Bryant Brand Overview

Bryant Manufacturer Overview

Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems manufactures residential central air conditioners, heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, boilers and gas and oil furnaces. The company also manufactures a series of rooftop heating and cooling units and rooftop heat pumps for commercial use. Bryant also sells a line of furnace filters. Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), owns Bryant Heating and Cooling. Connecticut-based UTC trades on the New York Stock Exchange as UTX and had net sales of $66.5 billion in 2018.

Corporate History

Charles Bryant founded the Natural Gas Regulator Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1904. The company began selling gas-fired boilers within the next four years, when Bryant changed the company’s name to Bryant Heater & Manufacturing Co. 

Throughout the 1920s, Bryant dominated the U.S. market for gas boilers. In the 1930s, Dresser Industries acquired the Bryant Heater Co., and in 1945, Dresser acquired Payne Furnace & Supply Co. and the Day & Night Water Heater Co. Soon thereafter, all three companies bought their way out of Dresser and formed Affiliated Gas Equipment Inc. (AGE). AGE was acquired by Carrier in 1955, which in turn became a subsidiary of UTC in 1979.

Today, Bryant Heating and Cooling is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, with dealers located across the United States and Canada.

Bryant Product Lines

Bryant Heating and Cooling markets residential air conditioners, heat pumps, and gas and oil furnaces under the product names Evolution System, Preferred Series and Legacy Line. The Evolution 987M is Bryant’s premier 90% AFUE furnace, reaching an AFUE rating of up to 98.3. The company’s Evolution air conditioners and heat pumps are capable of reaching up to 20 SEER.

Bryant Air Conditioners

  • Evolution® System Air Conditioners
    • Evolution® Variable Speed Air Conditioner
      • SEER rating: Up to 19
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in select sizes
      • Sound rating: As low as 56
    • Evolution® Two-Stage Air Conditioner
      • SEER rating: Up to 21
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in all sizes/models
      • Sound rating: As low as 66
    • Evolution® Extreme Variable Speed Air Conditioner
      • SEER rating: Up to 20.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, recognized as the most efficient of ENERGY STAR® 2019
      • Sound rating: As low as 58
  • Preferred™ Series Air Conditioners
    •   Preferred™ Two-Stage Air Conditioner
      • SEER rating: Up to 17.0
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in all sizes/models
      • Sound rating: As low as 72
    • Preferred™ Single Stage Air Conditioner
      • SEER rating: Up to 17.0
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in all sizes/models
      • Sound rating: As low as 68
    • Preferred™ Compact Air Conditioner
      • SEER rating: Up to 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: As low as 66
  • Legacy™ Line Central Air Conditioners
    • Legacy™ Line Single Stage Air Conditioner (106A)
      • SEER rating: Up to 16
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in all sizes/models
      • Sound rating: As low as 72
    • Legacy™ Line Single Stage Air Conditioner (116B)
      • SEER rating: Up to 16
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in all sizes/models
      • Sound rating: As low as 76
    • Legacy™ Line Single Stage Air Conditioner (105A)
      • SEER rating: Up to 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: As low as 72

Bryant Furnaces

Gas furnaces

  • Evolution® Variable Speed Gas Furnaces
    • Evolution® 98 Variable Speed Modulating Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 98.3%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, this model
    • Evolution® 96 Variable Speed Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 96.7%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, this model
    • Evolution® Variable Speed 80% Efficiency Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: 80%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
  • Preferred™ Series Variable Speed Gas Furnaces
    • Preferred™ 96 Two-Stage Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 96.5%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in all sizes
    • Preferred™ Series 90+% Efficiency Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 96.2%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, this model
    • Preferred™ Series Variable Speed 80% Efficiency Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: 80%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
  • Legacy™ Line Fixed Speed Gas Furnaces
    • Legacy™ Line Fixed Speed 90+% Efficiency Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 95%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
    • Legacy™ Line Fixed Speed 80% Efficiency Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: 80%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
    • Legacy™ Line 80 Multi-Speed, Ultra-Low Nox Gas Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: 80%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No

