Top 10 HVAC Brands

Regardless of what type of climate you live, one thing is certain: having a reliable and efficient HVAC system makes life more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. And that’s why, before you hire an HVAC contractor, it’s important to learn a bit about which HVAC brands are the highest quality of the bunch. The top brands will provide more reliable performance over time, and keep you from shelling out a small fortune to keep your house as cool or warm as you want it. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the best on the market today, all worth the money as long as they fit your needs properly.


American Standard

According to the latest HVAC Consumer Reports findings, American Standard is one of the most reliable brands in the business. The company gets far fewer repair calls for its A/C and heat-pump systems than most other brands in the business. They have a large lineup to choose from, and if you decide on this brand you can feel good about paying a premium, because you’re getting a whole lot of value with that purchase.


There’s a reason that many people refer to Carrier as the top-of-the-line model. Their systems are built with more stringent quality control than most other manufacturers, and the material used in each build is of the highest quality. This means that Carrier will cost you more, but when you want something efficient that’s going to hold up, the extra price is worth the money. Another advantage to using Carrier is the wide selection the brand has to offer. You’ll find more options with this manufacturer than with most for exactly the product you need.


Goodman is another brand on this list that isn’t quite as revered as Trane or Carrier, but all the company’s products have solid build quality and warranty programs you can count on, and they’re a real value. Goodman heating and cooling products are more affordable, and it’s hard to find a manufacturer that offers more value to its customers overall.


Trane is often billed as the “Cadillac of HVAC suppliers” and that’s because it’s one of the most reliable brands in the business. Trane is known for upholding warranties and offers a standard 10-year warranty that covers both parts and labor for that nice warm feeling of security after your new system is installed. Trane products are often pricier than other brands, but as the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”


There’s a reason that Rheem is regarded as one of the best brands in the industry. The company is known for being on the cutting edge side of things, and they produce highly efficient models time and time again. They come with quality warranties, and make a strong case for any homeowner.


Out of all the top brands on this list, Lennox is the one known most for efficiency. The company fights tooth and nail to make their equipment more efficient each and every year, and that’s why you can pick up models with remarkably high SEER levels like 23.5 on the Signature XP25 system. The company can offer equipment with efficiency levels up above 98%. Another reason to consider Lennox models is that many heating systems accept more than one type of fuel. It’s not uncommon to find a system that uses both a heat pump and gas. Sure, you’ll spend more for this versatility up front, but it will save you over time.


York is a particularly economic brand known for its value pricing. IT comes with three distinct lines of products to pick from: the Latitude, the LX, and the Affinity. The Latitude is the smaller, less efficient, and more affordable option with units right around 13 SEER. LX is a step up, with up to 14.5 SEER, and the Affinity line offers a wide range of products between 13 and 18 SEER, but it’s known for being extremely quiet and should be purchased when noise is a real concern.


Ruud is a reliable brand that offers a full lineup of heating and cooling products. The company makes products for both residential and commercial use. There’s plenty of testing and customer reviews that back up Ruud products as being long-lasting, but one thing that stands out about Ruud is that parts are readily available in most areas of the United States and Canada. This means warranty issues can be cleared up quickly and repairs generally aren’t too costly.


Amana is a solid mid-range offering that’s perfect for the homeowner looking for products in the 13 to 18 SEER range. You won’t find top-of-the-line units in the 20+ SEER range, but you won’t be expected to pay a premium for that equipment either. Amana is known for offering one of the best warranties in the business, and compressors come with a Limited Lifetime Replacement warranty that’s good for the expected operating life of the unit.


Heil is another top brand that doesn’t get as much love as it should. The company stands out for its Observer Technology. This tech allows different heating and cooling components to talk to one another. When the parts talk they synchronize performance, becoming more efficient and reliable overall. That’s why Heil products can achieve up to a 97% efficiency rating and SEER figures of 19. Top Heil products come with comprehensive warranties, and it’s not out of the ordinary for a full heat coil or compressor to be replaced if it fails within the first 10 years of operation.

Getting a good brand is important whether you’re outfitting an old home with a new system, or having the first system put in your brand new build, but it’s not everything. The best Trane, Ruud, or American Standard equipment won’t perform any better than a no-name bargain system if it’s not installed properly. That’s why you have to work hard to find a quality installer in your area, and that means you can’t skimp on installation costs.


7 Responses

  1. My experience with Trane does not line up with your comments above. I had a top of the line Trane put in a new home by a highly recommended contractor. It has been nothing but a problem– the outside unit had a leak a few weeks out of warranty. The inside coils now have a leak a few months out of a 5 year warranty. I have written Trane and they will not help at all. If you want to pay $3,000 to replace your unit a few weeks after warranty, then Trane is the way to go. I am very sorry I chose this company. Please help others not make the same mistake!

    • Everyone keeps telling me that I need to buy a trane HVAC! thanks in will keep looking

      • Joe

        I been looking what did you settle on and why?

        Thanks Joe

    • Sam

      Must be we both have the same system. But I was lucky enough that the inside coil went under warranty. System never worked exactly right after first year. Compressor was replaced at year 5 and now just past the warranty the outside coil is shot with multiple leaks. Have to replace system…….

    • I bought a trainee to had nothing but problems sorry I bought it

    • Bob

      Trane is not what it was 10 year ago. Their quality has gone way down. Last year had a brand new top of the line installed in the ranch house. First time we went out there, the unit did not work. When they came to inspect it, no freon. As it turned out the heat exchanger had buckshot all over it from welding. This happened in production. The unit was full of holes. Trane did not stand behind their product and said it was poor installation. I am in the metal business, this was obviously manufacturing. The installer did not weld anything. Stay away from Trane.

  2. I’m an hvac installer. Most brands are all the same. Just different name and price. Trane is probably the worst I like to install. Very difficult to service. To much computer technology involved. The same for American Standard. Made by the same company. Goodman is cheap. And cheap for a reason. York lower end equipment is good. Higher cost more and again lots of problems.
    Lennox, Carrier , Ruud and Rheem I have no complaints.
    Just one thing every once in awhile equipment going to come out of the factory with an issue, It’s always fixable. Carrier will rarely come out with a problem, each equipment is tested before it’s boxed up.
    And a lot of problems as I seen them are installation error, as I’ve been there and we learn from our mistakes.

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