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Bryant Preferred Central Air Conditioner

Updated: Nov 17, 2014

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Overview of the Preferred

The Bryant Preferred is a series of central air conditioners with efficiency ratings of up to 17.7 SEER and 13.7 EER. Bryant offers three lines of energy-efficient central air conditioners as part of its Preferred Series. Each unit uses Puron refrigerant for eco-friendly cooling of up to 5 tons.

The manufacturer promotes the Preferred Series' "quiet as a dishwasher" operation, with noise levels as low as 72 dB. A single-speed scroll compressor, 8-pole fan motor, compressor blanket and a galvanized steel cabinet are among the components designed to help the unit cool quietly.

The Bryant Preferred also features a two-stage scroll compressor and an optional Thermidistat designed to keep humidity levels low and temperature constant throughout climate changes.

Consumer Reviews of the Bryant Preferred

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4 of 5 stars 9 reviews

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Date created: 2014-07-03 Name: J. Page
Location: Greenacres

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

"Bad Product, Bad Service, Why bother?"
I had a home built in 2012. I moved in that August which equates to approximately 5 months of use of the air conditioner before the leaky Coil Issue began. Appears to be a common problem reading the reviews. I contacted Bryant. Then sent me an email requesting information about the unit (model, serial number, etc). I responded. Then sent a second email asking for the same information. I responded. They sent a third email asking for the same information. I gave up. I was told only the parts were covered by the warranty and I had to pay the labor. Why should I pay labor for what is a unit problem (just read the reviews). Fixing the problem is Bryant's responsibility and paying to fix it should be their responsibility as well.

Date created: 2013-07-02 Name: pat maier
Location: Warsaw,In.

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

"Had a Bryant Heating and Air Conditioner Installed"
Had a Bryant heating and air conditioner installed in '07. In '08, the air conditioner needed the evaporated coil replaced. Between '08 and 2012, it needed more freon. Now we are in 2013 and it needs another evaporated coil. It cost me $485.00 to find the leak and it is going to cost over $600.00 to replace the coil. This will be the third coil. All together we have spent over 2K to keep this thing running in the summer just on repairs. The Bryant company is no help. I have talked to them several times. I would never ever buy or recommend a Bryant to anyone. Wish there was someone I could turn to for help.

Date created: 2013-06-06 Name: Bruce W
Location: Jacksonville FL

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Bryant are Reliable!!!"
18 years of abuse and the unit will not die. The unit was builder installed by Air Engineers. Over the last 18 years, only repair other than maintenance was a fuse. The inconvenience of R-22 recharges are the only reason I am replacing the 3.5 ton unit. It would turn our 2200 sq. ft 2-story into a meat locker. I do have a small freon leak and the inside unit develops condensation. Our neighbor has a number of Bryants, still going strong. We are looking at a Comfortmaker or a Carrier as the local Bryant contractors have increased their prices dramatically.

Date created: 2013-06-04 Name: John P
Location: Arlington, TX

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Cool Summers"
My Bryant AC is almost 20 years old (according to my maintenance guy) and with the hot Texas summers, I'm always surprised I've made it another year. I keep getting pitched on a new one but don't see the point. This Bryant unit has been so dependable.

Date created: 2012-05-14 Name: T Vasquez
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Years owned: 12

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

I purchased this a/c from a local dealer 12 years ago and couldn't be happier with it. Quiet and dependable. What more could you ask for? Being in Florida, this a/c gets a workout year round. I highly recommend Bryant.

Date created: 2011-10-15 Name: A.M.
Years owned: 1

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Bryant AC has been great!"
Very satisfied with the Bryant 3 ton, 127a Preferred Series 2 stage scroll ac unit and Preferred Series 80x Plus gas furnace. Very quiet and cooled extremely well during the second hottest summer on record in the Dallas Forth Worth, Texas area. Far better than the almost 10 year old Trane unit it replaced. The Trane was always being repaired, was very noisy and shuddered terribly every time it turned on. It eventually became more cost effective to replace than continue to repair. Also, it was never able to effectively cool the upstairs even when it was new. Along with the new AC and gas furnace, our installer also added a return air and supply air vent to promote better air circulation. Not sure if we just had a better installer than some of those who posted negative reviews, but our Bryant system has been great. Many new AC units have been installed in our neighborhood and the Bryant is one the quietest. We received quotes on Trane, Amana, Ruud, Bryant and Payne. Trane and Amana were the most expensive and Payne the least. We went with the Bryant because we liked being able to get a 2 stage scroll unit at a reasonable price. Also, the installer we chose was able to install multiple brands and didn't have to push a particular product. This allowed us to make the best decision for our needs and our budget. We are very happy with our Bryant and will install again when it is time to replace our downstairs Trane unit, which needed a new motor this summer.

Date created: 2011-07-31 Name: R. Albers
Location: St. Louis, MO
Years owned: 5

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

"Bryant system never performed"
From day 1 the cooling of the Preferred 123A 2-ton unit was never as good as the 12-year-old Rheem it replaced. After 5 years, two years of adding Freon, this one is going on the recycle truck. Bryant home office and the installer aren't interested in standing behind their product or making customers happy.

Date created: 2011-06-22 Name: R. Thomas
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Years owned: 1

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"127ANA 2 SPEED with FV varriable speed ahu"
My two speed 127ANA / FV4 Preferred Bryant system is quite, efficient and has superior humidity control. My wife and I love it and we are saving big time on my electricity bill. We can set the this smart system at a comfortqble 78 degrees all day and maintain a constant temperature and humidity control with Bryant's T6 Thermidistat controller. Goodbye to Trane's old and loud design that leaks with its aluminum coils and outdated technology that is full of hot air.. Bryant is certainly a winner and our choice with over 100 years in inovation and superior reliable products for cooling and heating deliverying upmost comfort!

Date created: 2011-06-08 Name: G. Thomas
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Years owned: 14

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Air cond. system"
My Bryant dealer installed my 4 ton Puron air conditioning system with a 90i furnace the summer of 1997. I have not had a single breakdown of my system. All I do is hose off the outdoor unit several times a summer and clean my electronic air cleaner. My electric bill is always lower then my neighbors, who by the way have a smaller home than mine. I would recommend Bryant to anyone that want a quality unit. Someone said their Bryant unit was junk from China. I checked Bryant and their a/c units are made in TN and furnaces are made in Indianapolis.

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Other Preferred Reviews

Several reviews around the web recommend the Preferred Series as an economical solution for energy-efficient heating. Posts on hvac-talk.com and airconditionerratingsonline.com note that although this model doesn't carry the highest efficiency ratings, the unit's durability and features make it a valuable option in its class.

As noted on acpriceguide.com, one potential con of this unit can be found in its single-stage compressor, which can mean less precise climate control and more fluctuations in temperature and humidity than other options. Consequently, this reviewer suggests homeowners in warmer climates consider a unit with a higher SEER.

Acpriceguide.com also mentions the higher price of this model compared to similar units from other manufacturers. But the review reports "homeowners will get their money's worth" through Bryant's notable service record, a solid warranty, and the longevity of the unit.

Bryant Preferred Model Numbers

The Preferred is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number SEER BTUs per Hour
552AN036-E 12 35,000
552AN048-E 12 46,000
552AN060-E 12 57,000

Preferred Warranty

Bryant offers a 10-year parts limited warranty to the original owner. The cooling unit must be registered within 90 days of installation or the warranty term is reduced five years. Optional extended coverage, including labor, is also available through Bryant.

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