the last steps of assembly on-site, adding various features and accessories.
This is an important point because shopping and choosing between Trane or Carrier must include the selection of a local, reliable HVAC contractor to provide the final assembly.
- Optional communication ability so the system can communicate issues to you through your Wi-Fi
- 10-year warranty on parts and the coil and a 12-year limited warranty on the compressor
- Federal Energy Star program certification of up to 22 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
- A compressor sound insulator, making the unit one of the quietest on the market
- Nominal cooling tonnage between two and five tons (with the variable speed capable of mimicking lower tonnage loads to save energy and money)
- An integrated fan system
At Day & Night Air we have installed dozens of Trane units with great customer feedback and ease of servicing.
In addition to the points above, Trane also has the distinction of being one of the most energy efficient brands in the industry.
You can see this in Trane’s middle and top tier models by comparing the SEER rating to that of a Carrier. Trane also has an advanced coil system known as the spine fin.
These fins can be harder for technicians to clean, but many technicians believe that they contribute to a more efficient system. When it comes to cleaning, they say to soak the fins in cleaning fluid and leave them to soak, rather than trying to clean them with a brush.
Trane also earns high marks for their dual-stage compressors, because they use two separate single stage compressors, instead of trying to make a single compressor handle both stages.
The result is that these compressors tend to live longer, and can be much easier and cheaper to repair if only one side goes bad.
Carrier’s best model, the Infinity® 21 24ANBI central air conditioner, like the Trane model, has a variable-speed blower to give an “infinite” range of comfort levels at energy-sipping cost. Some of its features:
- Up to 21 SEER cooling efficiency
- Sound levels as low as 65 decibels (comparable to a conversation or laughter)
- A compressor sound blanket
- Innovative filter drier system protection
- Exclusive use of Puron® refrigerant, which does not harm our ozone
- A 10-year parts limited warranty, with the option to purchase a labor warranty
Carrier has a deserved reputation for quality and comfort.
Carrier has made some headway in areas that Trane has not.
Most notably, Carrier has gone full speed ahead on smart home systems, making even their bottom tier systems Wi-Fi enabled. This is a huge step for anyone who relies on a smart thermostat in their home.
Most Carrier systems seem to be easier for homeowners to understand because they come as a package deal with fewer options.
Shopping for a Trane system can be quite overwhelming thanks to the vast range of system options that you can select in each tier.
This consolidation is beneficial for homeowners who don’t fully understand what all the various options mean and makes it easier for installation crews to learn the ins and outs of the system based on only a few different model numbers.
Ultimately, both brands have been in the game for a very long time, and they each have their own strengths.
Comparing Trane vs. Carrier really depends on your brand preference, or what kind of system you want to have in your home going forward.
They both have a lot in common, but choosing a Trane or Carrier system will determine what kind of high tech options you have, what the maintenance requirements will be, and more.
The best air conditioner really depends on the size and setup of your home, and which tier of products you are looking at buying.
Day and Night Air can help you compare your options and make the smart choice for your home.
Both top-of-the-line models have some commonalities:
- Two-stage operation
- Full-side louvered panels
- Variable speed blower
- Weather-resistant fasteners on the outside portion
- Federal Energy Star-certification
For honest appraisals of both brands, and to learn how each could be right for your Phoenix-area home, contact us at Day & Night Air. We have the experience, expertise and equipment to provide you with the best choice for your particular needs.