Updated 24 May 2018

Carrier

42FHV026/38FHV026

Snapshot: The Carrier 42FHV026/38FHV026 is a 3.1kW floor mounted heat pump. How efficient is it at heating your home?

42FHV026/38FHV026
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$911

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Test results

Overall score
54
Heating efficiency
?/10
Cooling efficiency
?/10
Indoor noise
?/10
Outdoor noise
?/10

Good points

  • OK heating efficiency.
  • OK cooling efficiency.
  • OK noise level from the outdoor unit.
  • 24-hour timer included.

But

  • Noisy indoor unit.
  • No 7-day timer.
  • No WiFi control.

Our assessment

POA = price on application. Some manufacturers don't supply RRPs for their heat pumps, citing the wide variation in installation costs depending on location of indoor and outdoor units. For these brands, prices (unit+installation) are only available from brand-accredited installers, who will usually provide a free, no-obligation quote.

Before using our database to choose the right model for your home, it’s essential to work out the required heating capacity (kW) for your home. The best way to do this is to use our calculator or enlist the services of an experienced heat pump installer. A top-scoring model won’t be able to keep your home at a healthy temperature if it’s too small for the job.

Smaller heat pumps are more efficient than bigger ones. Our scores take this into account, so a model that scores highly for heating efficiency will have a COP that’s higher than average for a model of its size. A score of 7.0 indicates the average result for a model of that heating capacity (kW). The same applies for noise scores, so a large model scoring 7.0 for indoor noise will be louder than a small model which also scored 7.0 – use the dBA figures if you want to know how models of different sizes compare.

Our low-temperature performance score is based on the difference between the standard kW heating capacity (measured at 7°C) and output at 2°C (the H2 rating), the prime temperature for frost formation. Some brands don’t provide this information to us. If you live somewhere prone to winter frosts, we recommend you look for a model with an H2 rating.

Key data

Model

Size
Small
Avg price
$911
Running cost (/year)
$308
Style
Floor mounted

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
n/a
Brand satisfaction (%)
n/a

Performance (claimed)

Heating capacity (kW)
3.1
Heating capacity at 2°C (kW)
Not stated
Cooling capacity (kW)
2.6
Heating COP
3.9
Cooling EER
3.7

Specifications

Refrigerant
R410A
Noise inside (dBA)
38
Noise outside (dBA)
55
Dimensions - inside unit (H x W x D, cm)
60 x 70 x 21
Lowest claimed operating temperature
-15

Features

Number of fan speeds
Not stated
24-hour timer
7-day timer
No
WiFi
No

Energy use ratings

Heating stars
Not stated
Cooling stars
Not stated