Lennox Air Conditioner Buying Guide – Reviews, Prices and Tax Credits

Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.

For over a century, Lennox has been doing the manufacturing of quality ACs. The company thus offers widespread listings of central ACs units. The major reason consumers go for a Lennox product is for the reason that they are reputable and highly efficient. This lineup of conditioners comes at different prices to fit the budget of different consumers and their needs. As a trusted company, Lennox provides customers with the right information you require to make the ultimate decision when purchasing a reliable air conditioner. The top Lennox conditioners come in Signature model, Elite and Merit models.

Lennox’s Exclusive Features

1. Aluminum Outdoor Coils For Partial Models

Those of you who read our Trane Air Conditioner Review before already know that Trane is famous for using aluminum coils to enhance the ability of anti-corrosion and increase the efficiency. Most brands prefer to use copper tube coil to decrease the production costs. Lennox starts to equip aluminum coils for 18+ SEER models since a few years ago.

2. 26 SEER Efficient

In 2016, Lennox releases the 26 SEER air conditioner which shocks the industry. 21 SEER (from Trane and Carrier) used to be the highest SEER in the residential air conditioners and 26 SEER means 20% more efficient than the 21 SEER. But don’t get me wrong and we don’t recommend you to buy it right now. Newest models equal to highest initial cost and repair fee. We will analyze which model is proper for you later in the below part.

3. Sun Source

Above picture is from lennox.com

Lennox solar-ready system is exclusive in all the residential HVAC market and only support for XC25, XC21 and SL18XC1 model. You can also find the sun source heat pump from Lennox.

Lennox Sun Source Worth the Money?
Please note that this is not a default built-in function but you need to pay extra thousands of dollar. So the main question is: can I get the money back in the long run? According to the feedbacks of Lennox contractor, you can only save 5%-15% of daily usage of power which absolutely makes no sense. However, the solar-supported unit can qualify for at least 25% federal and state tax credit. Some utility companies still offer $2-$5 per watt rebate. So if you can find good government support to deduct part of the initial cost, it is worth your money especially for A/C heavy users.

Cons For Lennox AC

Lennox parts are expensive and hard to find

In most air conditioner repair cases, you can expect to get your unit fixed in 24 hours, but you have to wait for weeks when it comes to Lennox. Lennox is completely proprietary and you can not find the parts in the market. If your air conditioner is broken in the hot season, it is definitely a nightmare.

Price

Lennox and Carrier are the most expensive residential air conditioner in the market. You need to pay at least $1000 more for the brand reputation.

Model Analysis and Recommendation

ModelSEERSound LevelCompressorSolar ReadyDiagnostics
XC252659VariableYesiComfort
XC212169Two-StageYesiComfort
SL18XC118.565Single-StageYesiComfort
XC202065VariableYesiComfort
XC161774Multi-StageNoNO
XC141670Single-StageNoNO
XC1315.574Single-StageNONO
14ACX1476Single-StageNONO
13ACX1376Single-StageNONO

Note: Lennox Communicating System is an optional function for high-end models with a monthly fee. In my opinion, it is not worth the money. You can install a $200-$300 wifi ColorTouch thermostat instead.

A) Lennox Signature XC21 With 21 SEER efficiency, this model is a good choice when it comes to reducing your long term expenses. A two-stage compressor offers better climate control does away with much humidity in your space. We don’t recommend you buy the XC25 model currently given that there are not enough customer feedbacks for Lennox variable compressor.
B) If you are not a two-stage fan, Lennox Elite XC14 is more affordable as compared to the Signature model. 16 SEER is enough for the long-term money saving and the single-stage compressor is more matured and stable. As you already know the long period of repair, choosing a mature product is a good choice.

Contractor’s Review For Lennox

Most "old timers" familiar with Lennox can remember their "Pulse" and "Complete-Heat" fiascoes. Lennox has a good reputation in the market although a few cases of negative comments are always possible. A professional HVAC technician will do the proper installation and guide on how to operate your conditioner. Lennox products are energy star rated and are thus trusted by a huge number of consumers. Most service calls on these conditioners are due to human error on poor maintenance and poor installation of the AC. If your Lennox breaks, their logistics chain is so poor due to proprietary red tape, that it often takes 3-5 weeks to get the parts.

