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RUUD Achiever Central Air Conditioner

#2 of 5 RUUD Air Conditioners

Updated: Aug 22, 2018

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Overview of the Achiever

The Ruud Achiever is a single stage high efficiency air conditioning unit with an efficiency rating of up to 16.5 SEER. The louvered, wrap-around jacket protects the coil and is powder painted for all weather protection. The top grill, made of reinforced steel, is removable and provides easy accessibility to service the condenser fan motor and condenser coil. The PSC fan motor provides quiet, energy saving operation. The Ruud Achiever has the most advanced alternate refrigerant and contains no compounds which could leak and harm the ozone layer.

Consumer Reviews of the RUUD Achiever

Compare to Other Ruud Air Conditioners:
  • Very Satisfied
    6
  • Somewhat Satisfied
    1
  • Neutral
    1
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
    1
  • Very Unsatisfied
    6


Date created: 2018-08-22 Name: Phillip
Location: Murfreesboro, TN

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"JunkRuud"
Ruud is the worst! My Ruud Achiever is less than 7 years old and constantly breaks down. Condenser coil leak, defrost module, fan motor failure so far & I had to install a UV light for mold that grows in the unit. Ruud is horrible & customer service says, “Talk to the installer." The installer has nothing to do with the way it is made.


Date created: 2018-07-22 Name: D. Busse
Location: Sarasota, FL.

Satisfaction Rating:

3 of 5 stars Neutral

Review:
"Ruud air conditioning reviews"
You will find that all the reviews pertain to an outdated product that has not been around for over 6 years. Ruud's new product is the RA up to 16 seer, the RP up to 15 seer. The RA is straight cool and RP is heat pump. They also have their 2 stage 16 seer systems. And finally they have their 3 stage 17 seer inverter series and 20 seer variable speed inverter series. Take the reviews with a grain of salt since they have not been updated in years. The installation is all that matters.


Date created: 2018-03-22 Name: M Vincett
Location: North Carolina

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Avoid Rudd / Rheem no manufacturer warranty support"
Customer service should be taken in account. I purchesed a Rudd unit and in the first year it started having problems with ice forming on the top of the unit during rain, (not the coils). This ice would eventually expand into the unit blocking the units fan. The local contractor did what he could but it actually was a design flaw that allowed water to collect on the top of the housing and the cold air blown onto the housing from the unit running would freeze the water. The defrost mode worked fine on the coils but it would not nor would it be expected to defrost the housing. Rudd's answer was it was weather related and to build a roof over the unit. (Note this unt was not reciving any water from adjacent roofs or obstetrical just normal rainfall.) And in fact the 2 units next to it never had this issue just the Rudd. In conclusion, the units housing was a bad desighn or ought to be supplied with a little shed, (which is ridiculus). If your rudd runs well or is a local repair problem, no worries, if it requires warranty or any other issue involving Rudd the manufacturer. Good luck you will not get assistance or satisfaction.


Date created: 2017-07-06 Name: John Ehrbar
Location: Parma, OH

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Review:
"Rated most trouble free"
Consumer reports rates RUUD most trouble free. My contractor says shoddy installs are the biggest problem.


Date created: 2017-05-23 Name: Rob A.
Location: Houston, TX

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Review:
"New Model is great and quiet"
What do you like about this equipment? It's very quiet and it lowered my light bill by almost half (my old Ruud unit lasted almost 20 years) What do you dislike? It's pretty big, about 3 ft by 3 ft by 4 ft tall, my old Ruud was short and rectangle Would you buy the same brand again? Definitely, they have a proven track record with myself, my father, and mother in law


Date created: 2017-05-21 Name: Tony E Simmons
Location: Manchester, TN

Satisfaction Rating:

2 of 5 stars Somewhat Unsatisfied

Review:
"A/C gone no cooling."
My home is two years old, I bought in 2016. Ruud central unit already giving problems, repairmen say coil and relief valve needs to be replaced, plus freon from 300 to 400 dollars. Warranty covers parts, but not labor. Repair is because of defective parts. Why doesn't Ruud cover labor too?


Date created: 2017-04-12 Name: George
Location: North Jersey

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Review:
"Ruud is quality"
I see a lot of reviews here bashing Ruud. I am a hvac tech and the company I work for installs everything from Ruud, Lennox,Trane, Bryant, Carrier and sometimes even junk Goodman. Ruud is one of our most reliable brands. Trane can be problems at time as well as Lennox. I Will say everyone of these brands has problems from time to time. Ruud is probably the one that has the least amount of problems. It all comes down to your company installing the hvac equipment. The most important day of your systems life is the day its installed. So when you look at the quote and two are higher by a good amount, there is a reason for it. You get what you pay for in life


Date created: 2017-02-18 Name: jon jon kelly
Location: Wellington, FL

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Not worth the money"
$4400 pos It is not worth scrap metal. Not worth the money....Terrible.


Date created: 2016-06-09 Name: Craig Philip Campbell
Location: Praha, TX

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Review:
"Good stuff"
Installed in 2002. Had one switch replaced. We live in Central Texas. A/C is more important than the furnace here. It has worked hard. I put in an artificial plastic vine cover to shade it from the direct sun. It'll run for a few more years as it is quiet and dependable. I wash the coils off once a month, grass clippings and lint from clothes dryer accumulate on them.


