Armstrong Air, commonly referred to as just Armstrong, has scaled back its lineup to just 5 models, a practice seen across the HVAC industry. Its sister brand, Ducane, now makes just 3. Two of the Ducane models are identical to an Armstrong Air heat pump model.
Both brands, owned by Allied Air and its parent company Lennox, are considered among the top handful of brands in quality, reliability and consumer satisfaction. They are rated among the best in quality in recent national surveys.
Armstrong Heat Pump Cost
Armstrong heat pump price is around $4,300 to $12,400 for the outdoor unit, coil and installation supplies depending on the model and size you choose.
A complete cost table is found below.
The Armstrong company was founded by the Lennox Furnace Company in Columbus, Ohio in 1928. Now under the name Allied Air, which makes the identical AirEase heat pumps, they are assembled in a state-of-the-art facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
As noted above, Armstrong and Ducane are 5 out of 5 rated brands on the Consumer Reports’ 2018/2020 surveys, which speaks of their high satisfaction among customers and reliability ratings among technicians who work on all brands.
Armstrong produces a wide variety of HVAC equipment including furnaces, heat pumps, and air handlers. This review will focus on the 5 heat pumps that Armstrong currently offers along with the 3 from Ducane. You’ll find performance features, and efficiency ratings of each model. Charts will help you narrow your choice by showing features and installed prices.
Note – Instead of always referencing Ducane too, you can consider that when this page discusses Armstrong models, the information applies to the identical or similar Ducane heat pump.
Energy Efficiency up to SEER 20
The SEER rating of an AC indicates the energy efficiency of the cooling unit. The more efficient the system, the higher the SEER rating. It will result in lower utility bills.
While Armstrong’s heat pump lineup doesn’t boast the highest SEER ratings available in the industry, their variable speed 4SHP20LX with a SEER rating of 20 puts it well into Energy Star-certified territory.
Integrated Compressor Protection
Armstrong ACs are built with high and low-pressure switches in all its models. The high-pressure switch will protect the compressor if the refrigerant ever exceeds safe levels. The low-pressure switch will prevent moisture from being drawn into the system in a low-pressure situation.
This is Armstrong Air’s proprietary heat transfer system. A specially designed fan will pull air for cooling through all the coils of the heat pump evenly. The rifled tubing of the coil enhances refrigerant flow, while the design of the coil fins increase surface contact between metal and air. Together, they provide maximum heat transfer and efficiency.
Comfort Sync A3 Thermostat
Exclusively available with Armstrong’s Pro Series heat pumps, the Comfort Sync A3 Thermostat will continuously monitor the system components to optimize climate control and efficiency. It’s WiFi connected for control from anywhere with a smart device.
Armstrong AC Pros
- Proven track record with a solid parent company.
- 10-year warranties for all units, plus Lifetime compressor warranty on the top model.
- Compressor protection with built-in high and low-pressure switches.
- 4 of the 6 models are Energy Star certified.
Armstrong AC Cons
- Limited selection of models.
- Only average SEER ratings.
Armstrong Heat Pump Model Analysis
Here is an overview of the model options. Each model is available in many sizes from 18,000 to 60,000 BTU.
|4SHP20LX||20/10||Variable Speed||65-69 decibels|
- Ducane 4HP16L = Armstrong 4SHP16LE
- Duane 4HP15L = Armstrong 4SHP15LE
- The Ducane 4HP18V is unique – It is most like the 4SHP20LX in that it is variable capacity. But the SEER rating is 18 instead of 20. All other specs are the same.
Armstrong Heat Pump Cost by Model
The Installed Cost includes outdoor unit, indoor coil, refrigerant lines, refrigerant charge and all installation supplies. It does not include a furnace or air handler.
|4SHP20LX||$9,450 – $12,400|
|4SHP16LS||$7,400 – $9,750|
|4SHP16LE||$6,200 – $8,050|
|4SHP14LB||$5,500 – $7,350|
|4SHP15LE||$4,650 – $6,700|
Armstrong Heat Pump Cost by Size
|Heat Pump Size||Home Size||System Only||System Installed|
|1.5 ton||600 – 1000 sf||$1,255 – $2,445||$4,650 – $$7.400|
|2 ton||1001 – 1300 sf||$1,485 – $3,715||$5,100 – $9,450|
|2.5 ton||1301 – 1600 sf||$1,595 – $3,135||$5,650 – $10,000|
|3 ton||1601 – 1900 sf||$1,755 – $3,995||$6,000 – $10,450|
|3.5 ton||1901 – 2200 sf||$1,945 – $3,665||$6,350 – $11,100|
|4 ton||2201 – 2600 sf||$2,150 – $4,335||$6,500 – $11,750|
|5 ton||2601 – 3200 sf||$2,295 – $4,685||$6,700 – $12,400|
Product Lineup and Features
Armstrong’s 5 heat pumps are divided into two groups: 2 Pro Series models, and 3 Single-Stage models.
Armstrong’s Pro Series
Both the 20 SEER 4SHP20LX and the 16 SEER 4SHP16LS include such features as:
Cooling Capacities: 2 to 5 Ton (24-60,000 BTU)
Self-Diagnosing Control Board.
Comfort Sync Thermostat Enabled for Wireless and/or Voice Control.
Comfort Sync Zoning for up to 4 Zones.
Armstrong’s Single Stage Series
The 16 SEER 4SHP16LE and the 15 SEER models features include:
Cooling Capacities: 1.5 to 5 Ton (18-60,000 BTU).
Omniguard Total Corrosion Protection Technology.
Integrated Compressor Protection. Important Note: As with many other AC brands, for the full warranty periods to be valid, the product must be registered within 60 days or warranties will default to 10 years on Lifetime compressors and 5 years on other parts. Warranties apply to residential applications only.
Armstrong Heat Pump Submitted Prices and Details
|Brand & Model & SizePriceHome LocationHome Size|
|2 ton 8.5 HSPF 4SHP16LT$1,899 (2010)Texas2200 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.|
|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.|
|5 ton 4HP13L$2,900Centerville, 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|
|4SHP18LT$5,900Pittsburgh, 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!|
|13 SEER 3 ton$3,800CA2250 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/Ducane 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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