Amana Central Air Conditioner Reviews and Prices 2020

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Amana makes 8 central air conditioners ranging in efficiency from 14 SEER to 24.5 SEER. The unit with the top rating is one of the most efficient ACs made today.  

Amana air conditioner cost is $3,400 – $9,115 for the condensing unit, indoor coil and refrigerant line set installed. Cost factors are AC model, size and factors related to the complexity of the installation and the supplies needed to complete it.

Note: If you’re just beginning your research into central air conditioners, then our Central AC  Guide is the best place to start. It has in-depth information about AC performance, size, efficiency and how these factors allow you to choose the right AC for your climate and indoor comfort preferences.

This Amana central air conditioner review is designed to give you the research needed to consider the right model for your home – and whether Amana is the right brand for you. We recommend getting estimates from several local AC companies, asking questions and getting their input – but knowing the information here gives you a head start.

About Amana – Is it the Same as Goodman?

Yes, it is. And Daikin too. The one difference is that super-efficient 24.5 SEER unit isn’t offered in a Goodman unit.

Amana and Goodman were separate brands until Goodman acquired Amana. Rather than make 2 separate lines, the Amana units were dropped in favor of the Goodman line with Amana logo badges.

Then in 2012, global HVAC giant Daikin bought Goodman – and the Amana brand with it. Daikin did not make residential central split system ACs, and so the Goodman/Amana line is used with Daikin branding.

Daikin pumped R&D money into the company, and now Amana efficiency and quality are very good.

Amana ACs – What’s Available?

Amana makes 8 models. One is a modulating AC – meaning it has a variable capacity compressor. Two of them are 2-stage air conditioners. The last 5 are single-stage models. In short, it has a product lineup very similar to brands like Rheem and Trane, not as large as Bryant and Lennox.

Here is an overview table of the 8 Amana central AC models and specifications.

ModelSEERCompressorThermostatSound Decibels
AVXC2024.5Variable-speedComfortBridge57-75
ASXC18192-stageComfortBridge68-74
ASXC16172-stageComfortBridge70-74
ASX1616Single-stageAny71-73
ASX14 / ANX1415Single-stageAny70-71
ASX13 / ANX1314Single-stageAny71-77

Amana also offers what it has branded Clean Comfort air quality components as accessories to AC split systems. These include air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and various air filtration and air cleaning units.

Amana Air Conditioner Pros & Cons

Here’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages of Amana air conditioners.

Pros – Unique Features

Amana breaks it down in to 4 categories:

1. Energy Management

This is about energy efficiency, and the compressor is the key to efficiency as well as indoor climate control, sound control and the price of the AC.

Like most top brands, Amana offers air conditioners with three compressor performance levels.

Variable capacity compressor: The AVXC20 sports Amana’s variable capacity, aka variable speed or modulating, compressor.

It’s also called an inverter-driven compressor and it is a direct result of Daikin’s ownership of Amana. Daikin is on the cutting edge of the development of energy efficient compressors. It has used inverter-driven, variable speed compressors in its ductless, mini split ACs and heat pumps for decades.

The compressor runs at any capacity from about 35% to 100%. Called Comfort Speed, the technology allows the system to deliver the exact amount of cooling needed to meet the thermostat set point. Almost no energy is wasted, so it is the most efficient system Amana makes – by far.

2-stage compressor: The ASXC18 (19 SEER) and ASXC16 (17 SEER) have two-stage compressors that run at low capacity, or 65%, about 90% of the time. Running at the lower power reduces energy use, so they’re more efficient than single-stage models, though not as efficient as the variable speed unit.

Single-stage compressor: All Amana ASX air conditioners have compressors that run at “full blast” whenever on. This creates the least efficient cooling – though the models are the most affordable.

Our Central Air Conditioner Review and Buying Guide has a section on choosing the right performance level / efficiency level for your climate. Obviously, the hotter your summers, the more efficient the AC should be to keep energy costs under control.

2. Comfort Management

Comfort management is another way to discuss indoor climate control. Hot, humid air is uncomfortable in summer. Cool, dry air is much preferred.

Some AC systems provide better comfort management than others. What’s true in efficiency is true in climate control.

Top performance: Air conditioning systems with a variable capacity compressor deliver better temperature balance, and they remove more humidity than single-stage and two-stage systems.

