This Carrier furnace review will examine the brand’s models, efficiency ratings, features, prices, warranty, and more.
Average Price: $3500 – $7500
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Good: Carrier’s wide range of innovative technologies make it a top competitor in the premium-priced brand tier. Carrier manufactures Single Stage, Two Stage, Modulating, and Variable Speed high-efficiency natural gas furnaces from 92.1%-98.5% AFUE. Even the most discerning buyer is sure to find something they like in Carrier’s impressive lineup of propane and gas furnaces.
Their 98.5% AFUE natural gas furnace from their Infinity ® Greenspeed™ Intelligence series is one of the most efficient natural gas furnaces available in Canada. If you are looking to invest in a premium-priced brand, Carrier’s efficiency and innovative technologies make it an excellent option.
Want: Warranty coverage is the only notable area where Carrier appears to be lacking with no distinction between model tiers. A limited lifetime heat exchanger and limited 10 year parts warranty plan is pretty standard when it comes to the Canadian HVAC market. Although looked at another way, Carrier provides even their lower tier models with the same solid coverage as the more expensive ones.
All things considered when you take into account Carrier’s wide range of furnace types, efficiencies, and innovative technologies, Carrier spoils consumers with plentiful options. In contrast, their lack of distinction between model tiers in their warranty coverage, glaring. As a brand, Carrier really distinguishes themselves in every area it just comes off as odd that they don’t do the same when it comes to warranty coverage. Although this warranty coverage is comparable to numerous other brands, you can’t help but expect more.
Most consumers will be satisfied with the limited 10 year parts and limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty coverage they offer, given all of the other features Carrier residential furnaces have. Carrier knows what works for their customers so it’s doubtful we will see a change in this area.
The Bottom Line: Regardless of the standard warranty coverage they offer to each of their high-efficiency furnace models, one thing is for certain, Carrier over-delivers in every other category. Given their high price point and the fact that they are among the most expensive furnaces on the market, this should come as no surprise. One of the premium-priced brand names of energy-efficient furnaces available on the market, Carrier is determined to stay on top.
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Final Score: 7.8/10
Efficiency/AFUE – 9/10
Although Carrier high-efficiency natural gas furnaces fall within the premium-priced brand tier, that doesn’t mean they exclude entry-level and moderate efficiency furnaces from their product lineup. In fact, Carrier does an excellent job of ensuring that they offer a mix of efficiencies for consumers. Three, out of their eight models, offer entry-level and moderate efficiency with a range of 92.1% and 95.5% AFUE respectively. The remaining five natural gas furnace models are ENERGY STAR certified for high-efficiency, with each of them exceeding 96% AFUE.
- 75% of Carrier furnaces are ENERGY STAR certified
- Infinity® 98 59MN7 natural gas furnace model, boasts premium efficiency with an AFUE rating of 98.5%
- 5% of Carrier furnaces are greater than 96% AFUE
- 25% of Carrier furnaces offer entry-level energy efficiency
Innovative Technology and Additional Features – 9/10
Carrier’s innovative technologies are well thought out, and designed to improve the overall performance, operation noise and control of your high-efficiency natural gas furnace.
- Greenspeed Intelligence™– intuitive by design, this technology allows your system to adapt to the heating needs of your home; adjusting the speed of your home heating system to meet the demand.
- Ideal Humidity System™– works well in combination with your central air conditioner to remove humidity from the air in your home. Also compatible with heat pump.
- Smart Evap™– enhance the dehumidification capability of your central air conditioner during the summer with this innovative technology that assists with removing humidity from the air.
- Comfort Fan™– four settings of ‘constant on’ which allows for increased energy efficiency
- Comfort Heat™– intuitive in nature, this technology allows heating cycles to be staged for a more efficient home heating
- ECM motor
- Insulated cabinet
- PowerHeat ignition
Pricing – 5/10
*The pricing listed below is intended as a general guideline only. Pricing may vary according to installation factors, city or region, the company or distributor you deal with, etc.
