Payne Air Conditioner Reviews And Buying Guide

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.

As a manufacturing company, Payne has existed in the market for more than seventy-seven years. Payne has been providing heating and cooling solutions to consumers to meet their specific needs. Their fundamental dedication is to deliver quality services and products at ridiculously affordable prices. As a consumer, there some factors to consider before deciding on the brand and model of an AC. The capacity, size, efficiency, and price are just but a few considerations to carefully make. Some of the air conditioners models made by Payne include the Payne PA16NA and the Payne PA13NA. Each of these models is energy star rated and also affordable.

Payne Features (Not Exclusive)

(We used to talk about the unique features of each brand in this part but Payne actually have few unique features to talk about because of the low price, then we regard Price as a big Feature 😛 )

Low Price

Payne air conditioners are among the most affordable ACs in the market. The quality of a unit matters to a consumer and this at many times is related to price. Price is a key consideration when buying any air conditioner. Payne offers not only quality but also affordability. A 16 SEER Payne PA16NA goes for only $1,359. This is cheaper as compared to its Goodman equivalent that costs $2,649. When it comes to pricing, Payne offers a far much better alternative.Accessory electric heaters A wide variety of accessory electrical heaters is in place for the Payne PA16NA units. Such reliable heaters are comprised of a separate module heater that is well mounted on the blower inlet. Additionally, remote controls are also installed in the box control unit to make control easy.

Durable Compressors

The compressors on most Payne ACs are designed for maximum efficiency. Every compressor on the Ac is completely sealed to prevent contamination thus promoting durability of the unit. It also improves the overall dependability of the air conditioner. Vibration is isolated to make sure that the unit operates without much noise. Also, internal protection on over current is ensured.

Quiet Performance

You can be lest assured that your Payne AC will operate with little or no noise at all. Amana air makes this possible acoustically engineering their air conditioners systems with enhancements. Such improvements comprise of a compressor sound-decreasing cover which is made of foam of high-density. Also, the top of the AC specially designed for sound control purposes

Convertible duct configuration

The configuration of the duct system is necessary for an air conditioner. Payne units are intended to use both horizontal and downflow applications. Each AC can be converted from downflow to flat, and this includes covers on the horizontal duct.Downflow function is taken care of the field to permit the connections on vertical ductwork. The base pan seal on the underneath guarantees a positive seal in the vertical airflow manner. Permanent split capacitorThis makes sure that the amount of energy consumed is as minimal as possible. They also help in the cooling operation up to forty degrees in the outside temperatures. Squat power consumption in an Ac is necessary for an attempt to lower utility bills as well as getting value for money.

Payne Model Analysis

ModelSEERCompressorNoise LevelEnergy Star
PA17NA17Two-Stage73Yes
PA16NW16.5Single-Stage73Yes
PA16NA16.5Single-Stage76Yes
PA15NC14Single-Stage75No
PA14NC14Single-Stage75No
PA13NA13Single-Stage74No

Payne PA13NA

This is among the most affordable AC models offered by Payne. The unique features include a 13 SEER energy efficiency level, single stage cooling, and a communication system. The fact that the model is energy star rated is an assurance that the design is genuine, and its performance is as advertised. The model operates with minimum noise. The prices are as well pocket-friendly. Also, the model is made of the cabinet which Heavy-gauge galvanized steel thus providing sustainable security to the coil and other components. This model like all other Payne units uses environmentally friendly and safe R-410A refrigerantPayne

PA16NAThis model is the second best AC from Payne. This is because of the high efficiency as indicated by the 16 SEER energy rating. This model like all other Payne units uses environmentally friendly and safe R-410A refrigerant. Also, the outside coil of the AC is well protected.

What Contractor Say About Payne AC

Payne focus on a few models with less ad promotion and that’s why you can obtain good unit price(not installation price). There is no need to worry about the quality of unit. Payne offers good units as long as the installation process is carried out by someone who perfectly knows what exactly they are doing. The error that most users make is to install a unit on their own. Without the help of a skilled person, the possibility of poor installation is always high. The unit, therefore, begins to have problems too early. Proper installation of any unit is essential if you want an AC to last long enough.

-Charles From Chicago Reehub Comfort

Payne Air Conditioner Prices By Model

In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:

Each model includes: 2.5 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable air conditioner thermostat.

Models
System Only
System Installed
Payne PA17NA $1,380
$2,700
Payne PA16NW $1,180
$2,320
Payne PA16NA $1,100
$2,200
Payne PA15NC $980
$2,050
Payne PA14NC $850
$1,900
Payne PA13NA $720
$1,760

Payne 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: Payne 2.5-ton 15 SEER outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable thermostat.

