I still cannot get a handle on this. I know Goodman bought out AMANA a few years ago. I know that some Amana units are exactly the same as the Goodman units. The Amana CPLT series is exactly the same as a Goodman of similar letters.
However, Amana offers RHE heat pumps that Look (from the pictures shown on Amana site) very different than anything that Goodman offers. Also, Amana offers some units with R410a and Goodman does not offer anything with R410a
Finally, the Amana RTG 16 SEER, R410, is totally diffeent than anything Goodman has on there website.
I had decided upon the Goodman 13 SEER with variable speed air handler with a company that also sells Lennox. The Amana salesman (that I also like and think will do a good job) is telling me that yes, many Amana and Goodman units are exactly the same thing. However, he is trying to convince me that the high seer units of AMANA are truly Amana products and not the same units produced by Goodman. He says AMANA has been around for many, many years before Goodman bought them and the high end units are still made just like AMANA's have always been built and are not the same thing as Goodmans. To sum it up, he says that the AMANA RTG 16 SEER Ultron is of much better quality that the units sold by Goodman (meaning the 13 SEER unit I was going to purchase from another company).
Can anyone shed light of this issue? I can actually purchase the Amana RTG 16 SEER Ultron for about $1000 more than the Goodman 13 SEER. The Ultron gets 15 SEER and 12 EER and has a two stage compressor warrantied for life with replacement of entire condensor unit if ever fails. The Goodman 13 SEER gets 13 SEER and 11.6 EER (I think). I like that the Ultron uses R410a but I am fine with R22 --not convinced that it really matters.
If the Amana Ultron really is of higher quality than a Goodman unit then I think this would cause me to bump up to the Amana Ultron.
I think this will be my last question. I know I have asked many questions. This forum is a great help. Thanks for everyone help.