Ruud Air Conditioner Reviews and Prices 2020

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Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.

(Last update: Feb 2017) If you are considering buying a central air conditioner, there are some factors that you need to consider. Like any other manufacturer, Ruud has a broad range of central air conditioning units with each unit suited to nearly each situation. As a way to keep up with their competitors, Ruud strives to produce ACs that are highly efficient and operate at low electric bills. Ruud has been in existence for quite some time and has gained popularity among consumers. Ruud has in the market three series of ACs with different levels of efficiency. However, all central air conditioners offered by Ruud are well built and durable as well as affordable to the consumer. The top list AC in the Ruud market is the Ultra Series, the Achiever Series and also the Value Series.

Ruud Unique Features

Ruud Air Conditioner Compressors

The compressor of an AC is among the most expensive parts of any air conditioner. All conditioners from Ruud have scroll compressors. These compressors are the most durable and highly reliable in the market. A scroll compressor engages a smaller amount of friction as compared to a conventional compressor thus increasing their consistency and naturally makes for a more silent unit.


Ruud air conditioners are among the most affordable ACs in the HVAC market. The quality of a unit matters to a consumer and this at many times is related to price. Ruud not only offers quality but also affordability.

Model Analysis and Recommend

ACHIEVER PlusRA1717Two-StageYes

Best Cost-Effective Ruud Models For You

As we have discussed in our central air conditioner guide, the SEER is the most important parameter deciding the initial equipment cost and future energy savings.

Higher SEER Models can not always pay your money back. We developed a SEER Savings Calculator to help find a better balance between equipment cost and electricity cost. This tool can automatically load your local power rate and yearly cooling hours when using Chrome explorer. You can also adjust these inputs manually to get a more accurate result.

Contractor Feedback From Private Interview

More efficient and reliable units are expected from Ruud to keep up with their competitors in the market. Although the units are rather affordable, there is still room for improvement regarding a higher SEER energy rating. Ruud air conditioners are available in the online market, and all you have to do is to make an order of the same and then have a contractor install it. Some consumers are also buying them directly from contractors. Most Ruud central ACs draw positive feedback, although it is being overtaken by other models about ultimate effectiveness with its 18 SEER rating.           –Sales Manager For Rehut Comfort

Being an already established brand in the market, Ruud offers a wide variety of air conditioners with different specifications. Ruud works to provide maximum efficiency, comfort, and style. The feedback from consumers is mostly neutral; the majority of the negative issues from Ruud products users are as a result of poor installation. As long as a qualified HVAC technician does the installation, the unit will serve you long enough.              –Josh

Ruud has a long way to go to catch up with its close competitors. The company needs to manufacture better air conditioners regarding efficiency and prices as well. The majority of the feedback from Ruud consumers is neutral and adverse. This has to be changed to positive feedback and reviews by making more efficient and better performing units. Otherwise, the company may lose the not so big customers base that they have currently.             –Ruud Dealers From LA

Ruud 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
ULTRA UA20 $1,850
ACHIEVER RA16 $1,205
ACHIEVER RA14 $1,050

Ruud 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: Ruud 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 $5,230

