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Rheem RQNL / Classic Heat Pump Overview

The Rheem Classic series RQNL packaged heat pump offers up to 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF. With capacities ranging from 2 to 4 tons, models in this series are available in both single- and three-phase applications and can be installed in either downflow or horizontal configurations.

The RQNL features a mounted scroll compressor with internal temperature overload protection for safe and efficient operation. Other interior components include a matched blower and evaporator coil, a control box made easily accessible for service or installation, and a mount for the grill and fan to help keep noise at a minimum while protecting the fan motor.

All units are enclosed in a powder-paint finished cabinet, with louvered condenser compartment for increased condenser coil protection, and a one-piece top. The RQNL meets Energy Star standards for efficiency.

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Consumer Reviews of Rheem RQNL / Classic


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Rheem RQNL / Classic Heat Pump Reviews


1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

This unit needed repairing every time the season changed. Finally got tired of pouring money into it so I had it replaced with another unit. Only had it about 2 years and it never worked right!


Huntsville, AL

"Heat pump problems"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

When my unit was installed refrigerant was added. Sometime later this had to be done again, and more times again. We feel like we have been more than patient about this. We want a factory rep to check out the unit, we feel we have had more problems than anyone should. We know people with cheaper brands who have had their units for many years and haven't experienced any problems. Recently our heat pump froze up and we could not use it,fortunately we had another source of heat to use.

McCoy Tibbitt

Boaz, AL 35956

Other RQNL / Classic Reviews

Models in the Rheem Classic Series RQNL heat pumps are generally recommended by professionals on the web. Contractors on gardenweb.com suggest this model to consumers looking for a reliable, budget-friendly new unit. The scroll compressor and additional features will provide a homeowner the comfort needed, they say, without the high upfront cost.

Although this unit and Rheem packaged units come recommended, consumer forums such as hvac-talk.com feature several troubleshooting issues with the Rheem heat pumps. Issues include the fan not running, thermostat failing to sync with the system, the pump blowing a fuse when trying to heat, and incorrect installation leading to system malfunctioning.

Rheem RQNL / Classic Model Numbers

The RQNL / Classic is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number SEER / HSPF BTUs per Hour
RQNL-B030JK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B036CK 13 / 7.7 0
RQNL-B036JK 13 / 7.7 0

RQNL / Classic Warranty

Rheem provides homeowners with a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor and a conditional 10-year warranty for all remaining parts for models in the RQNL series. However, registration is required to receive the full warranty term. Extended warranties also are available.

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