Carrier is an American international company that manufactures and distributes the HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system. Currently, Carrier is providing customer service in 170+ countries around the globe which a vast number. This brand is around with us for the last 117 years, which makes it an innovator among the air conditioner brand.
Did you know? Willis Carrier was the first man who invented the modern air conditioner in July 17, 1902. In today’s schorching and humid weather, air conditioner gives us a comfortable living experience. All credit goes to the founder of Carrier AC technologies, Willis Carrier.
Carrier is one of the most successful and big brand name in the international market. The market share of Carrier in India is currently not even in the top seven spots. This is due to two of the obvious reasons. First, the Indian market is new for Carrier AC; second, its price range of air conditioners are generally mid-high. Although, the quality of Carrier AC is far superior to most of its competitors in India.
Carrier AC Review
Excellent build quality fabricated with top-notch cooling performance and power savings features.
- Unique technologies
- Fast and optimal cooling
- Power saving capabilities
- A bit expensive
- Average installation service
Here is our full review of Carrier AC for 2019.
In the industry of HVAC, cooling performance is a benchmark that every brand is aiming for. When it comes to Carrier, the home and commercial level of air conditioners deliver best in class performance. We are saying this based on facts
Most of the Carrier AC does come with inverter compressor technology that helps to generate noiseless, rapid cooling as well as constant cooling. When you sleep at night, a non-inverter AC turns off and turns back on automatically several times (according to the thermostat). This is the main reason of improper cooling, and inverter technology has overpassed this issue. In the inverter compressor, the motor runs in variable speed (without stopping) that produces constant and low noise cooling for hours. Inverter compressor is also very efficient and saves up to 30% more bills than a traditional non-inverter AC.
Better Refrigerant Choice
From R-22 to R-410A, Carrier has been continuously improving the quality of refrigerant over the past few decades. Better refrigerant not only helps to build a green environment but also possesses better efficiency. For example, R-410A can cool your room faster and efficient than R-22 refrigerant type due to the better heat exchange property of thermodynamics.
Copper Condenser Coil
As we have already learned that Copper condenser coil has a better heat exchange capacity than aluminium. Copper condenser coil removes the heat in the room by releasing it to the atmosphere. Due to copper’s better chemical properties, it has proven better than aluminium. Carrier AC comes mainly with a copper condenser coil which gives efficiency, faster cooling, and long lifespan to an AC unit.
With the help of the NexGen dehumidifier, Carrier AC can remove all the moisture from your room with an astonishing rate. Typically a newer 2 Ton model of Carrier AC eliminates an average of 2.4 KG of humidity per hour from your room. After dehumidifying, you feel dry and chill inside your room. You can activate this feature anytime by turning on “Dry Mode“.
Air Directional Control
The air conditioner cooling range matters a lot. An air conditioner should be able to blow air from edge to edge of a room. Following this, Carrier air conditioners have stepped up with horizontal airflow (left-right) not just meaningless vertical airflow (up-down). With every single click of a button, you can move the horizontal louver by 6° apart. This way, you can ensure that you get a similar amount of cooling in every section of your room.
Different Tonnage Options
From 1 to 2 tonnage capacity, Carrier AC has a cooling solution for a typical small to large size standard Indian room. A better selection of tonnage capacity gives a better cooling experience with a lot of savings. Currently, if you are looking for 2.5-ton capacity AC, probably you may not find it in the Carrier brand.
High Ambient Cooling
With Carrier AC, you can feel comfortable inside your room even in scorching 52°C outdoor temperature. It is the way how Carrier ACs are designed for. However, most of the part in India reaches only 48°C temperature. So you may not need this much of cooling, ever.
When we talk about innovation, we must bring the upfront features of the air conditioner. Carrier has created some innovative techniques for consumers to improve their living standards. We have given five stars to Carrier in the field of innovation and here is why.
