This Rheem air conditioner review will examine the brand’s models, efficiency ratings, features, prices, warranty, and more.
Average Price: $3000 – $4800
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Good: Rheem is a fierce competitor in the mid-range priced brand. Playing for keeps, their high-efficiency central air conditioners edge out the competition in terms of efficiency. They may not offer the widest selection, compared to some of their direct competition within the mid-range priced tier but who can complain when 6 out of 6 Rheem high-efficiency central air conditioner models are ENERGY STAR certified who can complain? Price wise they size up with the rest of the brands in their tier: Amana, American Standard, Bryant, Napoleon and Trane. Their mid-range and premium priced model tiers: offer impressive limited unit replacement warranty of 10 years.
Want: Detail oriented, Rheem gives customers excellent pricing, efficiency and warranty coverage. It’s difficult to think of an area of improvement. Perhaps one area that Rheem could add to would be the options of central air conditioners they carry. Currently the majority of their high-efficiency central air conditioners are Single Stage operation, with only one Two Stage and one Variable Speed option available. It would be great to see Rheem add more Two Stage and Variable Speed high-efficiency central air conditioner models to their product lineup. Particularly since Two Stage and Variable Speed operation allows consumers more control, and greater energy efficiency of their high-efficiency central air conditioner. It’s an important feature that many consumers consider when researching a new high-efficiency central air conditioner for their home.
The Bottom Line: The Rheem Classic Plus and Prestige Series high-efficiency central air conditioners provide consumers with the best value for their money. With ENERGY STAR certified, 17 and 20 SEER central air conditioner models with a 10 year limited unit replacement and parts warranty, Rheem packs a lot of value for their mid-range priced brand tier.
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Final Score: 8/10
Efficiency/SEER – 9/10
Rheem high-efficiency central air conditioners offer consumers a high-level of efficiency and energy savings. 100% of Rheem’s high-efficiency central air conditioner units are ENERGY STAR certified.
- All 6 models meet or surpass 13 SEER+ to be sold in Canada
- 3 out of 6 Rheem high-efficiency central air conditioner models are 16 SEER: RA14, RA14**W, and RA16
- 1 Rheem high-efficiency central air conditioner model is 20 SEER: RA20
Innovative Technology and Additional Features – 8/10
Rheem central air conditioners utilize several innovative technologies that improve their overall performance and energy efficiency. So that your high-efficiency central air conditioner works smarter, not harder to cool your home.
Innovative Technologies included:
- PlusOne™ Energy – RA20
- The Copeland Scroll™ Variable Speed Compressor – improved efficiency, and better control to reduce humidity in your home
- EcoNet™ – control your high-efficiency central air conditioner remotely for greater flexibility
- QR code – Rheem’s scannable QR code means that your home cooling systems specifications have never been more readily available. Technician’s can now pull all relevant information with one simple scan
- Service window
- Curb appeal – style meets function. Enhance the curb appeal of your home, while cooling it efficiently with Rheem’s high-efficiency central air conditioner design
- Rust proof screws
- Rheem’s powder coat paint finish can withstand the toughest elements
- Base pan – made out of composite material this Rheem’s base plan offers durability and additional sound dampening for reduced operational noise
Pricing – 7/10
Situated right in the middle of the mid-range priced brand tier at $3000-$4800 Rheem offers consumers 6 ENERGY STAR certified high-efficiency central air conditioner models to choose from between 13-20 SEER.
Price vs. Value:
Though not the cheapest, $3000-$4800 is a decent deal for an ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioner, providing excellent value to the consumer with regard to ensuring they will have good return on their investment. Rheem delivers added value in the form of their comprehensive warranty coverage which offers limited 10 year unit replacement in the upper model tiers.
Scroll compressor/Condenser fan motor – 8/10
A large percentage of Rheem’s central air conditioners are Single Stage operation, efficient cooling with traditional temperature adjustment and control. Two Stage and Variable Speed options create a consistent cool for consumers, and provide intuitive adjustment to your home cooling in response to changes in temperature. The RA17 and RA20 are the only Two Stage and Variable Speed models available from Rheem.
- Single Stage – 4 out of 6 Rheem central air conditioner models are Single Stage operation
- Two Stage – 1 out of 6 Rheem central air conditioner models are Two Stage (RA17)
- Variable Speed – 1 out of 6 Rheem high-efficiency central air conditioner models are Variable Speed (RA20)
Noise – 8/10
Consumers are sure to enjoy the lower operational noise that Rheem high-efficiency central air conditioners produce while cooling your home. With an operational noise range of 54 – 79 decibels, Rheem central air conditioners are comparable to other mid-range priced brands in their tier. Realizing that noise operation is a critical consideration for consumers when selecting a high-efficiency central air conditioner, Rheem set themselves apart with their composite base pan design which also acts to minimize and absorb operational noise. It’s their attention to small details that makes Rheem a brand consumers look to for innovation, style and function at an affordable price.
Warranty – 8/10
The Rheem Classic Series 13-16 SEER central air conditioner models have a 10 year limited parts warranty plan, which is in line with warranty plans offered by comparable models within the Mid-Range priced brand tier.
Consumers receive a generous 10 year limited unit replacement and 10 year limited parts warranty coverage for the Rheem Classic Plus Series and Prestige Series.
- 100% of Rheem high-efficiency air conditioner models are covered by a 10 year limited parts warranty*
- Rheem RA17 and RA20 models enjoy additional coverage of a 10 year limited unit replacement*
Always discuss your warranty options with your local distributor. They are knowledgeable and will be happy to answer all of your questions so that you can rest assured your high-efficiency central air conditioner is fully protected by the parameters of all eligible warranties.
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Rheem Central A/C Model Breakdown & Comparison
Established in 1925, Rheem has a long history in the manufacturing industry. With a solid reputation of customer service and quality manufacturer of HVAC products, Rheem uses their experience to strive to further improve their inventory. Their well designed line of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners has made Rheem a household name for many Canadians.
Rheem’s Economy Central Air Conditioners
The Rheem Classic Series offers their widest selection of central air conditioners, with 4 models ranging between 13-16 SEER All central air conditioner models in the Rheem Classic Series are Single Stage. Consumers looking for Two Stage or Variable Speed operation will find it in the RA17 (Classic Plus Series) or the RA20 (Premium Series). All of the models in the Classic Series are ENERGY STAR certified.
|RA13||Up to 13-15.5|
|RA14||Up to 16|
|RA14**W||Up to 16|
|RA16||Up to 16|
Economy Tier Warranty Coverage: Each model in the Rheem Classic Series includes a 10 year limited parts* warranty.
Rheem’s Mid-Range Central Air Conditioners
The ENERGY STAR certified Rheem RA17, high-efficiency central air conditioner is sure to impress consumers with its Two Stage operation and 17 SEER efficiency. Enjoy greater efficiency and value.
Classic Plus Series
|RA17||Up to 17|
Mid-Range Tier Warranty Coverage:
- Limited 10 year unit replacement*
- Limited 10 year parts warranty
Rheem’s Premium High-Efficiency Air Conditioners
The Prestige Series features Rheem’s sole Variable Speed high-efficiency central air conditioner. At 20 SEER, the RA20 model is ENERGY STAR certified. An excellent choice for those consumers wishing to yield the greatest return on their investment.
Premium Tier Warranty Coverage
The Rheem Classic Plus Series RA20 includes the same warranty protection as the Rheem RA17 model, found in their Classic Plus Series mid-range SEER tier.
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