HVAC Manufacturers Brands History - the following list is a history of HVAC Manufacturers Brands and how they have changed over the years from one owner to the next. The page is a bit outdated however the information, while in need of updating, remains valid for a historical record of how the major (and some minor) brands have changed hands over time. If you know of any updates or corrections please email us using the contact page.
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HVAC Manufacturers Brands History
This page covers HVAC Manufacturers History. If you have a very old furnace or air conditioner you can look it up here and see who now owns this name and possible makes HVAC parts for the old HVAC Unit. HVAC Manufacturers in modern times are constantly changing as one large HVAC entity buys up the smaller HVAC entities or someone decides to change their name so from time to time this page needs to be updated. If you see a discrepancy or know of a name change or new name let us know using the HVAC Contact Page. Thanks!
HVAC Manufacturers Brands History A - D
AAON: Evolved from John Zink/Sunbeam, makes packaged rooftop equipment.
ADDISON PRODUCTS: Now a division of Heat Controller.
AIRQUEST: Name used by International Comfort Products.
AIRTEMP: Became a subsidiary of Fedders Corp. in 1976. See Fedders.
AMANA: Formerly a division of Raytheon, now part of Goodman Manufacturing.
AMERICAN FURNACE [AFCO]: In 1968 became part of the climate control division of the Singer Co. In 1970 became Singer American Furnace. See Singer.
AMERICAN-STANDARD: Became Tappan Air Conditioning division in 1972. American-Standard purchased the Trane Company in 1984. American-Standard name revived in 1988.
ARCO: Acquired by SnyderGeneral in 1984 from Atlantic Richfield. Added to Climate Control unit as Arcoaire. In 1991 became part of Inter-City Products (now International Comfort Products) with brandmate Comfortmaker. In 1999, ICP was purchased by United Technologies, parent of Carrier.
ARMSTRONG:Founded by Lennox in 1928, became division of the Johnson Corp. in 1957. See Magic Chef. Name revived in 1988 to Armostrong Air after Lennox purchased the climate control line from Magic Chef.
BARD: Bard Manufacturing.
BOHN: A subsidiary of Lennox International
BOSCH HVAC: A division of Bosch Group now owns Buderus Boilers, Florida Heat Pumps and other HVAC Brands produced under the Bosch name.
BROAN: HVAC Equipment for Broan is manufactured through license by Nordyne.
BRYANT: A division of Carrier Corp-United Technologies.
BUDERUS BOILERS: Now owned by Bosch Group.
CARRIER: Carrier HVAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies.
CENTURY: Century Engineering Corp, Cedar Rapids, purchased by Heat Controller in 1975. Century name still used by Heat Controller on products made by OEMs.
COLEMAN: Heating division started in 1958. Bought by MacAndrews & Forbes Group in 1989, by Beacon International using the name Evcon Industries in 1990, by York International in 1994.
COMFORTAIRE: A tradename of Heat Controller. See Century.
COMFORTMAKER: Old AFCO name revived at founding of SnyderGeneral by former Singer HVAC boss. See Singer. Comfortmaker now owned by Inter-City Products. In 1999, ICP was purchased by United Technologies.
COMMAND-AIRE: Water source heat pump maker now owned by American-Standard.
COOLERATOR, McGRAW-EDISON: Lasted listed as making HVAC products in 1978.
CRANE: Stopped making HVAC products in 1968. Furnace technology sold to Amana.
CUMBERLAND: A brand name used by American-Standard/Trane.
DAIKIN US: Japanese company making mini splits withdrew from the US market in 1988.
DAY & NIGHT: Part of the BDP Co. division of Carrier Corp-United Technologies. Name being dropped as of late 1997.
DELCO: Old GM appliance division last listed in 1964.
DUCANE: Purchased by Lennox in 1999.
DUNHAM-BUSH: Most divisions sold to Topgroup Holdings Berhad of Malaysia.
DUOMATIC-OLSEN: Canadian maker changed name to DMO Industries with Olsen & Airco as brand names.
