This Rheem furnace review will examine the brand’s models, efficiency ratings, features, prices, warranty, and more.
Average Price: $3000 – $5500
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Good: Reasonably priced with excellent warranty coverage, Rheem natural gas furnaces fall within the mid-range brand tier, along with Trane, American Standard, Amana, and Bryant. Their optional warranty protection, available to consumers at an additional cost, is just one of the ways Rheem strives to set themselves apart from the competition. These additional warranties include extended coverage and warranty transfer, features that are not commonly seen within other manufacturers’ warranty plans. Rheem’s Multi-Speed, Two Stage and Modulating high-efficiency natural gas furnace models pair energy efficiency with consistent temperature to create a reliable, heating solution for your home.
Want: With a range of energy efficiencies, and excellent warranty coverage, it’s difficult to pinpoint an area that Rheem could improve. Upon closer inspection, Rheem has omitted Single Stage natural gas furnaces from its product lineup sold in Canada, in favour of Multi-Speed, Two Stage and Modulating natural gas furnaces. These natural gas furnaces pack more energy efficiency and typically have a higher price tag than a Single Stage natural gas furnace.
Probably one of the most familiar furnace operations for consumers, it is typically more affordable than Two Stage and Modulating natural gas furnace due to its less complex design and operating system. That said, it is also the least efficient as it can only run in one stage, so it is either on or off. Adding a Single Stage natural gas furnace may reduce Rheem’s price point for entry level efficiency natural gas furnaces, increasing affordability for those seeking reliable home heating with less temperature control, etc.
The Bottom Line: Rheem is a mid-range priced brand that consumers have come to rely on to provide them with a range of affordable, Multi-Speed, Two Stage and Modulating natural gas furnaces that are energy efficient and protected by comprehensive warranty coverage.
Final Score: 8.2/10
Efficiency/AFUE – 8/10
Rheem’s line up of natural gas furnace models are sure to match the needs of many mid-range brand tier consumers seeking entry level, moderate or high-efficiency natural gas furnaces. With an energy efficiency range between 92-97% AFUE, you can be sure that between 92 cents and 97 cents of every energy dollar spent is going to heat your home*.
*dependent on which level of efficiency you select when you purchase a Rheem gas-fired furnace.
- 2 out of 7 Rheem furnace models offer entry level energy efficiency with 92% and 92.3% AFUE ratings
- 4 out of 7 Rheem furnace models offer consumers a moderate efficiency rating between 94-96% AFUE
- 3 out of 7 Rheem furnace models are ENERGY STAR certified.
- 1 out of 7 Rheem furnace models offers Canadians premium efficiency with a 97% AFUE rating.
Innovative Technology and Additional Features – 9/10
Consumers are sure to enjoy the Rheem-Exclusive PlusOne™technologies, designed to improve the overall performance of your residential furnace.
- Rheem-Exclusive PlusOne™ Ignition System – this technology uses direct spark
- Rheem-Exclusive PlusOne™ Water Management System – innovative sensor technology that can detect blocked drains and will automatically shut down your furnace upon detection of a blockage.
- ECM motor
- Serial Communicating Enabled Comfort Control² System – includes an LED display screen which alerts your HVAC technician as to internal issues so that they can quickly assess any problems with your home heating system. This technology provides consumers with the history of their furnace’s operation status, as well as service alerts so that your furnace is functioning optimally.
- Industry-First PlusOne™ Diagnostics – LED diagnostic display
- PSC motor
Pricing – 7/10
*The pricing listed below is intended as a general guideline only. Pricing may vary according to installation factors, city or region, the company or distributor you deal with, etc.
A mid-range priced brand, a propane or gas furnace from Rheem start at, approximately, $3000-$5500. Evenly matched with American Standard on price, Rheem’s entry level natural gas furnace is slightly less than American Standard’s comparable entry level model.
Price vs. Value:
Rheem’s option to purchase extended warranties, including a transfer of warranty provides consumers with added value on their initial investment. This additional coverage is a great feature for consumers who wish to purchase additional protection in order to have greater assurance that they are covered beyond the inclusions of their standard manufacturer warranty. The option to transfer warranty is also an added bonus for those who wish to transfer the warranty of their high-efficiency natural gas furnace upon the sale of their home.
Rheem is competitive with Trane and American Standard on this front, as both of those mid-range priced brands also offer consumers the option to purchase additional extended warranty coverage and have included the option to purchase warranty transfer. If this is something that’s important to you as a consumer, you will want to have a closer look at those brands when researching comparables.
