The Rheem 13PJL is a heat pump currently produced by Rheem, with a SEER of 13 and an HSPF rating of 8.2; the 13PJL can achieve a SEER of 14 under optimal circumstances. The 13PJL heat pump is part of the Value Series manufactured by Rheem. This unit uses R-410A refrigerant, which is considered environmentally safe. According to the manufacturer, the design of the Rheem 13PJL keeps the motor and fan functioning quietly and efficiently. Air is discharged through the top grille, which creates quieter operation and less damage to shrubbery than a side-venting design.
We bought our house 6 years ago with 2 Rheem heat pumps that were already installed. One started to have problems at year three and after numerous repairs we decided to replace the unit. We were told that our unit was undersized for our house and running too long and hard… and that is why it was giving us so many repair problems. We had a new 4 ton split system installed in August 2010. That unit quit working 3 days later and had over 7 services calls in a 6 month period. After our service technician met with Rheem and sent several letters Rheem finally decided to replace the system. It was replaced in February 2011 and on September 2011 this new unit quit working. My advice to anybody would be to find another brand to install unless you like to spend a lot of money and be constantly without air conditioning and heating. It is the worst product on the market. Our heat pump quit working again on 09/02/11 and 4 days later we are still waiting for repairs and without air conditioning in Alabama with 95+ temps every day. The tech that installed the unit won't return our calls and Rheem will void the 5-10 year warranty if we have another company repair it. Very, very disappointing. Do yourself a favor and run far away from any Rheem product.
A homeowner poses a question on hvac-talk.com about deciding between installing a Rheem heat pump and a system that uses Trane components. The contractor that responds believes the systems to be fairly equal, but the Rheem heat pump has a higher heating capacity; therefore, he recommends the Rheem.
Gardenweb.com reveals a post from a consumer looking to replace his 15-year-old system before it stops working. He has received some estimates on Rheem heat pumps, and is asking for expert opinions. The contractors say that Rheem is a very reliable brand, and the estimates seem reasonable. As always, the installers recommend dealing with a reliable HVAC company.
Another post on the gardenweb.com forum details a question from a homeowner regarding a Rheem heat pump versus a Westinghouse heat pump. The contractors say that both are equal, but seem to lean toward the Rheem, due to heating capacity. They do mention that the Westinghouse unit may operate more quietly, which is a concern for the questioner.
Rheem 13PJL Model Numbers
The 13PJL is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
SEER / HSPF
BTUs per Hour
13 / 7.7
13 / 8.5
13 / 8.5
13 / 8.5
13 / 7.7
Rheem offers a conditional parts warranty for 10 years for the PJL13 heat pump, providing the unit is registered within 60 days of installation. The compressor is covered for 10 years; a five-year limited parts warranty is given if the heat pump is not registered.
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