Comfortmaker Air Conditioner Review – Affordable Energy Efficient Brand

Josh Mitchell

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Quick Guide - Comfortmaker

My Opinion

Comfortmaker is a reliable brand that has models to fit every budget. Not only that, but even some of their more affordable options compare to those of way more expensive brands. 

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Pros
  • Comfortmaker has models to fit most budgets.
  • Some models offer quiet operation.
  • Comfortmaker offers a no-hassle warranty on some models.
  • All of their current models offer a 16 SEER2 and above.
  • Repairs are usually done quickly, and durability is high.
CONS
  • More susceptible to corrosion than other brands.
  • Warranty period is shorter than other brands.
  • Not a huge variety of models
  • Many models no longer in production

Shopping for air conditioners can be overwhelming.

Even if you've decided on the Comfortmaker brand, some options will suit your home and price preference, and others will not.

Making the wrong choice is like buying a car that you wind up hating. That's where I come in. 

My team and I have tested central AC models in every price range.

My Comfortmaker air conditioner reviews provide a complete buying guide to their central air conditioners, including comparisons and recommendations to help you identify your best option.

Comfortmaker Air Conditioners – Quick Guide!

Best Overall Model

C4A7T (a.k.a. Ion 17)


This air conditioner is a great energy-saver, with a SEER2 of up to 17.5.

Its two-stage compressor is built to run quieter than a single-stage and can help with hot and cold spots in your home.

It will deliver even temperatures, do a good job at circulating the air so the furnace filter can do its job better, and offers outstanding summer dehumidification.

Good Value Model

N4A4S


Also known as the Performance 14, this is Comfortmaker's basic model.

Even though it has a single-speed compressor and a single-speed fan, it boasts an impressive 16 SEER2, which offers great energy savings for a reasonable price. It's also Energy Star certified.

Avoid This Model

Comfortmaker N4A3


This product is no longer in production and may be available only in limited quantities.

Its SEER rating is lower than government regulations now require, meaning contractors can't pull permits for it, and it won't pass inspections.

Should you invest in the higher-end product? How about a mid-range model? When is a low-end AC adequate?

My team of experts has combed the online reviews and put Comfortmaker products through their paces to help you differentiate good fits from bad ones.

After all, you'll own your AC for the next 10-15 years if you're lucky.

Winding up with one that doesn't address your cooling needs is a mistake I can help you avoid.

I have also compared Comfortmaker to other brands to see if Comfortmaker air conditioning units really do outclass the competition.

Let’s get started!

My Review of Comfortmaker Air Conditioners

Comfortmaker Ion AC Heater Family

You’ll hear two major themes during my review of Comfortmaker central air conditioners.

One is budget. Even the most expensive model is not exorbitant.

The lower-end units are as cheap as you'll find on the market.

The second is energy efficiency. Comfortmaker is very good at this.

You can find other companies that offer deeper cuts to your electricity bill, but not at the low prices Comfortmaker offers.

Many models are Energy Star rated, too. I think it's a winning combination.

TL;DR: Comfortmaker offer energy-efficient models at a budget.

Pros And Cons Of Buying A Comfortmaker AC Unit

THE GOOD
  • Comfortmaker has models to fit most budgets.
  • Some models offer quiet operation, emitting noise about the same as a normal conversation.
  • Comfortmaker offers a no-hassle warranty on some models.
  • All of their current models offer a 16 SEER2 and above. This qualifies them for a government rebate and offers homeowners great energy savings for a modest investment.
  • Because the parts are interchangeable with the Tempstar (and some Carrier parts), repairs are usually done quickly, and durability is high.
THE BAD
  • These air conditioners are more susceptible to corrosion than other brands. This is especially true for homes in coastal states.
  • The warranty period is shorter than most other brands.
  • Other companies offer a greater variety of models.
  • Many models from just a few years ago are no longer in production.

ACLAB Note:

I'm not saying that you can't own a Comfortmaker AC if you live in a coastal area. I'm simply saying units here will require more care due to the salty air. Protecting your investment in these areas requires applying a commercial rust-resistant coating, washing the unit regularly with fresh water, and perhaps even building a mist barrier.[1]


Comfortmaker AC Prices – How Much Do They Cost?

