Payne PA16NA Review
SEER:Up to 17
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 76
Price:$3500 - $5500
Tonnage:1.5 to 5
The PA16NA is the most economical high-efficiency air conditioner that Payne makes so that you can upgrade to energy- and cost-saving cooling system that won’t put you over-budget. This model has a single-stage scroll compressor that’s more energy-efficient, more durable, and quieter than typical compressors, so this unit is preferable to other entry-level air conditioners that aren't equipped with the scroll. The PA16NA also qualifies for ENERGY STAR® certification, and that means you could be eligible for rebates through the government, energy organizations, or even the manufacturer.
About the Payne PA16NA
Average Price (with installation): $3500 - $5500
- Has a more durable and quieter scroll compressor
- Sophisticated compressor promises increased efficiency
- Cost-savings from high-efficiency operation
- ENERGY STAR® certified
- Could be eligible for energy rebates
- Lasting and reliable performance
- Quiet operation
The Bottom Line
Payne focuses mostly on high-quality manufacturing products that are reliable, durable, and long-lasting, so the PA16NA doesn’t have any special features, new technologies, or high-tech capabilities the way some modern air conditioners do. However, if you want a quality cooling system that promises lower energy bills and a good warranty, then the PA16NA can deliver. Not only has this unit been designed with high-quality parts and components that are designed to resist corrosion and weather, but the parts are also guaranteed for up to 10 years through Payne’s warranty program.
In Depth Review
Payne PA16NA Product Specifications:
SEER: Up to 17
ENERGY STAR® certified: Yes
Decibel rating: As low as 76
Tonnage: 1.5 to 5 tonnes
Payne air conditioners are built to last, and that includes the PA16NA. Along with being built with high-quality materials and components, the PA16NA also has many features that guarantee it will stand the test of time. These features include corrosion-resistance, components that protect the internal and external parts from damage, and special panels that allow easy access for keeping the unit clean and well-maintained. Thanks to these features, you'll get the most extended life possible from the PA16NA, and you won’t have to spend more money prematurely on a replacement unit.
Other Key Features
- Single-speed fan
- Tight wire grille that protects the unit from debris and the elements
- Coil is easily accessible for cleaning
- Weather-protective paint
- Filter drier protects internal components from water damage
- Galvanized steel cabinet
- Uses an environmentally responsible R-410A refrigerant that’s not ozone-depleting
Once you purchase and install the PA16NA, it’s important to register the unit within 90 days to obtain the best warranty terms. The registered terms include a 10-year limited parts warranty, whereas the standard warranty only lasts five years.
Comparable Models by Bryant
Model Comparison by Price: Payne PA16NA versus PA17NA
The PA16NA falls right in the middle when it comes to Payne air conditioner pricing, but there isn't an enormous difference between the company’s most affordable and most expensive units. Their cheapest unit is the PA13NA, which averages $2,760 with installation, while their most precious—the PA17NA—is roughly $3,700. The PA16NA falls in between the two and averages $3,200 with the installation. With the more expensive unit, however, you also get a more advanced two-stage compressor, which delivers better humidity and temperature maintenance on those hot and muggy summer days.
Model Comparison by Features: Payne PA16NA versus PA14NC
Most Payne air conditioners have very similar specifications, warranty terms, features, and more. When comparing the PA16NA and PA14NC, for example, both models have the same single-stage scroll compressor, the same 10-year registered parts warranty and same features that promise durability and reliable operation. The main thing that differentiates the two units is the price and SEER rating: the PA14NC costs a few hundred dollars less, but it also has a lower SEER rating of 14 and won’t give you the same cost-savings on your energy bills.
Model Comparison by Tier: Payne PA16NA versus PA16NW
The PA16NA is one of Payne’s most affordable high-efficiency air conditioners, but the PA16NW only costs about $200 more. The two units are comparable in terms of warranty, specifications, compressor style, and more. But for the extra money you'd spend on the PA16NW, you'd get slightly quieter operation (it has a decibel rating of 73) and a slightly higher EER rating (Energy Efficiency Ratio), meaning the PA16NW might save you a little more on operational costs. However, the two units have the same SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), so the cost-savings on annual energy bills will be similar.