Flexicool Hybridjet Technology
Carrier has designed a revolutionary Flexicool Hybridjet Technology for the compressor to increase its efficiency even further. This design allows us to cool down the compressor by drawing the outside air into it. This simple process helps to increase the effectiveness of the compressor. This technology also improves the smooth circulation of refrigerant along the outdoor unit PCB, thereby cooling down the working temperature of the PCB. This technology also increases the lifespan of the compressor unit.
But the point is how this technology help us? Well, using this technology, the Carrier AC can work in four different types of weather conditions, i.e., Scorching, hot, warm and comfortable. It means you can adjust the workload of the compressor with a touch of your AC remote button. Here is how your compressor uses power accordingly.
- Uses 50% power in comfortable weather mode
- Uses 75% power in warm weather mode
- Uses 100% power in a hot weather mode
- Runs in a free operating way in extreme weather mode
This innovation saves energy like never before, and you can expect significant savings in the electric bill every month.
Low Voltage Operation Mode
Carrier inverter AC demands low electric power, which is the reason why it provides uninterrupted cooling even at 195 Volts. That means in most of the cases, and you don’t even bother to buy an addition stabilizer with Carrier AC. Even on low voltage operation, this AC provides high ambient cooling up to 48°C, which is a lot, especially in most north-eastern Indian regions.
If your household voltage doesn’t fluctuate or remains between 150V to 280V, the AC gives consistent stabilizer-free operation.
PM 2.5 Micron Filter
If you buy any latest Carrier AC, you don’t have to buy an air purifier separately. The whole idea of PM 2.5-micron filter is to remove all types of particulate matters (PM). These particulate matters include toxic gases like chemical, dust, smoke particles and some liquid or solid particles too. PM is generated from industrial smokes, burning fossil fuels and substances like polyethylene. These tiny particles remain in the environment, which is a hazard to human health. An average heart patient, a lung cancer patient, children and the elderly are highly sensitive to these PM bacteria.
Here is the data of a few countries with their PM2.5 air pollution report, as of 2016.
PM 2.5 means an air filter with tiny holes (0.002 millimeters), probably the size of human hair. These holes block all the micro bacteria from entering your indoor area so that you can breathe healthily. Many AC manufacturers aren’t investing their efforts in such a critical benefit while Carrier is going on the right path.
Other than 2.5PM filter Carrier AC comes with
- Ag+ Nano Filter (Its an antiviral filter with silver nanoparticles that exhibit Antiviral properties against both bacteria and viruses.)
- HD Filter (better than a conventional filter to remove dust particles and other pollutants effectively.)
- Electrostatic Dust Filter (a more advanced version of the HD filter to collect impurities of your room by using opposite electric charge.)
Intelligent CRF Alert
It is widespread for AC users to forget about proper AC cleaning. Later, this small mistake costs improper cooling and high running cost for an AC. Carrier knows this problem is inevitable, so they have implemented smart CRF (Cleaning and Replacement Function) to timely alert users to clean up the AC. This CRF alert works actively in all the seasons to avoid lethal damage in the unit. If you are more concern about AC cleaning, check these crucial tips to maintain your AC performance.
When you buy the latest model of Carrier AC, rest assured that you are not harming the environment. Most of the Carrier AC uses high-grade refrigerants like R-410A, also known as Puron. So how does R-410A helps for an eco-friendly environment you ask? First of all, R-410A is an HFCs (hydro-fluorocarbons) that does not contribute to ozone layer depletion, which is a great reason to pick Carrier air conditioners over others.
The majority of the modern air conditioner from 2015 are now relying on R-410A refrigerant because of its eco-friendly nature and better heat transfer efficiency. However, R-410A refrigerant has some negative impact on global warming.
Some Carrier AC does come with R-32 refrigerant which is slightly better than R-410A but highly flammable too. For better safety, you can stay with R-410A refrigerant.
Refrigerant Leakage Detector
In the advance side, Carrier AC does come with a refrigerant leakage detector. The detector flashes an error code on the main led icon display when your air conditioner leaks the refrigerant. Refrigerant leakage in AC is a rare problem that simply withdrawn the cooling efficiency of the unit. Consumers invest a lot of money to fix this issue by refilling the refrigerant every year. However, some consumers have no clue about this issue being so severe, which is not acceptable for the long and healthy running of the unit.