Pricing by Model

Price (with installation)

Models

$5,000 - $8,000

  • N4A7T
  • N4A5S
  • S4A5S
  • N4A4S

$5,500 - $9,000

  • CVA9
  • C4A7T
  • C4A65

Cost Variation Across US States

Those in the southern states know firsthand that AC isn't a luxury.

Supply and demand mean that air conditioners are pricier than up north. Sorry about that.

Modifying ductwork increases the price (often substantially), as can combining the AC unit with a smart thermostat or other HVAC equipment.

Another consideration is whether the HVAC contractor is replacing existing equipment or installing new equipment, which can require holes drilled in the wall, electrical circuits upgraded, and so forth.

TL;DR: Costs are usually higher in the south as compared to in the north. Cost also depends upon the climate as well as upon the overall demand for a product.

How To Get The Best Price In Your Area

For the best price, get at least three estimates before deciding on a contractor.

Check for rebates. A rebate from Energy Star is good everywhere.[2] Others might come from the state or even from the contractor.

At the time this article was written, Comfortmaker was offering up to $300 off.[3]

You might be able to bundle your purchase. If your furnace is as old as your AC, and you can replace them simultaneously, you'll save on labor costs.

Model

Price* (w/out Installation)

Price* (w/ Installation)

Estimated Running Cost**

Government Tax Break

CVA9

$2800 – 3000

$6000 – 8500

$360 – 440

$300

CCA7

$2000 – 2500

$5200 – 8000

$390 – 460

$300

CSA5

$2250 – 2700

$5450 – 8200

$475 – 525

$300

N4A7

$2000 – 2500

$5200 – 8000

$390 – 460

$300

N4A6

$2000 – 2500

$5200 – 8000

$400 – 490

None

NH4A4

$2250 – 2700

$5450 – 8200

$510 – 625

None

NXA4

$2000 – 2500

$5200 – 8000

$510 – 625

None

*Prices are estimates for the following: 2.5-ton condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler plus a programmable thermostat.
**Running costs based on 21 cents/kWh and 2000 hours of cooling per year. Based on 2.5 ton AC unit.
Note – Other exterior factors can also influence the price; Based on national average

TL;DR: The best way to find the best deal on your Comfortmaker AC is to get at least three quotes.


Exclusive Features From Comfortmaker

The Ion System Control

This is part of the Ion System Technology, a whole-house bit of HVAC technology designed to manage all the compatible components.

It helps with zoning, ventilation, humidification, dehumidification, cooling, heating, and air filtration.

Ion System Control units can even track your energy usage and help you save money.[4]

SmartSense Technology

It makes many minor variations to the compressor and fan speed to work more efficiently and keep temperatures and humidity levels in your home steady no matter how much the outside temperature fluctuates.

Not all Comfortmaker units offer this, so check details carefully.

The Observer Communicating Wall Control (known better as a thermostat)

Thermostat offers Wi-Fi capability for remote access and can control up to six zones in your home and customized temperatures seven days a week.

You can create a weekday schedule when you're not in your home as much, as well as a weekend one.

The Smart Recovery

This feature adjusts zones to your customized comfort levels throughout the day and week by gradually adjusting temperatures.

The wall control signals when it's time for maintenance or filter changes and provides on-screen diagnostics to simplify service calls.

TL;DR: The premium models offer exclusive features such as Ion System Control, SmartSense Technology, smart thermostat, and smart recovery.


Comfortmaker Air Conditioner’s Warranty Analysis

The air conditioner carries a limited warranty on all functional parts. Most Comfortmaker units feature a 10-year parts limited warranty.

Other key components, such as heat exchangers, may carry a longer limited warranty.

Look for specific details in the product description, check the Warranty Certificate, or ask your dealer for information.

Is Registration Required For Full Warranty Coverage?

The warranty period is 5 years if not registered within 90 days.

Jurisdictions wherein warranty benefits cannot be conditioned on registration will automatically receive a 10-year parts limited warranty.

Split units must be matched with a Comfortmaker indoor coil or fan coil.

