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Last updated on Mar 03, 2020

Maytag Air Conditioner Review

Whisper-quiet and backed by an impressive warranty, Maytag features economical and efficient air conditioners ​
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7 models compared

7 features evaluated

3 ratings analyzed

Lena Borrelli

By Lena Borrelli Contributing Writer

Maytag Air Conditioner Review

Buying an air conditioner can be a difficult task when you consider all of the options available on the market today. It can be especially tricky when determining what type of air conditioning unit best suits your needs – based on the size of your home, its location, how much energy you want to use to cool it, and the price you want to pay. Maytag offers several options that fit the criteria needed while offering energy-efficient machines that are a great option to a homeowner and the environment.

With its iQ technology, Copeland Scroll compressors, and inverter-rotary technology, Maytag offers premium, efficient, and extremely quiet options. These machines continually adjust to maintain your preferred temperature while using less energy to do so. This means Maytag air conditioners make a fraction of the noise of other models while remaining environmentally friendly – a huge draw for today’s modern consumer. Another great feature is all machines are “factory checked 144 times,” making them reliable too.

Maytag’s high-efficiency split-system air conditioners are equipped with a two-stage unit capable of 16 SEER. A good rule of thumb when determining which unit is more efficient is the higher the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the more efficient the unit is. Some units also feature corrosion-resistant parts to keep things running smoothly.

Pros Cons
  • Quiet machines with whisper-soft machinery
  • Corrosion-resistant aluminum coils instead of steel
  • 144-point factory inspection
  • Limited SEER capability
  • Not best for very warm climates
  • Maytag sticks to what it does best, and that doesn’t necessarily mean catering to warmer climates. Not only does it struggle to keep up with climbing temperatures, but it also fails to fully combat humidity, leaving you with no choice but to purchase an external dehumidifier at an additional expense. If you live in areas prone to hot summers, Maytag’s only suitable option for you would be the iQ line, which also means paying top dollar.

    With Maytag, there are lots of choices, but they are all very similar. There are several air conditioning units to choose from and yet none beyond 20 SEER. Energy-efficiency is not as high as competitors, like Gree, but Maytag still serves as a reliable and affordable choice if you meet its requirements.

    Maytag Overview

    • Efficiency (SEER rating): 13-20
    • Model options: 7 total – PSA1BG, PSA1BF, PSA1BE, CSA1BE, CSA1BD, CSA1BF, MSA1BD
    • Warranty:12-year limited parts warranty, 12-year Dependability Promise
    • ENERGY STAR rating: 5 total – PSA1BG, PSA1BF, PSA1BE, CSA1BE, CSA1BF

    Maytag Air Conditioner Prices by Model

    Model
    SEER Rating
    Model Cost
    Sound Rating
    PSA1BG
    20
    $2,875-$3,625
    57 dB
    PSA1BF
    16
    $2,425-$3,250
    73 dB
    CSA1BF
    16
    $1,785-$2,835
    69 dB
    PSA1BE
    15
    $1,665-$2,625
    71 dB
    FSA1BD
    14
    $1,285-$2,115
    74 dB
    CSA1BE
    15
    $1,450-$2,300
    N/A
    MSA1BD
    14
    $1,250-$2,035
    N/A

    *All information accurate as of Jan. 28, 2020. Pricing information from PickHVAC.com.

    Energy efficiency – SEER rating

    Maytag air conditioners have a SEER rating ranging from 14 to 20, and all but two models are ENERGY STAR-rated. The top-performing unit, PSA1BG, is a variable-capacity model, meaning the unit can ramp up or down to provide a more accurate temperature. With this model, you also have a choice of a two-stage or single-stage air conditioner for your home. These options allow you to select which compressor you want to maximize comfort and efficiency.

    Where you live determines how efficient a machine you need. Those in warmer climates will undoubtedly prefer Maytag’s variable-capacity PSA1BG or its two-stage PSA1BF since these options offer increased dehumidification capabilities and two-stage units for better temperature control. While not all A/C units will work best for your climate, all Maytag products do meet minimum standards and may be eligible for federal tax credits and energy savings or rebates.

    Warranty options

    Maytag offers one of the longest warranties in the industry. Unlike Gree, which maxes out at five years for some units, Maytag offers a two-part warranty for all of its air conditioners. Products are backed by a 12-year limited parts warranty, which covers all parts and not just a select few.

    Additionally, there is a 12-year dependability warranty, called the Maytag HVAC Limited Parts Warranty and Dependability Promise. Should your air conditioner fail due to company defect or workmanship, you will receive a free replacement part. Labor costs, however, will be your responsibility.

    To benefit from the maximum warranty, products must be manufactured after Jan. 1, 2018, and Maytag product registration is required. Unregistered products may be subject to shorter terms or reduced coverage.

    Not only does Maytag cover its workmanship, but it also provides an extended warranty that is longer than most other comparable A/C models.

    Installation and maintenance

    When installing a new air conditioning unit, the installation cost can easily outprice the unit if you are not careful. Maytag directs its customers to local registered dealers, and these companies typically provide your installation services. You can also purchase your new air conditioning unit directly from shops like Home Depot and Lowe’s, who will handle the installation for you at extra cost. No matter who you purchase from, you will receive Maytag’s warranty and can also choose other accessories from Maytag.

    Prices for installation vary depending on the model selected. The size of the machine will greatly impact installation, as Maytag machines are available from 1.5 tons to 5 tons.

    These are the average costs for Maytag air conditioners, to include the cost of the unit, supplies, and labor:

    • PSA1BG – $4,075-$5,625
    • MSA1BD – $2,450-$4,035
    • FSA1BD – $2,485-$4,115
    • PSA1BF – $3,625-$5,250

    Sound rating

    Air conditioners can be loud and disruptive, but Maytag prides itself on its sound rating. It frequently and prominently points out that its iQ technology can reach 59 decibels, some of the lowest decibel ratings available. This is driven by the company’s inverter technology that uses a rotary compressor. Maytag’s product manager, Dave Garvin, explains, “These systems are very quiet and better for the environment because of their high energy-efficiency ratings.”

    These machines are not the cheapest, but there’s something to be said for the smooth hush of a Maytag system. You won’t have to worry about a noisy A/C unit disrupting your sleep or interrupting an important business call.

    Compare to Other Air Conditioner Brands

    Maytag
    Day and Night
    Lennox
    SEER rating
    13-20
    13-19
    13-26
    ENERGY STAR rating
    7/19
    6/13
    9/11
    Sound Rating
    57 dB
    56 dB
    59 dB
    Warranty
    12 years
    1-10 years
    5-20 years

    *All information accurate as of January 28, 2020.

    Maytag vs. Day and Night Air Conditioners

    There are enormous differences between Maytag and Day and Night when it comes to sound and energy rating options. While both have a healthy offering of A/C units, Maytag has a greater focus on larger residential and commercial properties, while Day and Night seems to structure its business toward the average Joe, creating an affordable and reliable machine that allows you to live more comfortably.

    Maytag vs. Lennox Air Conditioners

    Maytag and Lennox are pretty similar in its energy capabilities; Maytag offers a maximum of 20 SEER compared to 26 SEER with Lennox. Both companies show a healthy smattering of ENERGY STAR-rated models within its lineup, but that is where the similarities end. Maytag has a lower sound rating, while Lennox offers a better warranty. The price difference also exceeds $1,500, so it’s worth a closer look.