Ruud Gas Furnace Reviews | Consumer Ratings

Ruud Gas Furnace Reviews - Ruud has nearly the same gas furnace product line-up as Rheem simply because Rheem is the parent company for Ruud. The furnaces are nearly the same in build and color, and the only real difference is the name of the unit and the model numbers. We hope the Ruud gas furnace reviews page helps you make a better decision for your purchase.

I am sure we could find design differences between them, but taking a cursory comparative look at the two we observe no differences in the design of their gas furnaces. I know both of Rheems and Ruud’s Web sites are slow, sometimes dysfunctional, and cumbersome to navigate even with a high-speed internet connection. Aside from that, the two companies produce quality products.

Ruud Gas Furnace Reviews | Consumer Ratings - Features

Ruud was the builder’s grade version for Rheem for many years and in fact, may still serve the function. However, Ruud does offer higher-end gas furnaces in their gas furnace product line-up just as Rheem does. The bonus for the consumer is that parts are interchangeable, so if you have both a Rheem and a Ruud dealer in your area and one does not have the part, you could go to the other for the specific part.

That is if you need a part that is proprietary between the two gas furnaces.


Ruud Top AFUE Rating (+/- fractional Percentage)

  • Ruud Warranties as Compared to Other Brands 85% 85%
  • Ruud Quality as Compared to Other Brands 89% 89%
  • Consumer Opinion based on Field Experience 78% 78%
  • Ruud Efficiency Compared to Other Brands 90% 90%
  • Overall Ruud Opinion from a Technical Perspective 87% 87%

Ruud Gas Furnace Features

Some of the features of Ruud gas furnaces are:

  • Two-Stage gas furnaces in selected models offering you two firing rates- one for very cold days and one for mildly cold days
  • Aluminized heat exchanger and stainless steel
  • Modulating gas furnaces are available
  • Inshot burners with direct spark ignition
  • Variety of efficiency ranges from 80% AFUE to 96+% AFUE
  • Limited 20-year warranties on the gas furnace heat exchangers on selected models and limited lifetime warranties on other gas furnace heat exchanger
  • Diagnostic abilities for better gas furnace troubleshooting on selected furnaces. The diagnostic feature uses flash codes on a printed circuit board to communicate problems.

Ruud Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide

Ruud Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide
Ruud Gas Furnace ModelEfficiencyGas Furnace Staging/TypeGas Furnace Energy Star RatedPricing Model Group
R802T80% AFUE2-StageXEconomy $$
R801T80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
U98V98% AFUEModulatingPremium $$$$$
R801C80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
U96V96% AFUE2-StageXPremium $$$$
U802V80% AFUE2-StageXEconomy $$
R96T96% AFUE2-StagePremium $$$$
R96P96% AFUE2-StageXMid-Range $$$
R95T95% AFUESingle-StagePremium $$$$
R92T92% AFUESingle-StagePremium $$$$
R802P80% AFUE2-StageXEconomy $$
R802P80% AFUE2-StageXEconomy $$
R801T80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
R801T80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
R95P95% AFUESingle-StageXMid-Range $$$
R92P92% AFUESingle-StageXMid-Range $$$
R801P80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
R801P80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
R801S80% AFUESingle-StageXEconomy $
Ruud Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide - Ruud Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide - Additionally, for newly installed gas furnaces, precision tuning and adjustment recommended for the startup. Check for tax rebates and energy credits from your government and local power provider for higher AFUE Energy Star Furnaces.

Energy Efficiency and Gas Furnace AFUE

Just because you spend extra money to buy a high AFUE gas furnace does not mean you will have true energy efficiency. There are many factors to getting true energy efficiency. Among these factors are:

  1. Proper installation of the gas furnace
  2. Ductwork Integrity
  3. Home Insulation including energy-efficient doors and windows
  4. Home humidity levels

For more information see our article on Gas Furnace Efficiency Factors


The typical HVAC manufacturer’s warranty will only cover parts and not labor. If available, we recommend purchasing a labor warranty. Some manufacturers offer labor warranties for an additional cost. Purchase a labor warranty (if available) if you are purchasing premium models. Additionally, remember to register the warranty when the installation is complete. Finally, failure to register promptly may void any warranty.

Gas Furnace Pricing, Efficiency, and Return On Investment (ROI) Factors

Pricing Versus Efficiency Return On Investment
EfficiencyPricing Range for Initial Purchase and Subsequent Repairs outside of WarrantyROI (Return On Investment)
95% AFUE Plus$$$$$5 to 7 years depending on efficiency %*
90% to 95% AFUE$$$7 to 10 years depending on efficiency %*
80% to 90%$Over 10 years*
*Many factors depend on ROI such as house insulation, personal usage preferences, ductwork integrity, and other essential efficiency factors. The furnace AFUE rating is a high factor in the return.

Ruud Gas Furnace Reviews Buyers Guide

Whenever purchasing new HVAC equipment, it never hurts to take good advice from someone in the industry. We have an HVAC Consumer Buyer’s Guide, and it helps consumers purchasing new HVAC equipment. Here’s a short list of some helpful tips from our buyer’s guide:

  1. Always get a load calculation. Never use the rule of thumb when sizing.
  2. Get at least three bids. Hint, the lowest bid is not always the best.
  3. Quality of contractor over the brand

For more helpful tips, see the Buyers Guide page and category.

Ruud Gas Furnace Comparison Chart

About | Ruud Gas Furnace Reviews

Ruud is the sister company of Rheem. 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 Ruud and their latest models and efficiency, ratings, visit the Ruud website.

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