History of HVAC Brands
Heating and Cooling
A QUICK HISTORY OF HVAC BRANDS
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ADDISON PRODUCTS: Now a division of Heat Controller.
AMANA: Formerly a division of Raytheon, now part of Goodman Manufacturing.
AMERICAN-STANDARD: Became Tappan Air Conditioning division in 1972. American-Standard purchased the Trane Company in 1984. American-Standard name revived in 1988.
ARCO: Acquired by SnyderGeneral in 1984 from Atlantic Richfield. Added to Climate Control unit as Arcoaire. In 1991 became part of Inter-City Products (now International Comfort Products) with brandmate Comfortmaker. In 1999, ICP was purchased by United Technologies, parent of Carrier.
ARKLA: Division sold to Preway, Inc. Preway sold Servel gas air conditioning to the Dometic Corp. High-efficiency furnace technology sold to Trane. Servel name now sold by Robur.
ARMSTRONG: Founded by Lennox in 1928, became division of the Johnson Corp. in 1957. See Magic Chef. Name revived in 1988 to Armostrong Air after Lennox purchased the climate control line from Magic Chef.
BARD: Bard Manufacturing.
BRYANT: A division of Carrier Corp-United Technologies.
CARRIER: Carrier HVAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies.
CENTURY: Century Engineering Corp, Cedar Rapids, purchased by Heat Controller in 1975. Century name still used by Heat Controller on products made by OEMs.
COLEMAN: Heating division started in 1958. Bought by MacAndrews & Forbes Group in 1989, by Beacon International using the name Evcon Industries in 1990, by York International in 1994.
COMFORTAIRE: A tradename of Heat Controller. See Century.
COMFORTMAKER: Old AFCO name revived at founding of SnyderGeneral by former Singer HVAC boss. See Singer. Comfortmaker now owned by Inter-City Products. In 1999, ICP was purchased by United Technologies.
COMMAND-AIRE: Water source heat pump maker now owned by American-Standard.Last produced ~2004
CRANE: Stopped making HVAC products in 1968. Furnace technology sold to Amana.
DAIKIN US: Japanese company making mini splits withdrew from the US market in 1988. In 2013 bought Goodman
DAY & NIGHT: Part of the BDP Co. division of Carrier Corp-United Technologies. Name being dropped as of late 1997.
DELCO: Old GM appliance division last listed in 1964.
DUCANE: Purchased by Lennox in 1999.
DUOMATIC-OLSEN: Canadian maker changed name to DMO Industries with Olsen & Airco as brand names.
FRASER-JOHNSTON: Became part of Westinghouse. Name dropped in 1978 with end of Westinghouse HVAC products. Name now used by York International.
FEDDERS: Left the unitary market around 1980. Sells window units under Fedders, Climatrol, Airtemp, Hunter, Emerson brands.Currently bankrupt, may merge with LG.
FRIEDRICH: Residential HVAC acquired by ARCO in early 80s. In 1985 became Friedrich Climate Master Inc. selling water source heat pumps. Friedrich name dropped from tradename in 1987. Friedrich HVAC products evolved into Arcoaire. Friedrich name still used on window units & mini splits after purchase of Zoneaire from ICP.
GENERAL ELECTRIC: HVAC division purchased by the Trane Company in 1982.
GOODMAN GLOBAL : is an American company which manufactures commercial grade room air conditioners and specialty cooling products for residential and light commercial applications. The company operates under the Goodman, Amana and QuietFlex brands.
Goodman is owned by Daikin.
HEIL-QUAKER: Purchased by Inter City Gas, Toronto, from Whirlpool Corp. Tempstar name added to replace Whirlpool name. HVAC division now part of International Comfort Products. In 1999, ICP was purchased by United Technologies.
HENRY FURNACE [MONCRIEF]: Purchased by Luxaire, Inc. Now part of York International.
HOME FURNACE: Became Home Furnace division, Lear-Siegler Inc. Became Miller Heating & Air Conditioning in 1986 after being acquired by Nortek Inc. Now listed as Nordyne. See Intertherm.
