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Carrier Furnace Prices – Are Carrier Furnaces Worth the High Price?

Carrier Furnace Prices – Are Carrier Furnaces Worth the High Price?

We are often asked about furnace prices from people all over the country, so we started a series of pricing articles that details the furnace prices for all of the major brands.  In our third installment, we’ll be discussing Carrier furnace prices.  Those of you who have read our articles, know that we are a small, U.S. Veteran-Owned HVAC company located in Southern California, and pride ourselves on giving straight, honest answers – this article will be no different.  It is important to note, that at All Systems Mechanical, we sell all major furnace brands, and have no loyalty to any one company.  As such, this article will be a completely unbiased look at Carrier furnace prices.  So, today we will discuss the subject in three different parts: first, we will discuss how Carrier broke out on our furnace price value index, then we will look at specific Carrier furnace prices for some of the more popular models, and finally, we will examine the average cost of a Carrier furnace installation.

Before you go and purchase a new Carrier furnace, consider troubleshooting the old furnace first – it might not need to be replaced:

Carrier furnace pricesCarrier Furnace Prices – A Bit About Carrier.

Before we examine Carrier furnace prices, let’s take a moment to discuss the Carrier company itself.  Carrier is one of the best known furnace and air conditioner manufacturing companies in the world.  They have always been known for their reliability and quality workmanship, and Carrier himself was said to have invented the very first air conditioner.  However, what most people don’t know, is that there are several other brands made by the same parent company, that carry this very same technology and workmanship.

Carrier Furnaces and Air Conditioners is owned and manufactured by United Technologies.  What many people don’t know (including many contractors), is that United Technologies also makes many of the high-profile furnace and air conditioner brands in the industry today, including: Carrier, Bryant, Day and Night, and Payne.  Additionally, they offer the same exact technology under some of these brands, without the costs related to advertising and marketing the Carrier name.  This serves as the centerpiece of my biggest problem with Carrier furnaces – they charge twice the price for a furnace that says “Carrier” on it, as they do for the exact same furnace that says, “Day and Night.”  But it works, doesn’t it?  Have you ever heard of Day and Night?

Carrier furnace price list by modelIn fact, the only reason that we know about Day and Night is because we are commercial HVAC contractors as well, and on the commercial side, Carrier and Day & Night are used almost interchangeably based on what’s in stock.  In fact, up until a few years ago, all of the furnaces and air conditioning units came exactly the same from United Technologies (they would only make one unit, for four different names), and the box came with four different name-plates in it – it was up to us, the contractors, to install the “Carrier” or “Day and Night” tags on the furnaces and ACs!

But, since our primary concern is with delivering the best value to our customers, I have a really hard time recommending Carrier furnaces (or air conditioners), when we can get the exact same furnace for half the price under their Day and Night line.  Carrier furnaces, however, are very well made, and offer the same features as their competitors, including:

  • Furnaces ranging from 80% AFUE to 98% AFUE – this is the efficiency of the furnace, which will be discussed more later.
  • Single and two-stage operation.
  • Variable-speed fans and modulating valves.

For those of you looking for the quick answer, the Carrier Furnace Price Range is $500 – $3,700, depending on size and features.

That being said, the real question is whether or not Carrier furnace prices are justified – you have my opinion, so now let’s look at the data to support that decision.

Carrier Furnace Price Value Index

I know why you are all here…to get the actual Carrier furnace prices, but I would be remiss in my obligations if I didn’t explain to you what these prices actually mean first.  After all, what is a price?  It is an arbitrary number picked by some marketing executive – trust me, I went to school with them.  But what really matters to you, the consumer, is whether or not there is value in that price.  That is to say, is it worth the price, or are you getting a higher quality of product for that increased price?

At All Systems Mechanical, we sat down and crunched the numbers for you.  We examined the wholesale contractor prices (what we actually pay), the average cost of installation, the price by geographical location, the increased price scale for higher AFUE rated models, and a variety of other inputs.  We then indexed them and plotted them against other furnace brands to see where they broke out.  Let’s take a look at how Carrier furnaces did against their competitors.

The Results: Carrier Furnace Price Value Index

Carrier furnace prices are some of the highest in the HVAC industry, although they are valued slightly higher than Lennox furnaces, but less than Trane furnaces.  Their main competitors in both features and price-points, as expected, were Lennox and Trane (American Standard).  Here is a link to the price articles for Lennox and Trane:

So let’s take look at the Carrier furnace price value index scale for a second.

Carrier Furnace Price Value Scale

Carrier Furnace Price Value Scale – Index 1.49

Carrier Furnace Price Value Scale Analysis

As you can see above, Carrier furnace prices indexed out at a 1.49, with an index rating of 1.0 being considered a “fair price for the value received.”  This is only marginally better than Lennox faired.  This is due to the fact that Carrier delivers a comparable product, at equally high prices, but also has a better logistics chain than Lennox, making spare parts and servicing significantly cheaper and easier over the extended lifetime of the furnace.

Overall, however, Carrier furnace prices were significantly higher than many of their competitors, and offered no significant technological advantage.  When you factor in the fact that the exact same furnaces, with the same internal components can be bought under the brand names Day and Night, or Bryant for a fraction of the price, the value of Carrier furnaces slides to the right, into the the “overpriced” category.  So, Carrier offers the same technology and efficiency ratios as their competitors, at a higher price-point…in other words, you are paying for a name.

