Amana ASX16 Review
SEER:Up to 16
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 71.5
Price:$4500 - $5500
Tonnage:1.5 to 5
Cooling Capacity:18,000 to 54,000
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With reliable performance and a high-efficiency SEER, the Amana ASX16 air conditioner is the most powerful value-tier offering from the brand. Featuring a high-efficiency Copeland® single-stage scroll compressor, this ENERGY STAR®-certified unit has a SEER rating of up to 16.
The ASX16 is a viable option for a lot of Canadian homes, and this model review will help you decide if it could be good for yours.
The review will talk about the ASX16’s pricing, key features, design elements, efficiency, and warranty details, along with comparing it to three other Amana models based on price, features, and tier.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $4500 - $5500
- High-efficiency SEER and ENERGY STAR certification increase rebate eligibility
- Has a Copeland® single-stage scroll compressor
- Equipped with Copeland CoreSense Diagnostics
- Industry-leading warranty
- Assembled in the U.S.
- Equipped with a single-speed PSC condenser fan motor
The Bottom Line
The Amana ASX16 is an impressive value-tier air conditioner for Canadian consumers who want a high-quality, high-efficiency unit without breaking the bank. It will be moderately affordable, but it will also reduce summer cooling bills and could qualify for rebates that could make it more economical.
Another important thing about the ASX16 is that it’s in the recommended SEER range for Canada, which is between 16 and 18. The single-stage compressor is standard, but this model should still be powerful enough to cool many homes effectively and efficiently.
The unit can provide years of reliable cooling comfort thanks to its efficient design, effective performance, and high-quality internal components, such as the quieter and more efficient Copeland scroll compressor.
Amana ASX16 Specifications:
- Compressor: Single-stage
- SEER: Up to 16
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Decibel rating: As low as 71.5
- Cooling capacity: 18,000 to 54,000 Btus
The ASX16 has a premium copper tubing and aluminum fin condenser coil that delivers outstanding heat transfer and efficiency. Meanwhile, a dependable fixed-speed condenser fan motor optimizes quiet airflow while cooling the condensing coil.
Along with delivering high-efficiency performance, the ASX16 also has some other great selling features, including the excellent warranty and the Copeland CoreSense Diagnostics.
This is a system that monitors the performance of the air conditioner. It can automatically shut the system down if it senses a problem that could cause a catastrophic failure, and it also provides error and failure information so that an HVAC technician can quickly and accurately diagnose and troubleshoot problems.
Other Key Features
- Designed with a baked-on powder-paint finish to guarantee long-term durability
- Top and side maintenance access streamlines service calls
- The inline filter drier keeps contaminants out of the refrigerant system to ensure optimal efficiency
- A high-density foam compressor sound blanket keeps noise at a minimum
- The heavy gauge galvanized steel cabinet comes with a sound control top
- The single-panel access to the control system makes service calls easy
- Has high- and low-pressure switches to protect the system from damage
- Fan and coil protection thanks to the discharge grille and steel guard
Despite not ranking as one of Amana's premium-tier air conditioners, the ASX16 still receives the brand's premium-grade warranty coverage. This includes a limited lifetime unit replacement warranty as well as a limited 10-year parts warranty.
To be eligible for the full terms, you'll have to register the unit within 60 days of installation. Otherwise, the ASX16 will only come with a five-year parts warranty. You'll completely lose the unit replacement warranty, whereby Amana would provide a new air conditioner in the event of a compressor failure.
Registration is simple: all you have to do is provide Amana with your contact details, information about the HVAC installer, and some details about the air conditioner and the installation date.
Comparable Models by Amana
Model Comparison by Price: ASX16 versus AVXC20
The ASX16 is available for a much more reasonable price than Amana’s premium-grade products. Let’s compare it to the premium-tier AVXC20, the brand’s most expensive air conditioner, which tends to cost between $5,000 and $6,000+ in Canada.
There are reasons why the AVXC20 is so expensive, including the variable-speed compressor, SEER of 24.5, communicating technology, and compatibility with Amana’s own smart thermostat.
Despite the additional benefits of the AVXC20, this air conditioner might not actually offer better value than the ASX16. The recommended SEER range for Canada is 16 to 18, which is where the ASX16 falls.
Because the AVXC20 has a SEER that’s so much higher, it’s going to cost a lot more without generating much additional energy savings, so it might not be a wise investment for a lot of Canadians.
Model Comparison by Features: ASX16 versus ASXC16
When compared to the brand's selection of premium air conditioning systems, the Amana ASX16 doesn't come standard with as many top-of-the-line innovations and features.
By comparison, the ASXC16 is a premium model from the brand, and while it has the same 16 SEER as the ASX16, it has a more powerful two-stage compressor. That means it will generate similar energy savings, but it will ensure your home is at a more consistent temperature. It will also perform better in larger homes, even during heat waves.
Beyond that, the ASXC16 also has Amana’s other premium features, including their communicating ComfortBridge technology, and it’s compatible with the CoolCloud HVAC app and the ComfortNet Communications System smart thermostat.
Model Comparison by Tier: ASX16 versus ANX13
When compared to another value-tier offering like the ANX13, it’s easy to see why the ASX16 is Amana’s best entry-level model.
The ANX13 has a single-stage compressor as well, but it only has a SEER of 14 and no ENERGY STAR certification. It falls short of the recommended SEER range for Canada, it won’t reduce your energy bills as much, it may not qualify for high-efficiency rebates, and it will be better suited for smaller homes.
The ANX13 also lacks the self-diagnostics system, and it comes with a much shorter two-year unit replacement warranty.