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Rheem Air Conditioners

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Rheem Air Conditioner Overview

Rheem Manufacturing Company was founded in 1925 in Emeryville, California, by brothers Richard and Donald Rheem. The company produces for heating, cooling, pool and spa heating, water heating and commercial refrigeration. Rheem is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America. The company won the prestigious AHR Innovation Award in 2011.

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Consumer Reviews of Rheem

2.2

  • Very Satisfied
    67
  • Somewhat Satisfied
    2
  • Neutral
    8
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
    10
  • Very Unsatisfied
    164
  • #2 of 6 Rheem Air Conditioner
  • 27.49% of customers recommended

Reviews by Air Conditioner Series

14AJM 13AJN RAMB Classic Prestige 13AJM RSPM RASL-JEC RAKA 13AJL RALB RSMA

Rheem AC units are available in various models, sizes and price ranges. Consider your unique needs to choose the best AC system to keep your home cool.

Central AC overview

A central air conditioner circulates cool air throughout your home using supply and return ducts. Air conditioners can also dehumidify incoming air, which helps your home feel cooler. An efficient AC unit can help you save money on utility bills.

Rheem AC series and models

Prestige variable-speed (RA20)

With routine maintenance, this energy-efficient model from the Prestige series can last for years. This basic AC unit lacks some premium features, but it offers reliability and performance. The unit comes with a 10-year warranty and features a powder-coat paint system, PlusOne expanded valve space, modern cabinet aesthetics and rust-resistant screws.

Who should choose this model: small-business owners, homeowners and renters

  • Type of fuel: electric
  • SEER rating: up to 20.5
  • Energy efficiency: Energy Star certified
  • Price: $1,835 (unit only); $3,075 (installed)
  • Technical specs: two tons; 33.75 x 39 x 33.75 inches; cooling capacities of 17.2 to 60.5 kBTU

Classic Plus two-stage (RA17)

The Classic Plus two-stage, EcoNet-enabled unit has a scroll compressor, which provides advanced air and water control for improved efficiency. This unit is completely electric, and the two-fastener removable corner provides access to internal components. The unit includes a 10-year warranty and features a service tray, curved louver panels and a QR code for on-demand technical information.

Who should choose this model: small-business owners, homeowners and renters

  • Type of fuel: electric
  • SEER rating: up to 17
  • Energy efficiency: Energy Star certified
  • Price: $3,025
  • Technical specs: 33.75 x 39 x 33.75 inches; three tons; cooling capacities of 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU

Classic two-stage (RA17 non-communicating)

The outdoor Classic series model is completely electric. The unit comprises durable, high-quality parts and comes with a 10-year warranty. This two-stage unit features PlusOne triple service access, high and low pressure and a QR code for receiving on-demand technical information. The system’s single-row condenser coil makes the unit lighter and allows for a more thorough coil cleaning.

Who should choose this model: small-business owners, homeowners and renters

  • Type of fuel: electric
  • SEER rating: up to 17
  • Energy efficiency: Energy Star certified
  • Price: $2,800.01
  • Technical specs: 33.75 x 35 x 33.75 inches; two tons; cooling capacities of 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU

Classic single-stage (RA16)

This affordable, energy-efficient model has 70 percent fewer moving parts for higher efficiency and increased reliability. The unit comes with a 10-year warranty and has a more visually appealing design than other models. The curved louver panels provide coil protection, and the unit features enhanced cabinet strength and rigidity. This model has PlusOne expanded valve space, PlusOne triple service access, a diagnostic service window with a two-fastener opening and a QR code for on-demand technical information.

Who should choose this model: small-business owners, homeowners and renters

  • Type of fuel: electric
  • SEER rating: up to 16
  • Energy efficiency: Energy Star certified
  • Price: $1,269
  • Technical specs: 33.75 x 27 x 33.75 inches; 2.5 tons; cooling capacities of 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU

Classic single-stage (RA14**W)

This energy-efficient model has advanced features, including noise-reducing scroll compressor technology and an optimized fan orifice. The quiet and durable unit comes with a 10-year warranty that covers parts and labor during installation. This single-stage model features rust-resistant screws, service trays, external gauge port access, a powder-coat paint system and a composite base pan.

Who should choose this model: small-business owners, homeowners and renters

  • Type of fuel: electric
  • SEER rating: up to 16
  • Energy efficiency: Energy Star certified
  • Price: $1,150 (unit only); $3,450 (installed)
  • Technical specs: 29.75 x 25 x 29.75 inches; two tons; cooling capacities of 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU

Care and maintenance

Performing regular maintenance can help keep your Rheem AC in good condition. Periodically clean the evaporator coil, remove debris from outdoor units, straighten and clean the fins and change the blower filter. Annual maintenance by an HVAC professional is recommended.

Rheem AC warranties 

All Rheem AC units come with 10-year warranties that cover parts and labor. Extended coverage is available. Contact a local HVAC professional to learn about extended warranties for your model.

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