Payne Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer RatingsPayne Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings - Payne offers central air conditioning systems in the 13 SEER to 17 SEER range in various capacities for residential systems. These ratings also include ranging in EER from 11 to 13 with mid-range models splitting the difference in that group. Payne manufacturers heating and cooling equipment keeping it simple in design and affordable in price. They also offer basic equipment protection safeties such as high and low-pressure refrigeration switches for their air conditioners which are not typical in all manufacturers. That protects you in some cases when something goes wrong with the system.

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Payne Air Conditioner Reviews Consumer Ratings - Select Features

Select features on some of Payne’s air conditioners include:

  • Two-stage compressor for better humidity control and efficiency.
  • Coil protection with the Payne tight wire grille
  • Engineered for quiet operation for peace and quiet when you are outside near the condenser
  • Environmental friendly R-410A refrigerant
  • Various ranges of efficiency levels for you to choose from. From their top of the line 17 SEER model to their 13 SEER economy model with a few in between
  • Durable corrosion resistant cabinets so they last longer and won’t fall apart

Payne Air Conditioner Model Comparison Matrix

Payne Air Conditioner Model Comparison
PA17NA Series (Premium Model)PA16NW Series (Mid-Range Model)PA13NA Series (Economy Model)
Up to 17 SEERUp to 17 SEER Performance13 SEER Performance
10-Year Parts Limited Warranty*10-Year Parts Limited Warranty*10-Year Parts Limited Warranty*
Single-speed fan motorSingle-speed fan motorSingle-speed condenser fan motor
Two-stage scroll compressorSingle-stage compressor operationSingle-stage compressor operation
Heavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinetHeavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinetHeavy-gauge galvanized-steel cabinet
Conventional ControlsConventional ControlsConventional Controls
Select sizes meet ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner qualificationsMeets ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner qualificationsN/A
High Pressure SwitchN/AN/A
Low-Pressure SwitchNAN/A

Payne Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings - Installation Contractor

If you read the many reviews here at High Performance HVAC you will find many of them are negative. I am not talking about the technical reviews which I write but reviews left in the comments below the technical review. I don’t understand why more people do not leave positive reviews of their HVAC equipment more so than negative reviews. And I can bet anyone that most of the negative reviews are because the homeowner did not get the best contractor available to install the system and their new air conditioner was installed with poor quality in workmanship.

I’ve been in the business long enough to know from experience this happens all the time. Uncle Bob’s friend has a friend of a friend that can install that for you for half the cost that a typical company can do it for. And you won’t have to worry about getting a permit or anything like that. Sounds like a good deal? When something goes wrong the homeowner finds out the warranty is invalid because they didn’t follow the proper procedure they trash the manufacturer.

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In the long run, they pay more because the life of the equipment is reduced, they never got the efficiency of the rating because of shoddy installation, and their repair bills are always higher. REALLY!!!! The cost of doing it right the first time saves so much frustration and money in the long run!! The bottom line to this little rant…………get a reputable contractor and do it right. Oh, and leave a review of the current system you have. Hopefully, it will be a positive review. Save yourself a lot of hassle and read our HVAC Buyers Guide. It’s free.

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.

Payne History

DW Payne and his son began building furnaces in a converted barn in Los Angeles in 1914. Through the years they came up with innovative new designs and products. Eventually, they were purchased by Carrier and now Payne is in the family of HVAC companies run under the umbrella of United Technologies.

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