Carrier Air Conditioner Reviews

Last Updated: March 24, 2021

Looking for an effective all-rounder ductless air conditioner to help bring comfort back into the sweltering Summer months? Check out our review of two Carrier air conditioners, as one of them may well be the perfect fit for you.

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The Carrier Corporation receives its iconic name from its founder, Willis Carrier, inventor of the modern air conditioning unit. Since its early days, Carrier has pushed the limits of what we expect from our air conditioning units, and has continued to do so to this day. Now a subsidiary company of United Technologies, their leadership may have changed, but their mission remains; to provide their customers with the best units possible. With a history like Carrier’s, there comes a great deal of prestige, but also pressure. Today we will be reviewing two single zone ductless mini split AC systems from the legendary brand. The systems we will be reviewing are the RAS-15EACV-UL / RAS-15EKCV-UL and the 38MFC012-1 / 40MFC012-3. Continue reading for our full Carrier Ductless Air Conditioner buyers guide below.

 

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Carrier Air Conditioner Reviews 2021

What is a Single Zone Ductless Mini Split AC System?

One of the more advanced methods of air conditioning, is the single zone ductless mini split AC system. To explain what exactly this means, we’re going to break up the title.

Single zone – The term single zone refers to the zoned cooling/heating method of air conditioning. This is where your home, or business, is divided up into several zones. Each zone will have an indoor unit catering to it. In the case of a multi zone system, there will be several of these indoor units/zones, all connected to an outdoor unit. The benefit of this kind of system is that different conditions can be maintained in different zones. However, we are talking about a single zone system today. This means one indoor unit, connected to one outdoor unit. A single zone. The downside to this is that there is only one unit providing one set of conditions, however this is less expensive and in some ways more efficient than a multi zoned system.

Ductless – Ductless simply refers to the absence of any ducts connecting the units involved in this system. Rather they are merely connected via refrigerant/drainage tubing, and wires.

Mini Split – This term merely refers to the type of system, whereby there are two units separated from each other, working in co-operation, in this case the condenser/compressor (outdoor), and the air handler (indoor).

 

RAS-15EACV-UL / RAS-15EKCV-UL Single Zone Ductless Mini Split AC System

 

Cooling Performance

With an impressive cooling output of up to 15,000 BTUs, this Carrier air conditioner system is capable of providing effective air circulation with its formidable maximum airflow of up to 583 cubic feet per minute.

 

Efficiency / Certifications

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of a unit provides a reliable measurement of a product’s efficiency. Taking into account its energy consumption, along with its performance output, tested in a controlled average seasonal environment, the higher SEER score a unit is awarded, the more money you can save on your energy bills. With a SEER score of 20, this Carrier air conditioner is capable of performing to a very high level of efficiency, making it a good choice for those working on a tight budget.

 

Convenience

With regard to convenience, this Carrier air conditioner fortunately comes with a wide range of convenience enhancing features, such as a range of operational modes including sleep mode, turbo mode, fan mode, dry mode, and 5 indoor fan speeds of differing intensity. Sleep mode allows the device to gradually increase temperatures throughout the night, maintaining comfort, whilst conserving energy. As an added benefit to this feature, this effectively eliminates unpleasant mornings of waking up to an over-cooled house, which results from continuous AC operation throughout the night. Additionally, the dry function allows the device to remove excess moisture from the air without applying cooling effects, while the fan function will circulate air, in a similar non-cooling manner. Lastly, the turbo mode enables this Carrier air conditioner to effectively carry out much faster temperature changes, while the 5 fan speeds enable the user to operate their air conditioner based on the level of intensity required to establish a comfortable environment.

 

Design

Automatically oscillating air louvers allow for a more even distribution of airflow, which allows for much faster, more noticeable results. Additionally, the recorded noise level of this system stands at a maximum of 51dB, although it can be operated at a lower noise level by using lower fan speeds. For reference, the average human conversation registers at approximately 60dB, which means this system will not interrupt your daily routine by being too loud. Finally, with a total shipping weight of 133lbs, this system is quite heavy, and so we do not recommend attempting to transport it without assisstance.

