Incorporated in the 1880s, Rudd manufactured automatic water heaters for more than six decades. The company began offering heating and air conditioning equipment in the 1950s, before being acquired by Rheem acquired. Today, Ruud produces a variety of heating and cooling equipment, including central air conditioners, heat pumps, gas and oil furnaces and packaged unit. Ruud offers quality and high-performing AC units that can keep your home cool.
What are the 10 Best Air Conditioners?
Air conditioners remove heat and moisture from your home, reducing indoor temperatures by replacing warm air with cooler air. As part of a central heating and cooling system, air conditioners use your home’s ductwork. Available types of air conditioners include central, mini-split, window, portable and hybrid AC units. You should choose the air conditioner type, series and model that fits your unique needs.
Ruud AC series and models
Ruud offers many AC options, and choosing the right unit can seem daunting. Comparing features of various models can help you select the best unit for your home. The sections below include information about popular Ruud air conditioner models.
EcoNet-enabled UA20 and UA17 models
The Ruud UA20 and UA17 models deliver excellent performance while helping reduce energy bills. EcoNet smart technology improves comfort and efficiency, and each of these models feature an optimized fan orifice that improves airflow. A composite base pan dampens sound and eliminates corrosion, and curved louver panels protect the coil and increase cabinet rigidity. PlusOne expanded valve space promotes easy access, while PlusOne triple service access makes repairs easier. The powder-coat paint system provides a long-lasting and elegant finish.
The UA20 model is available in sizes ranging from two to five tons, with cooling capacities between 17.3 and 60.5 kBTU. The largest unit measures 35.75″W x 35.75″L x 51″H. With a variable-speed compressor and modern technology, this model has a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of up to 20.5 and an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 14.5. This unit costs an average of $1,850, not including installation.
The two-stage UA17 model is available in sizes from two to five tons and with cooling capacities of 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU. The largest unit has dimensions of 35.75″W x 35.75″L x 51″H. This AC has a maximum efficiency of 17 SEER and 13 EER and sells for about $1,480.
Achiever series: RA17, RA16, RA14, RA14**W and RA13
Achiever series AC models feature scroll compressors, which provide high efficiency and reliability. An optimized fan orifice increases airflow for improved performance and sound reduction. Curved louver panels enhance cabinet strength and provide coil protection, and the composite base pan dampens sound. The paint system of these units improves their longevity.
The RA17 model is Energy Star certified and is available in sizes ranging from two to five tons, with cooling capacities ranging from 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU. The system delivers efficiencies of up to 17 SEER and 13 EER and sells for about $1,450, for the unit only.
Ruud offers the RA16 in sizes ranging from 1.5 to five tons and with cooling capacities between 17.3 and 60.5 kBTU. The largest RA16 available measures 35.75″W x 35.75″L x 51″H. This unit has a maximum efficiency of 16 SEER and 13 EER and costs about $1,300.
The RA14 model is available in sizes ranging from 1.5 to five tons, with cooling capacities from 17.3 to 60.5 kBTU. The largest unit measures 35.75″W x 35.75″L x 43″H. This model’s maximum efficiency is 15.5 SEER and 13 EER. The RA14 costs an average of $1,075.
In addition to the price of the unit, factors that impact the price of a new air conditioner include installation difficulty, unit size and home type. Contact a local HVAC professional for accurate pricing information, including an estimate of installation costs.
Care and maintenance
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your air conditioner. Ruud recommend annual inspection and maintenance by an HVAC professional. This routine inspection will help identify and correct issues early.
Additional measures that help ensure optimal performance of your unit include changing the air filter, keeping the coils clean, checking the fins and inspecting the condensate drain. You should also remove debris that can compromise airflow and impede performance.
Ruud AC warranties
Ruud manufactures quality and reliable HVAC products. The company offers moderate warranty terms on its air conditioners. Upon registering your product, you will receive a 10-year limited warranty on parts and a 10-year warranty on the compressor.