Not every homeowner needs an ultra-efficient heat pump. The more efficient the model is, the more it costs. In moderate climates that don’t rely heavily on their heat pump, it may take 7-10 years of lower energy bills to recoup the extra expense of the more efficient heat pump. The point is that there is a place for models like the Coleman LX Series Model THJF heat pump. It offers decent cooling efficiency and surprisingly good heating efficiency. It’s worth considering where summers are warm but not too hot and winters can be chilly without being bitter cold.
Our Coleman LX Series Model THJF 14.5 SEER heat pump rating review covers all the criteria you need to compare this model with others on your list.
Operating Cost Efficiency Rating [Rating:3/5]
This is an Energy Star rated heat pump that achieves 14.5 SEER air conditioning – below average for the industry – and 9.0 HSPF which is as high as the American Standard Platinum and the Trane XLi heat pumps. That’s impressive!
Feature Rating [Rating:3/5]
This wouldn’t be called a feature-rich heat pump, but the Coleman THJF heat pump is built to provide dependable and comfortable heating and cooling. It’s a single-stage model which keeps the cost down, and works well for homeowners who don’t demand precision climate control. Here’s a brief list of its top features:
- Single-stage scroll compressor.
- High-pressure and low-pressure switches guard against unsafe operating conditions.
- On-demand frost control only comes on when needed, to be more efficient.
- Coated aluminum fins on the coil do a better job of getting rid of heat.
- Sound reducing features include the swept-wing fan and compressor insulating blanket.
- Solid-core filter drier increases refrigerant effectiveness.
- Uses environmentally safer R-410A refrigerant.
- Sizes available from 1.5 ton to 5.0 ton capacity (18,000 Btu to 60,000 Btu).
Reliability Rating [Rating:3/5]
Coleman’s track record for reliability is about average in heat pump ratings. This is primarily because it uses components found in many brands. With proper installation and maintenance, the Coleman LX THJF heat pump should provide 12-15 years of service before needing to be replaced.
Manufacturer's Warranty Rating [Rating:3/5]
Coleman backs the THJF 14.5 SEER heat pump with a 10-year warranty that is average for the industry. The warranty covers the compressor and all parts, with extended warranties available.
Overall Rating [Rating:3/5]
Coleman as a brand ranks in the middle of the pack in HVAC ratings and this model falls right where you would expect. It costs less than similar models from top brands and still provides decent energy efficiency, especially when cooling. It makes most sense where summers are not extremely hot and winter lows don’t often drop below zero. It’s a basic, reliable HVAC solution where saving on equipment costs is an important consideration.