Carrier Air Conditioner Buying Guide – Prices & Reviews 2018-2019

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.

Carrier is the most recognized name in air conditioning and one of the largest manufacturers of residential and commercial HVAC equipment.

But are Carrier air conditioners the best available?

That’s part of what this Carrier air conditioner guide seeks to answer – along with another important question: Is a Carrier air conditioner the best choice for your home?

Here’s what is included in this Carrier AC buyers guide.

Exclusive Features

Carrier air conditioners are built mostly with third-party components, which is true of most major brands.

Those components are made in basic, better and best quality. Carrier uses “better” and “best” quality throughout its product lineup.

Carrier makes its own thermostats, though most Carrier HVAC systems can be paired with other brand thermostats including popular nest, ecobee, Lyric and Lux/Geo thermostats.

Here are the major features, even if not totally unique to Carrier.

Copeland Compressors

Copeland is the benchmark for excellence in compressors. A division of HVAC parts giant Emerson, the brand is renowned for reliability and performance. The Copeland Scroll compressor is the most widely used in the industry.

Copeland makes single-stage, two-stage and variable-capacity compressors. Copeland compressor ratings are high from homeowners and HVAC repair technicians.

Did you know? Several other brands are identical or nearly so to Carrier!

This surprises many consumers that have thought of Carrier as a cut above. As noted, the reliability record is among the best.

Here’s why their similar and why a Carrier system might outlast the others.

Carrier and the similar brands have a common parent company – United Technologies Corporation (UTC). UTC owns Carrier, and Carrier owns Bryant. The Bryant line doesn’t have quite as many models as Carrier, but the ones it makes are identical to Carrier versions.

UTC also owns International Comfort Products (ICP) which makes quite a few brands. Heil, Arcoaire, Tempstar, KeepRite, ComfortMaker and a few lesser-known brands are ICP brands. They use many of the same components as Carrier/Bryant and usually cost less. The disadvantage is that most of those brands don’t require factory authorized dealers to install them.

Factory Authorized Dealers/Installers

This is what sets Carrier apart from some other UTC/ICP brands that don’t require authorized installers.

Installation is just as important as the brand. Any HVAC contractor can install Goodman products and many other brands.

Not anyone can install Carrier. Carrier Factory Authorized dealers must be certified by NATE, the North American Technician Excellence certification that many HVAC pros do not have.

Secondly, they must go through extensive training at a Carrier factory to learn installation, maintenance and repair of Carrier products.

These are among the reasons we rank Carrier among Premium Air Conditioner brands.

Carrier Thermostats

Carrier makes four lines of thermostat. They are the Infinity, CÔR, Performance and Comfort, each with several models.

You can match your HVAC system’s performance (single-stage, etc.) to the thermostat or choose features you want such as WiFi, which is available on three of the four series. For complete information, see our Carrier Thermostat Buying Guide.

CÔR Home Automation

CÔR is more than just a thermostat. It’s a home automation system that uses the CÔR hub and mobile app.

The system is like most smart home systems. It is used to control the thermostat, lighting, door locks, Z-wave modules, cameras and other security features.

Model Analysis and Recommendation

ModelSEER RatingCompressorDecibels
Infinity 20 24VNA020.5 SEERVariable58db
Infinity 21 24ANB121 SEER2-stage65db
Infinity 19VS 24VNA919 SEER5-stage56db
Infinity 17 24ANB7 & 24ANB7**C17 SEER2-stage67db
Infinity 16 24ANB616 SEERSingle-stage66db
Performance 17 24ACB717 SEER2-stage72db
Performance 16 24APB617 SEERSingle-stage72db
Performance 16 24ACC616 SEERSingle-stage72db
Performance 14 Compact 24AHA414 SEERSingle-stage68db
Performance 13 24ACB313 SEERSingle-stage74db
Comfort 16 24AAA616 SEERSingle-stage72db
Comfort 16 24ABC616 SEERSingle-stage76db
Comfort 15 24AAA514 SEERSingle-stage72db
Comfort 14 24ACC414 SEERSingle-stage72db
Comfort 14 24ACA4**C14 SEERSingle-stage73db
Comfort 13 24ABB3**C13 SEERSingle-stage75db
Comfort 13 24ABB313 SEERSingle-stage72db

While some brands are consolidating their AC line, Carrier has expanded it in recent years to 18 models (compare Trane with 9 and Lennox with 11).

The Infinity 20 with Greenspeed Intelligence is Carrier’s only true variable-capacity air conditioner. That’s surprising from the brand that was one of the first to offer variable ACs and has so many models. This air conditioner has been available since about 2011, so the technology is pretty well established. It’s solid.

