Bryant Central Air Conditioners

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Bryant Central Air Conditioner Overview

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  • #20 of 67 Central Air Conditioners
  • 19.17% of customers recommended

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Legacy Line Evolution 561C Preferred 556A Quantum Plus

Bryant Air Conditioner Series

Bryant’s top-end series is known as the Evolution® Series. These come in 1 and 2-stage, as well as variable speed units. Ratings reach as high as 21 SEER in this series. Bryant claims, even at 21 SEER, the units will run as quietly as a vacuum. These units are equipped with the Evolution Connex® control, which Bryant claims enables the user to control the system from nearly anywhere. We’ll get more into the Connex control later. There are six units in this series.

The middle tier of units is called the Preferred™ Series. Bryant claims they are quiet and consistent while reaching a top SEER rating of 17. This series is compatible with Bryant Housewise™ Wi-Fi thermostat, which we will discuss more later. Most also come with DuraGuard™ Plus protection system, more on that later too. Some of their compact models may not be eligible for installation in regions of the southeast and southwest, as they do not meet Department of Energy minimum efficiency standards. There are six units in this series, as well.

Bryant’s low end of air conditioners, the Legacy™ Line, can reach a SEER rating of 16.5. Bryant claims they are cost-efficient. This series is also compatible with the Housewise ™ thermostat and comes with DuraGuard™. Some units may not be eligible for installation in certain regions, as they do not meet Department of Energy minimum efficiency standards. Again, six units are offered in the series.

Where are Bryant Air Conditioners Made?

Bryant is owned by Carrier, which is in turn owned by United Technologies Corporation. UTC is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, while Carrier is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Carrier has manufacturing plants in the United States and Mexico.

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Bryant-Specific Features

The Evolution Connex control is Bryant’s thermostat on its Evolution series. It is wifi capable and features a touchscreen. Bryant claims the user can control all parts of their home system, including zoning, humidity and ventilation. It features Perfect Heat® and Perfect Humidity®, which, respectively, aim to minimize temperature fluctuations and optimizing cooling comfort. Capable of controlling up to 8 zones. It also features pop-up reminders, including from the air filter cleanliness detection system, the TrueSense ™.

Bryant Housewise Wi-Fi thermostat is the thermostat compatible with the Preferred Series and Legacy Line. As the name indicates, it has wifi capability. The device is Energy Star certified, and Bryant claims it can save homeowners up to 20% on bills. It gives the user custom energy tips and comes with a touchscreen.

DuraGuard/DuraGuard Plus protection system, are the designs Bryant claims protects units from the elements, while also improving the durability of the product. The Plus, which comes on most mid-tier units, is what Bryant calls an appliance-style fit and finish.

TrueSense is Bryant’s dirty filter detector and comes equipped on the Evolution Series. It will alert you when the filter needs to be changed.

What do Heating Contractors Say?


  • When comparing Bryant to Payne, one contractor said it wasn’t close when it came to a unit in the Preferred Series, “Nice unit, louvered cabinet, compressor cover, high & low pressure switches, diagnostics module. Worlds above a Payne which is about as cheap as you can get out there.”
  • When compared with Carrier, contractors said Bryant is the same. One said, “They are the same exact unit same warranty same compressor same furnace different name tag who ever is going to do the best work.” Another said, “I think they may paint them a different color too. So pick the one that best coordinates the exterior of your home. j/k.”


  • While contractors agreed Bryant and Carrier are basically the same, one was taken by a Carrier product, saying, “I just have a Infinity system installed in my home upstairs. All I can say is wow. First time I’ve had a properly sized unit in a house I’ve owned. Spot-on humidity control and Its virtually silent.”

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Bryant Central Air Conditioner Reviews

Showing 1-5 of 116 reviews

"Coastal series"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

I had 2 complete Bryant units changed out; exterior and interior heater- blower. I am in Port Isabel Texas which is one of the saltiest and windiest environments anywhere and I've had zero problems. The dealer Joe Human and his excellent 2man team know what they're doing. They had a unique issue that five other potential ac cos. Could not figure out. These super guys pulled a good vacuum and were out in less than a day. That was 3 years ago. Happy customer. Capt. David

David Smith

Port Isabel, TX

"Don't buy a Bryant"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

We installed a new unit in September 2012. The compressor went out in June 2017. It was still in warranty but we had to pay labor and Freon charges. In June of 2019, the compressor is out again. Our heating and cooling company recommended replacing the entire outside unit so we would have a warranty again. Bryant Customer Care offered to have their field rep contact the heating and cooling company to see why the compressors are failing. That takes 3 – 5 working days. However, we are out of warranty and regardless of why they are failing, we are in for an addition $2,410. So $2,968 in repairs in 7 years on a $3,800 air conditioner. Bryant Customer Service was very clear there was nothing they were willing to do for us. We are ditching Bryant and going to Trane.

Mary G.

Osage Beach, MO

"I have a PA3Z-B unit and in 6 years"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

This unit was installed in January 2013 and since then I have had to pay for repairs 4 times – This is a lemon and would like to know how I can be compensated for your defective product –


Plant City, FL

"Very unhappy"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Purchased the unit April 2016, in 10 months a/c not working. Needed a new blower motor…installed. Have a service contract….serviced in April 2018. a/c out again. Two visits in June 2018…. lower motor out again, working intermittently. So day 2 no air…it's 89 inside the home….now our parts are under warranty but not labor…not pleased. Big purchase…big mistake. Don't purchase.

M. Henninger

Hollywood, FL

"Go to Las Vegas instead"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Bryant is a waste of your money. Go to Las Vegas and blow all your money at the roulette table instead. If you get three years out of a Bryant then consider yourself a big winner.

Larry Downing


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