This is because the compressor runs at exactly the speed needed to meet thermostat demands. That’s the temperature part of it.

Humidity control is better with a variable capacity compressor because the AC cycles are longer than those of single-stage and two-stage units.  The long cycles move the air more consistently through the system, so more moistures is condensed onto the coil and drained away.

2-stage compressors and single-stage units: Temperature and humidity control are better with a two-stage unit than a single-stage AC, but neither can match the climate management of a variable capacity air conditioner like the Amana AVXC20

ComfortBridge communicating technology is available on the three models ending in “c,” which stands for communicating.

These variable capacity and two-stage air conditioners work with an Amana or Goodman communicating furnace to optimize indoor climate control.

The Amana/Goodman system is a little different. Rather than the technology being in the thermostat, it is in the components, as the ComfortBridge Guide explains.

This is done by sending data from the AC to the control board of the furnace – two-way communication that determines which speed or stage the unit runs on.

Standard system ACs are controlled by the thermostat without sending data back – one-way communication.

The upgrade to a communicating system – AC, furnace and thermostat – can cost more than $1,000 depending on the model and size. The upgrade in indoor comfort might or might not be noticeable compared with a non-communicating two-stage unit. The increased efficiency will produce slightly lower energy bills – not enough to cover the cost of the equipment over the course of the system. There is more information in the “cons” below.

Smart Home: Apart from concerns about communicating technology, SmartBridge is whole-house smart technology. The WiFi app gives you the ability to control all connected devices like lighting, security, appliances and all heating/cooling functions.

3. Humidity Management

Staged cooling, because it runs at less than 100% capacity, produces longer cycles. As a result, air passes over the cold indoor coil at a rate more conducive to condensing moisture out of it.

The two 2-stage Amana air conditioners strike a good balance between affordability and good humidity control in warm, muggy climates.

4. Sound Management

Amana uses similar features to other brands to lower noise – sound blankets and insulation within the condensing unit.

The results are about average. Two-stage and variable speed units running at a lower stage/speed are quieter than single-stage air conditioners. If sound is a major factor in your buying decision, then consider one of these models.

Cons – Problems with Amana ACs

Communicating technology can stop communicating, and it can be difficult to solve the issue. One of our readers, KB, shared their experience with Amana communicating technology:

 “I have a 4 ton Amana/Goodman AC communicating system with Comfortnet that is 10 years old. Every year It has had issues with lost communication error codes. It works with my Honeywell Redlink system for remote operation but it’s nothing but 2-3 service calls annually. Any savings is lost in the cost of service and component replacement. Never again will I get a communicating system.”

See our Communicating vs Non-communicating Guide before choosing a system with this technology.

Amana Air Conditioner Prices by Model

This table shows up-to-date pricing for Amana air conditioners.

System Only is the price for the equipment – the condensing/outside unit, indoor coil, refrigerant line set and compatible thermostat.

The System Installed column includes the equipment, installation labor, the installers overhead and typical profit.

Price ranges reflect that each AC model is made in units starting either at 1.5 or 2.0 tons, with 5.0 tons being the largest.

ModelSystem OnlySystem Installed
AVXC20$4,315 - $6,000$5,750 - $9,115
ASXC18$2,775 - $4,250$4,400 - $7,150
ASXC16$2,550 - $3,985$4,180 - $6,975
ASX16$2,235 - $3,670$3,900 - $6,615
ASX14 / ANX14$2,050 - $3,500$3,585 - $6,235
ASX13 / ANX13$1,995 - $3,285$3,400 - $6,065

Amana Air Conditioner Prices by Size

We pick a mid-range, popular AC for this price table – the Amana ASXC16, 2-stage air conditioner with communicating technology as an option. Prices are $700 to $1,000 than shown here to choose the communicating option and thermostat control.

AC Unit SizeHome SizeSystem OnlySystem Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$2,250$4,180
2.0 ton1001 - 1300 sf$2,515$4,525
2.5 ton1301 - 1600 sf$2,995$5,015
3 ton1601 - 1900 sf$3,275$5,300
3.5 ton1901 - 2200 sf$3,500$5,765
4.0 ton2201 - 2600 sf$3,680$6,350
5.0 ton2601 - 3200 sf$3,995$6,975

Amana Warranties

Amana air conditioner warranties for the top four models – AVXC20, ASXC18, ASXC16 and ASX16 – are among the best available.

