|Posted by AC Contractor on November 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM|
Many people are unaware that major brands of HVAC equipment are not necessarily available in all parts of the country; however, for homeowners looking to install or replace a new central air conditioning system in the Tampa area, they will certainly have many choices on brands. The amount and type of brands in a particular market place depends on the wholesaler/distributor channel of the HVAC industry. The Tampa market would also consist of the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, Largo, Riverview, Brandon, Lutz, Odessa, Seffner, Gibsonton and Valrico. That represents over two million people and virtually all of them need air conditioning. Because of the high demand for cooling, there are more than a dozen distribution points in Tampa. We'll take a look at what brands are available through them.
We'll start with manufacturers that own distribution centers. Goodman Distribution has two locations in Tampa. Goodman Distribution is owned by Daikin (6367:Tokyo) and carries three brands on their warehouses. Although Goodman Distribution currently stocks Goodman, Amana, GMC and Daikin products, they will no longer carry Amana products as of December 1, 2013. Amana will be distributed exclusively through the Tampa Bay area by the Johnston Ware Group Clearwater location. Goodman will continue to manufacturer Amana equipment. In addition to Daikin equipment, Whirlpool HVAC equipment is also manufactuered by Goodman.
Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) also distributes their own equipment that includes Trane and Ameristar. Ameristar was added to Ingersoll-Rand's lineup as a reaction to poor market conditions during the Great Recession. Trane is a premium brand of equipment that comes at a premium price. They lost substantial market share as the economy eroded.
Lennox (NYSE:LII) is another manufacturer that distributes their own equipment. In addition to their premium Lennox brand, tertiary brands are also found in their distrubution centers including Ducane, Aire-Flo and Armstrong.
Of the independent HVAC distributors, CE Florida is probably the largest. They distribute Carrier and Bryant to large volume dealers in Tampa as well as a fair amount of Payne and Bryant equipment to small and mid-size dealers in the bay area. Not only are the brands highly recognizeable but the combination covers low to high end purchasers nicely.
Another large independent distributor in Tampa with multiple locations is Gemaire. They carry recognizeable brands for central air conditioning equipment such as Rheem, Frigidaire and Maytag but also carry more specialized equipment such as First Company products, Mitsubishi Mini Splits and Marvair packaged products.
So far, we have covered more than 90% of Tampa's residential air conditioning market equipment sales but have more to mention. Florida Air Conditioning Distributors carries York. Tropic Supply carries Ruud equipment. Florida Cooling sells Comfortmaker and Coastline carries Tempstar. Victor in Clearwater had previously only carried supplies but has now introduced the Philco product line. Finally, American Standard products can be purchased through Ferguson.
Although it may feel overwhelming having to decide between so many brands but we reiterate the decision is not that important. Melo Air recommends to spend the most time researching the air conditioning contractor you trust the most to install the equipment. The contractor, not the manufacturer or brand, is going to have the greatest influence on the return on investment on a new air conditioning and heating system.