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RUUD Achiever Heat Pump

#3 of 5 RUUD Heat Pumps

Updated: Jun 22, 2016

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Overview of the Achiever

The RUUD Achiever heat pump, with its low profile design, is meant for efficient heating and cooling for single family, multifamily and light commercial properties. It has an efficiency rating of up to 15.5 SEER and 10.7 HSPF.

For durability and reliability, the body of the heat pump is strengthened by a louvered, wrap-around jacket made of galvanized steel. A powder-painted cabinet protects the copper tube and aluminum fin coil. RUUD models must pass a 1,000-hour salt spray test to ensure they can endure harsh weather extremes. The grille/motor is mounted under the discharge grill, providing protection for the motor windings and bearings. Easy access to the internal equipment is made possible by one removable service panel and top grill. Designed for quiet operation, the air is discharged upward and the PSC fan motor usually operates on a low, quiet speed. Such features also contribute to the unit’s efficiency.

While regular, professional maintenance is recommended for RUUD heat pumps, the compressor does not require oiling. The fan motors are protected with pre-lubricated sleeve bearing, and filters must be checked monthly and kept clean as needed.

Consumer Reviews of the RUUD Achiever

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Date created: 2016-06-22 Name: Sandy C
Location: Chino Valley, AZ

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Never again"
Moved into my new home in February 2014 and the AC went out in June 2016 - 4 months over the manufacturer's written warranty. My elderly parents were taking care of my home and noted home at 90 degrees (heat wave in Arizona). ***** ****** Heating & Cooling - who installed the unit - came to review and thought it would just be a thermostat issue or something minor - nothing major. After the tech reviewed the unit and did several tests, it was determined that: There was a refrigerant leak on the manufacturer weld on the equalizer line for compressor. The tech said that he would go back to the office and submit for review as this was a manufacturer issue on the unit - which should be covered. Warranty was denied and I had to pay $625: $168 to repair the line leak $374 Freon $83 Service Charge I went to ***** Heating and Cooling, upon return from vacation to find out why I had to pay this much money for a next to new unit. I never in my life expected to have to pay this much money after such a short while. They had submitted to the factory rep but stated, "good luck" and sent me on my way. When I contacted Ruud Warranty, Gina advised me that she can submit it for special consideration, but because I had not had regular service on my unit, changes were slim. I had used my unit very little, as it was cooler, so had not had any service done thus far. My previous home had an AC unit for 15 years and it was still running strong when I moved (not a Ruud unit). This is ridiculous and I would never recommend this brand to anyone. I should have trusted the reviews - most not favorable - instead of what was recommended to me!

Date created: 2015-03-20 Name: andy adams
Location: Staffordsville, KY

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Piece of junk"
Manufacture date 2007, I don't know the installation date. It was here when I bought the house in 2010. It freezes up and won't defrost itself; this is the third time having the same problem in five years. So far, the warranty has provided a replacement part which seems to have been updated each time, but I have to pay labor (about 200 dollars each time). I think they know this part is defective and they should do something about it but I'm sure they won't. This is the last Ruud or Rheem that I will own.

Date created: 2015-03-13 Name: cecil f Bowes
Location: Austin, TX

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Nothing but constant problems. I finally switched to Lennox. The rep, Troy, ended the conversation with, "We have no obligation to help you". Avoid at all cost.

Date created: 2014-05-24 Name: K. Stanley
Location: Florence, SC

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"HVAC Unit from RUUD"
5 year old unit meant to last for 10 years at the very least. Has completely malfunctioned several times. Been repaired, with recalled parts replaced. Every time a mechanic comes to repair it they just "gloss over the problem" [not at liberty to admit the unit is defective]. Clearly it is a defective unit and should never have been sold in the first place. It's better to just open your windows and doors in the summer and bundle up in the winter than to buy an overpriced piece of junk like this from ruud. This is the equivalent of stealing money from their consumers. Summary: Do NOT buy RUUD if you don't have thousands of dollars to throw down the drain.

Date created: 2014-04-21 Name: Randall Lincoln
Location: Missouri

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Worst on the market"
Installed 6+ years and over 9 service calls and need another one now. I'll buy Trane or others in the future.

Date created: 2013-07-15 Name: Jerry Ginsberg
Location: Garden Grove, CA

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

"It Lasts Forever"
My Ruud Achiever is over 25 years old and still going strong. If R22 was still the standard refrigerant, I would not replace the unit.

Date created: 2013-07-03 Name: G.Ford
Location: Post Falls,ID

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

"Does the Job"
This is a great unit. The moderator on this site is blocking some decent reviews on the Rheem heat pump but they both do the job, especially on those cold winter nights.

Date created: 2013-05-02 Name: Seaborn Lott
Location: Columbia, MS

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Ruud Heat/Air Conditioner"
Our heat pump/air conditioner has been giving us nothing but problems ever since we purchased it! Would not recommend it to anyone!

Date created: 2011-06-12 Name: ronnie wheat
Location: tompkinsville ky.

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

You don't have a piece of junk listed,by mod. no.had unit for 5 years and 6 months. 10 year extened warranty payed for.need 1800.00 in parts. ruud won't help in any way,you can imigane the sales i've knocked them out of, i'm in the process of telling the whole world. tv. radio, internet,

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Other Achiever Reviews

Based on comments from HVAC discussion websites, RUUD products are typically reliable, although they are not problem-free. Many of the problems that are posted on other consumer forums—problems that include leaks, burnt wires and failed compressors—seem related to the old age of the installed units. As the contractors on forums such as justanswer.com point out, an 18-year-old unit has likely hit the end of its useful life, meaning that many of the questions posed about these Achiever heat pumps are being solved by installing a brand new unit. For homeowners considering new units, RUUD products are often mentioned as being comparable to brands such as Rheem and Trane.

RUUD Achiever Model Numbers

The Achiever is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number SEER / HSPF BTUs per Hour
RQNL-B024JK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B030JK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B036CK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B036JK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B042CK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B042JK 13 / 7.7 0
RQPL-B024JK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B030JK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B036CK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B036JK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B042CK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B042JK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B048CK 14 / 8 0
RQPL-B048JK 14 / 8 0
RQPM-A036CK 14 / 8 0
RQPM-A036JK 14 / 8 0
RQPM-A048CK 14 / 8 0
RQPM-A048JK 14 / 8 0
UPNL-018JAZ 13 / 8.5 0
UPNL-024JAZ 13 / 8.5 0
UPNL-031JAZ 13 / 9.5 0
UPNL-036CAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-036DAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-036JAZ 13 / 8.5 0
UPNL-042CAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-042DAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-042JAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-043CAZ 13 / 9.5 0
UPNL-043DAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-043JAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-049CAZ 13 / 9.5 0
UPNL-049DAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-049JAZ 13 / 9 0
UPNL-060CAZ 13 / 8.5 0
UPNL-060DAZ 13 / 8.5 0
UPNL-060JAZ 13 / 8.5 0
UPQL-018JAZ 15.5 / 9.5 0
UPQL-024JAZ 15 / 9 0
UPQL-030JAZ 15.5 / 9 0
UPQL-036JAZ 15.5 / 10 0
UPQL-042JAZ 15.5 / 9.5 0
UPQL-048JAZ 15 / 9 0
UPQL-060JAZ 14.5 / 9.5 0

Achiever Warranty

RUUD heat pumps have a 10-year warranty on conditional parts for which registration is required. There is a 10-year warranty on the compressor and a 5-year limited warranty on parts. “Protection Plus” extended service protection is available as well as financing options.

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