Bryant Air Conditioner Prices and Installation Cost 2024

Bryant air conditioner prices are higher than average, though below the cost of Carrier models that are essentially identical.

The average Bryant air conditioner cost is $5,450 – $7,520 installed.

What’s in this Bryant Air Conditioner Price Guide?


AC & Installation Price Table

There are 17 Bryant air conditioners, one of the largest selections in the industry.

Bryant divides them into three series, as many brands do.

Basic: Bryant Legacy Line air conditioners – 6 models

Bryant Legacy Line prices

Better: Bryant Preferred Series air conditioners – 5 models

Bryant Preferred Series ac prices

Best: Bryant Evolution System air conditioners – 6 models

Bryant Evolution System air conditioners Prices

Most Bryant air conditioner models are built in sizes from either 18,000 or 24,000 BTUs with the largest being 60,000 BTUs of cooling (i.e., heat removal).

Here is the Bryant Air Conditioner Price List with key specs.

ModelTop SEERPerformanceUnit Cost RangeTotal Cost Range
Evolution 2-Stage 180B212-stage$4,885 - $7,100$6,185 - $9,650
Evolution Extreme 180C20.5Variable$4,975 - $7,225$6,475 - $10,200
Evolution 189BNV19Variable$4,950 - $7,185$6,450 - $10,160
Evolution 187BNC Coastal172-stage$4,575 - $6.465$5,875 - $9,015
Evolution 187B172-stage$4,500 - $6,350$5,800 - $8,900
Evolution 186B16Single-stage$4,095 - $5,925$5,295 - $8,210
Preferred 127A172-stage$4,350 - $6,185$5,650 - $8,735
Preferred 126CNA17Single-stage$4,050 - $5,235$5,250 - $7,520
Preferred 126B16Single-stage$3,975 - $5,100$5,175 - $7,385
Preferred Compact 124ANS14Single-stage$3,705 - $4,650$4,905 - $6,935
Preferred 123A13Single-stage$3,325 - $4,025$4,525 - $6,310
Legacy 106A16Single-stage$3,575 - $4,495$4,775 - $6,780
Legacy 116B16Single-stage$3,300 - $4,285$4,500 - $6,570
Legacy 105A14Single-stage$3,165 - $4,035$4,365 - $6,320
Legacy 114CNC Coastal14Single-stage$3,350 - $4,215$4,550 - $6,500
Legacy 114C14Single-stage$3,200 - $4,165$4,400 - $6,450
Legacy 113A13Single-stage$3,045 - $3,950$4,195 - $6,350

Installation charges reflect installing the condensing unit, indoor coil and refrigerant line set. Those items are discussed next.

Bryant Air Conditioner Cost Factors

How much does a Bryant air conditioner cost? The answer depends first on the size, efficiency and performance of the main components.

System Size

The outdoor unit is technically called the condensing unit, though commonly referred to as the air conditioner.

Condensing units range from 18K to 60K BTUs, also known as 1.5 to 5.0 tons. In any model, the larger the unit, the higher the cost.

The indoor coil and line set must be matched to the condensing unit, so again, cost increases with size. The length of the lines, or the distance between the outdoor and indoor units, will also affect price.

Compressor Performance

Compressors are either single-stage, two-stage or variable-capacity units.

This refers to how many speeds they have. The more speeds, the better the efficiency and indoor climate control – humidity reduction and balanced temperatures.

There’s a lot more information about compressor performance – and efficiency, brand quality and choosing the right air conditioner for your home – in our PickHVAC Air Conditioner Reviews.


As noted, efficiency generally rises as performance improves.

But notice something unique about Bryant (and Carrier): The most efficient model is a two-stage model, not a variable-capacity air conditioner.

Single-stage units range in SEER rating from 13 to 17, and cost goes up with efficiency.

Installation Cost Factors

This is the labor side of the equation.

There are several reasons for the wide Bryant AC installation cost spectrum:

Difficulty of the job: Installers consider how much time and what the hassle will be in installing the condensing unit, running the refrigerant lines and installing the indoor coil.

Jobs that are more difficult and costly include placing the outdoor unit on the roof, installing the indoor coil in a furnace in a crawlspace or attic and challenging line set installation.

Where you live: Costs are higher for everything in major metro areas, especially along the coasts and in the NE and NW of the country. Hawaii and Alaska have even higher costs. Small towns and rural areas have costs that are low to average.

Ductwork repairs or replacement: These costs are not included in the table above. Repairing gaps and wrapping ducts in insulation ranges from $2.00 to $4.00 per linear foot for most homes.

If the ducts require replacement because of their age or they are the wrong size, then expect to pay $10 to $18 per foot for new ductwork. All the details are found in our Ductwork Cost Guide, the most comprehensive of its kind.

How to Get the Best Bryant Air Conditioner Price

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for a lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest 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 from your local contractors, 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.

Extras and Their Costs

Be prepared for the Bryant salesperson to suggest that you complement your new AC with accessories that will improve performance, climate control and indoor air quality.

Bryant makes a large selection of them. Here are Bryant AC accessories and prices including duct repair and replacement already covered.

AccessoryInstalled Cost
Duct Repair$2.00 - $4.00 per foot
Duct Replacement$10 - $18 per foot
Bryant Thermostats$95 - $650
Zoning Dampers & Control$1,500 - $5,000+
Bryant Air Purifiers$450 - $725
Germicidal UV Lamp$450 - $650
ERV/HRV Ventilator$3,000 - $7,500


You don’t have to use a Bryant thermostat for your unit, but many do because the thermostats are matched to the system.

