Rheem Air Conditioner Reviews & Buying Guide 2018

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(Last Update: Feb 5th, 2018) As a consumer, choosing the best central air conditioner can be quite hard given the many brands of such available in the market. Rheem has been selling a vast variety of commercial and residential air conditioners, together with central ACs and ductless systems. Rheem Air Company is popular more often than not to contractors and dealers in the HVAC technologies. It is reliably efficient because of its features, as well as the prices being consumer friendly. It is offered in an assortment of types based on the speed and, of course, the characteristics of each model.

Rheem Unique Features

Modulating burners
Rheem air conditioners have a modulating temperature feature which offers the best climate control such as unbalanced temperatures. It furthermore controls dehumidification during the cooling cycle through the use of a variable speed motor. Most o the AC units manufactured by Rheem have these modulating burners in place which convey accurate temperature controls. While doing so, the heaters also maximize the overall effectiveness of the AC unit.

Every consumer wants to keep their energy expenses as minimum as possible. To achieve this, you will need to acquire the most reliable AC from Rheem. The efficiency of any air conditioner depends on the SEER rating of such an AC. With up to 19.5 SEER ACs, Rheem ensures that you get the value for your money by making such high efficient conditioners. A higher SEER number indicates a more energy-efficient unit. The Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC Central AC is an example of a unit with 19.5 SEER rating that is very efficient with excellent performance although the unit is somehow expensive.

Comfort control system
This system is available in the Rheem Prestige series of air conditioners. The system offers on-board diagnostics as well as history error codes to assist in detecting any problems that may arise with the AC unit. If any critical problems arise, a service call alert is made to the thermostat allowing them homeowner to know about the discovered problems. Programmable thermostats
Like most current ACs in the market, air conditioners manufactured by Rheem have programmable thermostats. If used, such a thermostat can result in huge savings in utility bills. Programmable thermostats you can plan correctly for your indoor cooling schedule.

Noise level and refrigerant
For almost all people, noise is a chief concern. A conditioner with excess noise is a complete annoyance. Rheem units have reasonable decibel levels of between 65 and 70. The ACs are therefore quiet during operation. As a standard market requirement, all Rheem air conditioners use Puron refrigerant.

Model Analysis

Classic PlusRA1717Two-StageYes

Suggested Rheem Models

Rheem Classic RANL-JAZ model

This is a single stage AC model that is known for its high efficiency and durability. Depending on the size of an AC that a homeowner wants, this model is available in different sizes ranging from one ton to five tonnages. With this type, maximum effectiveness is guaranteed since it has a SEER rating of 16.5. This rating is far much above the industry standard rating of 13 SEER. Regarding price, the model is averagely affordable. The model offers single stage cooling.

Rheem Prestige RANL-JEZ Central AC

RANL-JEZ is an 18.5 SEER energy rating model that provides two-stage cooling. The Rheem Prestige RANL-JEZ model controls the flow of the air in the unit to ensure that as a homeowner, you are very comfortable, and your space is free from unwanted moisture. This model of Rheem central AC also features a dehumidification feature that is on-demand. The unit has a two-stage compressor that is better in performance as compared to the old single-stage unit. Also, the model has a Comfort Control communicating system that makes it different from its equivalents in other brands. The system monitors the operation of the air conditioner protecting it from very high or very low pressure.

Rheem Contractor Reviews

As an old brand, Rheem offers a variety of ACs in the market. Consumers often buy directly from Rheem as well as through contractors. Rheem offers good unit as long as the installation process is carried out by someone who perfectly knows what exactly they are doing. The error that most users make is to install a unit on their own. Without the help of a skilled person, the possibility of poor installation is always high. The unit, therefore, begins to have problems too early. Proper installation of any unit is essential if you want an AC to last long enough.

Rheem Air Conditioner Prices By Model

In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:

Each model includes: 2.5-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable air conditioner thermostat.

