Bryant 561C Central Air Conditioner
Updated: Jul 17, 2014
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Overview of the 561C
The Bryant 561C is a split-system air conditioner, available in single- and three-phase models. According to the manufacturer, the 10 SEER unit can reach a SEER rating of up to 11.5 when used with appropriate components. The unitís compact size minimizes space utilization, enabling the consumer to economize space at home. The unit features an internal compressor and a completely enclosed fan motor. The 561Cís galvanized steel cabinet is powder-coated for protection from the elements, while brass service valves add additional durability. The manufacturer advertises this air conditioner as a cost-effective option for residential and light commercial applications. Eight sizes are available, ranging from 018 through 060.
Consumer Reviews of the Bryant 561C
Date created: 2014-07-17
Name: Jerry V.
Location: Raleigh, NC
"Good results with mine"
We've got this unit for the downstairs floor and another a little larger very similar Bryant unit in the attic for the upstairs floor. They were installed in 1997 when the house was built. That's 17 years ago. I bought the house in 2005. Don't know about the previous owner's experience, but I've had very little trouble with either unit. Once had a relay go out on one, and the blower motor went out on the other. That's about it. Other than that, I've had no problems with either one.
Date created: 2012-08-08
Name: Dan Smith
Location: Boston, MA
"Terrible Product with Terrible Support"
I purchased my Bryant Unit in 2005 to replace an ancient ac unit that was no longer working. This year (2012) after my apartment being unable to get below 80 degrees I've been told that my compressor is bad and needs to be replaced. Bryant has a 10 year warranty policy if you register the unit. However, they did not allow you to register units until after 2007. I was told therefore that there is simply no warranty period. When I asked if they expected me to ever buy another Bryant product given that this one died so quickly I was told that is up to me, but they will not honor a warranty period (in a borderline rude delivery). My neighbor still has the ancient unit and it runs great. Unless Bryant somehow resolves this issue, I will never recommend their product.
Date created: 2011-07-21
Years owned: 5
"Unit died after 5 years"
I had problem all along with this unit. Unit died after 5 years. Do not believe Bryant Warranty -- 5 years +10 years for parts. Customer Support saying that unit is not covered under warranty after 5 years.
Date created: 2011-04-15
Name: James Herrin
Location: Marietta, GA
Years owned: 4
"Compressor died after only 4 years!"
After only 4 years of service the compressor died in this unit. It was repaired "under warranty" for a cost of $1889.00. A year later the assocaited furnace for this unit had the relay board go out and I had to shell out another $500 to have it repaired. I called Bryant - they basically told me to stick it up my butt. BRYANT = JUNK! Never buy this junk!
Other 561C Reviews
Reviews on hvac-talk.com note some intermittent problems with this unit, most of which pertain to the system not providing enough cool air or blowing out air that is room temperature. Experts on hvac-talk.com say the causes of such intermittent problems are numerous and require calling an HVAC professional to the site for an inspection.
A reviewer at fixya.com also reported a problem where the fan suddenly seemed to stop working. The professionals on the site advised making sure the outside fan continued to work freely.
Bryant 561C Model Numbers
The 561C is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The 561C air conditioner comes with a couple of warranties that homeowners can use if their air conditioner develops mechanical problems or is damaged within the warranty time period. There is a 5-year limited compressor warranty and a 5-year limited parts warranty. In addition, a number of extended warranties are available.