Dimensions (Inches)

Indoor Unit

Height: 12 19/32″

Width: 41 5/16″

Depth: 8 5/16″

 

Outdoor Unit

Height: 21 11/16″

Width: 30 11/16″

Depth: 8 5/16″

 

Help & Support

Should you encounter an issue with this Carrier air conditioner system, experienced customer service representatives are easily contactable via telephone, email, or web form on the company’s official website. Also included alongside these communication channels are numerous other useful resources such as FAQs, downloadable user documents, and guides. Should the worst occur and your unit is rendered inoperable, this appliance is further supported by an immensely generous 10-year parts and compressor limited warranty plan.

 

Verdict

Excelling under a number of criteria, this Carrier air conditioner can be relied upon to perform efficiently to a high standard. Additionally, with its range of convenient modes and features, this unit is a dream to operate, providing the user with all of the temperature altering effects they require in a user-friendly fashion. We would strongly recommend this unit to anyone looking for an air conditioning unit that will tick all boxes across the board.

 

38MFC012-1 / 40MFC012-3 Single Zone Ductless Mini Split AC System

 

Cooling Performance

With a moderately powerful 12,000 BTUs of cooling power, making this Carrier air conditioner perfectly suited to residential spaces of up to 550 square feet. While not an industry leader in cooling performance, this Carrier air conditioner is more than capable of servicing a medium-large living space.

 

Efficiency / Certifications

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio provides an accurate measurement of how efficiently a unit can be expected to perform while in operation. Taking into account energy consumption and performance output, measured in a controlled average seasonal environment, the higher the figure obtained through this process, the better. Scoring a SEER of 15, unfortunately this unit falls considerably behind many ductless split systems on the market. However, if you’re replacing an older air conditioning unit, the Carrier air conditioner will still count as a considerable upgrade in efficiency.

 

Convenience

With this Carrier air conditioner’s wireless remote control, the user is enabled to operate their device from anywhere in the room. This convenient feature is further enhanced when used in combination with the built-in on/off timer, which, when utilised properly, can automatically power your unit on at key times in the day to maintain a comfortable environment at home, even while you are away. Additionally, this system comes with numerous convenience enhancing modes and functions, such as turbo mode, silence mode, and sleep mode. Turbo mode allows the system to bring about rapid temperature changes at the sacrifice of efficiency, while silence mode enables the system to function at a far less intrusive noise level, perfect for relaxing on the sofa on a hot Summer’s evening. Finally, sleep mode will gradually increase temperatures throughout the night, allowing the unit to conserve energy, whilst maintaining comfortable living conditions.

Regarding functional features, this Carrier air conditioner is also capable of auto restart, the ability to automatically reboot itself following a power outage, and auto changeover between cooling and heating functions, as needed.

 

Design

Most ductless air conditioner systems on the market today come with a washable air filter, and the Carrier air conditioner is no exception. The usefulness of this feature cannot be overstated, as it allows the user to simply tend to their unit’s air filter when necessary, rather than having to purchase a replacement.

Dimensions (Inches)

Indoor Unit

Height: 10″

Width: 30 3/10″

Depth: 7 2/5″

 

Outdoor Unit

Height: 21 1/5″

Width: 30 7/10″

Depth: 9 4/5″

 

Help & Support

In the unlikely scenario that you should encounter problems with your Carrier air conditioner, experienced customer service representatives are contactable via telephone, email, and online contact form located on the company’s official website. Also provided through the same site are detailed FAQs, downloadable user documents, alongside numerous other informative resources regarding servicing and operation of air conditioners. Further, this system is covered by an impressive 10-years parts and compressor limited warranty plan.

 

Verdict

The Carrier air conditioner proves to be an excellent choice for those seeking a decent all-rounder unit. Making its worth known in efficiency, cooling performance, and convenience. We have few complaints regarding this air conditioning system, as it provides a breath of fresh air, without costing the user in either cash or excess effort.

 

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