Recommended for: Homeowners willing to pay more for a variable-capacity air conditioner with a proven track record.

The Infinity 19VS is an air conditioner that most UTC brands (Carrier, Bryant, Heil, etc.) introduced a few years ago. It’s the middle ground between a variable-capacity and two-stage AC. The compressor costs less, which means a lower sticker price for the AC, and the technology used is very reliable.

You’ll save money with the Infinity 19VS and probably wouldn’t notice a difference in cooling and dehumidification performance from the Infinity 20.

Recommended for: Those that want excellent indoor comfort but want to save a little bit compared with a variable-capacity system.

The Infinity 21, Infinity 17 and Performance 17 are two-stage air conditioners. When air conditioning demand is low to moderate, they run at 70% capacity, which is quieter. When demand is high, they run at 100%. Dehumidification is good, but not as good as with the variable and 5-stage models.

Recommended for: Homeowners looking for good value – a combination of better climate control, but at a lower cost than the variable-capacity and 5-stage models.

The Infinity 16 is the only single-stage model in the Infinity Series. It has a lower cost than other Infinity ACs, the point of making a single-stage, but has the premium sound-reducing and weatherproof options.  

All other Carrier air conditioners in the Performance and Comfort Series are single-stage

Recommended for: Single-stage Carrier air conditioners are ideal for anyone that values lower cost over optimal climate control. The nice thing is that these models are backed by Carrier’s 10-year parts warranty, the same warranty behind Carrier Infinity Series air conditioners.

Carrier Air Conditioner Prices By Model

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

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

Carrier AC Prices by Models

Carrier Models
System Only
System Installed
Infinity GreenSpeed 24VNA0 20.5 SEER$4,430
$9,350
Infinity 24ANB1 21 SEER$4,100
$8,830
Infinity 24VNA9 19 SEER$3,480
$7,940
Infinity 24ANB7 17 SEER$2,665
$6,955
Infinity 24ANB6 16 SEER$2,490
$5,590
Performance 24ACB7 17 SEER$2,410
$5,480
Performance 24ACC6 16 SEER$2,330$5,550
Performance 24ACB3 13 SEER$1,965$5,240
Comfort 24AAA6 24ABC6 16 SEER$1,870$5,100
Comfort 24AAA5 15 SEER$1,655$4,885
Comfort 24ACC4 14 SEER$1,630$4,760
Comfort 24ABB3 13 SEER$1,595$4,700

Carrier AC Unit 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: Carrier 15 SEER 2.5-ton outdoor condenser, Carrier 1300-1400 CFM air handler, and Carrier programmable thermostat.

Carrier AC Prices By Unit Size

AC Unit Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$1,735
$4,870
2 ton1001-1300 sf$1,830
$5,280
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$1,930
$5,540
3 ton1601-1900 sf$2,030
$5,850
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$2,250$6,165
4 ton2201-2600 sf$2,490$6,600
5 ton2601-3200 sf$2,790$7,250