Before replacing any unit, written authorization is required from the local Comfortmaker distributor technical service contact to validate that the unit was installed properly and that the component did not fail due to abuse.

Labor charges may apply. Contact the installing dealer for details.

The warranty is virtually the same as many manufacturers, but it doesn't measure up to Trane's, which offers the opportunity to obtain 3-year labor coverage at no additional cost.

On eligible Trane products, you can receive the traditional 5-year parts-only extension or 3-year labor and 2-year parts extension.

For other units, you can receive 3 years of labor coverage or an additional 2 years of parts-only coverage (for a total of 12 years parts only).

Does Comfortmaker Offer Rebates?

The current $300 rebate is contingent on a few factors.

First, it must be a new system and a new installation replacing an entire existing system. Upgrading part of an existing system or an installation on new construction does not qualify.

You must also be the homeowner and live in the residence (no rentals) to qualify, and the system itself must be at least 16 SEER rated.

If you meet all of these requirements, you are eligible for a $300 tax rebate. You simply need to fill out and submit tax form 5695 with your annual taxes.

TL;DR: The warranty provided by Comfortmaker is on par with most other brands. You can also find rebates both from the brand as well as from the government (if its SEER2 rating qualifies)


A Quick Primer About Compressors

Compressors are the heart and soul of air conditioners, so it matters a great deal what type you have and what type you might want.

Single-stage units are the most basic and also the cheapest.

When it's running, it runs at 100% only. That contributes to a sound level that will be the loudest among compressors.

For decades and decades, this was the only type of compressor on the market.

One step up is the two-stage. It will cost more than its cousin.

The second stage normally operates at about 60% of its capacity.

There are times when you need a little bit of cool air; that's when it's handy to have an AC that doesn't have to run at full capacity.

It saves energy while it cools and doesn't create as much noise during the second stage.

Variable-speed compressors (also known as variable capacity) use rotary technology to deliver the ultimate in technology and performance.

Their lowest setting is usually around 40%, but they can ramp up gently in conjunction with the outside temperature.

The result of variable speed settings is even cooling; the AC won’t overshoot the desired indoor temperature.

Variable speed compressors are the most efficient cooling products, ideally equipped to run during warm weather and hot.

The variable speed settings provide the ultimate home comfort experience and are the most expensive option.

This AC must usually be paired with a compatible air handler/furnace and thermostat to get its full benefits.

TL;DR: Comfortmaker offers single-stage compressors on its basic models and two-stage compressors on its more premium models.


Overview Of The Comfortmaker Model Series

I will talk more about each model soon, but I wanted to give an overview of how Comfortmaker categorizes its air conditioners.

I have also included multiple discontinued models because you can still find them online.

Good: Value Series (or “Performance”)

The Value Series is the budget line. They are less efficient than the Premium line models and lack most technological advances.

  • N4A7T
  • N4A5S
  • S4A5S
  • N4A4S
  • N4A3 (discontinued)
  • N4A6 (discontinued)
  • NH4A4 (discontinued)
  • NXA4 (discontinued)
They range from about $5,000 - $8,000 (installed)

Best: Premium Series (or “Ion”)

The Premium Series air conditioners are equipped with Ion System Control, are more efficient, have wireless capabilities, and cost more.

Each is Energy Star compliant, meaning they are all eligible for rebates from the government.

  • CVA9
  • C4A7T
  • C4A65
  • CCA7 (discontinued)
  • CSA5 (discontinued)
  • CSA6 (discontinued)
They range from about $5,500 - $9,000 (installed)

TL;DR: Comfortmaker line up is divided between "Value/Performance" series and "Premium/Ion" - the former being cheaper with fewer features, whereas, the latter being expensive with more features.


Comfortmaker Air Conditioner Models Compared

I will talk more about each model soon, but I wanted to give an overview of how Comfortmaker categorizes its air conditioners.

I have also included multiple discontinued models because you can still find them online.