Tim Zeng
HVAC Talk

Lennox Air Conditioner Prices By Model

In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:

Each model includes: 2.5 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable air conditioner thermostat.

Models
System Only
System Installed
Lennox XC25 $3,850
$7,300
Lennox XC21 $2,980
$4,900
Lennox XC20 $2,705
$4,505
Lennox SL18XC1 $2,550
$4,170
Lennox XC17 $2,390 $3,900
Lennox XC16 $2,090 $3,790
Lennox XC14 $1,890 $3,490
Lennox XC13 $1,760 $3,390
Lennox ML14XC1 $1,655 $3,165
Lennox 14ACX $1,590 $3,199
Lennox 13ACX $1,490 $3,050

Lennox Air Conditioner Prices By Size

Before installing your air conditioner, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right sized central air conditioner ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.

Each Unit includes: Lennox 2.5-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable thermostat.

Heat Pump Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton 600-1000 sf $1,645
$3,295
2 ton 1001-1300 sf $1,820
$3,490
2.5 ton 1301-1600 sf $1,890
$3,670
3 ton 1601-1900 sf $1,990
$3,850
3.5 ton 1901-2200 sf $2,145 $4,145
4 ton 2201-2600 sf $2,300 $4,420
5 ton 2601-3200 sf $2,790 $5,430

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Visitors

We will not edit any words from submitted feedback information. We will update this table every 3-6 months and you may not see your submitted review immediately.

Price
Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$5,850 Elite XC16 Atlanta, GA 2900 sqft
What can I say, superior performance. I like this unit I got. It hasn’t given me any trouble for the 3 months I’ve had it. I know it takes a while longer to decide whether it’s built to last or not but I have a good feeling about this one. The Carrier I had before was reduced to something fit for the junkyard thanks to the many years of service it gave me. I like this new Lennox though, it consumes very little energy so it keeps my bills down.
$3,700 Lennox Signature Collection XC17 Greensboro, NC 2270 sqft
Excellent piece of equipment I have here. The AC broke down and having lived in the same house for 18 years it only made sense that we replace the old model with something new. I wanted a unit that didn’t take too much energy to run and this really does it for me. The house is cool when we want it to be and I don’t have to spend my whole pay check on paying bills. Good job Lennox.
$2,800 installed Elite Series XC14 Santa Rosa, CA 1800 sqft
The AC works great, am surprised it hasn’t given me any problems. I read a few reviews online about some air conditioner companies and nobody had nice things to say about any of them. I thought to myself that I’ll probably end up grumpy and feeling reaped off like those people. It’s 5 months down the line and I haven’t had to do a single repair. Am glad this turned out great because I had started losing faith in some of these brands.
$3,920 installed XC21 Sarasota, Fl 2350 sqft
Before I go out and get something I like to do a little research first so I looked up the best 3 ton AC and Lennox was among those that came highly recommended. I decided to go with Lennox basically because it had fewer nasty reviews. So far I can’t complain. I count myself lucky because I know there are a lot of home appliance companies that don’t live up to their billing. I thought it would be nice to put this here so that someone else can have confidence in Lennox.
$3,590 ACX13 Corpus Christi, TX 2200 sqft
I just moved to this house about 4 months ago and the AC needed replacing. It had a lot of issues that needed fixing and it was going to cost a lot so I thought this is the way to go. However, I didn’t really know what to go for because I wouldn’t call myself an expert at these things. Every time I buy something for my house and find that the commercial oversold the product. This particular unit made me feel like it was a worthy purchase. It gets really hot some afternoons and evenings too. It cools the house just right. Go Lennox.
$6,690 XC21 Las Vegas, NV 3000 sqft
What a disappointment this has turned out to be. I wonder who gets the luck of buying home appliances that just work like they should. This AC keeps breaking down and I think soon it will be useless. I have only had it for 8 months and it can’t go a month now without needing repairs.
$5950 Signature Collection XC17 Los Angeles, CA 2800 sqft
Terrible piece of equipment. Why won’t they take it back or repair it? The company response is poor yet this thing cost me an arm and a leg to get. Someone from the company should help customers like myself out, this is not a good look.

How to Get the Best Lennox Air Conditioner Prices?

Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Lennox AC, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project.

  • So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates as we talked above.
  • Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for you local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.

At last, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: Homeowners Tactics When Negotiating with HVAC Dealer to get the final best price.

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