The compressors in those units are covered with a Lifetime unit replacement warranty for the original owner.

All other models have a 10-year warranty on the compressor including 2-year unit replacement.

If the compressor fails while under warranty, Amana will provide a complete condensing unit, not just a new compressor.

All other Amana AC parts warranties are 10 years.

Who Installs Amana?

Amana, like Goodman, does not provide specific training for installing its equipment.

Any certified HVAC contractor can install Amana products.

That makes it essential to do your due diligence when hiring an installer. We recommend choosing a company with a good track record of quality installation and dependable customer service.

One strategy to ensure finding a reliable installer is to get estimates from several installers in your area. Then check each company’s online reviews. Our Free Local Quotes option is a quick, convenient way to get written estimates from licensed, pre-screened dealers in your area. They know they must provide competitive estimates. Feel free to use the online form or make a phone call, and free estimates from top installers will be provided shortly.

Many of the installers are NATE-certified. NATE is the North American Technician Excellence certification, the most comprehensive and widely respected certification in the industry.

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We’ve reviewed most of the top brands. Each review is just as comprehensive with pricing tables, pros, cons and more.

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
$15,000 – $20,000 Amana ASZ16, Carrier 18VS Orange County, NY 1800 sq ft
This was just a quote, but I’ve found very similar quotes elsewhere from other installers. I’m looking to get a heat pump system installed in a new build. The house will be just under 1,800 sq ft. There were a few different systems including an Amana ASZ16, an Amana ASZ18, a Carrier 18VS, and a Bosch Inverter System. Ultimately, the cheapest price I’ve found is $14,500 and that’s for the single stage heat pump. The Carrier was the priciest, ballparked at $20,000. Overall, I’m at a bit of a loss as to why the quote on this site are so much cheaper. I guess most people are getting systems in much warmer parts of the country so they probably need something smaller. Still, it’s hard to believe how cheap some of the quotes here are.
$1,600 unit only AXSC18 18 SEER New York 1370 sqft
My carrier AC broke down after a glorious run of almost five years and I decided to give Amana a try. While I am fine with the cooling performance, I’d like to add that the built quality is substandard. Power consumption is another major issue here – I have to keep a track of my usage and that’s a problem for someone who keeps quite busy like me. Nonetheless, it offers some decent cooling and that’s I wanted from an AC at this price range. Loved the customer support too. Looking forward to some good times with this product!
$4,500 installed SSX16 16 SEER Sarasota, Fl 1800 sqft
Being a decade old user of air conditioning systems, I was first skeptical about Amana products. This time around, I was on a budget and I desperately needed an AC for my new apartment. It’s been a week and I’m absolutely floored by this feature rich piece. The remote didn’t work at first but the support fast was quick to replace it with a new one. Apart from that minor glitch, I didn’t come across any problems whatsoever. The price to features ratio is just unbeatable and I’m glad I bought this device! Good job!
$3,880 installed ASX14 14 SEER Pennsylvania 2250 sqft
I was looking for something that came with a big warranty and the AXSC18 provides just that. A lifetime warranty is something I never heard of before and it made me take notice. The device isn’t just about the warranty, it’s also one of the most efficient ACs that I’ve come across till date. It’s been a month since I’m using the AXSC18 and I’m really cutting down on my energy bills. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
$2,990 Unit Only AXSC18 New Jersey 2100 sqft
Where do I start? Do I blame Amana, or all those positive reviews that I ended up reading everywhere? Not only does this device take AGES to cool the entire room, it’s also very poorly built. I understand that it’s a budget device, but come on – no excuses for compromising quality on so many levels. It’s so noisy that I can’t even get some sleep! I called up the seller to take it back but they won’t and I’m stuck with this for no good reason! I think, I just lost my hard-earn money on this piece of shit. Hard luck.

How to Get the Best Amana Air Conditioner Prices?

Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Amana 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.
  • 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.

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  1. What model AMANA should I get for a Long Beach CA (West Coast) 950sqft home. Gas Furnace & AC unit please. We love the ENERGY STAR LOGO on products. Thanks so much.

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