Rheem Classic Plus Series – R96T Review
AFUE:Up to 96%
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Burner Type:Dual Stage
Blower Type:Single Speed
Price:$4,585 - $5,670
BTU Output:41,000 - 109,000
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The Classic Plus Series R96T is a good, mid-tier product with a solid performance record. It has two stages of operation that keep the indoor temperature consistent without consuming too much energy. This unit has Rheem’s signature airflow design that reduces noise by 20% and ensures there are no cold spots in the room.
During primary operation, this unit works at low speeds and saves energy. When the weather gets colder outside, the system switches to high speed until the indoor temperature has stabilized. This operation helps to keep utility bills low.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (installed): $4,585 - $5,670
- 4-Way Multi-poise design
- 96% residential gas furnace CSA certified
- Constant Torque ECM Motor
- Two-Stage Operation
The Bottom Line
The Classic Plus Series is in the mid-range product line so it strikes the right balance between price and efficiency. It is well-designed, has a reliable makeup, and is backed by great warranties. If you’re looking for a solid, durable furnace, this will be a good choice.
In Depth Review
Rheem Classic Plus Series R96T Specifications
- Sub-models available: R96TA0402317MSA, R96TA0602317MSA, R96TA0702317MSA, R96TA0852521MSA, R96TA1002521MSA, R96TA1152524MSA
- AFUE: 96%
- BTU input: 42,000 - 112,000
- BTU output: 41,000 - 109,000
- Two-Stage Constant Torque ECM
Reliability and Safety
The Classic Plus Series R96T comes with the company’s patented PlusOne Ignition System with Direct Spark Ignition. This system is more reliable than traditional units that rely on a pilot light. The unit also comes with PlusOne™ Water Management System for improved safety. This system shuts off the furnace if it senses a blocked drain.
Sturdy and Durable
All Rheem furnaces are designed to be durable and this one is no exception. It has an aluminized steel primary and stainless steel secondary construction. This makes the unit very durable and corrosion-resistant.
Rheem’s efficient airflow systems ensure the furnace is quiet during operation. The design reduces noise by 20% while improving overall circulation. The product does all this without consuming more energy.
This 7-Segment LED display makes diagnosing problems and service calls easier. You can fix the problem quickly without having to deal with poor indoor temperature conditions for too long.
Other Key Features
- Blower Shelf design for different furnace orientations
- Removable heat exchanger for easier servicing
- Industry-first and patented 360°+1 engineering for reliable performance
The Classic Plus Series R96T comes with the Rheem standard 10-year parts limited conditional warranty. It also comes with a Lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty. Customers must register with the Rheem portal to receive the warranty benefits or to extend it.
Comparable Models by Rheem
Model Comparison by Lower Price
The Rheem Classic Plus Series R92T is a good option for customers looking for a more affordable alternative to the R96T. It has a 92% AFUE rating and is 92% residential gas furnace CSA certified. This means the unit delivers a reasonable amount of energy savings while requiring a low initial investment.
Model Comparison by Features
The Rheem Classic Plus Series R96P has similar features. It has a 95% to 96% AFUE rating so it is slightly less efficient than the R96T. This unit has a two-stage, multi-speed PSC motor instead of a constant-torque ECM motor but it still provides reasonable heating efficiency. It will help keep all the corners of your room warm and toasty (though the location of your home’s heating registers and vents will also impact this).
Model Comparison by Premium Tier
If you want better efficiency for a little more money, the Prestige Series R97V is a good choice. It has a 97% AFUE rating, which provides more energy efficiency and savings on utility bills than the Rheem Classic Plus Series R96T. You save a lot of money on monthly bills without any compromise on heating efficiency. You can also benefit from premium-tier warranty benefits if you buy this product instead of the Classic Series option.