Amana ANX14 Review
SEER:Up to 15
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Decibel Level:As low as 71
Price:$3,000 - $5,000
Cooling Capacity:18,000 to 60,000
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The ANX14 from Amana is one of their more basic value-tier models. It has a single-stage compressor and a mid-efficiency SEER that’s close to the SEER range recommended for Canada. Because of the standard specifications, this model won’t be right for all homes
This ANX14 model review will explain the important details of this A/C so you can decide if it’s a wise investment that will keep your home cool and comfortable.
The review will talk about the ANX14’s average price in Canada, its key features and design elements, situations where it could be a good cooling system, warranty details, and more. It will also compare the ANX14 to three other Amana air conditioners so you can see what else the brand has in the same tier, with more features, and in a higher price range.
The Amana ANX14 in a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $3,000 to $5,000
- Assembled in the USA
- Excellent warranty coverage, especially for a value model
- Mid-efficiency SEER
- Relatively quiet operation for a single-stage compressor
- Designed to be durable and last for many summers
The Bottom Line
The ANX14 is a value-tier model with a single-stage compressor and SEER of 15. The recommended SEER range for Canada is usually between 16 and 18, so this model will be best for smaller spaces with lower cooling demands. It could also work in mild or dry parts of the country, such as coastal areas that don’t often get long heat waves or a lot of humidity.
This air conditioner will reduce summer cooling bills compared to an older unit, especially one with a standard-efficiency SEER. It will also be more affordable than single-stage air conditioners from premium brands.
However, because it doesn’t have ENERGY STAR, it may not qualify for certain rebates. It also won’t save you quite as much compared to a high-efficiency alternative.
And just make sure you have an HVAC pro do a load calculation to make sure the ANX14 will be powerful enough to cool your home.
In Depth Review
Amana ANX14 Product Specifications
- Compressor: Single-stage
- SEER: Up to 15
- ENERGY STAR certified: No
- Decibel rating: As low as 71
- Cooling capacity: 18,000 to 60,000 Btus
As a value-tier model, the ANX14 doesn’t have any of Amana’s premium features or technologies, but it does have some design elements that improve durability and increase longevity.
The single-speed ECM condenser fan motor is efficient and durable, just as the coil is made from durable copper tube and aluminum fin that increases efficiency and heat transfer.
The cabinet is made from a heavy-gauge galvanized steel that’s protected from the elements by a powder-paint finish, so the internal components and the cabinet itself are protected from damage.
Finally, the ANX14 has an inline filter drier that removes dirt and moisture from the refrigerant system. Contaminants like these can compromise the system and reduce the system’s lifespan.
Other Key Features
- Condenser fan motor has quiet airflow
- Cabinet has a sound-control top to dampen operational noise
- Uses an R-410A refrigerant that doesn’t destroy ozone
- Equipped with refrigeration-grade premium copper tubing
- Coil is protected by a steel guard
- One-panel access to all the controls makes for faster installation and maintenance
- During maintenance, the system can be accessed from the top and side
- Has easy-access gauge ports
Like most of Amana’s other value air conditioners, the ANX14 comes with a 10-year parts warranty as well as a two-year unit replacement warranty. The unit replacement warranty means Amana will replace the air conditioner if the compressor fails during the first two years of operation.
You will have to register the unit within 60 days of installation, otherwise the parts warranty will only last for five years, and you'll lose the unit replacement warranty.
The additional protection could potentially save you a lot of money, so registration is recommended. All you have to do is go online and provide Amana with your name, the air conditioner’s serial and model numbers, the name of the licensed HVAC dealer, and the installation date.
Comparable Models by Amana
Model Comparison by Price: ANX14 versus ASXC16
The ASXC16 is a premium-tier model, so it’s going to be more expensive than the ANX14. On average, the ASXC16 costs between $4,500 to $5,500 to buy and install in Canada.
The premium model has a lot to offer, including a two-stage compressor. That means it can operate at two stages: the lower stage is for energy-saving temperature maintenance, and the higher stage is for heat waves and high humidity when the A/C has to work harder to keep you comfortable.
As you might expect, the ASXC16 is a little more efficient, with a SEER of 16 (perfect for Canada). Although the energy savings between the two models might be similar, the ASXC16 is going to keep your home at a more consistent temperature, and it’s better suited for larger homes.
The ASXC16 also has ENERGY STAR certification, so it could qualify for rebates that would make it more affordable. Finally, it has Amana’s premium features, ComfortBridge communicating technology, a lifetime unit replacement warranty, ComfortNet Communications System compatibility, and a self-diagnostic system.
Model Comparison by Features: ANX14 versus AVXC20
The AVXC20 is Amana’s top-of-the-line model, so it’s their most expensive and most efficient unit with all of the features and technologies the brand offers.
Like the brand’s other premium air conditioners, the AVXC20 has ENERGY STAR certification, a lifetime unit replacement warranty, ComfortNet compatibility, self-diagnostics, and communicating technology.
What sets this model apart, however, is the variable-speed compressor that can make incremental adjustments to the cooling power. Air conditioners like this are the quietest and most efficient available, and they also produce the most consistent temperature around the house and offer the best humidity control.
While the AVXC20 has a lot to offer, it’s going to be more powerful than most Canadians need. It has a SEER of 24.5, and that means it’s going to be a lot more expensive. At the same time, air conditioners like this are meant for hotter, longer summers, so it won’t generate energy savings high enough to offset the additional cost compared to a 16- to 18-SEER air conditioner.
Model Comparison by Tier: ANX14 versus ASX14
The ASX14 is almost identical to the ANX14. It’s a single-stage air conditioner with a SEER of 15, the same warranty, the same features and design elements, and similar sound performance.
There’s only one real difference between the two models, and that is the ASX14 comes with Copeland® CoreSense Diagnostics. This is a self-diagnostic system that monitors the air conditioner and provides detailed information about faults and malfunctions.
Self-diagnostic systems make diagnosing and troubleshooting faster and easier, and this can translate to cheaper service calls. Beyond that, they also ensure that repairs are precise and accurate, and this can help to increase the lifespan of the system.