Carrier Air Conditioners

Over the last century, the Carrier brand has become a household name and industry leader in central air conditioning systems. Carrier provides air conditioning and refrigeration solutions in over 170 countries worldwide, catering to the needs of both homeowners and businesses.

 
 

Carrier’s top air conditioners

Carrier offers a diverse selection of high-quality HVAC components. As such, choosing the best Carrier unit can prove a daunting task.  Information provided in the following list will help you understand your options.

 

Infinity Series

 

Infinity 20 Air Conditioner with Greenspeed Intelligence

Awarded the title of Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR 2019, the Infinity 20 offers superior cooling and comfort while saving energy. Once it sufficiently cools an area, it makes detailed, gradual adjustments by intelligently reading changing conditions. The unit then decides how much power to use to achieve sufficient cooling without wasting energy. The key to the Infinity 20’s efficiency is a variable speed motor that saves energy without sacrificing comfort.

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 20.5 cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 58 decibels

Pros:

  • Quiet operation
  • Energy efficient
  • Intelligently adapts to environmental conditions

Cons:

  • Higher price

This unit is best suited for:

People who need a very quiet solution, perhaps because there is a bedroom, study, office or home theater near the unit.

 

Infinity 19VS Central Air Conditioner

The Infinity 19VS also has variable speed compression and can use as little as 25% of its full capacity. In many cases, it can connect to your current system, saving you a full replacement. Because it saves energy by running below capacity, the 19VS can provide constant comfort and work with other systems that depend on continual air circulation.

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 19 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 56 decibels

Pros:

  • Quiet operation
  • Relatively energy efficient
  • Saves energy by running at only 25% capacity

Cons:

  • Not as efficient as some other models

This unit is best suited for:

People who have air purifiers, dehumidifiers or other components that need constant air circulation throughout the home.

 

Infinity 16 Central Air Conditioner

Although it doesn’t have the overall efficiency of other Carrier units, the Infinity 16 Central Air Conditioner still gets the job done. It uses the Infinity system to adjust to the humidity of the home. It makes those adjustments using an algorithm that factors in current moisture levels.  

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 16 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 66 decibels

Pros:

  • Adjusts according to humidity
  • More affordable than other similar models

Cons:

  • Also not as efficient as several other models

This unit is best suited for:

People who live in colder climates who need air conditioning infrequently.

 

Performance Series

 

Performance 17 Central Air Conditioner

This unit offers a balance between upfront costs and long-term energy savings. The Performance 17 Carrier unit has two-stage compression, improving comfort levels and reducing humidity.

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: 17 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 72 decibels

Pros:

  • Enhanced humidity and temperature control 
  • Two-stage compressor operation

Cons:

  • More expensive than a single-stage Carrier unit

This unit is best suited for:

Homes located in warmer regions where AC operates most of the year.  

 

Performance 14 Compact Central Air Conditioner

This unit offers adequate cooling while saving you money upfront. This Performance 14 model can also stack on top of similar units, making it a good option for multi-family housing units.  

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: 14 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 68 decibels

Pros:

  • Less expensive than most Carrier units
  • Stackable for saving space

Cons:

  • Not as efficient as most other models
  • Relatively loud

This unit is best suited for

Multi-family housing where multiple homes need AC units, but without a lot of ground space on which to install them.

 

Performance 13 Central Air Conditioner

The Performance 13 is an affordable unit that still does a good job of cooling your home. It features a single-stage system and a filter drier system to protect it from moisture and debris.  

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 13 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 74 decibels

Pros:

  • Less expensive than most Carrier units

Cons:

  • Not as efficient as most other models
  • May not qualify for use in the Southeast or Southwest of the U.S. due to the Department of Energy’s efficiency standards

This unit is best suited for:

People who live in colder climates who want to save money on upfront costs of an air conditioning unit.

 

Comfort Series

 

Comfort 16 Central Air Conditioner: 24AAA6 and 24ABC6

Affordable air conditioners with single-stage compressor operation. The only differences between these two models are the sound levels. The 24AAA6 has a sound level as low as 72 decibels while the 24ABC6 has a sound level as low as 76 decibels.

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 16 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: 24AAA6 – as low as 72 decibels; 24ABC6 – as low as 76 decibels

Pros:

  • Energy efficient
  • Filter drier protects against moisture

Cons:

  • The single-stage compressor only operates at full speed. 

This unit is best suited for:

Customers looking for a cooling solution to use during the summer months. 

 

Comfort 15 Central Air Conditioner

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 16 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 72 decibels

Pros:

  • Heavy-duty exterior to protect against weather damage
  • Moderately priced

Cons:

  • No flexibility in compressor speed.
  • Reasonably quiet, but there are quieter units

This unit is best suited for:

People looking for a good deal on an air conditioner they will use once in a while. 

 

Comfort 14 Central Air Conditioner: 24ACC4 and 24ACA4**C

These air conditioners have a simple design made for quick cooling. Relatively quiet when running and energy-efficient, these air conditioning units are affordable and reliable. Model 24AC4**C is designed to operate in coastal homes. It efficiently removes humidity in salt air. 

Efficiency and sound level:

  • SEER Rating: up to 14 SEER cooling efficiency
  • Sound level: as low as 72 decibels

Pros:

  • Single-stage compressor repairs are cheaper than two-stage compressor repairs
  • Humidity and contaminants are removed by the filter drier system 

Cons:

  • The compressor only operates at one speed

This unit is best suited for:

People interested in an affordably priced air conditioner or people living near the ocean. 

 

Carrier heat pumps

Heat pumps look and function similar to air conditioners for cooling; however, in cool months, they also provide warmth for your home. Carrier heat pumps split into four groups: Infinity with Greenspeed Intelligence, Infinity, Performance, and Comfort series.

 

Carrier pricing

Carrier pricing varies based on the unit you get and its installation. The higher the SEER or HSPF ratings, the more money you pay. You will also pay a premium if the unit has more features to enhance either convenience or performance. A Carrier central air conditioning unit with around 17 SEER may cost up to $3,800. The best way to get a solid price, however, is to reach out to a local HVAC professional.

 

Carrier warranties

Carrier offers a 10-year parts limited warranty, but only if you register within 90 days of purchase. If not, the warranty period drops to five years. In some areas, users can lock in the 10-year option regardless of when they register.

 

Carrier reviews

To learn more about Carrier products and to read Carrier AC reviews, check out HVAC.com.

 

Frequently asked questions:

How much do Carrier products cost?

A central air conditioning unit should cost $3,000-$6,000.

Where can I buy Carrier products?

You can find a dealer on Carrier.com.

How long will a Carrier product last?

Carrier products typically last 12-15 years.

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