Date created: 2015-08-01 Name: Chris
Location: West St. Louis County, MO

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"Don't waste your money!"
Purchased both a/c and furnace in April 2012. We live close to St. Louis, mo. Summers are usually hot and humid. We have an 1800 square foot ranch house and keep a/c on during June,July, August and mid- September. Then we shut the air off and open the windows and use our attic fan once the weather cools back to 75-80. With that said...clearly we don't abuse the unit by overuse and always hire an hvac expert for regular cleanings and change the filter regularly. The unit ran beautifully the summer of 2012 and 2013. We turned it on mid May of 2014 as it was a very hot and dry start to the summer. The unit stop cooling three weeks later! We called a professional who said the condenser coil broke and we need a new one. Good news, it's under warranty. Please keep in mind at this point the unit has only run for two full seasons and 3 weeks of a third season. Our repairman calls the local distributor who calls the Ruud distributor...they don't have any coils as they are being built. It appears many people who own a Ruud had their coils break! We are told one week. That week passes, it's 95 degrees outside. The second week comes around, we were told the part will be ready to ship out. Terrific! Only they didn't tell us that they won't ship the part right away, they wait for the truck to fill rather than ship one part at a time even though it is under warranty. The second week passes, still no part, temperatures again hovering around 95. Third week comes around, by this time I am calling everyone daily, RUUD, their warehouse, the local distributor, etc. Everyone is playing the blame game. The shipping truck finally moves the third week, however, now we have to wait 3 more days so it can make 3-5 stops on its route to St. Louis. The part finally arrives three weeks later. While the part was under warranty the labor, Freon, etc. is not. $700 later we finally have air. Upset that we had to pay for the repair, upset Ruud wouldn't step in and help expedite the shipping on a 2 year old unit. Now it is the summer of 2015, just 1 year and 15 days after we had the condenser coil replaced, it blows again! Once again Ruud won't stand by their product only saying "it's under warranty". The customer service lady Jamie, even suggested it was because of my neighbor and that they probably shot it out with a B B gun. Then she asked, " do you have dogs". Yes, I said. Jamie replied, "Well that is why the coil keeps going out, your dog is peeing on it and corroding the coil". First of all, my dog squats, secondly the coil is 2 feet above the dogs head and thirdly my dog doesn't have opposable thumbs to take the cover off the unit to pee on the coil! The unit is only three years old, it broke down last year and again this year. Repairs cost $700+ each time, plus having to wait 3 weeks for the part to arrive. I can't afford to pay $700 each year, so I opted buy a Lennox. RUUD still refuses to take any blame for the defect, and basically told use there is nothing they will do other than honor the warranty. Turns out the copper coils are made so thin that this is a common problem , not only for us but for anyone who buys a Rheem or Ruud unit. When a company can't keep the replacement parts in stock due to so many going bad, it should be a clear sign it's an inferior product. Bottom line, don't purchase a Ruud unless you like sitting without air in your home for three weeks during the summer, and be prepared to spend $700 every year for your replacement parts. But as Ruud said, "It's not our fault".


Date created: 2015-05-12 Name: Pat Brown
Location: Neptune, NJ

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"UANL-JAZ"
Had the unit for one season. Turned on May 10, 2015, and it's not working. The transformer didn't convert 110 volts down to 24! A blown board? Transformer? This is our second day with no AC. Waiting on the contractor - AirCare, Bradlet Beach, New Jersey.


Date created: 2013-09-03 Name: C. Thomas
Location: Hockley, Texas

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

Review:
"The Thing is a Piece of $4500.00 Junk"
The unit we have has been in place about 10 days. It hasn't been working for the past 4 days as it is defective and no repair parts were available. Presently, the temperatures here in the Houston area are between 95-100 degrees with high humidity. It's hot and their equipment and part availability sucks. The cost with installation was around $4500.00 cash. I would not recommend Ruud to anyone. Hot and miserable in Houston.


Date created: 2013-06-06 Name: m.waters
Location: Richmond, Va

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Review:
"Great Variety in Ruud's Furnace Selections"
I have had great success with selling Ruud condensing units with minimal at best warranty issues. Would stand behind this equipment all day long. Great looking units and the ease of working on the Achiever units cuts compressor or reversing valve changes in half.


Date created: 2013-05-21 Name: P. Frank
Location: Nashville, TN

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars Somewhat Satisfied

Review:
"Works Fine Since 11/2009 Installation"
I have had no problem at all since Nov 2009 installation. You can hear the air blowing through the vents. It is a split system with RCFL-HM4821AC evaporator coil and RGRM-10EZAJS furnace. 10 years limited warranty on AC and furnace and 5 years on coil. Had RGRA removed after a few days because of whirring noise. Don't get that one!


Date created: 2011-11-18 Location: taylor, michigan

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

Review:
"Rudd air conditioner's are the best!"
We have had our air conditioner for six months. I like that it is a little oversized for our house, so it cools the house down in one minute. We had people tell us it was too big for our house, but it works like a dream! It's not cold and humid and wet in our house, it is just perfectly cool! We don't turn it on all the time, just when it is really hot out. Even then it cools the house down in no time at all. We have a digital thermostat hooked up to it and all we have to do is set it and forget it. the only thing we disliked about it is that we had to install it ourselves. We would buy the same brand again in a second. We would definately recommened the brand to a friend, rudd has a long standing tradition of being one of the best air conditioners there is.


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Other Achiever Reviews

Online comments on HVAC forums note the Achiever as a good unit. Several consumers and professionals on gardenweb.com replied to a question about the Achiever by saying it is a good product, although some preferred a unit by Carrier. Consumers on hvac-talk.com discussed replacing an air conditioning unit with the Ruud Achiever and mentioned that it is better for the environment.

Achiever Warranty

The Ruud Achiever features a 10-year conditional parts warranty when properly registered and installed with a new Ruud air handler or Ruud indoor coil with a Ruud gas furnace.

 
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