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Daikin offers air conditioners for residential applications in the capacity range from 2 to 5 tons. They have been a proven leader in refrigeration and increasing efficiency with air conditioners and heat pumps. They were the innovators behind VRV or VRF technology that is being used in more and more air conditioners heat pumps. VRV or VRF stand for Variable Refrigerant Volume or Variable Refrigerant Flow respectively. VRV and VRF are pretty much one in the same with the only difference being the name. A VRV or VRF system will modulate the compressor based on demand. Modulating the system has been proven to save energy and the life of the equipment.

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Daikins top of the line air conditioner offers 23 SEER which is pretty close to what others have for their premium units now. Daikin also has mid-grade models and economy models for those on a budget. Various features of Daikin air conditioning systems include:

  • High-efficiency two-stage scroll compressor in select Daikin air conditioners
  • Uses chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant
  • Select units are EnergyStar rated
  • Powered by a Daikin brand variable-speed scroll compressor in select Daikin models
  • 500-hour salt-spray tested in select units
  • Diagnostic features with fault code storage for better air conditioner troubleshooting
  • Engineered to reduce operating noise levels with sound levels down to 58 decibels
  • ECM variable-speed outdoor fan motor in select models
  • 12-Year Unit Replacement Limited Warranty and 12-Year Parts Limited Warranty for select Daikin air conditioners

Daikin Top SEER Rating

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Daikins warranty seems to be slightly better than other manufacturers with only a few other manufacturers matching the 12-year warranty. Always remember to register the warranty within the deadline period after installation is complete. Otherwise, the manufacturer has no obligation to honor the warranty. Some people have learned this the hard way and then cussed out the manufacturer. I know, I get emails from people about this and some reviews indicate this problem. In that case, can’t really blame the manufacturer.

Daikin Air Conditioner Model Comparison
DX20VC Series (Premium Model)DX16TC Series (Mid-Range Model)DX13SN Series (Economy Model)
Up to 23 SEER PerformanceUp to 17 SEER PerformanceUp to 14 SEER Performance
12-Year Unit Replacement Limited Warranty and 12-Year Parts Limited Warranty12-Year Unit Replacement Limited Warranty and 12-Year Parts Limited Warranty12-Year Parts Limited Warranty
High-efficiency ECM condenser fan motorHigh-efficiency PSC or ECM condenser fan motorSingle-speed condenser fan motor
Daikin variable-speed swing and scroll compressorsTwo-Stage Copeland® UltraTech scroll compressorEnergy-efficient compressor
Heavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinet
with grille-style sound control top design
Heavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinet
with grille-style sound control top design
Heavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinet
with louvered sound control top
Diagnostic indicator lights, seven-segment
LED display, and fault code storage
In communicating mode, two low-voltage
wires to outdoor unit required
Advanced diagnostics not indicated
Refrigeration-grade premium 7mm copper tubing and aluminum fin condenser coilCopper tube / aluminum fin condenser coilCopper tube/aluminum fin coil
Single-panel access to controls with space
provided for field-installed accessories
Single-panel access to controls with space
provided for field-installed accessories
Single-panel access to controls with space
provided for field-installed accessories
Select sizes meet ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner qualificationsMeets ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner qualificationsN/A

Prices and ROI | Daikin Air Conditioner Reviews

Furthermore, remember the models compared above represents one top tier model, one mid-range model, and one economy model. The dollar amount for the units are in line with the ranges in the models. The higher the SEER range you buy the more it will cost you. Prices vary based on regions and other factors including contractor pricing so it’s nearly impossible to give prices for a newly installed air conditioner with a matching heating system.

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Additionally, speaking of warranties. Always check to see if the manufacturer has an extended parts and labor warranty. If you are buying mid-grade to top-tier equipment I recommend you purchase that warranty (if available). Finally, no matter the brand or the type of equipment you purchase, the best you can get is only as good as the installing contractor. Make sure you get a qualified and competent contractor to install the system.

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

Daikin does have a warranty for their air conditioners that are above average. Most HVAC manufacturers offer a 10-year limited parts warranty. However, Daikin’s warranty runs for 12 years. Remember, the warranty only covers parts and not labor. Always ask for a labor warranty if available. A labor warranty will cost you extra but for the higher end, high efficiency air conditioners, its worth it. These premium models are more complex and require a skilled technician to troubleshoot if problems arise. Additionally, make sure to read the fine print and register the warranty within the manufacturers time frame.

About Daikin

Daikin Air ConditionersDaikin began in 1924 manufacturing radiator tubes for aircraft. In 1938 they branched out and got into refrigeration providing refrigeration units for the Japanese Navy.  In the 50’s Daikin introduced their first air conditioners. As they grew so did Daikins innovation for various comfort and industrial cooling systems. In 2012, Daikin purchased Goodman Manufacturing out of Houston, Texas.

Finally, a few words about the video. It appears to be too close to the house. Most manufacturers require a minimum of 18 inches installation from the house. Of course that would be difficult because of the property line. The property line is another issue. In most municipalities, if you install any type of unit within 10 feet of the property line you have to get prior approval from the AHJ or code authorities. Don’t know if the contractor did that or got approval from the manufacturer to install unit within the 18 inch minimum. I don’t know the situation or conditions but I would have recommended to the homeowner to install the unit in another location.

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