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Rheem Criterion II Plus 2 LXE Furnace

1.3 of 5 stars 3 reviews | #9 of 9 Furnaces
Updated: Jan 29, 2018 | Read more about Rheem Furnaces | Criterion II Plus 2 LXE Warranty

Overview of Criterion II Plus 2 LXE

The Rheem Criterion II Plus 2 LXE is a gas furnace with contour comfort control that can be used in at least six different locations. Oil-fired and electric versions are also available. This furnace has an AFUE of 80%. It is a single- or two-stage heater that has a variable-speed, direct-current, Integrated Control and Motor (ICM) that operates with an estimated 1/8 of the electricity required for a standard motor.

Furnace Filters for the Rheem Criterion II Plus 2 LXE

Air Flow Configuration Cabinet Width Filters
All 17-1/2" 2 12x16x1 filters
All 21" 2 20x16x1 filters
All 24-1/2" 2 24x16x1 filters

Consumer Reviews of the Criterion II Plus 2 LXE

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1 of 5 stars New Jersey
Date created: 2018-01-29

Blows cool air checked out by technician

Furnace is 8 years old,i have found the house is always cold,furnace was checked out by a technician couldn't find any issues. Gas bill is high, house is cold they no longer make this model furnace I would never buy anything from Rheem.

1 of 5 stars Dayton, OH
Date created: 2012-12-23

Furnace failed--part very expensive

My furnace came with the house when I bought it 4 years ago, it has run (its also air condition) very well until this year and I had to put a new circuit board into it in April--$550--(that screws the budget when you're unemployed--big-time. It's now Dec 23,2012 and so far I've been waiting nearly 2 weeks for it to be fixed. I think I've now got a case of a lousy repair-guy---he's given me one excuse after another, but the best one is that he initially said it would be a few days for them to overnight and replace the board we just put in that's under warranty-- that was two weeks ago. Trouble is that now I'm out $550--it's freezing in the house, and I'm not really sure how to resolve this. I can't buy a new furnace right now, and I'm not sure how I can trust another furnace man. The furnace is older--1992 I think, but has run wonderfully until this year. But its sure not running now! By the way....its 28 degrees here in Ohio today!! Brrrrrrr

2 of 5 stars Oklahoma City, OK
Date created: 2008-07-20

My furnace

I have a Rheem Criterion ii Plus 2 lxe 80% gas furnace installed 7-31- 2002. It has been worked on twice. The first time it would try to light and couldn’t. They found a wiring harness whose pins needed to be cleaned and put back on and then it was fine. The next time a year later the flame sensor went out. My tech came out and only charged me his trip charge and replaced it for me. He said that they usually last around five years. It never occurred to me to take it out and clean it but I have heard that some people do. Other than that I like the furnace.

Other Criterion II Plus 2 LXE Reviews

Comments on the HVAC-Talk message boards and heating contractor sites find Rheems furnaces questionable but do not necessarily nix the brands altogether:

  • In one forum, an author claims that Rheem's controls provide inconsistent performance, but heat is strong when the unit does work.
  • In another forum, an author asserted that Rheem performs inefficiently some of the time; this person agreed that these furnaces do provide controls that allow for on/off heat.
  • In another forum, an author passed along the information that Rheems no longer replaces parts, especially older parts, so finding the appropriate component is like "pulling teeth". But Rheem diagrams do allow for clear and easy installation. Again, if a buyer knows what she or he is doing, satisfying performance of the Rheems furnaces would not be difficult.

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Rheem Criterion II Plus 2 LXE Model Numbers

The Criterion II Plus 2 LXE is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number AFUE BTUs per Hour
RGLK-05EAUER 81 50,000
RGLK-05NAUER 81 50,000
RGLK-07EAMGR 80 75,000
RGLK-07EAUER 80.3 75,000
RGLK-07NAMGR 80 75,000
RGLK-07NAUER 80.3 75,000
RGLK-10EAMER 81.2 100,000
RGLK-10EBRJR 80.7 100,000
RGLK-10NAMER 81.2 100,000
RGLK-10NBRJR 80.7 100,000
RGLK-12EARJR 80 125,000
RGLK-12NARJR 80 125,000
RGLK-15EARJR 80 150,000
RGLK-15NARJR 80 150,000
RGPK-05EAUER 80.5 50,000
RGPK-05NAUER 80.5 50,000
RGPK-07EAMGR 80 75,000
RGPK-07EAUER 81.3 75,000
RGPK-07NAMGR 80 75,000
RGPK-07NAUER 81.3 75,000
RGPK-10EAMER 80.3 100,000
RGPK-10EBRJR 80 100,000
RGPK-10NAMER 80.3 100,000
RGPK-10NBRJR 80 100,000
RGPK-12EARJR 80 125,000
RGPK-12NARJR 80 125,000
RGPK-15EARJR 80 150,000
RGPK-15NARJR 80 150,000

Criterion II Plus 2 LXE Warranty

Each Rheem Furnace comes with a 5-year limited warranty on all of its parts. The unit's heat exchanger has a 20-year limited warranty.

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