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Bryant Preferred Series Model 226A 16.5 SEER Heat Pump Rating


Bryant makes a good/better/best family of heat pumps and the Bryant Preferred Series 226A is part of the “better” line.  It offers good efficiency and is built with quality parts that should provide 15+ years of dependability.  With dual fuel capability – meaning it can be installed as part of a split system with a gas furnace – this Bryant Preferred heat pump is an option in any climate.

In our Bryant Preferred Series Model 226A 16.5 SEER heat pump rating guide, we look at its efficiency, dependability, features and more.  Our review is designed to help you evaluate this heat pump alongside others you are considering, giving you the information that will help you make the right choice for your needs.

Operating Cost Efficiency Rating [Rating:3/5]

The Bryant 226A heat pump provides 16.5 SEER air conditioning which is average for the industry.  The 9.5 HSPF is more impressive.  That’s as efficient as many 19 SEER units from Trane and American Standard.  Coupled with dual fuel capability, this is an energy-efficient and versatile model that makes sense in any climate.

Feature Rating [Rating:4/5]

We’ve noted the dual fuel performance already.  Beyond that, it has most of the features you need to control indoor climate and make your home very comfortable.  All it lacks is communicating technology – and the higher cost that comes with it!  Here are other features to note:

  • 2-stage compressor works best with a variable-speed blower.
  • High pressure and low pressure switches provide operating protection.
  • Uses R-410A refrigerant without chlorine, for less impact on the environment.
  • Is wired for use with the Bryant Evolution controller as an option.
  • Heavy-gauge galvanized cabinet is powder-coated to resist chipping, fading and corrosion.

Reliability Rating [Rating:3/5]

Bryant has a service record that is about average in heat pump ratings.  Quality installation and ongoing maintenance is the best way to get long-term reliability from any heat pump, including the Bryant Preferred 226A.

Manufacturer's Warranty Rating [Rating:3/5]

The industry average warranty for heat pumps is 10 years, and that’s what this model offers.  Bryant backs the Preferred Series 226A heat pump with a 10-year compressor and parts limited warranty. Extended warranties are available and might be a good option for those who use their heat pump heavily throughout the year.

Overall Rating [Rating:3.5/5]

The Bryant Preferred Series 226A 16.5 SEER heat pump has a lot to offer.  It will lower energy bills where it replaces an older heat pump.  With dual fuel performance, it’s right for any climate, except for perhaps the very warmest.  The 2-stage compressor will help provide optimal indoor comfort as well.  Bryant does very well in HVAC ratings and the Preferred Series 226A heat pump shows why.

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