American Standard Air Conditioner Reviews And Prices 2020

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 consumer, selecting the central air conditioner that suits your needs and budget can be rather hard. This is mainly because of the many brands of such available in the market. American standard has been transforming the life of consumers in the heating and cooling market for more than 130 years. American Standard makes a variety of air conditioners. The ACs are grouped in two three different categories and are named after metals. American standard and Ameristar made by Trane Air Company is famous to many consumers in the market and also to dealers in the HVAC market. It is rather efficient owing to its features, and also the prices are consumer friendly. It is offered in an assortment of types based on the speed and, of course, the characteristics of each model.

American Standard AC Features

Energy Efficiency

The effectiveness of any air conditioner is indicated by the SEER rating of the same. The higher the seer rating, the more efficient and effective the AC is all other factors being constant. American Standard is rated third best in the market in providing air conditioners with high SEER rating. The important efficiency is as a result of AccuComfort technology. This technology makes the compressor achieve and adjust in minute increments. This is as opposed to just being off or on like traditional compressors or high, off and little in current compressors. The AS ACs can operate at a suchlike level as desired at a particular climatic condition. In the long run, this process will save lots of cash. Additionally, the method lets the AC be incredibly particular by adjusting by a half-degree of the thermostat setting.

Control System

American Standard air conditioners have an electrical control system that helps in controlling all functions of the furnace with digital accuracy and efficiency. American Standard air conditioners also have inbuilt troubleshooting devices which ensure that your system is running the way it is supposed to.

AeroQuiet II System (Sound Control)

No consumer wants a unit that is too noisy during operation. American Standard t ensures that this consideration is taken care of. The presence of AeroQuiet II System in the air conditioners from American Standard provides that the noise levels are as minimal as possible. The sound levels, therefore, are as low as 70 decibels. This gives an assurance of quiet running of the unit. This smooth operation of the air conditioner ensures that you are not bothered nor are your neighbors.

Models Analysis

Platinum 2021VariableYes
Platinum 1818.5VariableYes
Gold 1718Two-StageYes
Gold 1617Single-StageNo
Silver 1416Single-StageNo
Silver 1314.75Single-StageNo
Silver SI13.25Single-StageNo

Platinum ZM

With a double stage compressor that promotes gentler cooling, this model is the best one manufactured by American Standard. The unit does even a better job of removing humidity and moisture during the cooling cycle. When matched together with a variable speed blower, the unit provides maximum comfort and efficiency. Additionally, the model is energy star rated and has a SEER rating of twenty-one thus the high rate of efficiency and energy saving.

Best Cost-Effective American Standard Models For You

As we have discussed in our central air conditioner guide, the SEER is the most important parameter deciding the initial equipment cost and future energy savings.

Higher SEER Models can not always pay your money back. We developed a SEER Savings Calculator to help find a better balance between equipment cost and electricity cost. This tool can automatically load your local power rate and yearly cooling hours when using Chrome explorer. You can also adjust these inputs manually to get a more accurate result.

For more information about American Standard models and the differences between American Standard and Trane, check our previous post: Trane VS American Standard Air Conditioner Review

What Contractor Say About AS AC?

As an already established brand in the market, American Standard offers a wide variety of air conditioners with different specifications. American Standard and Trane are from same company so there is no need to worry about the quality. You can enjoy the identical quality with 20% price off compared to Trane Unit. American standard works to provide maximum efficiency, comfort, and style. American Standard AC is available in the online market, and all you have to do is to make an order of the same and then have a contractor install it. Some consumers are also buying them directly from contractors. Most service calls on this ACs are due to human error on poor maintenance and poor installation of the AC.

-Charles From Chicago Reehub Comfort

American Standard 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.

System Only
System Installed
Platinum 20 $2,450
Platinum 18 $1,980
Gold 17 $1,705
Silver 16 $1,650
Silver 14 $1,460
Silver 13 $1,370

American Standard 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: 2.5-ton 16 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 $1,145
2 ton 1001-1300 sf $1,290
2.5 ton 1301-1600 sf $1,490
3 ton 1601-1900 sf $1,690
3.5 ton 1901-2200 sf $1,845 $4,345
4 ton 2201-2600 sf $2,000 $4,620
5 ton 2601-3200 sf $2,590 $5,630