Model

Ton

Seer*

Noise Levels**

BTU’s

BTU’s

CVA9

2 – 5

19

56dB

24000 – 60000

5-speed variable

CCA7

2 – 5

17

70dB

24000 – 60000

2-stage

CSA5

2 – 5

15

74dB

24000 – 60000

Single-stage

N4A7

2 – 5

17

71dB

24000 – 60000

2-stage scroll

NH4A4

1.5 – 5

14

71dB

18000 – 60000

Single-Stage Scroll

*up to
**based on normal operation

Comfortmaker CVA9 (aka Ion 19 or Ion SoftSound Deluxe CVA9)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 19
  • Sound (as low as): 56 dB
  • Compressor: Variable, 5-speed
  • Fan: Variable speed
  • Sizes: 2 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $6000-$9000

This is the most advanced air conditioner in Comfortmaker's Premium Line. It offers the ultimate in creating a cool, clean indoor environment.

The variable speed compressor operation does multiple things well.

It offers ultra-quiet comfort, operating as quietly as 56 dB (a normal conversation is about 50 dB).

It also offers excellent high-efficiency energy savings, with a SEER2 rating of up to 19. If you're replacing an old system, you'll see your electricity bill decrease quickly.

You'll be able to connect to it through Wi-Fi-enabled remote access with the Ion System Control. Do you forget to dial back the level of cool while on vacation? No problem.

It also comes with Comfortmaker's No Hassle Replacement™ Limited Warranty. 

If the compressor, coil, or heat exchanger fails due to a defect during the applicable limited warranty time period, a one-time replacement with a comparable unit will be provided.

It also offers outstanding summer dehumidification.

C4A7T (or Ion 17)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 17.5
  • Sound (as low as): 69 dB
  • Compressor: Two-stage
  • Fan: Two-speed
  • Sizes: 2 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5500-$8500

Not quite in the same realm as the CVA9, this air conditioner is still a great energy-saver, with an impressive SEER2 of up to 17.5.

Its two-stage compressor offers quiet performance and can help with hot and cold spots in your home.

It will deliver a better temperature and do a good job at circulating the air so the furnace filter can do its job better. That means a less dusty home.

Because of its compressor, it tends to have longer run times than a single stage.

That creates better indoor humidity control and cleaner air (provided you clean your furnace filter regularly).

It is considerably louder than its more expensive brother, but that’s the only negative I see.

The two-stage compressor is a vast improvement over the cheaper models that have single-stage. You will see energy savings from the day it is installed.

C4A65 (or Ion 16)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 16.5
  • Sound (as low as): 71 dB
  • Compressor: Single-stage
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 1.5 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

Still in the premier category of Comfortmaker, this unit has the most basic of compressors (single-stage), and the fan has only one speed.

Because it’s an Ion, it can be tied into your air handler and thermostat to provide Wi-Fi operation.

Still, look how well it compares to the more expensive Ion 17.

The SEER2 and noise levels are nearly identical, and you can buy the Ion 16 for about $500 cheaper.

The energy savings will be similar. The rebate (up to $750) is the same. I highly recommend this model as the best option among the more expensive brands.

N4A4S

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 16
  • Sound (as low as): 73 dB
  • Compressor: Single-stage
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 1.5 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

Also known as the Performance 14, this is Comfortmaker’s basic cooling unit.

Even though it has a single-speed compressor and a single-speed fan, it boasts an impressive 16 SEER2 and is Energy Star certified.

When you replace your old AC with this, you’ll notice the energy savings quickly.

Yes, it's pretty loud. 73 decibels is about the same noise level as a hair dryer. Again, this should be a fine replacement for your old unit, which probably emits a similar noise level.

The best thing about this air conditioner is its price in relation to its SEER2.

Finding another brand’s AC with a similar energy efficiency rating will net you a unit that’s about $1,000 more.

You get an energy-efficient AC for a bargain.

N4A5S (Performance 15)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 16.5
  • Sound (as low as): 73 dB
  • Compressor: Single-stage
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 1.5 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

I am hard-pressed to find even a little difference between this model and the N4A4S.

Its SEER2 is a bit higher, and that’s about it. If you go to a dealer and ask about the differences between the two, I’m guessing this model will be a bit more expensive.

If you are curious, call the dealer and ask why these two models mirror each other. I'd love to know what you find out.

All I know is that the QuietComfort series recently replaced the SoftSound series, and Comfortmaker recently discontinued several mid-range models.

