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Panasonic Air Conditioner Review

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Panasonic

  • Quiet operation
  • High energy efficiency
  • Automatic temperature adjusting sensors
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How We Reviewed Panasonic Air Conditioner

5 models compared

7 features evaluated

3 ratings analyzed

Panasonic has been making air-conditioning systems for 60 years of its long history. The company distributes its products worldwide and is known for innovation and quality.

Panasonic sells three types of mini-split ductless air conditioning units; wall-mounted, 4-way ceiling cassette, and low-profile ducted among 18 different models. All of its units include ECONAVI dual sensors, which sense room conditions and occupancy levels and adjust heating and cooling to match.

Decibel levels match outdoor sound levels or are lower, which is fairly quiet for the industry, matching efficiency with a less-disruptive cooling experience. Users can control units with wireless remotes, turning them on and off, setting temperatures, and programming set schedules.

Panasonic’s wide range of models provides many options for the budget-conscious who don’t want to sacrifice quality. Its most expensive model retails for $2,240, but there are several other models in the $1,000 to $1,300 price range. Installation costs will depend upon the installer you choose, but you’ll have the option of selecting between independent HVAC companies or large retailers such as Home Depot.

All models have SEER levels higher than the national minimum of 13. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, measures the energy efficiency of an air conditioning unit. A higher number means that you’ll pay less to cool your home, though the unit will cost more upfront.

Pros
Cons
  • Quiet operation and high energy efficiency
  • All models available with wireless controllers
  • All models have sensors that automatically adjust the heat or cooling output based on room occupancy and temperature
  • Mini-split systems can only handle one to two zones in your home
  • Models start at $1,000 without installation
  • Panasonic Overview

    • Efficiency (SEER rating): 16-30.6
    • Model options: 18
    • Warranty: 5 years for parts, 7 years for compressor
    • BTUs: 8,700 – 24,000

    Panasonic Mini Split Air Conditioner Prices by Model

    Model
    SEER Rating
    Model Cost
    BTUs
    Cooling Area
    XE9SKUA
    30.6
    $1,330
    9,000
    400 sq. ft.
    E12RKUA
    22.5
    $1,125
    12,000
    550 sq. ft.
    KE36NKU
    16
    $2,720
    36,000
    2,500+ sq. ft.
    E9RKUA
    23
    $1,044
    9,000
    400 sq. ft.
    E24RKUA
    17.5
    $1,770
    24,000
    1,500 sq. ft.

    *All information accurate as of Feb. 12, 2020. Pricing information from Ecomfort.com. Cooling area calculated using EnergyStar.gov.

    Energy efficiency – SEER rating

    Panasonic’s mini-split air conditioners are known for energy efficiency. Its SEER ratings are calculated by dividing the unit’s cooling output over a typical season by the energy it consumed in watt-hours, rising as high as 30.6 in some models. Higher SEER ratings lead to lower utility bills and energy savings, which is a plus for most homeowners.

    Energy efficiency varies between models, which is a function of the model’s BTU output. BTUs, or British thermal units, are a unit of heat.

    Not every home or room needs an air conditioning model, which produces high BTU’s. The amount of cooling you need will depend upon the size of the space you’re trying to cool. While the SEER rating matters, it shouldn’t be the sole factor influencing your buying decision, since more efficient units are often meant for larger spaces.

    Warranty options

    For mini-split models, Panasonic offers a warranty of seven years for the compressor and five years on parts. For extended warranty protections, Panasonic recommends contacting a local authorized dealer for more information.

    Installation and maintenance

    Panasonic provides installation and service manuals for all its air conditioning products on each product page, but it’s a good idea to hire a professional. Installation involves creating holes in your walls, running electrical and refrigeration lines, and mounting the unit on the wall. After connecting the electrical aspects, the installer will pressure test the system, open valves, and turn the electricity back on.

    To maintain your system, you should clean and change filters regularly. To clean the compressor, use your garden hose to wash it thoroughly several times throughout the season. Filters have tabs at the top to pull them out of the unit for cleaning.

    Manufacturers don’t typically sell directly to customers. To purchase a unit and have it installed, you will have to work with local HVAC contractors or national hardware stores such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. Before deciding on a brand and unit, check how many distributors and installers there are in your area.

    Compare to Other Air Conditioner Brands

    Factors to Consider
    Panasonic
    Fujitsu
    LG
    SEER Rating
    16-30.6
    16-33
    18-24
    BTUs
    8,700 – 24,000
    18,000 – 60,000
    9,000 – 36,000
    Price level
    $1,425- $2,100
    $1,169 – $6,359
    $696 – $4,202
    Warranty
    N/A
    6 year compressor, 2 years parts
    Varies by model, typically 3 years for parts, 10 years compressor

    *All information accurate as of Feb. 12, 2020.

    Panasonic vs. Fujitsu Air Conditioners

    Fujitsu sells many different models as well as Panasonic, but it offers slightly higher SEER levels and double the BTUs in some models. Its models also come with programmable remotes, but only two product lines include smart systems similar to Panasonic’s ECONAVI dual sensors.

    If you’re looking for a model that will cool more efficiently and give off more BTUs, then Fujitsu could be your choice. But in the lower level price range, Fujitsu’s entry-level 9RL2 unit doesn’t have much to differentiate it from Panasonic’s entry-level unit and costs slightly more.

    Panasonic vs. LG Air Conditioners

    LG manufactures 14 mini-split air conditioners, less than other competitors. It doesn’t disclose SEER ratings on its website, but retailer websites show a much-lower efficiency range than either Panasonic or Fujitsu. The company caters more to homeowners who are concerned with a sleek design and automatic features.

    A particularly nice plus to LG’s mini-split units is its automatic cleaning function. It prevents bacteria and mold from building up in the exchanger. The LG filter system captures dust particles and allergens like mites. It’s a great pick if you have family members with asthma or other conditions that make air quality important. The warranty lasts for three years on the parts and handwork, and ten years for the compressor.