Carrier Heat Pump Price Guide 2021

The residential HVAC industry is massive, with many brands offering hundreds of types of heat pumps for your home. While the vast selection is excellent for meeting the needs of countless homeowners, it can be overwhelming for an individual to find the perfect fit.

Additionally, many top brands don’t readily release their pricing information in easy-to-read charts, making it difficult to compare and contrast brands and models. 

Carrier is one of the HVAC industry giants and is the top heat pump choice of many homeowners. This article reviews their heat pumps’ features and pricing so continue reading to learn more! 

Carrier vs. Trane vs. Lennox Heat Pump Prices

Carrier, Trane, and Lennox are three of the industry’s leading heat pump brands. While they share a number of similarities, they have several differences too.

Carrier and Trane’s heat pump pricing is usually neck-and-neck, but they each cost around 4 to 5% more than Lennox units (based on our experience with HVAC contractors). However, the warranties of all three are comparable. 

Trane falls behind Carrier and Lennox, which are tied for the lead in energy efficiency. While Trane’s heat pumps rate up to 20 SEER and 10 HSPF, Carrier and Lennox both have heat pumps rated up to 24 SEER and 11.8 HSPF. 

Carrier’s replacement parts are usually widely available and reasonably priced, while Lennox parts can be tricky to find, and Trane’s replacements can be expensive (although easy to find).

How Much Does A Carrier Heat Pump Cost?

Carrier’s heat pump prices are dependent on the size and type of model. Carrier divides its heat pumps into three tiers:

  1. Comfort series
  2. Performance series
  3. Infinity series. 

Each tier is better than the last, with the Comfort models representing the entry-level choices and the Infinity series consisting of the top-tier, “flagship” models. 

However, each model within each tier is available in numerous sizes. The chart a few paragraphs below is based on a 3-ton heat pump model, which gives a national average of what to expect from Carrier’s heat pump prices. 

Most brands offer heat pumps in sizes from 1.5 tons to 5 tons, and Carrier is no exception. If you have a particular model in mind that you prefer, verify that it is available through your local HVAC contractor in the size you need. 

Carrier has multiple choices for homeowners who are unsure of the particular model they want but know what size they need. 

The more expensive models within the Infinity series tend to be Carrier’s most efficient models and might be suitable if they are within your budget. Compare and contrast the available models to determine which is best for you. 

Carrier Heat Pump Price Chart 

The chart below is based on a heat pump system with a 3-ton (36,000 BTU) capacity, a programmable thermostat, and a 1,300 to 1,500 CFM air handler (blower). 

Carrier Heat Pump ModelProduct Price OnlyProduct Installed Cost
Performance 16 (25HCB6)$3,000 $8,980
Performance 15 (25HCC5)$2,910 $8,600
Performance 14 (25HHA4)$2,780 $7,580
Infinity 24 (25VNA4)$5,140 $12,650
Infinity 18VS (25VNA8)$3,590 $10,150
Infinity 16 (25HNB6)$3,240 $9,820
Infinity 16 Coastal (25HNB6**C)$4,925 $9,650
Comfort 15 (25HBC5)$2,530 $7,240
Comfort 14 (25HCE4)$2,260 $7,240
Comfort 14 Coastal (25HCE4**C)$3,625 $7,050

What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

Generally, there are two main factors to consider when choosing an appropriately sized heat pump: your home’s square footage and your local climate. 

Most homeowners need about 30 BTU of heating output per square foot of living space. This number may fluctuate if your home has high ceilings, multiple stories, or is a spread-out single-story home. 

However, 30 BTU per square foot is a great rule-of-thumb, but an experienced HVAC technician can give you a better estimate by performing a Manual J calculation on your home. 

With the 30 BTU per square foot rule in mind, houses with 1,500 square feet of living space generally need around a 45,000 BTU (4-ton) heat pump. Another essential factor to consider is your climate zone. 

Heat pumps are rated for their heating (HSPF) and cooling (SEER) efficiency– units with higher efficiencies cost more upfront but save you energy costs in the future since they use less energy. 

Homes in warm climates require high SEER ratings. Moderate temperatures need decent SEER and HSPF ratings, and cold climates demand high HSPF ratings. 

What Is The Difference Between the Three Series?

Carrier offers three tiers, as we mentioned above. The Comfort series consists of entry-level models that tend to be budget-friendly and less efficient than their counterparts. 

Next up, the Performance series consists of mid-tier models that run middle-of-the-road for pricing. Carrier’s Infinity heat pumps cost the most and are their most efficient models. 

The separation of tiers defines price points. Carrier’s Infinity heat pump prices are considerably higher than the Comfort series models, as they score higher with efficiency ratings. 

On average, the Carrier Infinity 24 heat pump price is about $5,140 for the system only and $12,650 with installation. This heat pump scores exceptionally well, with ratings up to 24 SEER and 13 HSPF.

On the other hand, Carrier’s Comfort 14 heat pump model is considerably less expensive, and for obvious reasons. Although it is still an excellent, budget-friendly option, its SEER and HSPF ratings are lower than the last model, with ratings up to 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF. 

This model costs about $2,260 for the system itself and about $7,240 with installation. 

Heat Pump Cost Based On Tonnage

Although the earlier chart above depicts average costs for a medium-sized Carrier heat pump model, 3-ton models aren’t ideal for all homes. 

Carrier offers heat pumps ranging in size from 1.5-tons to 5-tons, each of which can suit small to large homes. 

Carrier Heat Pump SizeSystem OnlySystem Installed
1.5 ton$2,190 $6,600
2 ton$2,340 $7,180
2.5 ton$2,530 $7,760
3 ton$2,680 $8,360
3.5 ton$3,180 $8,800
4 ton$3,500 $8,190
5 ton$3,950 $9,580

The chart above should help give you a general idea of what to expect cost-wise from each heat pump size. It is based on the Performance series, specifically, the Performance 15 SEER model, the middle-tier of Carrier’s lineup.  

It isn’t all-inclusive of each model within each series, but it can help give a ballpark estimate of what to expect from each heat pump size. 

Note: Remember, the Performance series is mid-level, meaning the Comfort series models likely would cost slightly less, and the Infinity series would cost more. 

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