System Only
System Installed
Rheem Prestige RA20 $1,850
Rheem Classic Plus RA17 $1,480
Rheem Classic RA16 $1,205
Rheem Classic RA14 $1,050
Rheem Classic RA13 $990

Rheem Air Conditioner Prices By Size

Before installing your air conditioner, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right-sized central air conditioner ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.

Each Unit includes: Rheem RA16 Series 2.5-ton 16 SEER outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable thermostat.

AC Unit  Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton 600-1000 sf $1,045
2 ton 1001-1300 sf $1,190
2.5 ton 1301-1600 sf $1,290
3 ton 1601-1900 sf $1,490
3.5 ton 1901-2200 sf $1,645 $4,145
4 ton 2201-2600 sf $1,800 $4,420
5 ton 2601-3200 sf $2,390 $4,990

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers

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Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$3,850 Prestige RASL-JEC Phoenix, AZ 2100 sqft
Rheem makes outstanding products and this is just one of them. I got it to replace an old one I had that broke down a few times and just couldn’t get its old form back. The utility bill has since gone down and I haven’t had any issues with repairs.
$4,100 Rheem Classic RANL-JAZ Rowlett, TX 2000 sqft
Works great, better than one I had before. It couldn’t cool the house properly and after a few expensive repairs, I decided it’s time I replaced it. I’ve had the unit for almost a year now and I like it, you can’t go wrong with Rheem.
$2,800 installed RASL-JEC 16 SEER McKinney, TX 3000 sqft
I had an AC from Rheem that I stayed with for 12 years so when it broke down last summer I knew the only thing left was to replace it. This made things a lot more tricky because I don’t shop much, what with the counterfeits that fill the market you are lucky if you get something worth its price tag. I feel like lucky having gotten this new Rheem AC. It runs quietly and doesn’t shoot up the utility bill.
$3,620 installed Classic Series RANL-JAZ Prattville, AL 3350 sqft
I wanted something with good functionality, something that won’t give me problems. I used online reviews to compare the brands and found Rheem to be well within my budget and a lot of people had good recommendations for it. I’ve had mine for a year and a half now and so far I have nothing to complain about. It works perfectly fine and doesn’t get any gunk build up in the compressor because as I read I found that this is the problem most people have with their air conditioning system. Good job Rheem.
$2,090 installed 13 SEER 2.5 ton Fort Stewart, GA 2200 sqft
I have had this unit for about 6 months now and I can tell you Goodman have the quality stuff. I haven’t had to deal with any repairs at all, and that’s just amazing. We have a much more comfortable house now because before it would keep getting hot even though the sun was going down. Great job Goodman, I like.
$3,290 Rheem Value 2 ton Aiken, SC 2200 sqft
I like Rheem because you can count on their products to serve you well. I recently had my AC unit replaced. I had an old model Rheem that had become slower and couldn’t cool the house like before. I trust Rheem products so naturally, I replaced it with this new unit. It cools the house just like I want it to and it’s cheaper to run it. It’s been two months now since I got it, I hope I don’t come back here to complain about it breaking down.
$3,949 14AJM 14 SEER Birmingham, AL 2800 sqft
I don’t like how this is turning out at all. I have had this malfunctioning AC for about a year and am already repairing a Freon leak every few weeks. The unit cannot hold the Freon for more than 4 days and you have to refill constantly.

How to Get the Best Rheem Air Conditioner Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for air conditioner project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
  • Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.

At last, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: homeowners tactics when negotiating with HVAC dealer to get the final best price.

Feel free to ask any question by leaving a comment, we will answer any question with actionable tips.

4 comments… add one
  • I was just quoted a price for just condenser and air handler installed into an existing unit for $7,851 for a 13 seer model Rheem RA1360 or a 16 seer model Rheem RA1660 for $8,725

    • How large s unit? Tons?

  • how much for complet ac 16 seer rheem air handler and electric heat kit
    2 systems and condenser on roof 32 feet up, no line sets ,
    also run new low voltage wire to two condenser units

    2 ton system


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