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The Carrier (24SPA6) Air Conditioner Product Review

Are you in the market for a new air conditioner but don't know where to start? The Carrier Performance series is a great place to start. Keep reading to learn more about the Carrier 24SPA6 A/C and determine if it’s right for you, your home, and your loved ones.

The Carrier (24SPA6) Air Conditioner Product Review

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Joshua Rodriguez


June 1st, 2023

As a homeowner, having several options to choose from when picking out your next home comfort management system is key. Especially when you have several different options at various price ranges with several capabilities, such as

  • Improved Efficiency
  • Quiet Operation
  • Lower Speeds
  • And Temperature Control

Understanding how these features play into creating the perfect HVAC cocktail is vital to making an informed and educated decision.

Our HVAC systems are supposed to last up to 10-12 years as long as you schedule regular annual maintenance, change your air filters as needed, and call a professional when you suspect something is awry; there is no reason your residential HVAC system shouldn't live its fullest lifespan.

Nevertheless, with so many HVAC brands, systems, and parts, it takes time to determine which heating and cooling system will be right for you, your loved ones, and, more importantly, your wallet.

That said, we wanted to take this opportunity to write a review for one of our most popular air conditioning systems: The Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner, also known as the 24SPA6. This article will cover several aspects of this Carrier Air Conditioner, such as its

  • Technical Specifications
  • Benefits & Features
  • Cost
  • Who Is a Right Fit for the Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner?
  • Who Is Not the Right Fit for the Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner?
  • What HVAC Equipment Can Be Paired With the Carrier Performance™16 Central Air Conditioner?
  • Next Steps

Let’s dive in!

Technical Specifications

Below is each technical specification of the Carrier Performance Series Air Conditioners.

  • Price: $7,600- $10,200*
  • Enhanced Energy Savings
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Up to a 16.5 SEER2
  • Up to a 13.5 EER2
  • Standard Comfort Features
  • Standard Humidity Control
  • A Single Stage Compressor
  • And a Sound Level as Low as 72 Decibels

*This price is subject to change; please contact your trusted Carrier comfort specialist to verify pricing*

What Is a SEER2?

According to PickHVAC, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and the number two represents the improved second version of the calculation used to determine the SEER of your central air conditioner.  

You can compare your A/C unit's SEER to your car's miles per gallon. A good rule of thumb regarding your AC units SEER is that the higher the number, the more opportunities you have for potential savings. That said, the Carrier Performance series has impressive SEER ratings, especially for the price.

A bar chart showing the number of SEER savings for cooling your home

This version of the cooling efficiency rating was enacted on the first of this year, 2023. This new and improved testing procedure is designed to accurately reflect installed field conditions for residential A/C systems.

On average, in a controlled testing environment, the difference is close to 4.5%; however, this depends on your equipment and can reach up to a 7% decrease in your AC's seasonal energy efficiency ratio.

As a result, the SEER2 testing uses internal pressure up to 5X higher than the old SEER rating model. While using this equation to find the seasonal energy efficiency ratio will be more accurate, you will see a lower energy efficiency rating.

What Is an EER2?

On the other hand, according to Carrier, EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it measures the cooling capacity of a specific AC unit that offers a particular amount of energy used in a specific testing climate, including:

  • An indoor temperature of 95°
  • An outdoor temperature of 80°
  • Relative humidity of 50%

An EER2 is determined by dividing the total cooling output of an A/C (or heat pump) into British Thermal Units (BTU) by the total energy usage in watt-hours.

Benefits & Features

When you invest in a Carrier AC unit, you are backing the quality you get from the Carrier brand, their environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and efforts, along with a durable, long-lasting AC unit. Not to mention increased humidity management and a limited-time warranty.

Energy Efficiency

Suppose you are in the market for a new air conditioner. In that case, you're going to want to invest in an AC system that is energy efficient while saving you, the homeowner, money on your monthly utility bills.

Environmental Sustainability

If there is one thing that Carrier is good at, it’s designing and manufacturing HVAC systems without freon. In fact, Carrier was the first HVAC brand to offer systems with Puron® (also known as R-410A) refrigerant. Plus, puron refrigerant is better for the environment and does not destroy our ozone layer.

