Carrier Mini Split Heat Pump/AC Reviews and Prices 2022

For decades, Carrier was left out of the mini split HVAC market and unwilling to invest in the R&D needed to create its own product lines.

Or maybe Carrier realized that outstanding mini split ductless systems already exist, so why try to reinvent the wheel?

So, Carrier partnered with one of the world’s top manufacturers of mini split ductless heat pumps.

Who Makes Carrier Mini Split Units?

Carrier mini split ductless heat pumps and air conditioners are made in partnership with Toshiba.

Carrier is one of the leading producers of HVACR (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration) products throughout the world. The brand, Carrier, was a subsidiary of United Technologies, but became an independent company in 2020. Carrier and Toshiba Carrier are separate companies, but share technology to support the high demand of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) solutions. Carrier mini split systems are produced in Monterey, Mexico.

Features of Carrier Mini Split Units

There are a number of features that Carrier mini split units have that make the brand one of the more popular systems for homeowners to purchase.

Single and Multi zone systems: Carrier allows the homeowner to have a mini split system that can be one zone or multi zone systems that are powered by only one inverter. This allows the mini split system to bring warm or cool air to anywhere you desire in your home. The inverter compressor is designed to adjust for the various seasons to heat or cool your home exactly as you want.

Easy professional installation: The installation, or ease of installation, is also a great feature for the Carrier mini split line. All you have to do is connect the outdoor unit to the indoor unit through a small hole through the exterior wall. The outdoor unit provides power to the indoor unit, so the amount of wiring that is required is very minimal.

True ductless design – No ductwork is needed! Since many older homes do not have ductwork, you can use a Carrier mini split to add additional heat or air conditioning to your current heating source without having to install any ductwork. The mini split unit can also be your home’s primary source of heat and cooling, too.

Ductless installation also makes them an ideal choice for new construction such as additions, garages, workshops and parts of a home that just don’t get enough AC or heating from the central HVAC system.

Indoor air handler options: Infinity High Wall, Performance High Wall and Comfort High Wall units are available. You can choose a Performance Series Floor Console or a Performance Cassette or Ducted – Duct Concealed air handler or a Toshiba Carrier Cassette indoor unit.

Energy Efficient: Finally, a last feature of Carrier mini split systems is that they are very energy efficient. This is because you can select whatever room you would like to heat or cool at any time. The mini split system also automatically adjusts the heating and/or cooling to whatever is needed.

Warranty

Carrier backs all its ductless heat pump and air conditioner systems with a 10-year parts warranty. That’s a longer warranty than average – many brands offer a 5-year warranty or a 7-year compressor warranty and 5-year parts warranty.

Pro Installation Required

These are not DIY mini split systems. A licensed technician with a refrigerant certification must charge the system. In some cases, a homeowner can do all the prep work and install the outdoor condensing unit and indoor air handler, and then hire the HVAC pro to charge the system with refrigerant.

Carrier Mini Split Products

There are three different series of mini split units that are available for homeowners to purchase to heat and cool their home. They are considered “premium”, “enhanced”, and “basic.”

The premium is labeled Infinity Series, which offers very precise comfort and control. Below are a few of the features that the Infinity Series from Carrier offers:

  • Very energy efficient, with a SEER(Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) rating of up to 42 and a HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) rating of up to 15
  • Extremely quiet when in operation
  • Superior temperature control with a “follow me” feature that senses temperature via handheld remote control
  • Dry mode – the unit dehumidifies the air without affecting the temperature of the air

Infinity Series

ModelSEERHSPFZone
Infinity Heat Pump with Basepan Heater
38MPRA
4215Single-Zone
Infinity High Wall Indoor Unit 40MPHAN/AN/ASingle and Multi-Zone

Energy efficient, with an AC SEER rating of up to 25 and a HSPF rating up to 12.5The enhanced mini split units are in the Performance Series for Carrier. The Performance Series is very flexible and efficient. Below are the special features of the Performance Series:

  • Quiet comfort with a minimum of 27 dBA
  • Advanced temperature with the “Follow Me” feature that senses temperature with a remote control.

