Heat Pump Ratings part 5, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Heat pump ratings part 5 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Broan, Bryant, and Carrier brands.

BRAND--------BASIC-PREMIUM-ULTIMATE

BROAN-------------3*---------1*---------2*

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a subsidiary of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and the units are available through their dealer network in the USA.

 The FT4BE (pictured at left) is a basic model with a swept wing fan for enhanced sound control and all aluminum coil construction to prevent corrosion. They have a 15 SEER efficiency and use micro-channel construction which enables a more compact unit. The FT4BF models are premium units with two stages of heating/cooling with state of the art Coresense onboard compressor protection. The units have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for noise control but their warranty in the premium category is just not very good when compared to other brands. 

The HSPF iQ DRIVE models are ultimate units with state of the art compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems. They are available in either 19 or 22 seer efficiencies and are very quiet during operation. They have a good warranty but it is not as good as other brands in the category.

BRYANT------------1*---------1*---------2*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES (UTC CORP) and is sold through dealers in the USA. The LEGACY LINE 213C model is a low cost heating and cooling option but they use a wire guard for protection of the condenser coil which does not actually do much. Their warranty is only average when compared to other brands.  In the premium category, the 226A model (part of their PREFERRED SERIES) offers two stage operation and a compressor blanket for noise control but the warranty on these units is not very good when compared to other brands.

In the ultimate category, the 280A model which is a part of their EVOLUTION EXTREME SYSTEM has the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating & cooling parts to maximum efficiency all year long. It also features their AEROQUIET II system as well as soft start and smooth ramp up to operating speed which makes it very quiet. It has a 20 seer efficiency and is backed by a good warranty.

CARRIER----------1*--------<1*---------1*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES (UTC CORP) and is available only through their authorized dealer network. The Comfort Series 25HCD3 model is a basic 13 seer unit that uses a wire guard for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much. The units are only backed by an average warranty. The Performance 16 (25HCB6) units are premium units with a durable two stage scroll compressor and louvered steel panel construction but the warranty is not as good as many of the other brands. 

The 25VNA0 model (pictured at left) is part of their "Infinity" line with GREENSPEED INTELLIGENCE and includes their "silencer system" for quiet operation. The unit is backed by a good warranty but it is only average when compared to other brands.

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