We liked the value presented in Day and Night, and to a lesser extent, Bryant as well.  Here is a link to our Day and Night pricing article:

For more information on Carrier products, take a look at:

Carrier Furnace Prices – The Numbers

We actually started these articles because we got all sorts of calls from people across the country, asking us if the prices they were quoted would be considered fair.  It is truly unbelievable what some people will do to sell you an AC or a furnace.  So, we started snooping around the internet, and found several articles that listed Carrier furnace prices – all of them were wrong, and none of them, surprisingly, were actually licensed HVAC contractors.  Some of them were so out in left field, I didn’t even know if they were talking about the same brand.  In this section, we will discuss Carrier furnace prices – the contractor prices…as in, what we actually pay for some of the more popular models.  Let’s take look.

Carrier Furnace Prices - 58STACarrier Comfort Series, 80% AFUE, Single-Stage Gas Furnace – 58STA – 44,000 BTU Size

Wholesale Contractor Price: $577.80

Don’t have a heart attack, if you can avoid it, please.  This is the work-horse model for Carrier, and probably the most common Carrier furnace that we come across.  Although this wouldn’t be a model you’d choose if you lived up north in Minnesota, it is definitely the Carrier furnace of choice in the South and much of the Southwest.

It is sturdy, well built, and I can’t say that we’ve ever had a problem with them.  Just keep in mind, to beat the dead horse, that Day & Night and Goodman offer the same (Day and Night) and comparable (Goodman) furnaces respectively, for around the $410 range.  Although this price difference isn’t much on the smaller, low-end models, it will become more evident on the higher-end models, so keep an eye out.  This Carrier furnace features:

  • Single-Stage Operation – it has become a bit of a joke now, but it’s true…single-stage is just a fancy way of saying: “It has two modes: ON, and OFF.”  Single-stage furnaces can be thought of as a standard, every-day gas furnace.  Later, we will see a furnace with two stages.
  • 80% AFUE – AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and is a direct representation of the fuel efficiency your furnace has.  For example, an 80% AFUE furnace directly transfers 80% of the fuel it burns into heating your house, and 20% is wasted up the flue.
  • 44,000 BTU – this is the size, or heating capacity of the furnace.  Different sized furnaces will have different prices, so make sure you pick the size that’s right for your home and needs.

Carrier Performance Series, 96% AFUE, Two-Stage Gas Furnace – 59TP6 – 40,000 BTU Size

Wholesale Contractor’s Price: $1,554.28

If I had a client that lived in Minnesota, this would be a Carrier furnace that I would feel comfortable recommending to them.  Keep in mind that a furnace like this would be completely overkill for California, and that Day and Night offers furnaces in this same line for significantly cheaper.  However, if Carrier is what you are hard-set on, this has all the features I’d want in a cold-weather climate, including:

  • Two-Stage Operation – what this means is that your furnace is basically like two mini-furnaces in one; working together.  If it’s chilly out, one stage burns and keeps your house warm, without resorting to overkill.  But, if it gets really cold, the second stage kicks on, and both of them run together to keep your house nice and cozy.
  • 96% AFUE – this furnace is capable of using 96% of the fuel burned to heat your house, and wasting only 4%.
  • 40,000 BTU – this is the size of the furnace – size it appropriately for your home.  Carrier furnace prices will vary by size, but a detailed discussion about furnace sizes is outside the scope of this article.

Carrier Furnace Prices – Cost of Furnace Installation

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Carrier furnace prices are on the expensive side. But the prices that Carrier charges for their furnaces are only part of the whole story – the whole story ends with the price of installation.  I know that you likely had a heart attack when you saw some of the prices above, but now let’s look at installation prices.

Remember that labor prices will vary based on your region – it is significantly more expensive for an HVAC company to operate in California, than it is in Montana, so keep that in mind.  It is always a good idea to shop for a furnace in the off-season – that’s where you will get the best price for your Carrier furnace.  In the north, that time is the summer, and in the rest of the country, the spring and fall are considered, “off-season.”

Carrier Furnace Prices - Average Cost of a Furnace Installation Graph

Average Furnace Cost of Installation Graph

As you can see, from the information collected by Homeadvisor, the average price nationally for a furnace installation is somewhere around $3,900, ranging from $2,000 to $5,500.  Keep in mind, however, that this is based on a national average, across all brands, and is not a good representation of a Carrier furnace cost of installation.

Carrier furnace price of installationAverage Carrier Furnace Installation Cost

When you factor in brand price differentiation (as we did for our Carrier furnace price value index), the Carrier furnace price of installation moves towards the top end of the average price range.  This is to be expected, as Carrier furnaces cost significantly more than their competitors.  When we factor in the data specifically from Carrier furnace owners, contractors, etc., the numbers break out as follows:

  • The average Carrier furnace installation price is: $5,509
  • The Carrier furnace price of installation is 40% more expensive than the national average.

If you are thinking about buying a new furnace, I’d strongly urge you to read this article:

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Final Thoughts on Carrier Furnace Prices

Like I said, if you’re new to reading our articles, then I’m sorry for being so blunt: Carrier furnace prices are way too high to constitute a good value to our customers.  But, in the end, they make a terrific product, so I can’t knock them for that.  Just shop around for a bit, and see what you like.  In the end, all we can do is give you our best advice – you have to make the decision on what’s right for you.  I hope that our article on Carrier furnace prices was helpful, and if you live in Southern California, you might be in our service area – take look below!

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