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Last updated on Mar 03, 2020

Senville Air Conditioner Review

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Senville

  • Different warranty options based on unit
  • Energy efficient for small to medium sized spaces
  • Aura series are all ENERGY STAR Rated
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How We Reviewed Senville Air Conditioners

8 models compared

7 features evaluated

3 ratings analyzed

Senville manufactures mini-split air conditioners for distribution through dealers and online retailers. Headquartered in California, the company discloses little information about the company on its website or retailer sites.

Pricing and options or Senville units cater to the middle of the market. Most of the models cost around $1,000, and only recently added Wi-Fi and remote control options for controlling your unit’s temperature. This option lags against competitors such as Panasonic, who’ve had this benefit for years.

One nice thing, which partially offsets the lack of brand recognition, is all of the Aura series is ENERGY STAR rated. SEER ratings, a measure of energy efficiency, range from 17 to 23. The national minimum is 13, so all of the units comply. If a unit has a higher rating, it will cost less to cool your space.

Senville offers two warranties on its products. The Aura series, the more expensive models, come with a three-year warranty for parts, five-year on the compressor. The Leto series has the same length warranty on the compressor but only a two-year warranty on parts. In comparison, LG extends a five-year parts warranty on all its models.

Pros
Cons
Some of the cheapest models on the market
Four ENERGY STAR rated models
Warranties on all units
Limited SEER and BTU capacity compared to other brands
Limited warranty on lower-end models
Little company or brand information

Senville Overview

  • Efficiency (SEER rating): 17.0 – 23
  • Model options: 8
  • Warranty: 3-year parts, 5-year compressor (Aura series), 2-year parts, 5-year compressor (Leto series)
  • BTUs: 9,000 – 24,000

Senville Mini Split Air Conditioner Prices by Model

Model
SEER Rating
Model Cost
BTUs
Cooling Area
SENA/09HF
25
$999.99- $1,249.99
9,000 BTUs
100-450 Sq. Ft.
SENA/12HF
23
$1,099.99- $1,349.99
12,000 BTUs
500-750 Sq. Ft.
SENA/18HF
20
$1,299.99- $1,549.99
1,800 BTUs
750-1,000 Sq. Ft.
SENA/24HF
20
$1,599.99- $1,849.99
2,400 BTUs
1,000-1,450 Sq. Ft.
SENL/09CD
19
$699.99- $949.99
9,000 BTUs
100-450 Sq.Ft.
SENL/12CD
19
$719.99- $969.99
1,200 BTUs
450-750 Sq. Ft.
SENL/18CD
19
$899.99- $1,149.99
1,800 BTUs
750-1,000 Sq. Ft.
SENL/24CD
17
$1,099,99- $1,349.99
2,400 BTUs
1,00-1250 Sq. Ft.

Energy efficiency – SEER rating

If you’re adding an air conditioning unit to your home, you want to take into account how much it will cost to run the unit. Otherwise, you could be surprised by a hefty electricity bill after a few months. A unit’s SEER rating is one way you can estimate its potential energy use.

A seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is the ratio that calculates the units of heat removed annually, measured by BTUs (British thermal units). It divides it by the electrical energy used to remove heat. The higher the number, the less energy the unit uses, and the more efficient the system can be.

Depending on where you live in the U.S., the minimum SEER rating for newly installed systems after 2015 must be at least 13-14. All of Senville’s models have SEER ratings above these minimums. Heating and cooling can get lost within the duct system, wasting energy, so there can be an advantage to having a ductless split air conditioner unit over other types. Yet, it’s worth noting many competitors have better cooling capacity and SEER levels up to 30.6. Based on this, Senville’s target market appears to be homeowners who don’t need to cool a large area but still want decent energy efficiency.

Warranty options

Senville offers a warranty on all its units. Higher-end models come with a three-year parts warranty and a five-year compressor warranty, whereas the parts in lower-end models are only covered for two years.

The warranty makes exemptions for damage caused by improper servicing or weather events, and it doesn’t cover diagnostics or labor. You should also use Senville parts, which can be purchased on the website, for repairs. Also, if a state-certified or licensed HVAC contractor doesn’t install the unit, it voids the warranty.

Before installing the unit, read through the warranty thoroughly. It’s also a good idea to register your unit online to expedite any claims. A warranty protects your investment so you don’t have to make another big, unplanned purchase.

Installation and maintenance

As noted above, you must use a state-certified or licensed HVAC contractor to install your unit, or you’ll void the warranty. Senville doesn’t list licensed or approved installers on its website, and it will be up to you to find someone. Many big-box retailers like Lowe’s or Home Depot have installation services.

Installing a mini-split air conditioner requires drilling holes in interior and exterior walls through which to run tubing. Units include this tubing when shipped. Electrical work is also needed to get the unit running. It’s not a do-it-yourself job, and when pricing out an air conditioning model, be sure to include installation costs.

Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your unit running smoothly. Cleaning air filters often, and hire professionals to service your unit yearly.

The Competition

Factors to Consider
Senville LG Panasonic
SEER rating
17 – 23
11616.5 – 27.5
16.0 – 30.6
BTUs
9,000 – 24,000
8,500 – 48,000
7,000 – 36,000
Price level (with installation)
$699.99 – $1,849.99
$1,300 – $5,970
$980 – $2,800
Warranty
3-year parts, 5-year compressor (Aura series), 2-year parts, 5-year compressor (Leto series)
5-years parts and labor, 5-years limited warranty on the compressor
N/A

Senville vs. LG Air Conditioners

LG is a respected South Korean consumer electronics brand. Founded in 1958, it now operates worldwide. It sells through numerous online, independent, and retail channels, and if your unit needs service, it won’t be hard to find a repairperson locally.

LG caters to a broader market than Senville with its air conditioning offerings. It sells thirty-three models with a wider SEER rating of 16.5 – 27.5. Its cooling capacity is greater, too, with units available with BTUs up to 48,000. However, you will pay considerably more for LG’s top-of-the-line models, $5,970 versus Senville’s $1,849.99.

LG’s units come with five-year parts and labor and five-year limited warranty on the compressor.

Senville vs. Panasonic Air Conditioners

Japanese company Panasonic has been around since 1918 and manufacturing air conditioners for the last 60 years.

Panasonic sells 18 different mini-split air conditioners, five of which are ENERGY STAR rated. Available SEER ratings range from 16.0 to 30.6, once again higher than any of Senville’s models. Two brands have a similar price range, but Panasonic has brand name recognition, so you might prefer to look at them.

Panasonic claims to offer warranties on its products, but it gives no details. If buying a warrantied unit is important to you, talk to your local dealer to learn specifics.