Air Conditioner Ratings part 5, Reviews of the Bryant and Carrier brands



This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. but is only sold through their dealer network. The LEGACY LINE features basic models that are relatively loud during operation and have only a wire guard to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. 

Bryant model 189BNV

The EVOLUTION series units communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems to provide more comfort and efficiency. The variable speed models are premium units with variable speed fans and compressors but only a 19 SEER efficiency. Their entry in the ultimate category (model 180B) is only a two stage unit but it has an ECM condenser fan motor for quiet and durable operation. The premium and ultimate models feature louvered metal panel construction to prevent physical damage to the condenser coil. 

The warranty on the brand is not very good when compared with other brands.


The COMFORT 14 air conditioners are basic units that meet the regional efficiency standards for all areas of the USA. They have a durable powder coat finish but only a wire coil guard to protect the fins of the condensing unit from mechanical damage (which is not very effective). They have scroll compressors and factory installed filter/driers for system durability but the units are relatively loud during operation. 

The INFINITY 19VS premium units have a five stage compressor with their Silencer System II for much quieter operation and a 19 SEER efficiency. They have louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil and are designed to communicate with the other parts of the home's hvac systems to maximize comfort and efficiency.

The INFINITY 21 units (their entry in the ultimate category) have an efficiency rating of up to 21 SEER but use a standard two speed compressor instead of variable speed technology.

The brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP and is sold through factory authorized dealers. The warranty is not as good as some of the other brands.

Carrier Infinity 21

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