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Last updated on Mar 03, 2020

American Standard Air Conditioner Review

American Standard offers affordably-priced, outdoor air conditioners for the everyday consumer ​
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7 models compared

7 features evaluated

3 ratings analyzed

Elizabeth Rivelli

By Elizabeth Rivelli Contributing Writer

American Standard is well known for providing reliable air conditioners at a good value. Many customers choose American Standard because of its affordably-priced, high-efficiency air conditioners. In fact, the company claims that American Standard owners can save up to 50 percent on some models, compared to customers who currently have a 10 SEER unit or lower.

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, keep in mind that American Standard only offers outdoor air conditioner units. The company doesn’t make portable, window, or indoor ductless units, so it’s not an ideal brand for people living in an apartment, or who don’t have outdoor space to install the air conditioner.

In terms of noise, American Standard’s air conditioners are decently quiet, but the units are certainly not the quietest on the market. The noise level is highly dependent on where you choose to install the unit, so it’s best to pick a location that isn’t outside of a bedroom or office window.

Generally speaking, American Standard’s lineup of air conditioners are quite energy efficient. Its products range from 13 to 22 SEER, which means all of its units are above average in terms of efficiency ratings. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is used to determine the efficiency of an air conditioner.

Pros: Cons:
  • Affordable Price
  • Decent warranty
  • Wide range of models
  • Only sold by specialty retailers
  • Sound units are noisy
  • Only offer outdoor units
  • When purchasing an air conditioner, there are several key factors to consider, including efficiency (as determined by SEER), the price, the warranty, and which model option is best for the size of your home. Make sure to conduct research on the areas of your house you need to be cooled to find the ideal unit size. You’ll also want to consider warranty options as plans with more projections can offset higher installation costs. By only offering outdoor units, customers that purchase American Standard units can offset some of the noisy units in outdoor locations away from bedrooms.

    American Standard Air Conditioner Overview

    • Efficiency (SEER rating):13 – 22 SEER
    • Model options: 7
    • Warranty: 10 years for outdoor coil, 12 years for compressor, 10 years for internal parts
    • ENERGY STAR rating: 4 models

    American Standard Air Conditioner Air Conditioner Prices by Model

    American Standard Air Conditioner AC Model
    SEER Rating
    Model Cost
    Sound Rating
    Unit Size
    Cooling Area
    AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 20
    Up to 22
    $2,450
    57-75 dB
    2-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 18
    Up to 18
    $1,980
    57-75 dB
    2-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    Silver 14
    Up to 14
    $1,460
    72-73 dB
    1.5-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    Gold 17
    Up to 18
    $1,705
    72-74 dB
    2-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    Silver 16
    Up to 17
    $1,650
    71-74 dB
    1.5-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    Silver 16 Low Profile
    Up to 17
    $1,660
    55-65 dB
    1.5-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    Silver 13
    Up to 13
    $1,370
    71-75 dB
    1.5-5 tons
    1,500-2,500+ (sq. ft.)
    All information accurate as of 03/02/2020. Pricing information from AirConditionerLab.com. Cooling area calculated using EnergyStar.gov.

    Energy efficiency – SEER rating

    American Standard’s air conditioners are considered to be very energy efficient. All of its products have SEER ratings of at least 13, which is the average SEER for air conditioners. Additionally, four of its units are ENERGY Star rated, including the AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 20, which was recognized as the “Most Efficient by ENERGY Star” in 2019.

    On the website, American Standard makes claims about how much customers can save by switching to an American Standard unit. For example, American Standard owners can save an average of 50 percent by installing the Gold 17, an average of 38 percent by installing the Silver 14, and an average of 44 percent by installing the AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 18.

    Warranty options

    Another reason customers choose American Standard is because of its warranty policy. The company follows a 10/12/10 warranty policy, which is a 10-year warranty for the outdoor coil, a 12-year warranty for the compressor, and a 10-year warranty for internal parts. Compared to similar brands, American Standard’s warranty is a great deal. But keep in mind that there are companies that offer lifetime warranties on all parts, which provide the most peace of mind and cost-savings.

    Installation and maintenance

    American Standard does not include any information on its website about installation, which is likely because the company only sells its products through specialty retailers. The company has a Find Your Dealer page on its website, where you can see licensed dealers near you. After you’ve purchased a unit, the dealer will walk you through options for installation.

    Because American Standard does not offer any indoor or window units, all air conditioners must be installed by an HVAC professional. Most likely, the dealer you work with can offer installation for an added cost, or you can contact an HVAC expert through a national hardware store, like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

    When it comes to maintenance, American Standard does include some basic information on its website about maintenance tips and when to service your air conditioner. The company recommends working with an American Standard Customer Care dealer for preventative maintenance on your unit to avoid filing a warranty claim.

    Sound rating

    American Standard’s air conditioners are pretty quiet, with a range of 55 to 75 decibels (dB). That’s compared to the average noise level for an outdoor air conditioner, which is roughly 70 dB. For comparison, a whisper tends to be around 20 dB, a quiet conversation is around 50 dB, and a working garbage disposal is around 80 dB.

    These air conditioning units aren’t the loudest, but you will hear them running from a close distance. To minimize residual noise inside, the HVAC professional who installs your unit can help you figure out the best place to install the unit. Keep in mind that larger units tend to be louder than smaller, more low-profile units.

    Compare to Other Air Conditioner Brands

    American Standard
    Goodman
    Lennox
    SEER rating
    13-22
    13-19
    13-26
    ENERGY STAR rating
    4 models
    3 models
    9 models
    Warranty
    10 years
    10 years
    Up to 20 years
    Sound rating
    55-75 dB
    40-70 dB
    55-75 dB

    American Standard Air Conditioner vs. Goodman Air Conditioners

    American Standard and Goodman are similarly rated in terms of efficiency. However, American Standard has four air conditioners that are ENERGY Star rated, while Goodman only has two options. When it comes to price, Goodman’s air conditioners tend to be priced lower than American Standard, especially when looking at baseline models.

    Where Goodman really shines is in its warranty. The company offers a lifetime warranty for all compressors if registered online within 60 days. This is compared to American Standard’s 12-year warranty for compressors, which is standard.

    American Standard Air Conditioner vs. Lennox Air Conditioners

    Lennox air conditioners are known for being incredibly efficient. The company’s units have a SEER range of 13 to 26, and a total of eight ENERGY Star rated units. Overall, Lennox’s air conditioners are more efficient than most of American Standard’s. Both companies offer a 10-year warranty, but Lennox’s can increase to 20 years.

    The major downside to Lennox’s air conditioners is that they tend to be very loud, with a decibel range of 55 to 75. For perspective, an example of 50 decibels is the loudness of an indoor conversation, whereas 70 decibels produces roughly the amount of noise that a vacuum cleaner gives off.