Types of Furnaces – 8/10
Rheem offers consumers many different types of energy efficient natural gas furnaces including: Multi-Speed, Two Stage/Variable Speed and Modulating/Variable Speed. Noticeably absent is Single Stage natural gas furnaces. Currently, Rheem only manufactures Single Stage furnaces up to 80% AFUE, which are not sold in Canada as our minimum energy efficiency standard is 92% AFUE.
This type of operation is one many Canadians are familiar with and like the name suggests it has just one stage of operation – on or off. The least energy efficient of the different furnace types, it’s clear that Rheem has chosen to focus on manufacturing the most energy efficient natural gas furnaces, to yield greater energy savings returns for Canadians.
- Multi-Speed – R92P, R95P, R96P, R95T
- Two Stage/Variable Speed- R96V
- Modulating/Variable Speed – RGGE and R97V
Warranty – 9/10
Distinction between model tiers, good coverage amongst economy and mid-range priced models. For those that want superior warranty coverage with a conditional limited unit replacement warranty will want to take a closer look at Rheem’s Prestige Series high-efficiency natural gas furnace models.
Rheem offers consumers additional warranty coverage to purchase in the form of extended warranty to cover things not directly covered, labour is one example. As well as the option to purchase the option to transfer warranty. Many consumers are unaware that their registered warranty is non-transferable so when you sell your home, even if there are 5 years left on your warranty the new homeowner isn’t protected.
- Limited lifetime heat exchanger
- Limited 10 year parts*
- Limited 20 year heat exchanger – R92P
- Limited unit replacement* – available with purchase of one of Rheem’s Prestige Series gas-fired furnace models: RGGE, R96V, and R97V.
*conditional on registration of Rheem natural gas furnace. Your local distributor who installs your furnace will be able to assist you with registering your home heating system and ensuring you get the rebates and warranty protection you’re entitled to.
Rheem’s comprehensive warranty protection makes it an attractive brand to many consumers looking for a reasonably priced, energy-efficient furnace in the mid-range brand tier. Interested in learning more? Fill out our online form or call for your free quote! No-obligation to purchase.
Rheem Furnace Model Breakdown & Comparison
Rheem has been taking care of consumers home heating needs for over 90 years. Multi-Speed, Two Stage/Variable Speed and Modulating/Variable Speed furnace operation for greater efficiency.
Choose from economy, mid-range or premium-priced natural gas furnace models, available from Rheem’s Classic, Classic Plus and Prestige Series, 92-97% AFUE.
Rheem’s Economy Natural Gas Furnaces
The Rheem Classic Series provides consumers with two Multi-Speed blower, PSC motor, PlusOne™ ignition system and dual heat exchanger, natural gas furnace models.
|R92P||92%||40,000 – 115,000|
|R95P||95%||40,000 – 115,000|
Economy Tier Warranty Coverage: Rheem Classic Series natural gas furnaces are protected with a limited lifetime heat exchanger, and limited 10 year parts warranty*.
Please note that R92P is covered by a limited 20 year heat exchanger warranty along with the limited parts warranted mentioned above.
Rheem’s Mid-Range Gas Furnaces
The R95T is the sole ENERGY STAR certified furnace model in the Rheem Classic Plus Series. Moderate efficiency is achieved with natural gas furnaces from 95% and 96% AFUE. Other features of interest in this series include: ECM motor, PSC motor and Multi-Speed blower furnace operation.
Classic Plus Series™
|R95T||95%||40,000 – 115,000|
|R96P||96%||40,000 – 115,000|
Mid-Range Tier Warranty Coverage: The mid-ranged priced, models in the Rheem Classic Plus Series are covered by the same warranty protection* as the Rheem Classic Series.
Rheem’s Premium Gas Furnaces
100% of the high-efficiency natural gas furnace models in the Rheem Prestige Series are ENERGY STAR certified. Modulating/Variable Speed and Two Stage/Variable Speed with ECM motor natural gas furnace operation is available in this premium-priced model tier.
|RGGE||92.3%||60,000 – 120,000|
|R96V||96%||40,000 – 115,000|
|R97V||97%||60,000 – 115,000|
Premium Tier Warranty Coverage: Models in Rheem’s Prestige Series are backed by the same warranty guarantee as the Rheem Classic Plus Series, with the addition of a limited conditional unit replacement warranty*.