Evenly matched with Lennox on price, Carrier is a member of the premium-priced brand tier. You can expect to pay roughly $3500-$7500 for your initial investment in a Carrier home heating system.
Price vs. Value:
Consumers can rest assured that they will receive good value for their money with an investment in a Carrier furnace that includes an array of innovative technologies, multiple furnace options and efficiencies. A Carrier energy-efficient furnace should allow you to achieve your desired home heating temperature, while saving money on energy costs. That being said, they are arguably the most expensive brand of furnace on the market.
Types of Furnaces – 8/10
- Single Stage – Comfort™92 59SC2, Comfort™59SC5, Performance™BOOST 90 59SP5, Performance™90 59SP2
- Two Stage/Variable Speed – Infinity ® 96 59TN6
- Two Stage/Multi Speed – Performance™96 59TP5, Performance™96 59TP6
- Modulating/Variable Speed – Infinity® 98 59MN7
Warranty – 8/10
Comprehensive coverage you can count on. Carrier takes great pride in the quality manufacturing of each and every one of its high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and it shows in their warranty protection. Whether you purchase a furnace for your home or business from their economy-priced, mid-range priced or premium priced model tiers you will qualify for the same coverage.
- Limited lifetime heat exchanger
- Limited 10 year parts
Carrier Furnace Model Breakdown & Comparison
A highly regarded manufacturer of heating and cooling products, Carrier is a top choice for many Canadians. Most of the major HVAC manufacturers divide their product lineup into three series based on model price points to represent economy, mid-range and premium-priced propane and gas furnace models. Carrier breaks the mould by adding a fourth series with their Infinity® Greenspeed™ Intelligence model, which gives consumers a home heating system with an ultra-premium efficiency at 98.5% AFUE. With their dedication to innovative technology development, quality manufacturing and reliable home heating, you can be confident in your investment in a Carrier high-efficiency natural gas furnace.
Carrier’s Economy Natural Gas Furnaces
The Single Stage, fixed speed blower, natural gas furnaces found in Carrier’s Comfort™ Series give consumers entry level and moderate energy efficiency.
Comfort™ Series Gas Furnaces
|Comfort™92 59SC2||92.1%||40,000 – 120,000|
|Comfort™59SC5||95%||26,000 – 135,000|
Economy Tier Warranty Coverage: All of the models in Carrier’s Comfort™Series include a limited 10 year parts and limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty plan.
Carrier’s Mid-Range Gas Furnaces
Carrier’s Performance™ Series and Infinity® Series provide consumers with a good selection of Two Stage, Single Stage, Variable Speed, and Multi-Speed energy-efficient furnaces. 100% of the models in these series are ENERGY STAR certified.
Performance™ Series Gas Furnaces
|Performance™96 59TP6||96.7%||40,000 – 120,000 |
|Performance™ 95 59TP5||96.7%||40,000 – 120,000|
|Performance™BOOST 90 59SP5||96.5%||26,000 – 120,000|
|Performance™90 59SP2||92.1%||40,000 – 120,000|
Infinity ® Series Gas Furnaces
|Infinity ® 96 59TN6||96.7%||60,000 – 120,000 |
Mid-Range Tier Warranty Coverage: The furnace models in Carrier’s mid-range priced Performance™ Series and Infinity ® Series model tiers provide the same warranty coverage as their Comfort™ Series.
Carrier’s Premium Gas Furnaces
Carrier saves the best for last with their premium-priced, Infinity® Series Gas Furnace with Greenspeed™ Intelligence model tier. Boasting an ENERGY STAR, Variable Speed, with ECM motor high-efficiency natural gas furnace.
Infinity® Series Gas Furnace with Greenspeed™ Intelligence
|Infinity® 98 59MN7||98.5%||60,000 – 120,000|
Premium Tier Warranty Coverage: Carrier’s Infinity® 98 59MN7 ENERGY STAR certified, residential furnace model is covered by the same warranty coverage as Carrier’s mid-range and premium-priced high-efficiency furnace models.