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers

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Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$3,950 3 ton 15 SEER Modesto, CA 3000 sqft
Things are going well so far. I haven’t had any trouble with the Ruud AC I bought. I got it 5 months ago to replace the old one which couldn’t cool the house anymore. Thanks to Ruud and a nice dealer here, I can enjoy the comfort of my home
$3309 Ruud UAPM-AZ 13 SEER Tyler, TX 1670 sqft
Hurray for Ruud. I’m so happy this turned out great. I was skeptical about replacing my air conditioner because the online reviews gave me the impression that there is nothing really worth the trouble out there. I got this Ruud because a friend of mine reassured me of its excellent services. For 7 months now the unit hasn’t given me any problems. Only had to fix it once and that was covered by the warranty.
$3,990 installed Ruud 13AJN (4 ton) Pompano Beach, FL 1800 sqft
The temperatures can really go high in the summer days. You can’t imagine my frustration when my AC broke last summer. For about 2 weeks we had to go without any air conditioning. I was in a rush to get the problem fixed so I got this Ruud but I didn’t know much about the unit. Finally, the problem was solved but then I wasn’t sure the unit would hold up without breaking down. So far so good, haven’t had to do anything except routine maintenance.
$3,790 Ruud UNAL-JEZ Albany, GA 2350 sqft
We have had the same ac unit for the last 18 years. After such a long time a replacement is usually a better bargain than repairing. So we went ahead and bought this Ruud. I like how quiet it runs. It functions perfectly and does take much to run so the utility bill is low. This is what good manufacturing is all about.
$4,090 4 ton 16 SEER Orlando, FL 3500 sqft
I moved into my new house about 5 months ago. The air conditioner system I got there was no good. The previous owner had told about the numerous repairs it required each year. I got the piece of junk replaced by one from Ruud. I have used Ruud before so I had full confidence in what I was getting. Once again Ruud has provided quality and exceptional functionality. For anyone who wants to buy or replace their AC, I’d strongly recommend Ruud. That way you don’t have to deal with exasperating repairs just months after you bought the appliance.
$1,690 Unit Only Ruud 16AJL Copperas Cove, TX 1700 sqft
I took a friend’s advice and bought a Ruud AC to replace my old one. I don’t know what the problem is with mine because it’s only 8 months old and I’m repairing leaks twice a month. I feel frustrated by this; a house with a lousy cooling system is unbearable.
$1980 Unit Only Ruud 15 SEER Paso Robles, CA 2200 sqft
I don’t know why I bought this thing; I wish I could have done more research. Now, when mine keeps breaking down due to this problem or the other, is when I find out that Ruud appliances are a rip-off. I’ve read the reviews; it’s all people complaining about a bad air conditioner that they bought from Ruud. Don’t buy this, save yourself the trouble.

How to Get the Best Ruud 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.

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12 thoughts on “Ruud Air Conditioner Reviews and Prices 2020”

  1. I need a visit and a repair to my AC at 22093 Majestic Woods Way, Boca Raton, FL 33428. My unit is 1484 sq ft. What is the best AC (best price) if I need to have it replaced.
    Danilo Meira

  2. If anyone is in doubt about purchasing a Ruud, read on….
    I had a home built in 1998 and had a Ruud central AC 5 ton unit
    installed. I sold the home in 2015 and the Ruud was still working
    perfectly. Impressive, right? Well, even more impressive is the fact
    that NOT ONCE did it ever get serviced!! Not one maintenance call…
    nothing!! The only problem I ever had was it froze up twice in those 17
    years and that was because of algae buildup that was easily fixed by
    blowing out the line with a hose.
    I am a believer and am getting a quote now for another Ruud AC for the
    house I just moved into. Ruud is simply the best!

  3. I need the inside unit and the outside unit. I have been advised that there is no good sense in trying to fix the one I have and that I should buy another one. The outside unit is a Goodman and the inside unit is a Rheem 4 ton. I did some research online and I decided on Rheem. How does Ruud compare to Rheem?


    • Hi Howard

      Rheem and Ruud are sister brands and 99% of the units are identical except the logo. Finding an good contractor is more important.

  4. I need to replace my 15 year old 8 seer outside unit. Was told I need to replace my inside unit ( gas furnace- propane ) Ruud Achiever 90 plus as it is near the end of its lifespan which I was told is 15- 20 years. Both units are Ruud and 15 years old. Never had any problems out of the furnace. Would this be correct?

  5. Just had both compressor and air handler replaced with a RUUD system at a very good price here in S. Florida. We did our homework reviews and chose installer who had many (50+) high marks locally, BBB and on Angie’s list from where we contacted them. Company had no complaints in any areas. Installation crew was very knowledgeable and professional. Work done neatly and included original duct work cleaned and sanitized. However, I will come back in 6 months with an update.


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