Ruud Heat Pump Reviews and Prices 2022

Ruud heat pump buying guide

Ruud heat pumps are considered average to slightly above average in quality and reliability. Ruud and Rheem heat pumps are identical – something worth knowing as you compare heat pump prices among major brands.

Ruud Heat Pump Cost

Keep in mind that Ruud makes heat pumps from 1.5 tons (18,000 BTUs) to 5 tons (60,000 BTUs) in efficiency levels from 14 to 20 SEER across four levels of performance from single-stage to variable capacity.

As a result, the Ruud heat pump price to have one installed is about $4,400 to $12,350.

Full Ruud heat pump cost details are below. 

About Ruud

The Ruud name came to America when Edwin Ruud emigrated from Norway and developed the first automatic water heater in 1889. In the 1950’s the company began to develop heating and air conditioning appliances. 

In 1960, Ruud was bought out by Rheem, another well-known producer of HVAC and other products. The Ruud line was kept, however, and is now manufactured in the same Fort Smith, Arkansas plant as Rheem. In 1988, Paloma Industries purchased Rheem and Ruud brands. 

Ruud HVAC products are considered a good value, combining decent quality with fair pricing. They don’t quite reach the quality level of Trane or Carrier heat pumps, and the top efficiency levels are not as high, but Ruud heat pumps don’t cost as much either. 

Ruud’s Unique Features

Ruud, like Rheem, has recently upgraded its features and efficiency. Here are highlights of what’s available. 

Variable-Speed Technology

Ruud’s Variable Speed Heat Pumps provide cooling efficiencies up to 54% higher, and heating efficiencies up to 58% higher than single stage heat pumps. Ruud inverter-driven technology, now common in the residential HVAC industry, provides precision heating and cooling. 

3-Stage Technology

We’re not aware of another brand, other than Rheem, that also manufactures a 3-stage heat pump. Most have 1 stage, 2 stage and variable capacity heat pumps.

The inverter driven, three-stage compressor provides heating down to 7°F, which is also unique. 

Easier Maintenance and Repairs with PlusOne Triple Service Access

This is a 15″ wide, industry-leading corner service access. The three fastener removable corner allows optimal access to internal unit components for faster coil cleaning and easier cabinet reassembly. It is available on all except the Choice Series and side-discharge units.  

EcoNet

Most brands offer something like this in their mid-tier and premium models. The EcoNet system and thermostat send you important alerts and reminders to keep your system working at its best. Plus, it’s easy to adjust your comfort settings from home or away with WiFi. Available on Ruud’s Ultra and Achiever Plus Series Units. 

Ten-Year Unit Replacement Warranty

This warranty is standard for Ultra and Achiever Plus Series models and equals most other leading brands. Many brands are adopting a unit replacement warranty that provides for a new condensing unit, not just part replacement, if the compressor or the outdoor coil fails.

Other Warranties

The rest of the warranties are average or shorter when compared with competitors. Achiever Series comes with Ruud’s 10-year parts warranty, while the Choice Series provides a 5-year parts warranty. Lennox is the only other major brand that has warranties as short as 5 years on its most affordable units.

Ruud Pros

Known for their quality, affordability, and dependability.

Good selection of models including a space-saving side discharge unit.

The only brand (Rheem/Ruud) with a 3-stage compressor.

EcoNet Smart Thermostat system offers popular wireless control.

Stylish cabinets with easy access corner panels are ahead of the field.

Ruud Cons

Not the highest SEER ratings in the HVAC industry. The most efficient models from most brands are above 20 SEER, some as high as 24-28.

Shorter warranties on entry-level heat pumps.

Some consumers have had issues with leaking refrigerant in extreme conditions. 

Ruud Heat Pump Model Analysis

Below you will find a quick reference chart to help you compare important details of the various models. For more details, see the Product Lineup and Features section. 

ModelSEER and HSPFCompressorSound
UP2020 and 11.5Variable-Speed58-73 dBA
UP1718.5 and 9.53-Stage66-75 dBA
UP**H19 and 10.7Variable Rotary53-55 dBA
RP1616 and 9.02-Stage71-76 dBA
RP1515 and 9.01-Stage73-76 dBA
RP1414 and 9.01-Stage71-75 dBA
RP14**F14.5 and 8.51-Stage73-76 dBA
WP14**A14 and 8.51-Stage72-77 dBA
WP14**F14 and 8.575-77 dBA

Ruud Heat Pump Cost by Model

ModelInstalled Cost
UP20$9,600 – $12,350
UP17$8,300 – $11,550
UP**H19 and 10.7
RP16$7,600 – $10,750
RP15$6,100 – $8,700
RP14**F$5,400 – $7,700
RP14$5,000 – $7,300
WP14**A$4,800 – $7,200
WP14**F$4,400 – $6,800

Product Lineup and Features

Four main series make up the Ruud lineup of heat pumps. Cooling capacities range from 18,000 BTU (1.5 tons) to 60,000 BTU (5 tons). Efficiencies run between a low end of 14 to 20 on the high end. 

The Ultra Series

UP20

Inverter-Driven Variable Speed Compressor

Cooling and Heating Efficiencies up to 20 SEER and 11.5 HSPF – Energy Star

EcoNet Enabled

Warranty: 10-Year Parts and 10-Year Conditional Unit Replacement

The Achiever Plus Series

UP17

Three-Stage Compressor

18.5 SEER and 9.5 HSPF – Energy Star

EcoNet Enabled

Warranty: 10-Year Parts and 10-Year Conditional Unit Replacement 

UP**H Side Discharge 

Matched with Air Handler RHMV*****N to Offer a Sound & Space Constraint Solution

Variable Speed Inverter-Driven Rotary Compressor

19 SEER and 10.7 HSPF – Energy Star

Warranty: 10-Year Parts

*Not available from Rheem

The Achiever Series

UP16

Two-Stage Compressor

16 SEER and 9.0 HSPF – Energy Star

Composite basepan won’t corrode or vibrate

Warranty: 10-Year Parts

RP15

Single-Stage Compressor

15 SEER and 9 HSPF – Energy Star

Warranty: 10-Year Parts

RP14

Single Stage 

14 SEER and 9 HSPF

Warranty: 10-Year Parts

RP14**F

The RP14**F series is designed to achieve 14 SEER with Coil only (for the dual fuel market) and PSC Air Handlers match ups

Single-Stage Compressor

14.5 SEER and 8.5 HSPF

Warranty: 10-Year Parts

The Choice Series

WP14**A

Not Available in Canada

Single-Stage Compressor

14 SEER and 8.5 HSPF

Warranty: 5-Year Parts

WP14**F

Not Available in Canada

Single-Stage Compressor

14 SEER and 8.5 HSPF

Warranty: 5-Year Parts

 Customer Shared Prices and Details

How to Get the Best Ruud Heat Pump Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for heat pump 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 from your local contractors, 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.

Bottom Line

The Ruud line of heat pumps offers the consumer a wide choice of what would be considered, “middle of the road” models. Those who desire the latest in technology and wireless control can find it in the Ultra Series, while those on a more modest  budget can find good quality units in the Achiever Series. All in all, Ruud has held a solid place in the HVAC industry for many years, and will no doubt maintain it for many years to come.

Written by

Rene has worked 10 years in the HVAC field and now is the Senior Comfort Specialist for PICKHVAC. He holds an HVAC associate degree from Lone Star College and EPA & R-410A Certifications.

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