KeepRite NXA4 Performance 14 Model Review
SEER:Up to 14
Decibel Level:As low as 75
Price:$3000 - $4500
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This model offered by KeepRite is a dependable, albeit bare bones, unit. While it doesn’t boast all the trappings of a high-end model from the brand, it does offer affordable and reliable cooling for the right home.
KeepRite’s NXA4 Performance 14 won’t be powerful enough for all homes because of the lower SEER and more basic components. By discussing the efficiency, price, warranty details, and key features, this NXA4 Performance 14 model review will help you decide if this air conditioner will work for your home.
And just in case this isn't the right A/C for you but you're still interested in KeepRite, the review will also compare the Performance 14 to three other models from the brand that might prove to be better options.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $3000 - $4500
- EER rating up to 12.2
- Moderately quiet 75-decibel rating
- Several design features that protect the unit from damage
- Mid-efficiency SEER
- Industry-standard warranty protection
- Scroll compressor
- Unit is compatible with most thermostats
- Uses a non-ozone depleting R-410A refrigerant
The Bottom Line
The Performance Series NXA4 is a no-frills, no-nonsense central air conditioner that’s ideal for customers seeking something more affordable for a home that doesn’t have high cooling demands in the summer.
This is a single-stage air conditioner with a single-speed blower motor, and the SEER rating of 14 only qualifies as mid-efficiency. That means this model won’t save you as much on energy bills every year compared to a high-efficiency air conditioner, and it will perform better in smaller homes or houses in milder parts of Canada.
Something else about this model is that while it will be more affordable than most other KeepRite air conditioners, it may not qualify for high-efficiency rebates. Those rebates could help you buy a better air conditioner that will save you more in the long-run for a similar price.
NXA4 Performance 14 Specifications:
- Compressor: Single-stage
- SEER: Up to 14
- ENERGY STAR certified: No
- Decibel rating: As low as 75
- Tonnage: 1.5 to 5 tons
The NXA4 isn’t necessarily the most advanced model, but it is dependable and built to last. With protective inlet grille panels and an efficient filter drier, this model is built to reduce maintenance and increase lifespan.
And when maintenance is required, the Performance 14’s control panel is easily accessible, and the protective exterior grille makes it easy to access the coil for cleaning.
Although KeepRite doesn’t have any novel features or technologies, especially for their value-tier models, the NXA4 Performance 14 does have some improved design features. For example, it’s powered by a scroll compressor, and these tend to be more efficient, quieter, and more reliable than standard compressor styles.
It also has a top-discharge design that improves airflow across the coil and reduces operational noise.
Other Key Features
- Baked-on powder coat finish over galvanized steel cabinet to resist corrosion
- Single-speed fan motor operates reliably and consistently
- Designed to resist corrosion, rust, debris, material breakdown, and the elements
- Compressor is protected by a durable extra-thick shell
- Coil materials have been carefully selected to increase heat transfer
- Every unit is individually tested before leaving the factory
The Performance Series NXA4 is backed by KeepRite’s standard warranty coverage, which is a 10-year limited parts warranty.
To qualify for the full 10 years, you'll have to register the unit within 90 days of installation. Units that aren't registered during the 90-day window are only protected for five years.
Registering the air conditioner and extending the warranty could save you a lot on repair bills, so it’s recommended that you take the few minutes to complete the process.
You'll have to provide the air conditioner’s serial and model number, your contact information, the installation date, and a few more details.
Comparable Models by KeepRite
Model Comparison by Price: NXA4 Performance 14 versus CSA6 Ion 16
The CSA6 Ion 16 is a premium-tier KeepRite air conditioner, but it actually has some similar specifications to the Performance 14. The Ion 16 is a single-stage air conditioner with a single-speed blower motor, and it has all of the same design elements to protect the unit from damage.
However, the Ion 16 has a high-efficiency SEER of 16, so it falls into the 16 to 18 SEER range that’s usually perfect for handling Canadian summers. It also has ENERGY STAR certification, so it could qualify for additional rebates.
It also has a better warranty that includes a five-year No Hassle Replacement warranty, aka a unit replacement warranty in case the compressor or coil fails.
Finally, the Ion model is compatible with KeepRite’s smart thermostat, the Ion System Control, which can give you access to some great extra features.
Because of the higher efficiency, quieter operation, better warranty, and technological compatibilities, the Ion 16 is a more expensive air conditioner, costing an average of $3,500 to $5,500+. However, it’s more likely to qualify for rebates that could make it more economical.
Model Comparison by Features: NXA4 Performance 14 versus CVA9 Ion 19
In terms of features, the NXA4 is by no means a highly advanced or elaborate model. When compared to the CVA9 Ion 19, the difference is clear.
The CVA9 comes equipped with interesting features like SmartSense™ technology, a variable-speed compressor, a variable-speed blower motor, and compatibility with the Ion System Control.
Thanks to the variable-speed operation, the Ion 19 has a SEER of 19 and quieter performance, and it can deliver more consistent cooling power while eliminating hot/cold spots around the house.
The Ion 19 is going to save you quite a bit more on summer energy bills year after year, and it’s powerful enough to cool any home in Canada, even during periods of high heat or humidity.
And here are two other ways the Ion model could save you more money: it will probably qualify for any rebate out there, and it comes with a 10-year No Hassle Replacement warranty in addition to the 10-year parts warranty.
Model Comparison by Tier: NXA4 Performance 14 versus NH4A4 Performance 14
The NH4A4 and NXA4 are very similar in many ways. They're both single-stage air conditioners with SEERs of 14, single-speed fans, no ENERGY STAR, and the same design elements to increase longevity and protect from corrosion and damage.
There is one big difference between the two: the NH4A4 is a compact model that has a smaller footprint. That’s because the NH4A4 has been designed with multi-family housing in mind.
In other words, if you live in a smaller home, on a narrow lot, or in an apartment, duplex, condo, or other multi-family dwelling, then the NH4A4 is the clear choice because it fits in spaces where standard-sized air conditioners don’t.