Armstrong Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer RatingsArmstrong Air Conditioner Reviews - Armstrong manufacturers air conditioners and other HVAC equipment mainly for residential but they also makes light commercial HVAC equipment. Their line of air conditioners range in efficiency level from 13 SEER to 20 SEER making their air conditioner average for efficiency ratings in the HVAC industry for air conditioners. Their air conditioners also come in a variety of configurations from the standard split system air conditioner to the package unit air conditioner with either gas heat or in the heat pump configuration. Some features of various their air conditioners are:

Armstrong Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings | Select Features

  • High efficiency models include a fan design in the condenser to minimize noise
  • An insulation blanket around the compressor in the condenser also helps reduce noise levels for select air conditioners
  • High efficiency air conditioners come with two-stage compressors for better efficiency
  • Select Air Conditioners are Energy Star rated
  • Select Air Conditioners utilize the new ozone friendly refrigerant R-410A

Always make sure you register the warranty as soon as possible after installation is complete.

Top SEER Rating

Additional Features | Armstrong Air Conditioner Reviews

Armstrong Air Handlers

Armstrong has a few basic air handlers in their inventory for air handlers and these air handlers compliment their gas furnaces, oil furnaces, and other air handling devices including electric furnaces. Armstrong air handlers are available to fit in small spaces and in a variety of configurations. The premium models enhance efficiency and comfort but do cost more than the other economical models.

Air Handler Features

Armstrong Air Handlers Reviews | Consumer Ratings
Nearly every air handler in existence has a problem with mold and mildew as inside the air handler it is dark and usually moist. Sometimes this becomes a problem that needs to be corrected because the drain pan under the evaporator coil can become clogged with mold and mildew and other undesirable fungus. Armstrong microban drain pan helps reduce this problem inside the air handler.
Various features of Armstrong Air Handlers are:

  • Select Armstrong air handlers available to be fitted with electric heat strips.
  • Select Armstrong air handlers available in up flow, down flow, and horizontal flow configurations
  • Air handlers have painted, heavy gauge galvanized steel cabinets
  • Armstrong air handlers use Micro-ban antimicrobial condensation drain pan to prevent mold and mildew growth
  • Air handlers are insulated with foil faced insulation
  • Select Armstrong air handlers have ECM variable speed motors

Armstrong Condensing Units

Armstrong condensing units can be purchased in efficiency ranges from 13 SEER to 18 SEER in both split system heat pumps and split system air conditioners. Selected features of Armstrong condensing units include:

  • Armstrong Condensing Units ReviewsSelected Armstrong condensing units are Energy Star rated
  • Louvered condenser protects the coils
  • Armstrong heat pump condensers utilize a quiet shift reversing valve
  • Select Armstrong condensers have compressor warranties of 10 year limited parts warranty
  • Armstrong condensing units engineered for quiet operation

Armstrong Air Conditioner Model Comparisons Matrix

Armstrong Air Conditioner Model Comparison
Variable-Capacity Performance (Premium Model)Two-Stage Performance (Mid-Range Model)Single-Stage Performance (Economy Model)
Up to 20 SEER PerformanceUp to 16 SEER PerformanceUp to 16 SEER Performance
10-Year Limited Parts Warranty with extended warranty availableTen Year Parts Limited Warranty10-Year Limited Parts Warranty
High-efficiency ECM condenser fan motor in select systemsData for Condenser Fan Motor not indicated. Recommend at a minimum two-speed PSC fan motor. Prefer ECM Varialbe-speed. (Recommend ECM Variable speed for indoor fan motor)No data for the condenser fan motor. Likely a single speed PSC motor which is typical throughout the industry for single-stage air conditioners
Inverter-Driven Scroll Compressor - Modulating2-stage Copeland UltraTech™ scroll compressorHigh-efficiency scroll compressor
Heavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinet
with removable metal louvered panels
Galvanized-steel cabinet
with removable metal louvered panels
Galvanized-steel cabinet
with removable metal louvered panels
Requires Comfort Sync™ thermostat and a Comfort Sync™
enabled matching indoor unit
Comfort
Sync thermostat or conventional thermostat
Conventional Thermostat Control
69 decibels76 decibels78 decibels
Meets ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner qualificationsMeets ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner qualifications for select modelsN/A
High and Low-pressure refrigeration switchesAll Models - High and Low-pressure refrigeration switchesHigh and low-pressure switches
Model Reviewed: 4SCU20LXModel Reviewed: 4SCU16LSModel Reviewed: 4SCU13LE

Questions for the Dealer/Salesman:

  1. Since this is a communicating system can the thermostat be wired for a legacy/conventional thermostat in the event of the failure of the communicating thermostat?
  2. Do you offer an extended warranty that covers parts and labor?

Air Conditioner Pricing, Efficiency, and Return On Investment Factors

Pricing Versus Efficiency Return On Investment
EfficiencyPricing Range for Initial Purchase and Subsequent Repairs outside of WarrantyROI (Return On Investment)
19 SEER Plus$$$$$5 to 7 years depending on efficiency*
15 to 18 SEER$$$7 to 10 years depending on efficiency*
13 to 14 SEER$Over 10 years*
*Many factors depend on ROI such as house insulation, personal usage preferences, duct work integrity, and other basic efficiency factors. SEER level efficiency is very important to ROI. The higher the SEER, the quicker the return.

Warranties | Armstrong Air Conditioner Consumer Ratings

Armstrong has HVAC industry average warranties for their equipment. With any HVAC manufacturer warranty understand it is a limited parts warranty. This means they pay for the part but you pay for the labor. We always recommend extended labor warranties to match the term of the parts warranty. This is especially recommended if you buy the premium models. Premium models are more complex and will require a skilled technician to troubleshoot the problem. With a parts and labor warranty you don’t have to worry. Extended labor warranties may be available. Ask the salesman before purchasing.

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History

They were founded in 1928 in Columbus, Ohio by Lennox, the maker of other air conditioning and heating products. Lennox sold the company and name brand and then later reacquired the company and brand so they are officially owned by Lennox. They manufacturer air conditioning and heating equipment in Orangeburg, South Carolina where they have a state of the art facility designed to produce quality air conditioning and heating products. They believe in quality and run-test every piece of equipment before it leaves its factory.

For more information about Armstrong and their latest models and efficiency ratings please visit the Armstrong website.

Air Conditioner Reviews

  • Armstrong Warranties as Compared to Other Brands 85% 85%
  • Armstrong Quality as Compared to Other Brands 90% 90%
  • Consumer Opinion based on Field Experience 85% 85%
  • Armstrong Efficiency Compared to Other Brands 90% 90%
  • Overall Armstrong Opinion from a Technical Perspective 92% 92%