This list of the best 2016 gas packs includes 10 units with the best ratings from homeowners and independent testers.
A gas pack is the common name given to a package unit that heats with a gas furnace and cools with an air conditioner. You’ll see them referred to as gas package units and gas/electric units too.
Dual Fuel Gas Packs
Several of the models in this list are dual fuel gas packs. This means that the gas furnace is coupled with a heat pump that both heats and cools.
There are two reasons for this configuration:
- A heat pump with an efficiency rating of 8.0 HSPF heats for lower cost than an 80% AFUE gas furnace
- A heat pump becomes ineffective in freezing weather, so the gas furnace takes over the heating when temperatures dip into the low 30s
In climates with little freezing weather in winter, a packaged heat pump is a better choice for the lowest winter utility costs.
In climates with very cold winters, the heat pump does the heating whenever temperatures are above freezing, and this keeps energy costs low. The furnace is there to do the job when temperatures get too cold for the heat pump to be able to draw enough heat out of the outside air.
For more details on how a heat pump does its job, see What is a Heat Pump System?
Best Gas Package Units 2016
This list emphasizes:
- Quality components
- Outstanding performance and climate control
Below, you’ll find the pros and cons of selecting one of these models. We’ve covered many of them in our HVAC reviews. The HVAC prices given below have been updated to be current.
1. Maytag PPG2GI iQ Drive M1200 Gas Pack
This is the only modulating gas pack available from the top brands in the industry. The technology delivers an outstanding 20 SEER cooling, the most efficient rating available. The gas furnace offers a more modest 81% AFUE heating.
Top Features of the Maytag PPG2GI M1200
The condensing unit modulates from 40% to 100% capacity to produce precise, comfortable cooling. Paired with the variable-speed blower in the furnace, this unit offers the best climate control of any gas pack in our ratings. That’s one reason that it is the top-rated gas pack for the second year in a row.
- 2016 Maytag M1200 iQ Drive gas pack price range: $4,500-$6,000
Reason to Choose the Maytag PPG2GI iQ Drive
The 20 SEER cooling makes sense for regions where summers are long and hot. Maytag offers outstanding warranty protection too. If the compressor or heat exchanger fails in the first 12 years, Maytag will replace the entire gas package unit.
2. Trane XL16c Earthwise Hybrid Heating System & the American Standard Platinum 16 Hybrid Packaged Unit
Trane and American Standard are both Ingersoll-Rand brands, and these gas package units are nearly identical. The 16.6 SEER / 9.0 HSPF heat pump is supported by an 80% gas furnace.
Top Features of the Trane XL16c Hybrid and the American Standard Platinum 16 Hybrid
Both the heat pump and gas furnace offer 2-stage performance that operates on low most of the time for more comfortable heating and cooling. A variable-speed fan helps to keep indoor temperatures consistent while eliminating blasts of untreated air at the start of a cycle. Summer humidity reduction is outstanding with these units.
- 2016 Trane XL16c price range: $3,800-$5,200
Reason to Choose the Trane XL16c or American Standard Platinum 16 Gas Pack
These are premium brands with excellent service records. If you’re willing to pay more to get quality and reliability, these units should deliver it when properly installed. The high SEER rating makes them a very good choice in very warm climates.
3. Carrier Performance 15 Hybrid 48VR-B & Bryant Preferred 677E-A Package Systems
This is another twin pair, this time from the top United Technologies brands. The efficiencies are excellent: 15.5 SEER, 8.5 HSPF and 80% AFUE. Both brands have excellent service records.
Top Features of the Carrier Performance 15 Hybrid and Bryant Preferred 677E-A
The heat pump is a two-stage model; the furnace is single-stage. Both are supported by the multi-speed blower that starts slowly to prevent unheated or uncooled airflow at the cycle’s beginning. Enhanced dehumidification in warm weather and quiet performance increase indoor comfort.
- 2016 Carrier Performance 48VR-B & Bryant 677E-A price range: $4,100-$5,500
Reason to Choose the Carrier Performance 48VR-B & Bryant 677E-A
These units make sense when quality is a top priority. The efficiency levels are suited to climates with moderate to extreme temperatures.
4. Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 16 Packaged Gas Furnace / Air Conditioner
Heil has made significant upgrades to its product lines, and this is an excellent gas pack. The 16 SEER cooling is combined with 81% AFUE heating.
Top Features of the Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 16 Gas Pack
The condenser and gas valve are two-stage models. The unit will run on low most of the time for gentler and quieter heating and cooling cycles. The unit ramps up to full capacity when you boost the thermostat setting or outside temperatures change quickly.
- 2016 Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 16 price range: $3,700-$5,100
Reason to Choose the Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 16 Gas Pack
This isn’t a dual fuel model, so you’ll be heating with the furnace. Since it’s just 80% efficient, as most gas pack furnaces are, it is best suited for regions where winters are not extremely cold. Heil includes a 5-year unit replacement warranty on the compressor to go with the other solid warranties protecting your investment.
5. Rheem Prestige & Ruud Ultra RGEA16 Gas Pack
These Paloma Group brands top gas pack offers excellent cooling of 16 SEER, a good choice for very warm climates where a packaged unit rather than a split system is required. The gas furnace is 80% efficient, and this is not a dual fuel package unit.
Top Features of the Rheem and Ruud RGEA16
The furnace is equipped with a 2-stage gas valve and variable-speed blower, so indoor climate control is very good. A stainless steel heat exchanger is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.
- 2016 Rheem Prestige RGEA 16 & Ruud Ultra RGEA 16 price range: $3,500-$5,000
Reason to Choose the Rheem or Ruud RGEA 16
If you’ve experienced excellent reliability from a Rheem or Ruud HVAC system in the past, it’s worth considering installing another one. This unit should provide 20+ years of reliable performance.
6. Armstrong PRPDF14 Dual Fuel Gas Package
While not as efficient as the models at the top of the list, this unit includes a heat pump, so winter heating costs will be lower than with just an 80% furnace. The efficiency ratings are 14 SEER, 8.0 HSPF and 81% AFUE.
Top Features of the Armstrong PRPDF14 Gas Package
The compressor is single-stage, so the climate control isn’t as precise as with a 2-stage model. A multi-stage fan reduces temperature fluctuations.
- 2016 Armstrong Air PRPDF14 price range: $3,400-$4,900
Reason to Choose the Armstrong Air PRPDF4 Gas Package Unit
You’ll have peace of mind with the lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year parts warranties. Armstrong’s quality has been significantly upgraded in the last decade.
7. Amana ADP14 & Goodman GDP14 Dual Fuel Gas Packages
These Daikin brands make a very similar product lineup including these top top-of-the-line models. The efficiency levels are: 14.5 SEER, 8.0 HSPF and 81% AFUE.
Top Features of the Amana ADP14 & Goodman GDP14
The furnace has a two-stage gas valve, so heating is quiet and comfortable. These brands offer some of the best warranties in the industry including a 20-year heat exchanger warranty and a 10-year warranty on all other parts.
- Amana ADP14 & Goodman GDP14 price ranges: $3,100-$4,400
Reason to Choose the ADP14 or GDP14 Gas Pack
These brands offer excellent value – good quality at a reasonable price.
Do You Need an Experienced Gas Package Installer?
An improperly installed gas pack, like any HVAC system, will cause you problems. It won’t run as efficiently or durably as it should. It makes sense to find a qualified contractor with good experience installing gas packs.
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