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Price
Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$5,000Carrier 3 ton 16 seerSuitland, ML1800 sq ft
Condenser, Evaporator, Plastic slab and Installation
$9,800Carrier Infinity 19Portland, Oregon1600 sq ft
I wondered if the quote I just got was high so I’m trying to investigate before I approach them to negotiate their price. This Portland HVAC company installed my Carrier furnace in 2012 so I want to stay with them. But . . . am I getting a good price? Seems high compared to what I’m seeing elsewhere.
$5,550 installedPerformance 16-24ACC6Houston, TX1600 sqft
After living in our house for 15 years we figured it’s time to replace the air conditioning. I went ahead and bought this Carrier and I must say it does the job quite well. It takes very little time to warm up or cool down the house which is one of the things we didn’t get from the one we had before. The unit hasn’t needed any repair work and I’ve had it for about half a year now.
$4,990 installedComfort 14-24ACC4Washington2950 sqft
My eldest son always complained about how the AC was run-down and we needed to get a new one. For some time I dismissed him but then I realized that it really didn’t distribute air like it did before. We’ve had the thing for 16 years so I didn’t really think of anything else except replacing it. The one I got is worth every penny. The noise level is low and it’s great on energy saving too.
$4,290 installed17-24ANB7Phoenix, AZ2200 sqft
I’m really picky with my stuff. I like my equipment and appliances original, I won’t have anything to do with cheap knock-offs. So buying this air conditioner to replace my old one was somewhat of a challenging fact. You can’t trust the commercial these days. Am glad I got this though because it has restored my faith in good manufacturing. I haven’t had a problem with this new Carrier I got since I bought it 7 months ago. It’s just perfect.
$4,990 installedComfort 13 coastal-24ABB3Plano, TX2700 sqft
I thought this was going to be an improvement but it turned out to be a down grade. This AC cannot run for a month without breaking down and am not talking working under par, totally shutting down. The first 3 months were great but so far it’s just costing me money. I don’t like this at all.
$2,649 UnitPerformance SeriesLos Angeles, CA2800 sqft
This thing isn’t what they say it is. It’s really disappointing to spend so much money and still get something that doesn’t work like the brochure says. I got this air conditioner about a year ago but now it looks like I will need a replacement. It’s too noisy to keep running so we just turn it off after a while. Someone from the company should come and solve this ASAP.
$4,200 installed14 SEER 24AHA4 4 tonCanada2100 sqft
I am very disappointed with Carrier. I was expecting an amazing product after getting so many good reviews from many of my colleagues. Unfortunately, the AC I bought broke down within one year. I was shocked and genuinely concerned. I am not sure if this is an isolated case but I would not recommend it to anyone. Even if it is a rare manufacturing defect, being a popular company they should have better quality checking mechanisms. I hope this never happens to anybody.
$3,800 installedCarrier 3 ton 13 SEERChicago, IL1800 sqft
I was very happy in the beginning because things ran smoothly without any noise. Moreover, I saw noticeable changes in my electricity bills. After two years, things began to change. There have been awkward sounds. I got it checked and repaired. I am hoping that is the end of the issue. Overall, it has been a good experience. Dependable on the whole. Neat operation and very good cooling system. Yes, I was not happy with its looks in the beginning. But then realized ACs are for cooling and not for beautification.
$5,000 installedCarrier Comfort 15 SEERCharlotte, NC2800 sqft
I used to own a high-end AC from a very reputed brand (Trane). 2 years ago, I got it replaced and decided to give Carrier try. I was shocked to see that Trane ACs are actually as good, if not better! Considering the price, I did not expect so much quality. I had to get it repaired once though, but it was a minor issue and there have been no other troubles since. It was a very good buy.
$5,400Carrier 14 Seer Comfort Pkg UnitThe Villages, Fla1300 sqft
I bought this AC unit around 10 months ago. So far, everything has been fine. My old York AC needed repair every 6 months and also had an awkward sound every now and then. With Carrier, there has never been any such issues. It is a smooth AC device which performs its duty as promised. A highly recommended product from Carrier!
$6,255 installed24ACC6 4 tonMiami, FL2220 sqft
Buying Carrier AC was a very good decision I will never regret. I realized my Old Amana AC was actually a rip-off. Things couldn’t have been better. The cooling is very quick. My old AC used to take 3-4 times longer to cool up my room in the same manner. After trying out Carrier in my home 2 years ago, I have replaced all the ACs in my office to Trane. So far, there has been no trouble. In fact, it helped me to save a whopping amount on energy bills. I realized this when I was checking my bills. My energy consumption has in fact halved! This does not come with a compromise on cooling though.

How to Get the Best Carrier Air Conditioner Prices?

Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Carrier 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.

Other Related Article: In-depth Comparison: Trane vs Carrier vs Lennox AC Review

32 comments… add one
  • Hi there,

    I’m looking to purchase 2 of the Career 24AHA4. Do you have the price?
    Any alternative you recommend for a low profile stackable AC?

    Thanks,
    Jack

    Thanks,
    Jack

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  • I am interested in a 3 ton system supply and install condenser, air handler system carrier model 24ABB336. To include a new base and a new line from condenser to air handler with a thermostat. Is there a rebate with the utility Orange and Rockland?

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    • Hi

      Could you offer your state info for checking?

      Rene

      Reply
  • Through and honest description o fall aspects of getting, installation. Thank you very much for all the information you have outlined for the layman.

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  • I am trying to porches A/C condenser 4 tons ,carrier 38TRA04 where should I look for it ?

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  • I would like to buy a new ac carrier 5 ton,16 seer split system from Home Depot to be instoled in my house here in Texas. the estimate came to about $8980.00. My question is… is this a good estimate?

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    • Hi Carlos

      For split Carrier system, it is a proper estimate.

      Reply
  • Trying to decide which Carrier unit to buy. Looking for a 5 ton. Between the Performance and Comfort Series. Not sure I really need the two stage unit? I have been thinking about getting the two stage but not sure if it is worth the extra money? I will be switching to a gas furnace. Currently have an old Comfortmaker all electric system 24 yrs old! So anything I get will be a big improvement. I live in Southeast Missouri.