Evolution Connex Control is the premium thermostat. It is WiFi-enabled. And it is a communicating thermostat. This means that it doesn’t just “tell the AC what to do,” such as turn on/off. It gets feedback from the air conditioner, furnace and other components that assist in precisely regulating indoor climate control.

There are pros and cons to communicating systems. You might want to read our Guide to Communicating vs Non-communicating HVAC systems before making your decision.

The Evolution Connex thermostat can do a lot, and it’s a fun piece of technology, but choosing the communicating option can add $1,000 to your bill. Here’s a Bryant video on Connex.

Bryant makes other non-communicating thermostats that range from affordable, non-programmable to higher-cost programmable and WiFi models.

There are zoning controls too. In a zoned system, motorized dampers are used in the ductwork to create two or more zones. Two to four zones are most commonly based on the house’s design and the household’s lifestyle. Bryant makes controls for up to 2, 4 or 8 zones.

The zoning thermostat is programed to open, partially open or close dampers to control airflow to and from each zone to control temperature in that zone. Zoning systems – control and dampers installed – start at about $1,500 and can exceed $5,000 in large, multi-zone homes.

Air Purifiers

Bryant air purifiers are a furnace add-on. But if you want one, a good time to have one installed is during the installation of the AC. You’ll pay less total cost than if the installer makes a separate trip.

Bryant offers a MERV 15 filter that is excellent for people with allergies, pets and other air pollution issues. The brand also makes a MERV 10 filter that is better for general air cleaning.

UV Lamps

These germicidal lamps kill bacteria and mold on the indoor coil. Bryant makes single-bulb and double-bulb lamps, small and large basically, suited to different furnace sizes.


Whole-house ventilators cycle stale air out of your home and replace it with fresh outside air.

HRV, or heat recovery ventilators, are best for cold climates. The air being expelled helps heat the incoming air, but there is no mixing of the air.

ERV, or energy recovery ventilators, are best for warm climates. The outgoing air, which is cool from AC, helps dehumidify incoming air – again, without mixing.

Bryant makes several models of each type.


A forced-air furnace can really dry out the air. Having a humidifier attached to the furnace can greatly improve indoor comfort by adding moisture.

We’ve created an up-to-date Humidifier Guide to help you choose the best type for your home.


Central air conditioners dehumidify the air when they are running. But in damp spring and fall weather, you might want drier air without it being cooled. They’re recommended for very damp climates and are expensive.

Bryant makes a single whole-house dehumidifier. It is Energy Star certified and available in two sizes. The small unit removes 70 pints / 8.85 gallons of moisture per day.

The large unit removes 95 / 11.75.

Rebates on Bryant Air Conditioners

Local Bryant dealers occasionally have sales on equipment. The best times for those deals are early fall and late winter.

A more consistent source of deals is your local energy company. Most offer attractive rebates on efficient air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and even programmable thermostats.

Here are a few examples of rebates on Bryant air conditioners and other equipment:

  • Up to $600 rebate on the top 3 Bryant air conditioners in the list above
  • Up to $400 rebate on more than 5 others.

Rebate amounts vary by energy provider.

To find out what is available in your area, go to the main Bryant Air Conditioner page.

  1. Choose the Rebates tab for each AC series – Evolution, Preferred and Legacy.
  2. A pop-up will show rebates available in your area code – which you might have to type into the search box.
  3. Then select the model and rebate you want to learn more about.

Related Articles: 6 Places to Get Latest HVAC Tax Credit and Rebates

Bryant AC FAQs

Here are common questions and their answers.

Q: Compare Bryant with Carrier

A: The air conditioners are identical on the inside. Just the covers are different.

Bryant and Carrier are owned by United Technologies Corporation. It’s cheaper for UTC to make identical models rather than separate technologies in each.

In terms of price, it varies from dealer to dealer. Prices are kept very hush-hush in the residential HVAC industry. However, Bryant models are usually 5% to 8% cheaper. This might be due to 2 reasons:

1). UTC wants to keep Carrier viewed as the “premium” brand.

2). The Carrier marketing budget is much larger than Bryant’s.

Q: What’s the best way to pay for a Bryant air conditioning system?

A: Cash is always the best to avoid paying interest fees.

If you need to finance the system, we suggest working with a local lender you have a relationship with. Getting a home equity loan or line of credit is a good option.

If those are not options, Bryant offers financing through Wells Fargo Bank.

Q: I live in Arizona and can’t get a 13 SEER Bryant air conditioner. Why?

A: According to Bryant, “Some models in the Legacy Line may not be eligible for installation in the Southeast or Southwest regions of the country, based on Department of Energy minimum efficiency standards in place as of January 1, 2015.”

Q: How often should I have Bryant air conditioner maintenance done?

A: Your owner’s manual will tell you how often Bryant requires it to be done to keep the warranty valid.

It can be twice per year in coastal areas with salt spray or every year in other regions.

Q: If I don’t maintain my Bryant air conditioner, my warranty won’t be any good?

A: Yes. That’s the hidden secret few consumers understand about HVAC warranties. There are Warranty Conditions, and one of them is that, “Installation, use, care, and maintenance must be normal and in accordance with instructions contained in the Installation Instructions, Owner’s Manual and Company’s service information.”

Ask your installer how frequently maintenance is required, and stick to it, at least while the AC is under warranty.

Q: How long is the Bryant air conditioner warranty?

A: Every Bryant air conditioner is covered for 10 years. 

Written by

Rene has worked 10 years in the HVAC field and now is the Senior Comfort Specialist for PICKHVAC. He holds an HVAC associate degree and EPA & R-410A Certifications.

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