Rheem Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings - Rheem offers several economical air conditioning systems from 13 SEER to 20 SEER for residential and light commercial. Rheem air conditioners come in the Prestige series air conditioner or the Classic series air conditioner and features of various Rheem air conditioners include:
Rheem Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings | Select Features
- Energy Star rating on selected ACs
- Two-Stage compressors in selected AC units offer higher efficiency for energy savings
- On-board diagnostics on select AC units that detect and records potential problems to make air conditioner troubleshooting easier for technicians servicing the unit.
- Durable cabinets with sound blankets on compressors to reduce noise on selected air conditioners
- Selected air conditioners use R-410A ozone-friendly refrigerant
- Easy access panels with pressure controls on selected air conditioners
- Rheem Warranties as Compared to Other Brands 85% 85%
- Rheem Quality as Compared to Other Brands 92% 92%
- Consumer Opinion based on Field Experience 80% 80%
- Efficiency Compared to Other Brands 90% 90%
- Overall Rheem Opinion from a Technical Perspective 88% 88%
Rheem Consumer Ratings - Top Model SEER Rating
Overall Rheem air conditioners are good systems. Rheem condensing units have unique designs that make them stand out from other manufacturers. Some units are low profile so they do not stand out. Rheem does have some proprietary parts that require you to purchase parts from a Rheem dealer if there is a problem with some components.
Rheem Air Handlers
Rheem air handlers come in a variety of sizes for various applications including residential and light commercial and can be easily matched to their air conditioners, heat pumps, or stand-alone electric furnace combinations. Their air handlers can be configured for horizontal flow, up-flow, and downflow installations, and Rheem manufacturers air handlers that fit in tight spaces.
High Performance HVAC always recommends when replacing the air handler that you get the matching condenser for the heat pump or air conditioner as matching systems are the most efficient and work best together rather than mismatched systems. Additionally, Rheem also offers a hydronic air handler where you can use a special water heater or piping from a boiler to run hot water through a coil in the air handler for heating purposes.
Rheem Air Handler Features
Various features of select air handlers include:
- R410A refrigerant coil models used in Rheem air handlers
- Select air handlers come with variable speed ECM blower motors
- Air handlers are insulated for quiet operation
- Select air handlers are constructed with double wall painted steel for durability
- Humidity control for select air handlers - this is good for consumers as it is very important to health to maintain proper humidity levels in the home
Rheem Condensing Units
Rheem condensing units are manufactured as either heat pump condensers or air conditioner condensers up to 20 SEER and condensing units that utilize R-410A refrigerants. They design condensing units that are slightly different than other manufacturers condensing units including controls and the overall appearance of their condensing units.
Rheem Condensing Unit Features
Various features of selected condensing units include:
- Selected condensing units are Energy Star rated
- Corrosion and rust-resistant materials for longer life and less maintenance in condensing units
- Select condensing units offer humidity control
- Select condensing units come with a 10-year limited parts warranty
- Top of the line condenser comes with an optional communications feature for diagnostics and user information features. This makes troubleshooting air conditioners or heat pumps easier for technicians.
Choosing the Rheem Contractor
One of the most important selections you can make when purchasing HVAC equipment is not the name brand of the appliance but the HVAC contractor you choose to install the product for you.
It is very important that the system as a whole is installed properly lest problems occur later that will not be covered by warranty simply because the system was installed improperly. So make sure you choose a reputable and reliable HVAC contractor for your next HVAC purchase.
Air Conditioner Pricing, Efficiency, and Return On Investment Factors
|Pricing Versus Efficiency Return On Investment|
|Efficiency||Pricing Range for Initial Purchase and Subsequent Repairs outside of Warranty||ROI (Return On Investment)|
|19 SEER Plus||$$$$$||5 to 7 years depending on efficiency*|
|15 to 18 SEER||$$$||7 to 10 years depending on efficiency*|
|13 to 14 SEER||$||Over 10 years*|
|*Many factors depend on ROI such as house insulation, personal usage preferences, duct work integrity, and other basic efficiency factors. SEER level efficiency is very important to ROI. The higher the SEER, the quicker the return.|
Rheem Consumer Ratings
Rheem Manufacturing Company was established in the 1920s by Richard and Donald Rheem when the two brothers bought a galvanizing plant in San Francisco, CA. In the ’40s and ’50s, Rheem expanded its core product line of water heaters to include air conditioning and heating equipment. Rheem has expanded and is now a global company with offices in Europe, Australia, Canada, Asia, and South America.
For more information on Rheem and its latest models and efficiency ratings, visit the Rheem website.
