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.
Having been in the industry, Bryant is a well-known brand that offers highly reliable units. This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP, which also manufactures Carrier, Payne and Heil. After a quick view of product list, you’ll see Bryant include 3 series: Bryant Evolution, Bryant Preferred, and Bryant Legacy.
What’s Difference Between Bryant and Carrier?
Just like Trane and American Standard, 95% models are identical between Bryant and Carrier, the only difference is the logo. You can see the corresponding series below.
Carrier Infinity = Bryant Evolution
Carrier Performance = Bryant Preferred
Carrier Comfort = Bryant Legacy
UTC (parent company for both brands) is so clever that they only sell the Bryant to dealers who don’t sell Carrier to gain market share, and in most states, it is against Carrier policy for a dealer to sell both Carrier & Bryant. The average pricing for Bryant is 5%-10% lower than Carrier for the same unit. That’s why UTC keep you from getting both brand bids from the same contractor. So, from the consumer perspective, you already know what you should choose now. Nobody wants to pay the extra dollar for the same stuff.
There is still a little difference
Carrier Infinity series own the exclusive Silencer System to decrease the noise. Even the top Bryant unit cannot get the quietness of Carrier Infinity. If you have to place your outdoor unit near (<5m) bedroom or living room, it is worth upgrading to Carrier.
Compressor with high and low-pressure switches
Pressure switches are safeties installed on air conditioner system to protect the compressor and anyone near the unit. Some units only have the high-pressure switch. With these switches, your unit will automatically shut-off once the pressure is too high or too low. Overcharge of refrigerant and refrigerant leaking are the main reasons to trigger the switch. Repairman also uses it as a diagnostic tool.
Bryant manufactures both single and multiple stage cooling units. A multiple-stage cooling unit is more preferred by consumers as compared to a single stage unit. This is owing to the high level of efficiency that comes with multiple stages AC. With a multiple-stage Bryant AC, as a homeowner, you can regulate the level at which your unit operates and make it work at different power levels. Also, a double-stage cooling is easier to attain the right indoor humid. Alternatively, a single stage Bryant can just operate at a single power level. Additionally, single-stage cooling continually causes the incident that makes a house either too cold or too hot. The Bryant Legacy Series is a single-stage cooling model while the evolution series and Bryant preferred series are two-stage cooling units.
A Little Noisy
Tim from ASM-AIR points out that Bryant is a little noisy. We also see BaldLoonie (global moderator from hvac-talk.com) complain that Bryant prefers to use wire top for the outdoor unit which cannot eliminate noise evidently. So it is preferred to place the outdoor unit far away from the living room and bedroom.
5 Year Warranty For Legacy Series
Although on the official website it shows 10 years parts warranty for Legacy model, we got a decent number of feedbacks from contractors saying it is only 5 years. The average lifespan of most central air conditioners is 10-15 years and 5 years warranty is not enough for the future obviously. Unless your contractor agrees to expand to 10 years, or you better switch to Preferred or Evolution series.
Model Analysis and Recommendation
|Series||Model||SEER||Sound Level||Compressor||Wifi (optional)||Diagnostics|
|Evolution||187BNC & 187B||17||70||Two-Stage||Yes||Connex|
|Preferred||123A & 538A||13||70||Single-Stage||Yes||NO|
|Legacy||116B & 106A||16||76||Single-Stage||Yes||NO|
|Legacy||105A & 114C||14||72||Single-Stage||Yes||NO|
Bryant Evolution 180B
This is the top-list air conditioner manufactured by Brant which is very fit for big size house. It provides the highest efficiency rate owing to its 20 SEER energy level. With a two-stage compressor, it easy to adjust the temperatures to desired levels. The operation of this model is quite with as little as 72 decibels.
Bryant Preferred 126B
This model is among the most affordable units manufactured by Bryant which offers single stage cooling. Those of you who read our blog frequently already know the 15-16 SEER is usually the proper choice for most houses. The design of this model provides DuraGuard protection. This feature protects units from harsh weather elements. If any problem develops with this model, Bryant offers a reasonable warranty on it.
Best Cost-Effective Bryant Models For You
As we have discussed in our central air conditioner guide, the SEER is the most important parameter deciding the initial equipment cost and future energy savings.
