Amana VS Goodman Air Conditioner Review: Is There Any Difference Between Them?

Amana vs Goodman Air Conditioner Review

Goodman is among the most popular brands of air conditioner. It is known for low prices, decent quality and some of the best warranties in the industry. Amana is owned by Goodman, and Goodman has been owned by Daikin since 2012. So, does mutual ownership make them the same products but with different names?

Estimates for Amana Air Conditioners are usually higher than Goodman quotes. Does that mean the brands are different?

These are the issues explored in our Amana vs Goodman AC review. But we’re not here to waste your time.

If all you want to know is: “Are Amana air conditioners and Goodman ACs the same?” then here is the shortest answer that tells the whole story:

Goodman makes 5 air conditioner models that are identical to 5 Amana models. Amana makes 3 additional air conditioner models that Goodman doesn’t make.

Now, if you want to learn about the ACs made under the Goodman and Amana brands, read on. In the end, we give our opinion of how to decide on brands.

Goodman Owns Amana

Let’s start there. We’ll be brief.

Amana is one of the United States’ oldest product brands. It has been used mainly on appliances, but for other household goods too. The brand was bought and sold several times before Raytheon acquired it.

Goodman was founded in 1975 by Harold V. Goodman. Its first products were flexible (cheap) HVAC ducts and air registers with plastic (cheap) blades. A pattern is developing, right? Business boomed, and in 1982 Goodman bought Janitrol. The producer of HVAC components was in a tailspin, so Goodman got it cheap (less than $50 million) and entered the market.

Harold Goodman’s goal was to provide value, stating, “We will revolutionize the heating and air conditioning industry with the highest quality equipment manufactured by the best producing work force in the business and sold at the lowest prices in the market.”

In 1997, Goodman Manufacturing acquired Raytheon – and got the Amana brand in the bargain. Since Amana had such strong name recognition, Goodman kept using it. In 2004, Goodman was bought by Apollo Management for $1.43 billion, quite a return on the investment Goodman made 22 years earlier.

Daikin Enters the Picture

Daikin (pronounced Dy-kin with a long initial “I”) is the largest manufacturer of HVAC equipment in the world. In 2012, Daikin Industries of Japan bought Goodman for $3.7 billion. It probably overpaid, but Daikin was eager to get into the North American residential HVAC industry. In 2015, Daikin completed its Texas Technology Park (TTP) in Houston, a $417 million facility where residential HVAC components are made.

Today, Goodman and Amana (and Daikin) ACs, furnaces, heat pumps and other equipment are made on the same TTP assembly lines with the same components, but different cabinets and name tags.

Goodman and Amana Air Conditioners

There are five identical ACs from the two brands, and Amana makes three additional models.

Identical Air Conditioners

This table has information to compare including the warranty for the compressor and general parts are shown.

AmanaCompressorGoodmanCompressorUnit ReplacementPartsSEERPerformance
G=10 yrs
10 years192-stage
G=10 yrs
10 years172-stage
ASX16LifetimeGSX1610 yearsA=Lifetime
G=10 yrs
10 years16Single-stage
ASX1410 yearsGSX1410 yearsA=No, G=No10 years15Single-stage
ASX1310 yearsGSX1310 yearsA=No, G=No10 years14Single-stage

All the comparative information is the same except for warranties.

Amana offers a Lifetime Unit Replacement Warranty on the compressor for the top three models. “Unit Replacement” means that if the compressor ever fails, the company will replace not just the compressor but the entire outside unit, aka, condensing unit.

Here are two quick FAQs:

#1 Are Amana compressors better than those put in Goodman ACs?

No. They are identical and completely interchangeable. Both use the brand considered the Gold Standard in the HVAC industry, Copeland. The top models use the two-stage Copeland Ultratech scroll compressor. The third models have a single-stage Copeland compressor. Copeland is an Emerson brand, one of the leading manufacturers of original and replacement HVAC parts.

#2 Why does Amana have better warranties?

Because Amana units are priced $200 to $400 higher than identical Goodman models.

It’s better put the other way around – Amana units are priced higher because they have longer warranties. The better warranties offset the risk of higher claims payouts they produce.

It’s a marketing tool. Or, it can be looked at as an option for homeowners willing to pay for better coverage.  

Additional Amana Air Conditioners

This table gives similar information about the three extra Amana ACs.

ModelCompressorUnit ReplacementPartsSEERPerformance
AVXC20LifetimeYes10 yearsUp to 24.5Variable
ANX1410 yearsNo10 yearsUp to 15Single-stage
ANX1310 yearsNo10 yearsUp to 14Single-stage

Amana AVXC20: This unit is the best made by Amana, and it’s variable-capacity technology comes directly from the parent company. Daikin has been making inverter technology for decades in its ACs and heat pumps.

Inverter technology is used in ductless/mini split AC and heat pump systems, and it can be explored further in our Mini Split Guide.

As the AVXC20 brochure says, “An Inverter technology compressor functions much like a dimmer switch to a light bulb. With an Inverter Technology compressor, the power and speed levels are adjusted automatically to use the least amount of energy required to maintain the temperature you have selected on the thermostat.”

The advantages are huge energy reductions and therefore much higher efficiency, as you can see by the outstanding 24.5 SEER capability. This will cut cooling cost in about half when replacing a 12-13 SEER model.

Most of the ACs and heat pumps on the 2019 Energy Star Most Efficient list use inverter-controlled compressors.

Amana ANX14 and ANX13: There’s nothing exciting here. These units differ from the rest in that they don’t have the Copeland compressor ComfortAlert diagnostics, like all other Amana/Goodman models have. The diagnostics monitor the AC and quickly send error codes when something goes wrong. This leads to faster re-sets and repairs, and less downtime.

These are base models, entry-level ACs, and we recommend you steer clear of them. If you do have one, consider replacing it rather than repairing it the first time a major repair is needed.

This page lists all Amana central air conditioners.

Here is the air conditioner page for Goodman.

Don’t Try it Yourself

We should add this word of caution. More Goodman air conditioners are sold to DIY homeowners than any other brand.

There’s one problem with DIY HVAC installation – it often voids the warranty. This is true for most brands including big names like Trane, Lennox, Carrier and yes, Amana and Goodman.

It’s also quite possible you’ll end up paying more for the whole package – AC and installation – than you would have if hiring a Goodman contractor to provide both. This is because contractors don’t like installing equipment they didn’t sell.

Choose the Installer, Not the Brand

Most air conditioning companies that sell Goodman offer Amana too. In your area, it’s likely there are several contractors that sell them.

We recommend you get estimates from at least three experienced Amana/Goodman dealers in your area. Ask questions about the experience of the installers and the warranty for workmanship.

This is important, because most AC warranties cover manufacturer defects in the equipment – and yet, air conditioners often fail due to poor installation. Taking the time to find an experienced installer helps ensure better installation and the longevity and maximum energy efficiency that comes with it.

If you like the Amana installer, then Amana is the better brand for you. If the Goodman installer has the better track record of quality installation, then choose Goodman.

Written by

Rene has worked 10 years in the HVAC field and now is the Senior Comfort Specialist for PICKHVAC. He holds an HVAC associate degree from Lone Star College and EPA & R-410A Certifications.

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