Rheem Prestige Series – R98V (Upflow) Review
AFUE:Up to 98%
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Blower Type:Variable Speed
Price:$5,670 - $6,750
BTU Output:55,000 - 110,000
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In a Nutshell
Average Price (installed): $5,670 - $6,750
- ECM motor with Modular Operation
- PlusOne™ Diagnostics, an Industry-First Diagnostic Tool
- 98.7% AFUE Rating
- Rheem-Exclusive PlusOne™ Ignition System
- Rheem-Exclusive PlusOne™ Water Management System
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for an efficient, low energy-consuming, and durable furnace, the Rheem R98V might be an excellent investment to make. It is easy to install and maintain while being efficient, which reduces the overall cost. The product is ENERGY STAR ® rated and offers some of the best energy savings options in the market.
In Depth Review
Rheem Prestige Series R98V Product Specifications
- Sub-models available: R98VA060M317U, R98VA070M317U, R98VA085M521U, R98VA100M521U, R98VA115M524U
- BTU input: 56,000 - 112,000
- BTU output: 55,000 - 110,000
- PlusOne® Ignition System with Direct Spark Ignition (DSI)
- PlusOne® Water Management System to prevent water spills
Quiet Indoor Environment
The Rheem Prestige Series R98V has an innovative airflow design that reduces noise by 20% without compromising heating quality. The furnace distributes air evenly to ensure there are no cold spots in the room (though obviously this will depend on your home’s ductwork and vent configuration).
Variable Speed Motor
This motor controls humidity efficiently without increasing the cost of utility bills. Your room will no longer feel damp or cold, even when outdoor temperatures drop quite low.
This unit comes with a PlusOne® Diagnostics 7-Segment LED tool. It quickly assesses the general health of your unit and makes service calls easier. This, coupled with easier installation, can help owners save money in the long term.
The unit provides modulating function with an EcoNet Control Center Modulating Thermostat at a rate of 40% and 100% of total capacity. With a two-stage thermostat, the unit shifts between 40% and 65% in the first stage, and 100% in the second. If you have a single-stage thermostat, the furnace becomes a three-stage unit moving between 40%, 65%, and 100% capacity. These changes don’t just help maintain an ideal indoor temperature, but also provide better energy savings.
Other Key Features
- 98% residential gas furnace CSA certified
- Consistent indoor environment due to modulating operation
- Patented heat exchanger design that offers maximum energy efficiency
- EcoNet Enabled
The Rheem Prestige Series R98V comes with some of the best warranties provided by the company. It has a 10-year limited warranty on parts along with a limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty. All of Rheem’s Prestige line products have a limited conditional unit replacement warranty in case your product malfunctions.
Comparable Models by Rheem
Model Comparison by Lower Price
The Prestige Series R96V is a more affordable option in the same category so you don’t need to compromise on warranty. It comes with a slightly less efficient two-stage, variable speed ECM motor that is rated 96% AFUE. It is similar to the R98V in many ways as the furnace still has good humidity control, 20% less noise, and consistent heating.