Armstrong Heat Pump Buying Guide


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

Armstrong as company specializes in the manufacture of heat pumps, furnaces, boilers, filters and air conditioners. Armstrong is a strong brand that can bring comfort to your home. They are known for their impressive array of technology, comfort and advanced sound reduction. They are built with the most durable materials making them safe to use at all times. Armstrong didn’t do too much ads so people may not notice this brand as others, but don’t worry about the quality of it because Armstrong and Trane(You must know this brand) are from the same parent company and some products even come from the same product line. One main reason to buy this brand is that you can enjoy the most Trane’s quality with 60%-80% Trane’s Price.

Unique Features

MHT Technology

Airflow is a key feature if heat pumps are to operates efficiently without any hitches. The Armstrong heat pump incorporates the use of MHT technology that assists in the airflow making the pump more efficient.

Comfort Alert Diagnostic

The Armstrong heat pump comes with a control alert diagnostic that allows it to prolong life by continuously monitoring itself. It is capable of monitoring all the internal components for optimum performance a feature rarely found in other heat pumps. These diagnostic can easily detect any fault and prevent any damage in advance.

Incorporation of filter driers and compressor switches

The filter driers and compressor switches are meant to protect the compressor from damage. These switches make the Armstrong pump unit a reliable product. There are no unexpected damage or need for repair.

Quite Shift Technology

The Armstrong heat pumps operate quietly a feature that makes them extremely useful in most homes. Nobody wants a loud heat pump in their homes. The Armstrong heat pumps operate like a sound blanket making them among the quietest heat pumps in the market. The quite shift technology allows the quite shift to change into a defrost mode.

Advanced Compressor Protection

Each Armstrong heat pump comes with low and high pressure switches that make the pump more reliable. The high pressure switch will prevent operation of the heat pump if the refrigerant pressure go past the safe levels. This way they protect the compressor. The low pressure switch on the other hand will prevent your unit from withdrawing moisture when the refrigerant is low.

Variable Capacity Performance

The variable capacity performance is one excellent feature that makes the Armstrong pump heater a preferred choice for most homeowners and dealer. The Scroll compressor that is driven by a variable capacity compressor adjusts cooling in the best way possible. Unlike most conventional heat pumps that have one way off and on, the Armstrong Compressor comes with a cooling adjustment system that allows you to have small increments. It operates in a similar manner as a dimmer switch.

Model Analysis

SeriesSEERHSPFCompressorQuiet DefrostCommunicating
4SHP20LX2010VariableYesPro Series™
4SHP18LS189.2Two-StageYesPro Series™
4SHP16LS168.5Two-StageYesPro Series™

As we talked in the previous post, 15-18 SEER is enough for saving energy with less initial pay (see why). Variable Compressor is an outstanding features for heat pump and actually less than 8 brands can offer this function. But new technology usually have the problem of high repairing fee. So we personally did’t suggest to buy it until it has a decent market share. We finally recommended the Two Stage 4SHP18LS and Single Stage 4SHP14LE. 4SHP16LS comes with a comfort Sync thermostat and a variable furnace for optimum performance. It incorporates all the unique features in all the Armstrong heat pump. 4SHP14LE is inexpensive and there’re a lot fans for single stage compressor. You can check this post for know if single stage is proper for you.

Extracted Contractor Reviews

My minimum heat pump specs. For Chicago, I would not advise a system that lacks electronic demand and defrost that eliminates/reduces nuisance and unnecessary defrost calls not to mention the issue of wear and tear.

You have to consider things like:
Scroll compressor
Warranty on part and their options
Thermostat feature
Refrigerant line sets
back up heat strips

You will have to inspect the overall condition duct work system, return lines, size, insulation qualities and a general leak test. Personally I recommend the Armstrong, Ruud and carrier.

-Chicago AC Contractor

“The Armstrong heat pump work just fine” Every part is made to complement each other. They are made of very durable materials and consumers can expect to have a durable product. They never do ads on TV so you can enjoy the discount of ads.
-Professional Member From Forum

Depending on the series you choose from, you can expect to have a heat pump that will serve you well. The Armstrong ongoing commitment to quality ensures you have a product that will last generations offering you quality service. Make the right choice and buy the best heat pump.
-Bart 10+ years experience Contractor

Financing Support (Update in 2015 )

One major factor every homeowner must consider before making a purchase costs. This is one area Armstrong has an edge over its competitors. Armstrong is well known for its flexible financing options. The convenient financing does not require a down payment. These offer users the following benefits:

Low-interest rates
Low monthly payment
Generous credit lines
Lack of prepayment penalties

Armstrong Heat Pump Prices By Model

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

Each model includes: 3 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

System Only
System Installed
4SHP20LX 20 SEER$2,050$6,650
4SHP16LS 16 SEER$1,740$5,870
4SHP14LE 15 SEER$1,595$5,295
4SHP14LB 15 SEER$1,390$5,020
4SHP13LE 14 SEER$1,325$4,755
4SHP13LB 14 SEER$1,295$4,555

Armstrong Heat Pump Prices By Size

Before installing your heat pump, a 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 heat pump unit ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.

Each Unit includes: Armstrong 15 SEER 3-ton outdoor condenser, 1400 cfm air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

Heat Pump Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$1,230
2 ton1001-1300 sf$1,420
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$1,650
3 ton1601-1900 sf$1,550
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$1,960$5,550
4 ton2201-2600 sf$2,250$5,850
5 ton2601-3200 sf$2,850$6,750

Armstrong Heat Pump Submitted Prices and Details

Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$1,899 (2010)2 ton 8.5 HSPF 4SHP16LTTexas2200 sqft
After five years of owning this system, I have had one repair, and I can say that it works efficiently and right. After the repair, I have experienced tremendous energy savings as my power bill has dropped drastically. I would recommend any person to buy Armstrong and get the best value for your money. The key to having your heat pump last long enough is to have a good installer, probably the contractor or a technician with enough experience on installation. The poor installation will make the system fail even after a few months, and then you will blame the manufacturer who is not at fault in such a scenario.
$2,960 4SHP13LELA1600 sqft
When I moved to this house, I felt like I was taking a chance going with an Armstrong Heat Pump because I didn’t know the brand, but I have been very pleased for the last seven years it has been in use. No trouble at all except for a few repairs here and there which are normal to all heat pumps. The price is low, and the performance is quite impressive.
$2,9005 ton 4HP13LCenterville, OH1600 sqft
I have owned the 5 ton Armstrong 4HP13L for a couple of years now, and it has pretty much rocked my world. I haven’t had any problems with it at all so far. The price was high but manageable. I am yet to do any repairs or replacements of any parts, and I would buy the same brand and for sure. Compared to my previous system the Armstrong heat pump is so quiet that I’ve. I need not raise our voices when the system is working
$5,9004SHP18LTPittsburgh, PA3650 sqft
I have had the heat pump for just over two years or so, and I would purchase the same brand again. I have recommended this heat pump to a few of my colleagues. Since I am a new user, I have not had to do much for repairs or replacements. This particular unit been has been great and I hope it will not disappoint me in future. Despite the price being high, the heat pump ensures your value for your money because of its performance. It operates without the noise that you have to confirm whether it is working. If you want a unit that will last longer, you should go for this heat pump. Good job Armstrong!
$3,80013 SEER 3 tonCA2250 sqft
Bought it becasue the low price compared to Trane and Carrier. But constant problems happened since the second year and spent $300 for the labor repair fee (warranty only cover the parts!) Never buy it again and you need spend twice money for the Trane!!!

How to Get the Best Armstrong Heat Pump Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for heat pump project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
  • 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 take 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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