Bryant Oil furnaces

  • Preferred™ Series Oil Furnaces
    • Preferred™ Series OVL Oil Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 86.8%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
    • Preferred™ Series OVM Oil Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 86.6%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
    • Preferred™ Series 80 Oil Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 85.7%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
  • Legacy™ Line Oil Furnaces
    • Legacy™ Line OBL Oil Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 86.6%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
    • Legacy™ Line OBM Oil Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 86%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
    • Legacy™ Line Oil Furnace
      • AFUE efficiency: Up to 82.6%
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No

Bryant Heat Pumps

  • Evolution® System Heat Pumps
    • Evolution® Extreme Variable Speed
      • SEER rating: Up to 18
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, in select sizes
      • Sound rating: 55 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Evolution® Variable Speed Heat Pump
      • SEER rating: Up to 17.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 68 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Evolution® Two-Stage Coastal Heat Pump
      • SEER rating: Up to 20.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 58 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
  • Preferred™ Series Heat Pumps
    • Preferred™ Two-Stage Heat Pump
      • SEER rating: Up to 17.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 70 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Preferred™ Single Stage Heat Pump
      • SEER rating: Up to 16
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 68 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Preferred™ Compact Heat Pump
      • SEER rating: 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: 68 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
  • Legacy™ Line Heat Pumps
    • Legacy™ Single Stage Heat Pump (215B)
      • SEER rating: 15
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 69 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Legacy™ Single Stage Coastal Heat Pump
      • SEER rating: 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: 72 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Legacy™ Single Stage Heat Pump (214D)
      • SEER rating: 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 69 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition

Bryant Packaged Systems

  • Preferred™ Series Packaged HVAC Systems
    • Preferred™ Series Gas Heat/Electric Cool Systems
      • SEER rating: Up to 16
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 72 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Preferred™ Series Heat Pump Systems
      • SEER rating: Up to 15.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 68 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Preferred™ Series Gas Heat/Electric Cool Systems
      • SEER rating: Up to 15
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: Yes, all sizes
      • Sound rating: 68 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
  • Legacy™ Line Packaged HVAC Systems
    • Legacy™ Line Gas Heat/Electric Cool Systems
      • SEER rating: 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: 73 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Legacy™ Line Heat Pump Systems
      • SEER rating: Up to 14.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No 
      • Sound rating: 73 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Legacy™ Line Air Conditioner Systems
      • SEER rating: 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: 73 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
  • Base Line Packaged HVAC Systems
    • Base Line Air Conditioner Systems
      • SEER rating: 14
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: 72 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition
    • Base Line Heat Pump Systems
      • SEER rating: 14.5
      • ENERGY STAR® qualified: No
      • Sound rating: 73 dB during lowest capacity cooling operating condition

Bryant Reviews by Series

Learn more about Bryant products by reading the following reviews. Browse reviews by different products and models below to find more information on a specific Bryant product.

Energy efficiency

Many Bryant products are ENERGY STAR® qualified. You can see whether or not a particular model has this certification by visiting its product page on the Bryant website. The sections above delve deeper into qualifications for different Bryant product lines.

Contractor certification

Bryant says that its Factory Authorized Dealers (FAD) represent the highest standards of all Bryant dealers. These dealers must pass stringent business requirements to be recognized as a Bryant FAD, such as obtaining certification from the North American Technician Excellence program, having a representative who attends at least two days of class at the Bryant Academy every two years and attending product training classes. These dealers must sell only Bryant products, offer their customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and issue “Customer Care” surveys.

According to Bryant, its FADs get more business than other dealers since the manufacturer endorses these companies’ workmanship and installation quality. The dealers also benefit from sales and marketing assistance. Consumers also benefit from working with dealers who adhere to the highest industry standards.

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Contacting Bryant

Bryant

3909 N. College Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone: (800) 428-4326

Warranty

Although details vary by unit, most registered products carry a 10-year standard parts limited warranty if registered within 90 days. Otherwise, customers benefit from a 5-year warranty. Extended warranties are available on labor. 

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