AC Unit Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton 600-1000 sf $845
$1,595
2 ton 1001-1300 sf $930
$1,730
2.5 ton 1301-1600 sf $990
$1,890
3 ton 1601-1900 sf $1,060
$2,000
3.5 ton 1901-2200 sf $1,175 $2,145
4 ton 2201-2600 sf $1,280 $2,310
5 ton 2601-3200 sf $1,500 $2,730

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers

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.

Price
Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$1,850 Unknown Phoenix, AZ 1900 sqft
Payne is a good air conditioner company, their HVAC systems seldom let you down. When I read reviews about it though I found a lot of negative reviews and wondered if the quality had been watered down. I ignored most of it though because sometimes the installation is the problem. I replaced my old Ruud ac with Payne and so far it has only proven me right. The system was installed about a year and a half ago and all I have done is routine maintenance. Do your homework before installing your HVAC system because most of the time your installer could have done it wrong.
$2,100 PA13NA 13 SEER Louisville, KY 2000 sqft
We’ve had a Carrier for 19 years and it just broke last summer. It was a good ac and we didn’t have too many problems with it but we decided to go for Payne this time because we asked around and they came highly recommended as something in the price range we were looking for. This is the sixth month we are using it and so far everything is working great. It doesn’t take much energy to run one of these and that’s a major plus according to us.
$1,300 Unit Only PA13NA 13 SEER 3 ton McKinney, TX 2700 sqft
Payne is a brand which you can count on to give you a product worth your money. I say this because I have had my ac for a year now and it hasn’t brought me any trouble in that time. It runs quietly and cools the house just right. My previous unit had trouble going below 770 so often times it would still be hot even though it’s on.
$2,350 PA16NA 4 ton 16 SEER Waco, Texas 3550 sqft
After 20 years of service, my old AC broke down again last year so I replaced it with one from Payne. I looked on the internet to find out what was in my budget and found Payne to be just what I needed. However, when I looked at the customer views on a few sites I found one with a lot of negative reviews and became a little skeptical. I still bought the Payne I had scoped the internet for, after all my wallet had the last say. It’s almost 2 years now and boy, am I glad that this isn’t another bitter review. Thanks Payne the system is working just fine.
$2,050 PA16NA 3 ton Fort Stewart, GA 2200 sqft
It’s a good air conditioner with very little noise, unlike my old unit. Am glad I bought Payne because I know about people buying home appliances and finding that it was a rip off.
$2,290 PA13NA Aiken, SC 2890 sqft
A Freon leak after 6 months? What kind of second-grade machinery are you people selling. I bought this Payne and had a friend recommend a technician so am pretty sure it’s not the installing that has caused this problem. Poor quality
$1949 PA16NA 16 SEER Johnston City, TN 2300 sqft
This thing is a waste of money. It worked quietly for a while and then started making a weird noise about a month ago. We called them so they could send a technician to look at it since it is still covered by the warranty and it is two weeks now with no sign of the technician and not a word from the company.

How to Get the Best Payne Air Conditioner Prices?

Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Payne 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 you local contractor, and this estimate already takes government rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.

At last, 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.

3 comments… add one
  • From my original Facebook post:

    To anyone considering replacing their air conditioner or heat pump, you need to read this first. I have one of each. The A/C is my original 20 year old unit (American Standard brand) and my heat pump is four. The heat pump, made by Payne, broke down a couple of weeks ago due to the fan motor and capacitor dying.

    The tech called Payne since it still had a year under warranty (parts, not labor) and they were out of motors and they were on back-order until January. So he asked if he could install a generic motor until then to get me by and they said no but I was welcome to put one in at my own expense (about $200). Shocked, he asked if they were really willing to let my unit be down through winter but they apparently didn’t care and had no problem with that.

    Fortunately, the tech had an app on his phone that allowed him to search for Carrier parts around the country. Carrier, Payne, Heil, Tempstar and a few others are now all part of a company called ICP. This is not to be confused with the musical group called Insane Clown Posse, although right now I’m not so sure. It stands for International Comfort Products, LLC.

    Anyway, the tech found me the correct motor and ordered it. ICP wouldn’t even pay the shipping, which fortunately was only about $20 since it was fairly close by. This took care of the problem and we are back in good shape, thanks to a good, caring tech.

    Moral of the story: If you’re shopping for a new unit, pick one that cares if you’re going to be broken down for a few months or not. And stay away from ICP (the company, not the group. I’m kidding. Stay away from the group, too!)

    Reply
    • Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience about Payne. Would you mind sharing the name of your local Payne contractor? We are collecting contactor feedbacks and post them later in our website.

      Reply
      • Be glad to. He name is Zac DesJardins. His business is Quality Comfort Inc. in Murfreesboro, TN

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