Thinking about a Ruud air conditioner? There are quite a few things to consider, so we’ve put together a guide that will give you the information you need to make an educated decision. We walk through the strengths and weaknesses of the brand as well as special features offered by Ruud. We’ll compare different models and look at the warranty that comes with a Ruud air conditioner. By the end of the guide, you should feel more confident in your options.
Features that make an air conditioner perform well and last long are in each unit that Ruud makes, no matter the level. Quality matters to Ruud, so every system has optimized access ports for servicing, powder coated paint and rust-resistant screws. They also have an excellent SEER rating, and no unit is below 15.5.
Room For Improvement
Some of the “nice to have” features are really only present in the premium model. Ruud offers only one variable-stage air conditioner and the EcoNet™ Smart Home Thermostat is only available in the top two models. If you’re looking for an affordable model with precise operation and control for you as a homeowner, another brand may have a better offer.
The Bottom Line
Ruud offers a strong warranty for their units, including a unit replacement warranty. They are solid units that are well-built and tested to last a long time. With a few innovations that protect the coil, expand the access area and add structural integrity to the unit, Ruud machines are designed to weather year after year.
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$2,600 – $6,000 (with installation)
The estimated final cost of your air condition unit is a blend of factors that influence the price including:
- Unit size and BTU cooling output
- Where you live (rural versus urban, HVAC competition in the area, licensing requirements in your city or town, etc.)
- Efficiency rating
- Installation complications
- Current deals or promotions
- Energy efficiency or other rebates
With a SEER of at least 15.5, these affordable units are efficient and ENERGY STAR certified. Whether single-stage or two-stage, Ruud has built these air conditioners to last.
Powder coating paint and rust-resistant screws give your unit durability, while various innovations included expanded space and a corner access panel make service calls and repairs easier. The compressor uses less moving parts, to minimize wear and tear and an optimized fan orifice make sure that air is able to circulate well.
The two-stage unit provides the ability to run at mid-capacity during normal weather and full capacity for extreme temperatures. It has a SEER of 17 and is ENERGY STAR certified, making it one of the better models that you can get for the price.
It is EcoNet™ enabled, meaning that when paired with a Smart Home System, you can save on energy and maintain a comfortable home temperature. Optimized space in the unit means that there is good airflow to circulate and enough space for a technician to work.
The only premium model by Ruud has a 20.5 SEER, which is one of the top ratings on the market. It has EcoNet™ technology so that you are in complete control of your home environment and energy bill. Variable speed compressor lets you accurately and efficiently adjust the comfort level in your home without significant energy or temperature swings. Curved louvre panels protect the coil within and ensure that your unit is strong and durable.