Daikin DX16TC Review
SEER:Up to 17
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Price:$4500 - $5500
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The ENERGY STAR® DX16TC air conditioner from Daikin offers Canadians a high-efficiency SEER performance rating of up to 17. The premium-tier unit uses a two-stage UltraTech™ scroll compressor from Copeland®. It also has advanced diagnostics to deliver Canadian homeowners reliable cooling comfort throughout their entire home.
This model review will cover all the bases regarding the DX16TC. It will talk about pricing, efficiency, features, warranty, and overall performance.
And to help you get a good idea of whether this is the right air conditioner for you, it will also compare the DX16TC to three other Daikin models.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $4500 - $5500
- High-efficiency SEER and ENERGY STAR® certification mean high rebate eligibility
- Two-stage scroll compressor is highly efficient and quiet
- Compatible with Daikin’s communicating technologies, including the Daikin One+ smart thermostat
- Equipped with self-diagnostics
- Has a high-efficiency condenser fan motor
- Investment is protected with a fantastic warranty
- Moderately quiet operation
The Bottom Line
The DX16TC has some great selling points, including the highly efficient Copeland UltraTech scroll compressor, which has two-stages of operation to save you money and keep your home a more comfortable temperature.
This unit is also equipped with the CoreSense diagnostics from Copeland, which provide in-depth system information so that technicians can make faster, more accurate decisions to save you time and money.
There are other ways the DX16TC can save you money, including through reduced summer cooling costs and potential rebates that the DX16TC could qualify for.
Backed by Daikin's truly extensive warranty coverage, Canadians will enjoy knowing that they have their backs covered when they invest in a Daikin product like the DX16TC. Additionally, maintenance calls are quick and easy thanks to the model's great design.
Daikin DX16TC Specifications:
- Compressor: Two-stage scroll
- SEER: Up to 17
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Decibel rating: As low as 70
- Tonnage: 2 to 5 tons
- Cooling capacity: 24,000 to 60,000 Btus
Canadian consumers can maximize the DX16TC’s performance by pairing it with the Daikin One+ smart thermostat.
This device unlocks precision control and advanced energy conservation and efficiency. It also gives you Wi-Fi access to your temperature, humidity, and ventilation levels from anywhere in the world using a mobile device.
The system also offers several design features meant to reduce noise levels, such as the acoustically engineered high-density foam sound control blanket for the compressor and a sound-control top on the cabinet.
Other Key Features
- The baked enamel finish provides a professional appearance and long-term durability
- Top and side maintenance access makes troubleshooting easy
- The filter drier promises reliability by keeping the refrigerant system free of contaminants
- The diagnostic indicator lights and fault code storage system simplify service calls
- The single-panel access to controls allows for streamlined maintenance
- Has protective elements like a steel coil guard and wire fan grille
- Cabinet is made from heavy-gauge galvanized steel
- Comes with coil and temperature sensors
- The unit design has undergone 500 hours of salt-spray testing
Similar to Daikin's other premium-grade air conditioners, the DX16TC comes with the brand's extensive warranty coverage.
The coverage includes a limited 12-year unit replacement warranty as well as a limited 12-year parts warranty.
The unit replacement warranty is a guarantee from Daikin that they’ll provide you with a new air conditioner if the compressor fails during the first 12 years of operation.
As long as you register the unit within 60 days of installation, you'll be able to take advantage of the full warranty. Unregistered units are only protected by a five-year parts warranty.
Comparable Models from Daikin
Model Comparison by Price: DX16TC versus DX20VC
The Daikin DX16TC is more affordable to Canadians than the DX20VC, which costs an average of $5,000 to $6,000+ with installation.
There are reasons for the DX20VC’s higher price tag, including the fact that it has a 24.5-SEER thanks to the variable-speed compressor that can make incremental adjustments to the cooling output.
While you might be tempted to think that the higher SEER will automatically result in higher energy savings, the truth is that air conditioners in the 16 to 18 range tend to offer the best balance between purchase price and long-term energy savings for Canada. In other words, the DX16TC will probably offer better value in the long run.
Model Comparison by Features: DX16TC versus DX13SN
When compared to a value-tier model like the DX13SN, the DX16TC is a clearly superior air conditioner, and it will probably be a better fit for more homes.
The DX13SN is a single-stage air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5, no ENERGY STAR certification, a shorter two-year unit replacement warranty, and no compatibility with Daikin’s smart thermostat.
Although the DX13SN will be more affordable than the DX16TC, it won’t reduce your energy bills as much, it may not qualify for cost-saving rebates, and it won’t be as capable of cooling medium or large homes, especially in warmer parts of the country.
Model Comparison by Tier: DX16TC versus DAIKIN Fit
The Fit is another premium-tier air conditioner from Daikin, and it has some advantages and disadvantages when compared to the DX16TC.
The Fit has a superior variable-speed compressor, so it’s going to be more efficient than the DX16TC. Indeed, it has a SEER of 18. Nonetheless, it doesn’t have ENERGY STAR certification, and that could mean it’ll qualify for fewer rebates.
Advantages of the Fit include that it’s lightweight and has a compact design, so it’s ideal for spaces where real estate is at a premium. If you don’t have a lot of space outside, then the Fit could fit where the DX16TC doesn’t.
Finally, the Fit is a lot quieter than other Daikin air conditioners, with a decibel rating as low as 57.