Higher SEER Models can not always pay your money back. We developed a SEER Savings Calculator to help find a better balance between equipment cost and electricity cost. This tool can automatically load your local power rate and yearly cooling hours when using Chrome explorer. You can also adjust these inputs manually to get a more accurate result.
Contractor Feedback For Bryant AC
Being an already established brand in the market, Bryant offers a wide variety of air conditioners with different specifications. The feedback from consumers is mostly positive; the majority of the negative issues with Bryant units are as a result of poor installation. As long as a qualified HVAC technician does the installation, the unit will serve you long enough. Homeowners always ask me the difference between Bryant and Carrier. Actually 95% of them are identical. Buying Bryant can enjoy a relatively lower unit price but you can only find the highest SEER(efficiency rating) on Carrier.
-Petter from Chicago Light Cooling Inc
Bryant 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.
|Evolution 187BNC 187B||$1,840|
|Preferred 123A 538A||$1,360||$3,980|
|Legacy 106A 116B||$1,455||$3,880|
|Legacy 104C 114CNC||$1,295||$3,555|
Bryant 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: Bryant 15 SEER 3-ton outdoor condenser, Trane 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable thermostat.
AC Unit Size
|1.5 ton||600-1000 sf||$1,195|
|2 ton||1001-1300 sf||$1,320|
|2.5 ton||1301-1600 sf||$1,470|
|3 ton||1601-1900 sf||$1,620|
|3.5 ton||1901-2200 sf||$1,780||$4,520|
|4 ton||2201-2600 sf||$1,910||$4,930|
|5 ton||2601-3200 sf||$2,250||$5,850|
Bryant Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers
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.
Brand & Model & Size
|$2,850 Unit Only||Evolution 180B 18 SEER||TX||2000 sqft|
|I have had my Bryant air conditioner for close to a year now and so far I have not spent a penny on repairs. I found the functionality to be satisfactory since it hasn’t failed to cool the house whenever I needed it to. I read somewhere that there are air conditioners that can’t cool the house below a certain temperature; my unit hasn’t had any such problems. If you want to replace yours and you don’t want any ac trouble you should definitely go for Bryant.|
|$5,150||Bryant Preferred 538A||Ottawa, Canada||2670 sqft|
|We moved in about 2 years ago and the Bryant we got then is still going strong. The AC makes very little noise and the filters are easy to change. It has a long way to go before we can judge it on how long it lasts but I doubt I could have found a better deal at the same price.|
|$4,100||Bryant Evolution 186B||Plant City, FL||1800 sqft|
|I work with an NGO and we wanted the AC system set up in our new offices that opened about a year back. We bought these Bryant systems and so far the going is good. The company makes quality equipment that has great functionality. You can imagine my fears given I was overseeing the project. There hasn’t been a single complaint and am glad I went with Bryant.|
|$5,020||Preferred 126B 16 SEER||Los Angeles, CA||2350 sqft|
|My wife kept complaining about the AC and how it was no good anymore. She spends more time in the house so I knew this was something she was fed up with. The Carrier we had couldn’t do the job like it used to before so it had to be replaced. The things hadn’t broken down and stopped working but after 20 years there was not much we could do to fix it. The new AC from Bryant solved the problem and now everything is great!|
|$4,090||123A 13 SEER||Bakersfield, CA||3200 sqft|
|After living for 18 years in the same house there are some replacements that you just have to make. A new AC unit was such a replacement for me. The old Carrier kept on breaking down and costing us money to fix so we decided not to fix it anymore when it broke down last summer. This new Bryant AC is an excellent replacement though. It’s so quiet and hasn’t broken down once since we got it 4 months ago. Everything is just as the dealer said it would be, you don’t find that too often nowadays. Thank you, Bryant.|
|$2,630 Unit Only||Bryant 17 SEER||Blueridge, VA||2200 sqft|
|When I bought this I had read rave reviews about Bryant and thought I’d go for it since I found a 3 ton that was just right for my budget. Now I wish I had spent more on something better. The Freon keeps leaking and the refills are exasperating as they are costly.|
|$3949||Legacy Series||Blytheville, AR||2300 sqft|
|Please don’t buy Bryant. You will save yourself a lot of trouble just by buying another brand. I got this unit a year ago and the compressor is already malfunctioning. Air conditioners are supposed to last for years before you have to deal with so much repair work. Bryant isn’t the best, you can get better.|
How to Get the Best Bryant Air Conditioner Prices?
Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Trane 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 your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.
Lastly, 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.