HVAC Manufacturers Brands History E to I
EUBANK: Texas manufacturer of cooling equipment, also OEM for Heat Controller.
FANDAIRE: Last A/C units manufactured in 1962.
FASCO: Stopped making HVAC products in 1983.
FRASER-JOHNSTON: Became part of Westinghouse. Name dropped in 1978 with end of Westinghouse HVAC products. Name now used by York International.
FEDDERS: Left the unitary market around 1980. Sells window units under Fedders, Climatrol, Airtemp, Hunter, Emerson brands.
FRIEDRICH: Residential HVAC acquired by ARCO in early 80s. In 1985 became Friedrich Climate Master Inc. selling water source heat pumps. Friedrich name dropped from tradename in 1987. Friedrich HVAC products evolved into Arcoaire. Friedrich name still used on window units & mini splits after purchase of Zoneaire from ICP.
FRIGIDAIRE: HVAC Equipment for Frigidaire is manufactured through license by Nordyne.
GAFFERS & SATTLER: In 1969 became a subsidiary of Magic Chef. Name no longer used.
GENERAL ELECTRIC: HVAC division purchased by the Trane Company in 1982.
GIBSON: HVAC Manufacturer based in Missouri (2016)
GREEN COLONIAL: Des Moines company stopped making HVAC products in 1975.
HALL-NEAL FURNACE: Indianapolis company last listed in 1966.
HASTINGS: Last listed in 1964, now manufacturers unit & duct heaters.
HEIL-QUAKER: Purchased by Inter City Gas, Toronto, from Whirlpool Corp. Tempstar name added to replace Whirlpool name. HVAC division now part of International Comfort Products. In 1999, ICP was purchased by United Technologies.
HENRY FURNACE [MONCRIEF]: Purchased by Luxaire, Inc. Now part of York International.
HOME FURNACE: Became Home Furnace division, Lear-Siegler Inc. Became Miller Heating & Air Conditioning in 1986 after being acquired by Nortek Inc. Now listed as Nordyne. See Intertherm.
INTERNATIONAL HEATER: In 1965 controlling interest acquired by Weil-McLain. Became International Heating & Air Conditioning division in 1973. Last listed in 1974. Weil-McLain now owned by United Dominion.
INTERNATIONAL OIL BURNER: Founded in St. Louis in 1919. Became Intertherm in 1969.
INTERTHERM: Became Nordyne company in 1987. Brandmate Miller. In 1998, Nordyne started marketing under White-Westinghouse brands Frigidaire, Philco, Tappan, Kelvinator & Gibson. Nordyne is OEM for Thermal Zone.
IRON FIREMAN: Now a tradename of Dunham-Bush.
ITT: Stopped making HVAC products in 1983.
J - M | HVAC Manufacturers Brands History
JANITROL: Division of Surface Combustion Co. became a division of Midland-Ross in 1960, division of Tappan in 1977. Janitrol name sold to Goodman Mfg. in 1982. Also sold as Goodman, Hamilton, Johnstone, Sears Kenmore.
JOHNSON, AIR-EASE: Founded in 1958 by C.A. Olsen (who started Luxaire) and brother-in-law Johnson. Became part of Magic Chef in 1972. Now owned by Lennox. Air Ease brand now part of Armstrong Air division of Lennox.
LENNOX: Lennox Industries.
LUXAIRE: Founded in 1939, purchased by Westinghouse in 1955, was purchased by York in 1981.
MAGIC CHEF: In 1986, Magic Chef was acquired by the Maytag Co. Air conditioning division was sold to Lennox in 1988, and renamed Armstrong Air. See Johnson.
MAYFLOWER: St. Paul furnace company last listed in 1962.
MAYTAG: HVAC Equipment for Maytag is manufactured through license by Nordyne.
McQUAY: Formerly a division of SnyderGeneral, now owned by Hong Leong Group Malaysia. The Sister division is AAF International.
MILLER: Was Miller the Home Furnace Company started in 1916. Now part of Nordyne with brandmate Intertherm.
MITCHELL: Last listed in 1958.
MONCRIEF: Division of York International. See Luxaire.
