American Standard Gold 17 Review
SEER:Up to 18
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 72
Price:$4500 - $6000
Tonnage:2 to 5
Cooling Capacity:24,000 to 60,000
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On the higher end of American Standard’s line of air conditioners, sits the Gold 17. This unit is incredibly efficient and will save on bills in the long run since it will use less energy. It is an ENERGY STAR® qualified unit that will cut back at least 50% energy use in comparison with an older model with a 10 SEER. It uses a two-stage compressor to maximize efficient energy usage and this also results in the air conditioner running quieter than most others.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $4500 - $6000
- SEER rating of 18
- ENERGY STAR® certified
- Two-stage compressor
The Bottom Line
The Gold 17 is a very powerful unit that is ideal if you live in an area that tends to have blisteringly hot summers. It is a good investment if you need an air conditioner that can handle being pushed for constant cooling. This unit is backed by a good warranty and is weather-resistant, so you can rest easy knowing that the Gold 17 will last a long time.
American Standard Gold 17 Specifications:
- Compressor type: Two-stage
- Ozone-safe refrigerant that does not impact the environment negatively
- Quiet operation so that you’re not disturbed if entertaining outside
- Spine Fin™ coil that is reliable and efficient in cooling your home by transferring heat
- Steel louvered panels that protect from damage and debris, while maintaining the longevity of the unit
- SermaGuard™ rust-resistant screws that are zinc-coated to prolong the life of the unit
The American Standard Gold 17 is a great model to help you get through sweltering summers. It operates efficiently and has a SEER rating of 18, making it quite a powerful unit to respond to a high demand. The two-stage compressor helps to save on energy and expenses by only switching to 100% capacity when absolutely necessary. The warranty covers the parts that experience the most stress, so you can relax easy.
More Key Features
- Durabase™ basepan that is resistant to cracks and corrosion
- 72-74 dB noise level (average conversation is about 60 dB)
- Duration™ compressor that automatically adjusts to avoid temperature dips and respond accurately to your cooling needs
American Standard offers a better warranty for their air conditioners that are Gold and above. The Gold 17 is backed by a 12-year limited warranty on the compressor, a 10-year limited warranty on the coil and a 10-year limited warranty on parts. As long as you register within 60 days of installation, you’ll get these warranties; if not, you’ll get the base warranty of 5-years limited. You’re also eligible to purchase an extended warranty and transferability in case you see a move in your future.
Comparable Models by American Standard
Model Comparison by Price - American Standard Gold 17 versus American Standard Silver 14
The American Standard Silver 14 offers good value, especially if you’re in an area that has tepid summers rather than scorchers. The Silver 14 has only a single compressor, so it runs at 100% capacity. However, if your cooling needs are not demanding, this is sufficient. It has a lower SEER of 16, but otherwise shares the durable design and weather-protecting factors like the appliance-grade finish and rust-resistant screws.
Model Comparison by Features - American Standard Gold 17 versus American Standard Silver 16
The American Standard Silver 16 is a similar model, with a slightly lower SEER rating of 17. The Silver 16 is a single-stage compressor but is still very efficient. Both units have about the same noise level when operating. American Standard has made each unit durable, with basepans, screws and panel housing rust-resistant and protected against the elements. The warranty differs slightly on the Silver 16, but an extended warranty can be purchased for either unit.
Model Comparison by Tier - American Standard Gold 17 versus American Standard Platinum 18
Just above the Gold tier is the Platinum tier. The Platinum 18 has a few upgrades over the Gold 17. It has a multi-stage compressor that will adjust minutely in order to respond to the smallest temperature discrepancies. It is a quieter air conditioner since it has a sound insulator. However, it has the same SEER rating and uses the Spine Fin™ coil and the Duration™ compressor. Like the Gold 17, it is built to last.