Amana ASX13 Review
SEER:Up to 14
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Decibel Level:As low as 73
Price:$3,000 - $5,000
Cooling Capacity:17,800 to 56,500
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The ASX13 is one of Amana’s most basic value-tier models, but it still has some appealing features and design elements. However, this is a single-stage model with a mid-efficiency SEER, so you will have to double check that it’s powerful enough for your home.
This ASX13 model review will give you an idea about whether this could be a good air conditioner for your home. It will talk about pricing, features, warranty, efficiency, and situations where this model might be appropriate.
And so you can see what else Amana has to offer, the review will also compare the ASX13 to three other air conditioners based on price, features, and tier.
The Amana ASX13 in a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $3,000 to $5,000
- Assembled in the United States
- Backed by an excellent warranty
- Has Copeland® CoreSense Diagnostics
- Mid-efficiency SEER
- Standard sound performance
- Has a compact footprint for smaller spaces
The Bottom Line
Although the ASX13 has an excellent warranty and some features—like self-diagnostics—that aren't common with value-tier air conditioners, it still has a more basic single-stage compressor and a mid-efficiency SEER of 14.
That means this air conditioner will probably work best in spaces with lower cooling demands. That could include smaller homes or cottages, places in milder parts of Canada like coastal regions, or even homes where you don’t mind having the indoor temperature a little on the warmer side.
It’s recommended that you do a load calculation for your home before investing in this air conditioner, but as long as it’s powerful enough for your needs, then it will be one of Amana’s most affordable models, and it will reduce summer cooling bills more than a standard-efficiency unit.
In Depth Review
Amana ASX13 Product Specifications
- Compressor: Single-stage
- SEER: Up to 14
- ENERGY STAR certified: No
- Decibel rating: As low as 73
- Cooling capacity: 17,800 to 56,500 Btus
One of the coolest features this model boasts is the Copeland CoreSense Diagnostics system, which isn't a common perk with most entry-level air conditioners.
This system is built into the air conditioner and constantly monitors performance. When a problem arises, the feature provides precise details about the issue so that an HVAC specialist can diagnose the problem and perform the right repairs to get the A/C working optimally again.
There are lots of great things about self-diagnostics systems, including that they can reduce maintenance time, labour costs, and down time. Beyond that, getting the right service promptly can increase the lifespan of the system and prevent larger problems from developing.
What's more, when your air conditioner does need maintenance or service, design features like the single-panel control access and top and side maintenance access make it easier for a technician to work.
Other Key Features
- Internal components are protected by the heavy-gauge galvanized steel cabinet
- Coil is made from durable aluminum fins and copper tubing with excellent heat transfer
- Equipped with a single-speed condenser fan motor
- Noise levels are reduced thanks to the sound-control top and the high-density foam sound control blanket
- Filter drier removes moisture and dirt from the refrigerant system for a longer life
- Uses a refrigerant that doesn’t destroy ozone
- Cabinet is protected by a powder-paint finish
- Protective grille for the fan and guard for the coil
The ASX13 is backed by a great warranty that includes a 10-year parts warranty and a two-year unit replacement warranty, which isn't common with a lot of entry-level air conditioners on the market.
The unit replacement warranty is a guarantee from Amana that they’ll give you a new air conditioner if the compressor fails during the first two years of operation.
To qualify for the full warranty, you'll have to register the ASX13 within 60 days of installation. To register, just go online and fill out the form. It'll ask you for things like your name, the name of the licensed HVAC installer, the A/C’s model and serial numbers, and the installation date.
Unregistered units will still have a five-year parts warranty, but you'll lose the unit replacement warranty.
Comparable Models by Amana
Model Comparison by Price: ASX13 versus AVXC20
The AVXC20 is Amana’s premier unit, so it’s going to cost an average of $5,000 to $6,000+ to buy and install in Canada.
This is Amana’s only variable-speed air conditioner. Whereas the ASX13’s compressor is either running at 100 percent capacity or not at all, the AVXC20 can operate almost constantly while making incremental adjustments to the cooling output. This produces a more consistent temperature around the house, improves efficiency, reduces noise, and eliminates additional moisture from the air.
The AVXC20 also has all of Amana’s premium features, including a lifetime unit replacement warranty, communicating ComfortBridge technology, self-diagnostics, a variable-speed condenser fan motor, ComfortNet compatibility, the CoolCloud HVAC app, and sound performance as low as 57 decibels.
Despite all of the great selling features, the AVXC20 isn't going to be great for a lot of homes because of the opposite reason as the ASX13: it’s too efficient. It has a SEER of 24.5, which is meant for hotter climates like the Southern U.S.
The problem is the price is going to be significantly higher, but the unit won’t return proportional energy savings above and beyond what a 16- or 18-SEER model could.
Model Comparison by Features: ASX13 versus ASXC16
The ASXC16 is a premium-tier air conditioner that has all the same features as the premier model, except for the variable-speed compressor.
Nonetheless, the ASXC16 has a two-stage compressor that’s more powerful and efficient than the ASX13’s single-stage one. As such, it has a higher SEER of 16 that’s great for Canada, but it will also produce quieter and more consistent cooling for your home. And it’s ENERGY STAR certified, so it will have higher rebate eligibility.
Beyond that, the ASXC16 has additional selling points, including a lifetime unit replacement warranty, communicating abilities thanks to the ComfortBridge technology, and compatibility with Amana’s own thermostat, the ComfortNet Communications System.
Model Comparison by Tier: ASX13 versus ASX16
The ASX16 is also a value-tier air conditioner, and while it has the same single-stage compressor, it has some additional perks that the ASX13 doesn’t, including a 16 SEER that’s in the ideal range for Canada. That means it will be more cost-effective to operate, but it’s also going to perform better in larger homes.
It also has ENERGY STAR certification, so while it will cost more than the ASX13, it will save you more in the long-term on energy bills, and it will qualify for additional rebates.
The ASX16 also has a much longer unit replacement warranty that lasts for the lifetime of the unit. Furthermore, the compressor that powers the ASX16 is a scroll compressor, a style that’s quieter and more efficient and needs less maintenance than a standard compressor.