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Old 02-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Bryant 116 b vs 126b Air conditioners


We are thinking of upgrading our HVAC system. Our service contractor brought us information on a Bryant system. The furnace information matched what Bryant is showing on their website but the AC unit was not listed on site. They had a 126b, not a 116b. What made me wonder was in the 116b brochure, it mentioned that Freon is being phased out in 2010! So, I am wondering if he is showing me an old unit.

I did a general search and there are listings showing the 116b available for install. So, I am confused.

Any ideas if 116b is still current?

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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Bryant A/C's use R-410A and its known as Puron.... supposed to be more eco friendly

Also there is 116b and 126b models.

When you go to www.bryant.com, click on air conditioners the 126b is under the preffered series and the 116b is under the Legacy series.
When you click on the series you want to look at click on the specs tab and it will show you the model numbers

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Thanks for the reply. Did not see Legacy line at first. Is this a buidler's grade? It looks like the main differences betweenthe two is souund and the way the outer box prtoects the insides of the unit. Is it worth the extra money, assuning that is not an issue, to get the 126b?
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I think it is as the better grill guards protect against hail damage and other damage which is VERY common and next to impossible to repair. quieter units usually last longer as there is more rubber mounts etc and vibration does shorten the life of fan motors etc. take the extra cost and divide it over 10-20 yrs you keep it and it costs very little to upgrade. less than a movie and drinks.
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I agree with yuri, that the 126 would be the better option. We generally only put the 116 in places that are rentals or when the owner doesn't wants to be cheap on cooling.
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also read the fine print of the compressor warranty. the 116 is builders grade and probably has a 5 yr warranty and the 126 a 10 yr.
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Thanks. The brochure does show that there is a 10-year warranty, but I try not to buy the lowest end products when it comes to home improvement. When we bought the house 15 years ago, the owners stayed in after closing and the A/C compressor died. Although they gave us a home warranty, they did not call us, but instead replaced the compressor on their own and I am sure put in the lowest grade Goodman they could find. So, this time, I want to make sure that we put in something a lot better.
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I really like Bryant. It is owned by Carrier but IMO is a higher grade product than the Carrier which is quite good to start with. Go 4 it.

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