Rheem RAKA Central Air Conditioner
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Overview of the RAKA
Although no longer manufactured, Rheem's RAKA air conditioner series’ seven different models offered a selection of cooling capacities ranging from 17,000 to 56,000 BTUH. These single-staged units were designed for installation in single family, multi-family and light commercial structures.
The RAKA features up to 10 SEER. According to the manufacturer, a Copeland scroll compressor provides efficient operation with low noise and vibration. Upward air discharge, quiet fan operation and a low speed motor also contribute to the unit’s quiet performance.
Additional components of this air conditioner include a louvered wrap-around jacket for interior component protection, a powder-painted cabinet designed to withstand weather extremes and a combination grill/motor mount to secure the motor to the grill and thereby better protect it from the elements. Easily accessible controls and a removable top grill contribute to quick service and maintenance.
Consumer Reviews of the Rheem RAKA
Date created: 2012-05-15
Name: Ron R.
Location: Fort wayne, IN
Years owned: 8
"Blower motor going out plus"
Seems unit is getting very noisy. Original installer says it is a blower motor going bad. Should last longer. Make sure you get at least a ten year warranty.
Date created: 2011-07-23
Name: D. Fiadino
Location: Jersey Shore, NJ
Years owned: 6
"Wait and see"
I purchased this unit 6 years ago and everything was fine up until this weekend. The compressor went out on me. I am going to contact Rheem to see if they will discount me a new compressor. I don't think it should have gone out on me so soon. My contractor is trying to convince me to get a new air conditioner but I am hesitant to go with Rheem again.
Other RAKA Reviews
A majority of the consumer comments around the web about the RAKA air conditioner are troubleshooting inquiries. Consumers on fixya.com and hvac-talk.com post inquiries to contractors involving installation issues, maintenance complaints and frequently breaking components.
Despite the many of these troubleshooting posts, most of these homeowners’ units are several years old, and they post no complaints about the unit itself. In response to these complaints, contractors suggest keeping air filters clean, making sure the power is on to the entire system and having regular service maintenance by a professional to avoid small troubleshooting issues.
Rheem RAKA Model Numbers
The RAKA is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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Rheem provides a 5-year limited warranty for the air conditioner’s compressor and 5-year warranty on all remaining parts for all models of the RAKA series. Condenser coil leaks caused by factory defects are also covered for the first five years of use. The warranty period only applies to single-phase products installed in homes on or after January, 2001.