A person holding a plant in their hands

On top of that, Carrier has committed to delivering homeowners (and commercial businesses) energy-efficient, ultimate comfort products and HVAC services that have earned them an official ENERGY STAR® for the Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner (24SPA6).


One of the biggest things Carrier is known for is their system's overall durability. The Performance™ series air conditioner is made from galvanized steel and has a "baked on" powder paint that protects your Carrier AC system from dings, bends, dents, corrosion, and other outdoor elements.

Humidity Management

Humidity in the home can be uncomfortable for everyone involved. Luckily Carrier strives to be the key to your enhanced comfort. Look at our Relative Humidity Chart below to determine if your home's humidity is in the healthy zone.

A graph showing the different types of indoor air pollutants and humidity

If you conclude that the humidity of your home is either too dry or too humid, you can use your Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner series along with other accessories, including a smart thermostat, humidifier, dehumidifier, or a combination of all three!

Limited Warranty

If you are the original owner of your Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner, then they are covered by a ten-year parts limited warranty. Remember, to qualify for the limited warranty; you must enroll once your AC system is installed.

However, if you do not complete a timely registration within the first ninety days of having your new AC equipment, the limited warranty decreases from ten to five years. If you have any questions regarding your limited warranty, you can find a warranty certificate on Carrier’s direct website, which will have the full details and restrictions for enrolling your air conditioner in a limited warranty.

How Much is the Carrier Performance™16 Central Air Conditioner?

Now that we’re gone over the Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioners' various benefits and features, you’re probably asking yourself, “But how much does it cost?”

Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner typically ranges anywhere between $7,600-$10,200

Nevertheless, given the wide range of optional features, benefits, and the potential money you can save by purchasing a Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Who Is a Good Fit for the Carrier Performance™16 Central Air Conditioner?

This air conditioner is perfect for any homeowner who wants better comfort along with being environmentally friendly and having an ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioner. Not to mention, depending on the age of your previous system, you could save up to 50%* on the cooling portion of your monthly utility bills.

The Carrier Performance 16™ gives homeowners the best of both worlds by offering up to a 16.5 SEER (and 13.5 EER) while saving you money on your monthly utility bills.

The Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner is the perfect starting point for a homeowner that wants to invest in a durable, reliable, high-efficiency air conditioning system without breaking the bank.

*This percentage is subject to change; please talk to your authorized Carrier dealer for more information*

Who Is Not a Fit for the Carrier Performance™16 Central Air Conditioner?

On the other hand, the type of homeowner the Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner would not be a good fit for is a homeowner that suffers from hot and cold spots throughout their home.

If stubborn hot and cold spots are in your home, this AC will not solve your temperature problems. In this instance, you’ll want to invest in a multi-stage or variable-speed air conditioner to resolve your inconsistent heating and cooling temperatures.

Remember that inconsistent temperatures throughout a home are due to an undersized or oversized AC system. So, before you invest in a new AC unit, ensure your Carrier expert performs the necessary steps, such as a Manual J Load Calculation.

What HVAC Equipment Can I Pair With the Carrier Performance™16 Central Air Conditioner?

The Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner is, in our opinion, the top-of-the-line, energy-efficient, single-stage air conditioner. Unlike multi-stage or variable speed systems, the Carrier Performance can work with any furnace, regardless of size or brand.

On top of that, any HVAC accessories, including a dehumidifier, humidifier, air purifier, REME Halo, or UV lights, can be added to your new AC system as long as there’s enough room to fit it.

That said, the only time you have to worry about pairing the Carrier Performance™ is if multiple-stage and variable-speed HVAC systems. Remember, a single-stage A/C is incompatible with a multi-stage or variable-speed furnace.

So, in this case, you'll have to complete a rating match for the same brand or purchase two communicating systems.


A couple of people shaking hands in front an HVAC system

Next Steps

By now, we hope you have enough information on the Carrier Performance™ 16 Central Air Conditioner to make an informed decision on your next AC purchase. This AC system is the perfect middle ground for any homeowner regarding price, size, overall energy efficiency, comfort features, warranties, and humidity control.

Nevertheless, if you are still trying to decide what HVAC brand air conditioner to invest in, you can always schedule an in-home estimate with one of our carrier comfort specialists by clicking below!

We look forward to making your day even better!

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