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    • Hi Jim

      Could you estimate the time you spend in your house when using A/C? For Southeast Missouri, it is usually worth the money for a two stage unit.

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      • Thanks Rene, We usually use the a/c at least 7 months out of the year. How do you feel about Infinity vs Performance. There are so many different units to look at. And the quotes are all over the place. The two performance a/c 24acb7, gas furnace 59tp6. The Infinity series I am looking at a/c 24anb7, gas furnace 59tn6.

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        • Personally, I prefer performance serires, if you buy gas furnace, you can choose infinity series.

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          • Rene,
            Can you elaborate as to why you prefer performance? I am thinking my local person is pushing the Infinity because the profit margin is more? So are you saying you prefer performance A/C with an infinity gas furnace?
            Quotes below:

            INFINITY
            24ANB760 with 59TN6 GAS FURNACE 10,977.00 AFTER REBATES
            OR
            PERFORMANCE
            24ACB760 with 59TP6 GAS FURNACE 10,619.00 AFTER REBATES

            I do have a minor return air duct work to complete with this quote.

          • Hi Jim

            I pointed our the profit margin and just wanted you to know that don’t choose the lowest bid. If the profit margin is below 25%, the installation may be poor. Sorry to mislead you.

            Our editor prefers infinity series combo but I prefer performance series AC with 59TP6 gas furnace. I am not a big fan of communicating system, you can check this article to balance the pros and cons of communicating system. https://www.pickhvac.com/faq/communicating-vs-non-communicating/

            I notice your bid prices for two combo are similar, if you are not afraid the possible repair fee and prefer optimal comfort, you can choose infinity combo. Again, we already talked about “Is a Communicating HVAC System Worth the Money” in the above url, you can check the article and make your final decision.

  • If I ask for three estimates are these from my local area contractors? I would like to know average cost to make sure I’m getting a proper deal.

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    • You can use our free estimate tool to get 3-4 estimates and compare. the average fair profit margin is 25%-40% for contractors.

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  • Rene, What are your thoughts on Humidifiers? I will be getting the carrier 59TN6 gas furnace. We have never had one before just wondering if they were worth the money.

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    • Hi Jim

      We will update detailed post on humidifiers, air purifier and uv lights add-ons this week. Please check our FAQ category for this update.

      Reply
  • I am looking to purchase 5 of the carrier 1:24ABA448 4 Tons.
    2:24ABA460 5 Tons.
    3:24ABA442 3.5 Tons.
    4:24ABA418 1.5 Tons.
    5:24ABA430 2.5 Tons
    6:Mitsubishi MVZ-FH06NA 0.5 Ton
    Do you have the price? Any alternative you recommended.
    Thanks,
    Regard,
    Niazdahar

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    • Hi Niaz

      You can use our free estimate tool to find local prices for each units. By the way, why did you know that you need 5 ACs? Have your done manual j load calculation?

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  • Why is there no information on Day&Night?

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    • Hi Gary

      They are sister brands and Carrier is more expensive than Day&Night, we will update this brand this year.

      Reply
  • What is the rating and price of a Carrier Model # 58CTW090?

    Jake

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    • Hi Jake

      did you use our online tool already?

      Reply
  • I desire an estimate….I am interested in a central air/heat unit for a 2 bedroom 1,000 sq.ft dwelling….a unit was never installed so it needs the works!!!

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    • Hi Shirley

      Did you use our estimate tool already?

      Reply
  • Can anyone provide me with a “ballpark” cost for upgrading from the Carrier “Comfort” series(59SC5 furnace & 24ABB3 A/C unit) to the “Infinity” series(59TN6 furnace & 24ANB7 A/C unit) on furnace and A/C unit. My furnace size will be approx. 120K BTU and the A/C unit will be a 5 ton unit. Simply trying to determine the upgrade costs on the equipment itself, then calculate a payback period based on increased operating efficiency of the upgrades. Thanks

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  • I live in Sat Bch, FL. own 1650 home. Rec’d quote for Comfort 14.5 seer 24acc4, Costal, 30 ton unit. Contractor insists this Carrier is excellent for my use. I would like him to install the Comfort 16 seer, Costal 24aaa6 or 24abc6, 30 ton. Do you believe the 16 seer unit would be best for me in the long run? Thank you

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    • Could you let me know how many hours did you use Air Conditioner each year?

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  • how much is carrier floor standing type aircon model42cfh2601001931

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