S4A5S

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 16
  • Sound (as low as): 65 dB
  • Compressor: Single-stage
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 1.5 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

The "Performance 15 Compact Central Air Conditioner" is the ideal solution for houses with no back/side yard but that still need to stay cool. It is specially designed for narrow lots or multi-family applications.

It is engineered to keep sound at a minimum. It operates as low as 65 decibels, a level that won’t annoy your next-door neighbors.

It features a weather-resistant cabinet and a tight wire protective guard, and its SEER rating is 16. I think this is a good energy-saver for the price.

N4A4S (Performance 14)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 16
  • Sound (as low as): 73 dB
  • Compressor: Single-stage
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 1.5 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

The final entry from Comfortmaker is the most affordable option.

It doesn’t have any advanced technology. It has a single-stage compressor, and its fan has only one speed.

The sound is on the loud end of the spectrum.

At 73 decibels (and remember, that’s when the air conditioner is at its quietest), you’ll know for certain when it’s on and when it turns off.

The best thing it has going for it is hardly negligible; its SEER2 rating of 16 is impressive for its price.

Comfortmaker CCA7 (a.k.a. SoftSound Deluxe CCA7)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 17
  • Sound (as low as): 70 dB
  • Compressor: Two-speed
  • Fan: Two-speed
  • Sizes: 2 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

This product is no longer in production and may be available only in limited quantities.

Comfortmaker CSA6 (a.k.a Comfortmaker SoftSound CSA6)

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 16
  • Sound (as low as): 69 dB
  • Compressor: Single-speed
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 1.5 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

This product is no longer in production and may be available only in limited quantities.

Comfortmaker N4A6

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 17
  • Sound (as low as): 70 dB
  • Compressor: Single-speed
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 2 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

This product is no longer in production and may be available only in limited quantities.

Comfortmaker N4A7

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 17
  • Sound (as low as): 71 dB
  • Compressor: Two-speed
  • Fan: Two-speed
  • Sizes: 2 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): $5000-$8000

This product is no longer in production and may be available only in limited quantities.

Comfortmaker N4A3

Main Features
  • SEER2 (as high as): 13
  • Sound (as low as): 74 dB
  • Compressor: Single-speed
  • Fan: Single-speed
  • Sizes: 2 - 5 tons
  • Priced (installed): Contact dealer for pricing

This product is no longer in production and may be available only in limited quantities.

In this case, its SEER rating isn’t as high as government regulations now require. Even when it was in production, at 13SEER, it was not Energy Star compliant.

TL;DR: There is a decent line up of products from Comfortmaker. From the most affordable and basic NH4A4 to the most advanced and expensive CVA9, you can certainly find one that suits your needs and budget. 


Comfortmaker Installation Explained

Guide To Fees

Most HVAC companies will remove and dispose of your existing AC system when they install the new system.

But if you need to have it removed separately, you can expect to pay around $25 - $200.

If your home has been updated since the last air conditioner was put in place, your cooling system might need to be updated.

New addition? Turning unused attic space into an office?

You may need new ductwork. Brace yourself: Installing new ductwork costs between $3,000 and $7,500 for 300 linear feet. It could also require a new unit that’s larger to accommodate the new space.

ACLAB Tip:

A good way to figure out the size of the AC required is to do a Manual J Load Calculation, a mathematical formula for measuring the exact amount an air conditioner needs to condition.[5]

Most central AC manufacturers offer a warranty between 5 and 10 years that covers parts and equipment.

Often, you can purchase an extended warranty that will cover the unit for longer.

Extended warranties typically cost $100 to $500, depending on their length and coverage.

TL;DR: Work such as removing old AC and doing ductwork add to the cost of installation. In addition to that, the size of the unit as well as the contractor you hire would determine the overall cost.


How To Find A Reliable HVAC Professional

I always recommend that folks in the market for central air cooling get at least three estimates.

HVAC companies provide them for free, and during the sales call, you can get a good sense of whether the company is out to make a quick buck or if it has your best interest at heart.

If they do care about you and your home, they will be licensed, bonded, and insured.

Their techs will arrive in a vehicle that has the company’s logo plastered on it.