MUELLER CLIMATROL: In 1964 became Climatrol Div. Worthington Air Conditioning. Eventually bought out by Fedders. See Worthington and Fedders.
HVAC Manufacturers Brands History N - R
NESBITT: Acquired by ITT in 1963. Divested by ITT in 1979 and filed for bankruptcy in 1980. Now a tradename of Mechanical Specialties, Inc.
NIAGRA: Acquired by Rybolt in 1961.
OLSEN: In 1965 became Luxaire, Inc. with the brand names Luxaire & Moncrief. Acquired by Westinghouse then sold to York Div. Borg-Warner in 1981. The Olsen name no longer in use by York.
ONEIDA-ROYAL: Purchased by Utica Boilers Inc. in 1990.
PAYNE: A division of Carrier Corp-United Technologies. The name is used on the economy line of Carrier equipment.
PEERLESS: In 1964 became Peerless Division, Space Conditioning Systems. Eventually acquired by Dunham-Bush with names dropped in the mid-1970s.
PEERLESS HEATER: Boiler manufacturer since 1908.
PERFECTION: Became Perfection Division, Hupp Industries in 1964. In 1965, Perfection’s name dropped. Later known as Typhoon Div, Hupp Industries. Hupp in bankruptcy in 1991.
RHEEM: Rheem Manufacturing is owned by Japanese water heater manufacturer Paloma.
ROUND OAK: Last listed in 1963. See Peerless.
RUUD: Part of Rheem Manufacturing. See Rheem.
RYBOLT: Last listed in 1973.
HVAC Manufacturers Brands History - S to Z
SINGER: In 1982 became climate control unit of SnyderGeneral Corp. with name dropped. In 1984 SnyderGeneral operations included Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, McQuay. In 1988 SynderGeneral bought American Air Filter. In 1991, sold Arcoaire & Comfortmaker to Inter-City Products.
SOUTHWEST MFG: Became Heatwave International in 1984, later going bankrupt.
SPACE CONDITIONER: Became Dunham-Bush division in 1968.
SQUARE D: Production resumed as Sun Dial Manufacturing then stopped in the 1980s.
STEWART-WARNER: Last listed in 1976.
TAPPAN: Became SJC Corp. in 1979 with the name Frigiking Tappan. In 1982, SJC sold the Janitrol line to Goodman Mfg. Tappan name revived by Nordyne in 1998 under license from White-Westinghouse.
THERMOPRODUCTS: Indiana manufacturer of ThermoPride brand furnaces & air conditioners, now owned by Burnham Corporation
TRANE: The Trane Company purchased GE’s climate control division in 1982. Trane was purchased by American-Standard in 1984.
TORRIDHEET: Last listed in 1972.
WATERBURY: Last listed in 1962.
WEATHERKING: Former trade name of Addison Products, sold to Rheem in 1989.
WESTINGHOUSE: In 1981, sold to Borg-Warner [York}. Sale rights included names Moncrief, Luxaire, Fraser-Johnston all now used by York International. Currently (2016), Westinghouse HVAC products are manufactured under license by Nordyne.
WHIRLPOOL: In 1972 became Whirlpool Div. of Heil-Quaker, a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corp. Tempstar’s name replaced Whirlpool after Inter-City Gas Co. bought Heil-Quaker in 1986. See Heil-Quaker.
WILLIAMS OIL-O-MATIC: Last listed in 1972.
WILLIAMSON: Purchased by Hupp Industries which went bankrupt in 1991. Williamson name was purchased by Metzger Machine (Milwaukee Thermoflo) and used on the furnace line. Late 1999, purchased by United Dominion (Weil-McLain’s parent)
WORTHINGTON: Became Mueller Climatrol in 1970 after being acquired by Fedders.
YORK: Formerly a division of Borg-Warner, York International is now spun off. York also makes Fraser-Johnson, Luxaire, Moncrief, Winchester, Coleman-Evcon, AirPro
Thanks to John Mills for this list. To visit John’s site click here.
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HVAC Manufacturers Brands History