The models made in Mexico redesigned to fix other problematic issues necessitating a prior recall need to be recalled again and redesigned using steel (again), not crap alloys. What they did was use two 60s instead of a dedicated 30 for blower and separate higher for pump. Causing wiring issues that blow circuits and cause constant wear and tear on other components. Thus causing cold air (no heat) as the result. Figured it out and rewired. System installation by licensed contractor yesterday didn’t work until discovered design mistake and re wired properly to make up for manufacturing problem. Luckily for us paying 8k for the system we discovered/guy came out and fixed. That circuit defective design would ruin the rest of the system bit by bit if left as designed.
Systems should be redesigned properly so this is not a problem. And buying a brand new system with that “defect” in design/ manufacturing I doubt this mess will last 5 years let alone the 10 years they warranty. Also the components are either plastic(BAD) or cheap alloys and not able to “repair” INSTEAD like vehicles being cheaply made in China and Mexico etc; and the expense/waste in that industry everything must be replaced constantly because you can’t fix plastic (and cheap crap alloys)
gave up my working great older heat air system for this and it was steel etc. Only needed repair once in 20 years and for that the tech removed the heating unit/coils and welded the small Crack that was the problem at 15 years old. That system was designed and built correctly.. Reinstalled the fixed original part; that was five years ago and never broke again. So though my fingers are crossed and not upset with heat contractor, these new pump systems are built cheap and can’t be repaired, instead have to continually replace which is expensive ; and bad for the environment and our pocketbooks..plastic and those cheap alloys being used are the most environmentally toxic material to produce in the world.. and if they’d not already gotten rid of my old system: heat pump and air conditioner I’d have them put it back in and give this plastic/cheap metal alloy designed poorly/wired wrong unit(s) back.
Consumers need to get vocal. All of these “design” updates and computers aren’t needed in an air system at all… are destroying the environment; not helping it as their marketing campaigns flat out lie about and ripping everyone off with endless replacement costs that are added into their investment column to offset their own personal global debts. Endless “DEBT Market” for them. Expensive and wasteful. Not that rheem is the only Corp to offshore to offset their own global debts to global investors but I should have done more research and only agreed to a system replacement actually made in USA ( not just the banner of “an American corporation”)
Rheem AC are not worth the money. They offer only one year on labor coverage. Think about it, a $10K unit and one year on labor and 10 years on parts only. I had a defective manufacture weld. Had to have my hvac guy come out and repair weld, regas and put 9 plus pouds of coolant in. Called customer service to try to get refund for gas and coolant and they said it was not a part. I even had to call them back. go with someone with the best labor and overall warranty like a bumper to bumper in a car.
Rheem is junk! Got 10 months use out of a brand new pool heater and they won’t cover a leaky heatexchanger. Worst customer service and they genuinely don’t seem to care. They are also rated at 1 star on most consumer advisory sites. Buy at your own risk!!!
Avoid Rheem! In 2017, my Ruud/Rheem AC starts to leak Freon after installation 6 years ago. Even though the coil failed a little earlier than the other brands I’ve use, I didn’t blame on Rheem and though it might be wear and tear. I replaced a new rheem evaporator coil and pay the Freon refill on my own. Now after one summer use, the new replaced coil starts to leak Freon again. A technician came to check and said the coil I got from Rheem in 2017 is an originally defective part and I have to replace it again, which is another thousand dollars. Why do I have to spend thousands dollars to replace coil and refill Freon every summer if Rheem’s product is qualified? Is there any other AC brands have to be replaced coil and refill Freon every summer? Rheem refused to offer any explanation and technical assistance. Such an irresponsible and sly company! Shame on Rheem and will never purchase their product again!
I have been blessed with an HVAC system that has lasted 23 years alomost ZERO maintenance…York AC and 92% efficient gas furnace on my first floor…replaced the blower last week to get me thru the winter in Delaware (mild) Probably time to replace before it is an emergency!!!
HVAC tech has proposed 3 options, Armstrong 4SCU14LE136P-714 A/C and A93UH1D070B12A gas furnace, Rheem RA1436AJ1NB A/C & R92PA070131MSA Furnace. He also proposed a Bosch Heat pump but that one is out of my range…
Please provide any constructive comments you may have on either recommended system. Form previous review Rheem quality seems to be in question.
Bet advise, go with the best most competent contractor that will stand behind their product and install the system properly.
RHEEM Air Conditioning units are terrible. I purchased my Rheem unit Model # RF1P2421SPANJAN00 & RA1624AJ1NA in September 2015 and already had to replace the compressor unit after only 2years. Though the compressor was covered I had to pay another $800 for labor and parts to install the unit. This is a terrible company that doesn’t stand by their units and doesn’t cover all the cost. Why should I pay $4000 to replace my old unit with the exact same one then have to pay another $800 only 2 years later????
I never write into reviews but in this case I’m so upset that it just cost me another $800 and the company doesn’t even care. I’m not blaming the company that installed the unit because it had nothing to do with them it has to all do with the company Rheem.
Now I know why Rheem is ranked towards the bottom of the list for AC units.