TL;DR: The best tips for finding a reliable HVAC professional is to get at least three estimates, find a contractor that is licensed and insured, and make sure that their techs are NATE-certified.


Comfortmaker AC Unit Installation Tips

There are plenty of factors that will determine if your Comfortmaker is installed correctly.

They include making sure the ground is level, that the ducts are modified correctly if needed, that the Freon 410 refrigerant is properly charged, and more.

It could involve skills such as carpentry, electrical knowledge, masonry, etc.

Some HVAC dealers recommend cleaning your ducts before putting a new AC in place.

That will keep the dust and mold hiding in your ducts from getting into the new piece of machinery.

(I recommend cleaning your ducts regardless of your furnace/air conditioner's age.)

ACLAB Tip:

The most important tip with installation is to leave this to a licensed professional. Even budget-friendly air conditioners are complex. A DIY attempt is not recommended.

An experienced HVAC tech will be able to pull the necessary permits, properly dispose of old refrigerant, and recommend duct or electrical work that needs to happen before the unit turns on.

A subpar installation and an improper line set are rough on the air conditioner, will rob you of any energy savings and comfort, and will void your warranty.

TL;DR: From making sure that the ground is level, to charging the Freon properly and cleaning your ducts, an experienced HVAC tech should advise and perform all of these tasks. It is best to leave the installation to an expert.


The Comfortmaker Brand At A Glance

Comfortmaker is made by International Comfort Products, which also manufactures  Airquest, Arcoaire, Day & Night, Tempstar, and Heil.

It is headquartered in Lewisburg, TN. ICP is part of the United Technologies Corporation, which also owns Carrier.

Comfortmaker's history dates back to the 1950s when it was part of the American Furnace Company.

Comfortmaker states, "Our products are designed to deliver the best in quality, energy efficiency and reliability, and each is 100% run tested."

In addition to 7 models of central air conditioners, Comfortmaker has a great range of furnaces, from standard efficiency (80% AFUE) to high efficiency (96% AFUE).

I count 15 different models in three distinct categories. You'll easily find a model that fits your lifestyle and budget; it's a larger selection than their ACs.

They carry both gas and oil furnaces.[6]

Comfortmaker Air Handler Features

Comfortmaker covers the spectrum of air handlers (also known as fan coils), featuring ten different models to satisfy every budget.

Two of the models are even ceiling-mounted.

The upper tier of models have variable-capacity compressors and can be connected through Wi-Fi.

The right air handler will match perfectly with your HVAC system, offering you a unit designed to work together seamlessly.

(If your existing furnace is as old as your central cooling system, you should at least consider replacing both at the same time.

You’ll get a break on labor fees, and you’ll get a furnace that can communicate perfectly with your AC and thermostat to deliver the ultimate in energy savings and superior comfort.)

The list of products from Comfortmaker is extensive

They have a solution for any indoor comfort need, including fan coils (also known as air handlers); 7 models of heat pumps (including geothermal); ductless systems (also known as mini-splits); and products to help with humidity levels and indoor air pollution.

TL;DR: Comfortmaker offers several different Air Handling Unit models. The top of the line offers variable-capacity compressors and WiFi connectivity.


Homeowner & Buyer Reviews

The reviews on Comfortmaker ACs aren't exactly abundant across the web.

After all, when was the last time you sat down to thoughtfully plot out your opinions on a home appliance. 

Folks are much more likely to post complaints rather than positive reviews.

That said, here's what other HVAC experts are saying about the Comfortmaker brand:

Comfortmaker is a off brand of Carrier so it’s a decent system. Proper maintenance is always recommended. - Review from Reddit[7]
ICP ( comfortmaker ) is a mid-tier brand, if you want to look at it in terms of brand position. It's where you're going to get a reasonable piece of equipment for moderate price without overpaying. - Review from r/hvacadvice[8]
If bro does a good job, Comfortmaker is just fine. Their lower end unit is essentially the same as a Carrier (who owns them). Their premium units are really nice with extra compressor protection & diagnostics and are very quiet. - Review from Indiana, US[9]

How Do Comfortmaker AC Units Compare To Top Competitors?