Carrier has built a robust technology to detect this problem by letting you know about it at the right time. This is how you can protect your air conditioner unit from further damage. The AC is programmed to shut down automatically after successfully diagnosed with refrigerant leakage.
After a couple of years of service, your outdoor air conditioner unit comes in contact with dust, air moisture, and chemicals. Such impurity causes corrosion or rusting in the outdoor unit metals, which is a slow and steady process. Although rusting may also happen in a matter of a few months, it depends on the climate you live in or perhaps you may have extreme weather conditions. More rusting means low cooling performance and high power usage.
In order to tackle this problem, Carrier AC provides all the outdoor unit with Rust Safeguard. Equipped with the five layers of protective coating, Carrier AC can easily withstand intense heat, cold or rainy seasons. It is a critical feature that adds more life to your AC equipment.
Auto cleanser feature disinfects the main AC unit and removes all the harmful bacteria
Saving matters as much as cooling matters. If an AC gives proper cooling but overeats energy in return shows its inefficiency. Better efficiency means high-grade cooling with low power consumption. Carrier AC comes with several energy-saving methods. Here are some key saving methods that Carrier uses.
- Using inverter technology (saves 20-30% energy)
- Using a copper condenser coil (saves 5% energy)
- Using better refrigerant (saves 5-10% energy)
- Using anti-rust coating (maintains savings over time)
- Auto mode (shuts down power when not in use)
When we talk about savings, we first look at the BEE Star rating, which tells us how properly an appliance uses electric power. For example, BEE has rated Carrier CAI18EK5R39F0 AC with five stars that include a scarce ISEER value of 4.62. With this much of ISEER value, this 1.5 AC consumes only 871.07 units of electricity per year (assuming 8 hours of usage every day and four months of usage every year). It simply means huge electricity saving.
As per the current state of technology, we gave five stars rating to Carrier AC in savings.
The support system by Carrier AC in India is pretty decent. By support, we mean after-sales service, free servicing, warranty, and installation. We gave four stars to Carrier for support and here are the reasons.
A standard installation free ranges from ₹499 to ₹1500 is applicable on Carrier AC installation which depends upon seasonal promotion. However, the feedback of the installation service is a mixture of medium to excellent. Untrained technicians, delayed installation and excessive charges for the drain pipe are the main cause of back feedback by Carrier customers. However, the same scenario goes for all other AC brands in India.
After Sales Service
Carrier is a huge company, and they have a skilled support staff that is always available to listen to you over their tollfree helpline number 1800 3011 1111. You may use this number to register your complaints, to ask more about the product or to appoint your free service agent. You may also learn more about carrier AC using these links.
Links to Some Important Carrier AC PDF Manual Guides
Carrier provides three free preventing maintenance services during the first year of purchase. Other brands only offer two free services for the first year. These free services ensure four significant benefits which are
- Longer life
When you buy a Carrier AC, you get a one year warranty on the main unit, one year on the condenser and ten years on compressor. This is a great figure for the warranty period.
Currently, Carrier has over 175 service centers across India which are kept on increasing every year. Check here for a list of all Carrier AC service centers in India.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is Carrier is a Good Brand for Home Air Conditioning?
Yes, Carrier is probably the best AC manufacturer brand in India along with Hitachi. If you have an open budget, your preference should be a Carrier AC or Hitachi AC.
Question: Why Carrier ACs are so Expensive?
Carrier mostly produces top-quality air conditioners that use long-lasting and high-grade materials. It increases the manufacturing cost but ends up saving a fair amount of electrical power.
Question: Which AC is better Hitachi or Carrier?
These two brands are reasonably identical in terms of performance, savings, and service. So you can go to either one of these two. However, Hitachi AC is a little more expensive than Carrier. If you want to save a few bucks, you can go with Carrier.
If you have any further questions, do ask us below in the comment section.