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Question DetailsAsked on 10/21/2016

Is the carrier Ca16na036 condenser compatible with the carrier fv4cnf002 for high efficiency

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You need to be talking to Carrier, an HVAC distributor, or an HVAC contractor with the performance schedules for your specific unit. Your fv4cnf002 is a class-rated heat pump that is rated for 24, 30, or 36 KBtu, depending on the total system configuration and what condensor and evaporator it is mated up with.

The Ca16na036 condensor/fan unit is a match for the 36,000 Btu configuration - but only if your whole system is rated for that, and that depends on the evaporator unit your air handler has installed - there are at least 3 different configurations - vertical mount, slant mount, and A-type evaporators which have different ratings depending on overall system configuration.

Unfortunately, the product selection literature I have access to gives system selection criteria - not reverse parts matching capability - so while that unit is ONE of the condenser units listed for that heat pump, it might not be right for your specific configuration.

And you mentioned high efficiency - your heat pump is not "high efficiency", at least by current standards - 14 is minimum SEER rating for most of the country (13 for some split units), so 16 SEER might be considered "enhanced eficiency" but "high efficiency" is generally meant to include units rated OVER 16 SEER and also over 13 EER - but some manufacturers, due to ambiguity in the federal regulations versus the law, advertise 16 SEER units as "high efficiency".

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