Buying a new air conditioning unit can be confusing; how can you tell the difference with all the bells and whistles involved? And when two companies with similar names and logos join the mix, it makes it 10x harder than it needs to be. What are the differences between Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries? Are they the same company? Which product is best for you? And which one is better?
A Background on Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company was founded in 1870. By 1921, the shipbuilders decided to create a new electric company, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, with electric motors for large ships being their focus. After a few years, the shipbuilding company was renamed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, while Mitsubishi Electric formed its separate corporation. Since then, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Electric have been competitors in numerous product categories, most notably heating and air conditioning, even though they came from the same parent company. Read more here
Over many years, Mitsubishi Electric (or ME) has built up a formidable reputation for its quality products and adding the latest technology to each product they make. They are revered as one of the top air-con manufacturers and are known worldwide. Competitively priced and perfect for individuals and businesses.
Some Key Qualities of a ME Air-Con Unit
High Durability – Through many years of innovation and specialisation, Mitsubishi Electric produces some of the most long-lasting Air Conditioning units. These are efficient out of the box and many years down the line. Make yours last longer with regular servicing.
Smart Technology – Each unit comes with remote control capabilities and many tech features to improve the usability and user-friendliness, such as variable speed compressors and smart connectivity
Quiet Systems – Units are designed to be extra quiet to increase customer satisfaction regardless of their size.
User-Friendly – Built with the latest smart technology integrated with each ME air-con unit. Easy-to-understand UI with the aim to make familiarising yourself with the controls and features.
Some Drawbacks of ME Air-Con Units
There are few cons or complaints about Mitsubishi Electrics air-conditioners other than the units can be quite expensive, but with the quality of the builds and the reliability, the price can be justified.
What are some of the best-selling Mitsubishi Electric Air-Conditioners
- Mitsubishi Electric Zen MSZ-EF50VG Wall Mounted 5kw Air Conditioning System-Black
- Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-HR25VF Wall Mounted Air Conditioning System
- Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-AP25VGK Wall Mounted Air Conditioning System
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (or MHI for short) features air conditioning models similar to Electric Motors; MHI has spent years perfecting heating and cooling systems designed with reliability at the forefront. MHI also focus on commercial HVAC models with their max static pressure setting of 200Pa compared to ME’s, a lower maximum of 150Pa.
Some of the Key Qualities of an MHI Air-Con Unit
Top-performing compact aircon systems – The best benefit of an MHI unit is that they are a top performer amongst the other aircon brands. They guarantee performance, coming with a 5-year warranty but often last 15 years or longer.
Cost-Effective – These energy-efficient air-con units cut costs without sacrificing any performance. Many newer models have more high-efficient technology to lower the cost even more.
Quiet – MHI offers smart technology such as a silent mode for light sleepers to control the operation volume effectively.
Long Experienced Brand – The company has over a century of experience in delivering high-quality products. Having their products being well renowned, MHI has made a name for themselves.
Some Drawbacks of an MHI Air-Con Unit
High Maintenance – A common complaint about Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ aircon units about the fan coil arrangements. The fan arrangements are very closely arranged, meaning they can be easily clogged up with dirt and dust. This can also affect the performance of the units.
Our Best Selling Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioning Units
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK25ZSP-W Wall Mounted 2.5kw Air Conditioning System
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK35ZSP-W Wall Mounted 3.2kw Air Conditioning System
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK50ZS-W Wall Mounted 5kw Air Conditioning System -White
How to Tell the Difference Between Mitsubishi Electric and Heavy Industries
A common way of telling the difference between these two companies is by looking at the model names of the air conditioners. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries branded air conditioner models usually start with SRK. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Electric starts with PLA, MSZ, and MFZ.
Which Mitsubishi Air-Con Unit is the Best?
The difference between which Mitsubishi Heavy or Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning unit you choose will depend on what is needed from the air conditioner. Many homeowners prefer the Mitsubishi Electric system, while businesses and commercial establishments tend to select the Mitsubishi Heavy.
This depends on what you prefer based on the information you have read above; if you require more information about the best air conditioning unit for you, speak to one of our experts to help you decide. Air conditioning units are challenging to install. Once you have found your perfect aircon unit get a trusted Carlton Services trained engineer to carry out the installation process. Carlton Servies is an accredited Mitsubishi Electric installer and a go-to choice when choosing an air conditioning installer [link to ME certification PDF]