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Amana RCE Prestige Ultra Central Air Conditioner

#4 of 9 Amana Air Conditioners

Updated: Apr 24, 2013

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Overview of the RCE Prestige Ultra

In the last available literature for the discontinued RCE Prestige Ultra air conditioner, dating back to 1999, Amana advertises the units as an economical option suitable for new construction or as a replacement unit. This series offers 14 to 16 SEER and was at its launch date able to meet Energy Star efficiency requirements when paired with the matching evaporator coil.

Although this series is equipped with six different models ranging in efficiency and cooling capacities from 24,000 to 60,000 BTU/H, all units provide similar features. Standard components include a high-efficiency scroll compressor, copper and aluminum evaporator coils, heavy vinyl coat grilles for increased unit protection, and a quiet condenser fan with vertical air discharge.

According to the manufacturer, the RCE Prestige Ultra also boasts simple maintenance and installation with angled solid brass valves and gauge ports, an easily accessible service panel, and pre-wired control panel with color coded and numbered wires for fast field wiring.

Consumer Reviews of the Amana RCE Prestige Ultra

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Date created: 2013-01-14 Name: L Hoekstra
Location: South Carolina

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Very pleased with my Amana unit. It's much quieter than my old unit and my neighbors new unit. It's been far more efficient and the warranties that it comes with are top notch. I'd recommend Amana to anyone.

Date created: 2011-09-13 Name: T Belvin
Location: Breaux Bridge,La
Years owned: 5

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

We purchased this new home 6 years ago and had nothing but trouble with this unit. First low on freon, 4 months later replaced evap coil: $1,006. 8 Months later repaired blower moter: $469.00. Now 2 months later not sure what is wrong but the outside fan stopped running, ugh!!!

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Other RCE Prestige Ultra Reviews

While some consumers feel Amana products have decreased in quality since they were purchased by Goodman, most reviews around the web are positive for the Amana RCE Prestige Ultra. One of the few complaints mentioned on is a loud grumbling noise when the unit is starting, but consumers also mention the system runs smoothly and quietly after it is up to speed.

Overall, online contractors recommend this unit to homeowners, stating it will provide reliable cooling with proper installation and should be paired with the matching indoor air handler or coil for optimal performance. Support with a solid warranty, they say, is another benefit to this model.

Amana RCE Prestige Ultra Model Numbers

The RCE Prestige Ultra is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number SEER BTUs per Hour
RCE24A2* 14.1 24,400
RCE30A2* 14 28,800
RCE36A2* 14.1 36,000
RCE42A2* 14.1 40,000
RCE48A2* 13.8 47,000
RCE60A2* 14 59,000

RCE Prestige Ultra Warranty

Amana provides a 10-year limited warranty for this unitís compressor, condenser coil and evaporator coil. All remaining parts are equipped with a 5-year limited warranty. Extended service plans also are available through an Amana dealer.

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