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers

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Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$6,850 Platinum ZM Phoenix, AZ 1600 sqft
I was about to buy a Payne before I got this American Standard. A friend stopped me before I bought because she had problems with her own. This unit has done a great job at keeping the house cool I like it.
$5,180 Platinum XM 16 SEER Houston, TX 2000 sqft
Knowing the brand well is important before you out buying their products. There is a lot of false advertising out here and you might fall for it and buy yourself a piece of junk. I did my research on American Standard and found out all there was to know about their reputation as a company. Needless to say it is a worthy purchase, I like it.
$1,700 Unit Only Gold XI 4 ton McKinney, TX 2300 sqft
American Standard is the best in its class hands down. The system I have was bought about 9 months ago and so far it hasn’t given me any problems plus it runs so noiselessly.
$5,550 Platinum 4 ton 15 SEER Prattville, AL 3350 sqft
My rental houses use American Standard as the ac and I haven’t had any complaints. I replaced 3 just 5 months ago and so far they are operating at peak performance. You see when business people like myself find brands like American Standard that have quality products it takes a lot of pressure of our backs because a lot of things just take care of themselves.
$5,150 American Standard Silver XI Anaheim, CA 2200 sqft
I have had this unit for almost two years now and it already needs a compressor. I don’t know what happened to the unit even though my friend tells me sometimes the installers mess with the thermostat and cause problems later. It stopped running about a week ago and it’s taking time to fix because of something to do with lack of spare parts.
$3,890 Silver SI 2.5 ton 13 SEER Fisherville, KY 2200 sqft
It keeps the utility bill low, hasn’t broken down and cools the house well even when it is overly hot. That is all it takes to make a good ac in my books. I have had it for 2 years now and not a single repair has been required. Let’s see how much longer this machine has left in it but I have a feeling it’s going to be a long time.
$6,949 Platinum ZM 4 ton Birmingham, AL 2900 sqft
Poor quality machine doesn’t bother buying it. I feel like the money I spent on this thing has gone down the drain. I have spent over $1,000 in repairs because the thing keeps breaking down after being fixed. Using the machine has been a bad experience that you are better of avoiding. I have actually also asked around and some of the people I have talked to generally do not feel like they got their money’s worth and have had plenty of negative things to say.

How to Get the Best American Standard Air Conditioner Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for air conditioner 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.

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.

8 comments… add one
  • Please post a date of publication on your website.

    • Thanks and this article is updated this year.

  • The prices for an installed system shown are 1-2 thousand less than the LOWEST bid I’ve had for a 4 ton unit. I’m in Orange County, California and my home has never had air conditioning, BUT, has a 4 ton furnace in place. The low bid isn’t replacing duct work so what can be the reason for such a discrepancy between the prices shown here and what I’ve been quoted?

    • Hi Steve

      CA is a state that is strictly regulated, as insurance and licensing fees are expensive for local HVAC contractors. Our price is the national average cost (updated in early 2017), sometimes $2000-$4000 more expensive is normal for cities like Boston, Bronx, Fremont and Jamaica.

  • I would appreciate the decibels rating for the different models. If any knows where I can find that I’d appreciate it tremendously.

  • I’ve gotten bids on the Gold 17 5 ton split HVAC unit ranging from $8,700. to over $10,000. I’m in Tucson. I am replacing a 12 year-old 5 ton Rheem. No duct work, no electrical and no pad needed. New equipment can be put in place without a crane. They plan to clean the existing freon lines. Based on the estimates in this article, my quotes seem exceptionally excessive. What gives in Tucson? Any suggestions for obtaining a more reasonable quote?

  • Tom,

    I also live in Tucson and have gotten similar quotes.. what gives? Did you ever get a more reasonable quote. I would really like to get the Gold or Platinum but the Platinum models they want like 15k which is ridiculous.

  • Right now, 12/04/2019 – 11 AM, installation of American Standard Silver 3 ton unit is occurring. 1,700 sq ft house in Rockledge, Florida. Replacing Payne 3 ton unit that was installed in 2010. Not inclined to knock Payne because A/C here runs a LOT. And the compressor was hit with recycled water to irrigate the lawn.
    (That occurred before I bought the house in 2018.)
    I LIKE that American Standard is made in the USA!
    Installation cost is $6,000.
    Includes removing old system, installing new system, new coolant lines, new thermostat. Using existing pad, duct work and most of the wiring.
    One day installation.
    I could have gotten something for less, but I am using the highest rated company in our area.
    And the salesman talked my out of my preconceived notions. I had wanted a heat pump and a two stage compressor. Our area gives energy rebates for straight A/C, but NOT heat pumps. Too many problems reported.
    Salesman did quote for two stage and it was $1,500 more.
    I figure the two stage unit would have paid for itself some time after I pass …
    Note that I planned my A/C outage well – outside temp range today is 44-67, indoor (well insulated) is now 69 = comfortable.


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