INTERNATIONAL HEATER: In 1965 controlling interest acquired by Weil-McLain. Became International Heating & Air Conditioning division in 1973. Last listed in 1974. Weil-McLain now owned by United Dominion.
INTERTHERM: Became Nordyne company in 1987. Brandmate Miller. In 1998, Nordyne started marketing under White-Westinghouse brands Frigidaire, Philco, Tappan, Kelvinator & Gibson. Nordyne is OEM for Thermal Zone.
ANITROL: Division of Surface Combustion Co. became division of Midland-Ross in 1960, division of Tappan in 1977. Janitrol name sold to Goodman Mfg. in 1982. Also sold as Goodman, Hamilton, Johnstone, Sears Kenmore.
JOHNSON, AIR-EASE: Founded in 1958 by C.A. Olsen (who started Luxaire) and brother-in-law Johnson. Became part of Magic Chef in 1972. Now owned by Lennox. Air Ease brand now part of Armstrong Air division of Lennox.
LENNOX: Lennox Industries.
LG: Electronic technologies.
LUXAIRE: Founded in 1939, purchased by Westinghouse in 1955, was purchased by York in 1981.
MAGIC CHEF: In 1986, Magic Chef was acquired by the Maytag Co. Air conditioning division was sold to Lennox in 1988 and renamed Armstrong Air. See Johnson.
MILLER: Was Miller the Home Furnace Company started in 1916. Now part of Nordyne with brandmate Intertherm.
MONCRIEF: Division of York International. See Luxaire.
MUELLER CLIMATROL: In 1964 became Climatrol Div. Worthington Air Conditioning. Eventually bought out by Fedders. See Worthington and Fedders.
OLSEN: In 1965 became Luxaire, Inc. with brand names Luxaire & Moncrief. Acquired by Westinghouse then sold to York Div. Borg-Warner in 1981. Olsen name no longer in use by York.
PAYNE: A division of Carrier Corp-United Technologies. The name is used on the economy line of Carrier equipment.
PEERLESS: In 1964 became Peerless Division, Space Conditioning Systems. Eventually acquired by Dunham-Bush with names dropped in mid 1970s.
PEERLESS HEATER: Boiler manufacturer since 1908
RHEEM: Rheem Manufacturing is owned by Japanese water heater manufacturer Paloma.
RUUD: Part of Rheem Manufacturing. See Rheem.
TAPPAN: Became SJC Corp. in 1979 with name Frigiking Tappan. In 1982, SJC sold Janitrol line to Goodman Mfg. Tappan name revived by Nordyne in 1998 under license from White-Westinghouse.
THERMOPRODUCTS: Indiana manufacturer of ThermoPride brand furnaces & air condtioners, now owned by Burnham Corporation
TRANE: Started in 1913 The Trane Company purchased GE’s climate control division in 1982. Trane was purchased by American-Standard in 1984.
Trane Inc. is a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand
WEATHERKING: Former trade name of Addison Products, sold to Rheem in 1989.
WESTINGHOUSE: In 1981, sold to Borg-Warner [York}. Sale rights included names Moncrief, Luxaire, Fraser-Johnston all now used by York International.
WHIRLPOOL: In 1972 became Whirlpool Div. of Heil-Quaker, a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corp. Tempstar name replaced Whirlpool after Inter-City Gas Co. bought Heil-Quaker in 1986. See Heil-Quaker.
WILLIAMS OIL-O-MATIC: Last listed in 1972.
WILLIAMSON: Purchased by Hupp Industries which went bankrupt in 1991. Williamson name was purchased by Metzger Machine (Milwaukee Thermoflo) and used on furnace line. Late 1999, purchased by United Dominion (Weil-McLain’s parent)
WORTHINGTON: Became Mueller Climatrol in 1970 after being acquired by Fedders.
YORK: Formerly a dvision of Borg-Warner, York International is now spun off. York also makes Fraser-Johnson, Luxaire, Moncrief, Winchester, Coleman-Evcon, AirPro