Performance series

ModelSeerHSPFZone
Performance Heat Pump with Basepan Heater 38MAR2512Single-zone
Performance Multi-Zone Heat Pump with Basepan Heater 38MGR23.810.5Multi-zone
PerformanceHeat Pump 38MARB28.113Single-zone
Performance™ Single-Zone Heat Pump 38MBRB16.510.4Single-zone
Performance High Wall Indoor Unit 40MAQN/AN/ASingle and Multi-zone

Energy efficient, with a SEER rating of up to 19.8 and a HSPF raging up to 10.6The standard series or basic mini split by Carrier is called the Comfort Series. The Comfort Series is the most cost-effective way among these three series to heat and cool your home without ductwork. The following are the features from the Comfort Series:

  • Simple to operate and easy to service
  • Cost friendly

Comfort series

ModelSeerHSPFZone
Comfort Heat Pump
38MHRBQ
19.810.6Single-zone
Comfort Air Conditioner
38MHRBC
19N/ASingle-zone
Comfort High Wall Indoor Unit
40MHHQ
N/AN/ASingle and Multi-zone
Comfort High Wall Indoor Unit
40MHHC
N/AN/Asingle-zone

Prices by Capacity

The prices to purchase and install a Carrier mini split system depends on the capacity or size of the system. The actual size of a mini split system can be in BTUs or in tons. As the number of BTUs produced or the amount of tons increases, the more expensive the unit will be to purchase and install. See the table below for a more detailed breakdown of capacity with estimated prices.

Prices by capacity:

Capacity By BtuCapacity By TonUnit PricesInstalled Cost
9000 Btu0.75 Ton$2,100 - $5,200$2,900 - $6,400
12000 Btu1 Ton$2,300 - $6,100$3,150 - $6,820
18000 Btu1.5 Ton$2,850 - $6,620$3,250 - $7,000
24000 Btu2 Ton$3,220 - $7,050$3,500 - $7,500
30000 Btu2.5 Ton$3,680 - $7,750$4,100 - $8,200
36000 Btu3 Ton$3,850 - $8,000$4,560 - $9,500

Other Ductless Type Options

There are a number of other options available from Carrier, besides the mini split system unit. Below is a list of four Carrier options that are available to heat and/or cool your home.

  • The Carrier Performance series 40MBCQ cassette is an over-head unit that is perfect for a smaller space or remodeled room. It can also be configured to run in multiple zones. Like many of the mini split systems, the temperature can be controlled by a temperature-sensing remote.
  • Another option in the performance series is the 40MBDQ Ducted indoor unit. It is designed to fit in the ceiling, under flooring, or vertically in a wall. This ducted unit can be used with either a single or multi zone ductless system.
  • The Carrier Performance series, 40MBFQ Floor Console, is a very quiet unit. It also provides efficient heating and cooling for your home. Like all performance series Carrier offers, the floor console system has temperature-sensing handheld remote control and three fan speeds.
  • The 40MBAA multi-purpose air handling unit connects to traditional ductwork systems and can replace an older, outdated gas furnace. This air handling unit can be installed in four different positions, so it can be used within any space in your home.

Other ductless type options:

ProductType
Performance Cassette Indoor Unit 40MBCQCassette 
Performance Ducted Indoor Unit 40MBDQDucted 
Performance Floor Console Indoor Unit 40MBFQFloor 
Air Handler Unit Ductless System 40MBAAAir Handler

Where can I Purchase a Carrier Ductless Mini Split

You have several Carrier ductless system buying options.

If you want to find your own installer, then Carrier mini split units can be purchased from many big box stores, such as Home Depot or Menards. There are also many online websites that allow for ordering whatever Carrier mini split system is desired.

The potential downside of buying your own Carrier ductless system is getting the wrong size – and sizing an HVAC system is actually very important. Only the right size unit will run as efficiently as it should and give you the indoor climate control you want.

So, if you’d rather make sure the Carrier mini split system is the right size and properly installed, hire a Carrier HVAC contractor. They have the ability to order whatever is needed. And authorized Carrier dealers are trained in proper installation methods.

If you’d like to receive competitive written estimates on a Carrier mini split ductless system, use the Free Local Quotes form on this page or simply call the 800 number. There is no cost or obligation to you for using this service.

Compare to other Brands

  • Carrier vs Mitsubishi mini split – Although Carrier mini split systems are very highly rated, Mitsubishi comes out a little bit more highly rated and preferred over the Carrier brand. The Mitsubishi mini split is quieter than the Carrier system and performs much better in areas that are cold for much of the year.
  • Carrier vs Panasonic mini split – Panasonic and Carrier are both very comparable in both price and performance. However, when rating the two, Panasonic mini split systems are ranked a little higher. This is due to the Mitsubishi systems being a little quieter and more energy efficient.
  • Carrier vs Daikin mini split -Daikin is one of the highest rated mini split systems available for homeowners. It is more energy efficient than the Carrier mini split systems, but is also more expensive than the Carrier system.
  • Lennox vs Carrier mini split – Carrier mini split systems are 10 – 20% less expensive than a comparable Lennox system. The Carrier systems are also rated higher and are more reliable compared to the Lennox mini split system.

How to Get the Best Carrier Mini-Split Prices From Contractors

  • Firstly, 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 from Lone Star College and EPA & R-410A Certifications.
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