Comfortmaker vs Bryant

Bryant and Comfortmaker are made in the same factory with the same parts.

The difference between the lines is almost entirely the label.

Bryant’s top-tier air conditioner - the 186CNV - has a terrific SEER2 rating of 24 and can run as quietly as 51 decibels.

Comfortmaker can’t match those numbers. Bryant also offers more variable speed models.

Reviewers say, on average, you can expect to pay between $6,000 to $9,000 for an installed Bryant air conditioner.

Most of the units qualify for federal tax credits of $300.

That’s on a par with Comfortmaker. Honestly, there is little difference between the two and they are both a good option.

The key to getting superior comfort and energy savings lies in the installation and maintenance.

A great AC that doesn’t get set up to succeed will lead to a lifetime of repair bills and wasted energy.

TL;DR: Comfortmaker and Bryant are made in the same factory. Bryant's top model offers a higher efficiency. Generally, they are both affordable brands.

Comfortmaker vs Goodman

Goodman is known for producing budget-friendly units. Contractors tend to buy these in bulk for apartment complexes because they are affordable and reliable.

Goodman’s most expensive unit can be installed at around $5,000. 

It doesn’t compare with the high-end Comfortmakers, but at that price, you wouldn’t expect it to.

If quality is the deciding factor, go with Comfortmaker. On the other hand, if you're on a tight budget or you're looking to sell your home in the next year or so, Goodman wins.

TL;DR: Goodman models are cheaper, whereas, Comfortmaker models are more reliable.

Comfortmaker vs Amana

In terms of energy efficiency, Amana has an edge.

Its top model offers a SEER2 of 24.5, which is about as high as central air conditioning goes.

Comfortmaker’s high-efficiency cooling model gets to 19. (The higher the SEER2 rating, the more efficient it is.)

Both brands have the capability in select models to tie the air conditioner and air handler/furnace into a sophisticated thermostat that can monitor and adjust temperatures across zones and operate as efficiently as possible.

Amana has a greater range of products, with 16 models to choose from. Its units are also engineered to minimize operating sounds for enhanced home comfort levels.

No surprise: You will have to pay more upfront for this option. The Amana AVXC20 goes from about $10,000 - $15,000 installed.

Comfortmaker’s most similar system is about $8,000 - $10,000 -  a huge price difference. You’ll see that difference across the board when comparing like models.

Comfortmaker is the one to invest in if you want a budget-friendly unit. If you want the best of the best, I would opt for Amana.

TL;DR: Amana offers models with the highest energy efficiency in the market. Comfortmaker takes the cake in being more affordable upfront.


FAQs

Does Carrier Make Comfortmaker Furnaces?

There’s a lot of conflicting information about the relationship between the two brands. The truth seems to be that they are part of the same entity but separate.

How Long Will A Comfortmaker AC Unit Last?

Like all central cooling systems, Comfortmaker air conditioners are built to last anywhere from 10 - 20 years.

There are a lot of variables in the answer. The quality of the installations and timely maintenance are two key longevity factors.

Summary | Is a Comfortmaker AC Right For You?

 3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)


For the price, I like the efficient models and overall performance of Comfortmaker, which measures up to the more expensive name-brand AC companies.

I wish the company offered other models at different price points, and I haven’t the slightest idea why so many models have been discontinued.

Still, I think these are minor quibbles.

Comfortmaker offers a good product at an affordable price that will give you a break on your energy bills and cooling consistency.

References: 

  1. https://coastalhomeservicesinc.com/education/how-to-protect-an-ac-unit-from-salt-air/
  2. https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/central_air_conditioning
  3. https://www.comfortmaker.com/en/us/buying-guide/rebates-center/
  4. https://www.ioncomfort.com/Ion/LearnMore
  5. https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/hvac-right-sizing-part-1-calculating-loads
  6. https://www.comfortmaker.com/en/us/products/air-conditioners/
  7. https://www.reddit.com/r/hvacadvice/comments/wa4y0p/comfortmaker_brand/
  8. https://www.reddit.com/r/hvacadvice/comments/154z2y1/trane_vs_comfortmaker_carrier/
  9. https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/543812-need-opinions-of-Comfort-maker-units-PLEASE!!!
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