Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.
For over a century, Lennox has been doing the manufacturing of quality ACs. The company thus offers widespread listings of central ACs units. The major reason consumers go for a Lennox product is for the reason that they are reputable and highly efficient. This lineup of conditioners comes at different prices to fit the budget of different consumers and their needs. As a trusted company, Lennox provides customers with the right information you require to make the ultimate decision when purchasing a reliable air conditioner. The top Lennox conditioners come in Signature model, Elite and Merit models.
Lennox’s Exclusive Features
1. Aluminum Outdoor Coils For Partial Models
Those of you who read our Trane Air Conditioner Review before already know that Trane is famous for using aluminum coils to enhance the ability of anti-corrosion and increase the efficiency. Some brands prefer to use skimped copper tube coil to decrease the production costs. Lennox starts to equip aluminum coils for 18+ SEER models since a few years ago.
2. 26 SEER Efficient
In 2016, Lennox releases the 26 SEER air conditioner (Lennox XC25) which shocks the industry. 21 SEER (from Trane and Carrier) used to be the highest SEER in the residential air conditioners and 26 SEER means 20% more efficient than the 21 SEER. But don’t get me wrong and we don’t recommend you to buy it right now. Newest models equal to highest initial cost and repair fee. We will analyze which model is proper for you later in the below part.
3. Sun Source
Above picture is from lennox.com
Lennox solar-ready system is exclusive in all the residential HVAC market and only support for XC25, XC21 and SL18XC1 model. You can also find the sun source heat pump from Lennox.
Lennox Sun Source Worth the Money?
Please note that this is not a default built-in function but you need to pay extra thousands of dollar. So the main question is: can I get the money back in the long run? According to the feedbacks of Lennox contractor, you can only save 5%-15% of daily usage of power which absolutely makes no sense. However, the solar-supported unit can qualify for at least 25% federal and state tax credit. Some utility companies still offer $2-$5 per watt rebate. So if you can find good government support to deduct part of the initial cost, it is worth your money, especially for A/C heavy users.
Cons For Lennox AC
Lennox parts are expensive and hard to find
In most air conditioner repair cases, you can expect to get your unit fixed in 24 hours, but you have to wait for weeks when it comes to Lennox. Lennox is completely proprietary and you can not find the parts in the market. If your air conditioner is broken in the hot season, it is definitely a nightmare.
Lennox and Carrier are the most expensive residential air conditioner in the market. You need to pay at least $1000 more for the brand reputation.
Model Analysis and Recommendation
|Model||SEER||Sound Level||Compressor||Solar Ready||Diagnostics|
Note: Lennox Communicating System is an optional function for high-end models with a monthly fee. In my opinion, it is not worth the money. You can install a $200-$300 wifi ColorTouch thermostat instead.
A) Lennox Signature XC21 With 21 SEER efficiency, this model is a good choice when it comes to reducing your long-term expenses. A two-stage compressor offers better climate control does away with much humidity in your space. We don’t recommend you buy the XC25 model currently given that there are not enough customer feedbacks for Lennox variable compressor.
B) If you are not a two-stage fan, Lennox Elite XC14 is more affordable as compared to the Signature model. 16 SEER is enough for the long-term money saving and the single-stage compressor is more matured and stable. As you already know the long period of repair, choosing a mature product is a good choice.
Contractor’s Review For Lennox
Most "old timers" familiar with Lennox can remember their "Pulse" and "Complete-Heat" fiascoes. Lennox has a good reputation in the market although a few cases of negative comments are always possible. A professional HVAC technician will do the proper installation and guide on how to operate your conditioner. Lennox products are energy star rated and are thus trusted by a huge number of consumers. Most service calls on these conditioners are due to human error on poor maintenance and poor installation of the AC. If your Lennox breaks, their logistics chain is so poor due to proprietary red tape, that it often takes 3-5 weeks to get the parts.
Lennox Air Conditioner Prices By Model
In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:
Each model includes: Lennox 2.5 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable air conditioner thermostat.
Lennox Air Conditioner Prices By Size
Before installing your air conditioner, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right-sized central air conditioner ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.
Each Unit includes: Lennox 2.5-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable thermostat.
AC Unit Size
|1.5 ton||600-1000 sf||$1,645||
|2 ton||1001-1300 sf||$1,820||
|2.5 ton||1301-1600 sf||$1,890||
|3 ton||1601-1900 sf||$1,990||
|3.5 ton||1901-2200 sf||$2,145||$5,945|
|4 ton||2201-2600 sf||$2,300||$6,290|
|5 ton||2601-3200 sf||$2,790||$7,430|
Submitted Prices and Reviews by Visitors
We will not edit any words from submitted feedback information. We will update this table every 3-6 months and you may not see your submitted review immediately.
Brand & Model & Size
|$5,850||Elite XC16||Atlanta, GA||2900 sqft|
|What can I say, superior performance. I like this unit I got. It hasn’t given me any trouble for the 3 months I’ve had it. I know it takes a while longer to decide whether it’s built to last or not but I have a good feeling about this one. The Carrier I had before was reduced to something fit for the junkyard thanks to the many years of service it gave me. I like this new Lennox though, it consumes very little energy so it keeps my bills down.|
|$6,700||Lennox Signature Collection XC17||Houston, TX||2270 sqft|
|Excellent piece of equipment I have here. The AC broke down and having lived in the same house for 18 years it only made sense that we replace the old model with something new. I wanted a unit that didn’t take too much energy to run and this really does it for me. The house is cool when we want it to be and I don’t have to spend my whole pay check on paying bills. Good job Lennox.|
|$5,800 installed||Elite Series XC14||Santa Rosa, CA||1800 sqft|
|The AC works great, am surprised it hasn’t given me any problems. I read a few reviews online about some air conditioner companies and nobody had nice things to say about any of them. I thought to myself that I’ll probably end up grumpy and feeling reaped off like those people. It’s 5 months down the line and I haven’t had to do a single repair. Am glad this turned out great because I had started losing faith in some of these brands.|
|$7,920 installed||XC21||Chicago, IL||2350 sqft|
|Before I go out and get something I like to do a little research first so I looked up the best 3 ton AC and Lennox was among those that came highly recommended. I decided to go with Lennox basically because it had fewer nasty reviews. So far I can’t complain. I count myself lucky because I know there are a lot of home appliance companies that don’t live up to their billing. I thought it would be nice to put this here so that someone else can have confidence in Lennox.|
|$9,590||Lennox XC25||Miami, FL||2200 sqft|
|I just moved to this house about 4 months ago and the AC needed replacing. It had a lot of issues that needed fixing and it was going to cost a lot so I thought this is the way to go. We install the XC25 to replace the old XC14. The Lennox XC25 performs amazingly in the long-term saving.|
|$6,690||Lennox XC21||Phoenix, AZ||3000 sqft|
|What a disappointment this has turned out to be. I wonder who gets the luck of buying home appliances that just work like they should. This AC keeps breaking down and I think soon it will be useless. I have only had it for 8 months and it can’t go a month now without needing repairs.|
|$5950||Signature Collection XC17||Los Angeles, CA||2800 sqft|
|Terrible piece of equipment. Why won’t they take it back or repair it? The company response is poor yet this thing cost me an arm and a leg to get. Someone from the company should help customers like myself out, this is not a good look.|
How to Get the Best Lennox Air Conditioner Prices?
Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Lennox AC, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project.
- So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
- Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates as we talked above.
- Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.
Lastly, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: Homeowners Tactics When Negotiating with HVAC Dealer to get the final best price.