Rheem Heat Pump Reviews and Prices 2021

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

Rheem has been a leading manufacturer of heat pumps since 1970, an innovator in areas of efficiency and performance.

Since 1988, Rheem and Ruud been owned by global manufacturer Paloma Industries. The heat pump lineup for the brands is identical in all but name.

This Rheem heat pump buying guide lists all models and their cost plus Rheem features with pros and cons. We’ve prepared similar reviews for most major brands for comparison purposes.

Features and Pros

What makes Rheem heat pumps different? There are a few unique features plus other Rheem heat pump pros worth mentioning.

The Classic Plus RP17 three-stage heat pump is the most unique in the Rheem lineup. Its inverter-driven Copeland variable-speed compressor operates at low, high and overdrive. The overdrive feature rapidly cycles refrigerant from the outside coil where it collects heat to the indoor coil where it sheds heat to make your home warm. Overdrive allows the unit to adequately heat your home in outdoor temperatures as low as 7F.

Rheem’s EcoNet thermostat control and WiFi kit is a smart home system. The EcoNet wall control allows you to monitor and control your home’s HVAC system and a Rheem water heater equipped with EcoNet. There’s an app too for use with smart devices. The EcoNet control works with Amazon Alexa and Nest devices too.

All Rheem heat pumps are driven by Copeland scroll compressors. Copeland is the most trusted name in the industry for compressor reliability.

Rheem uses several cabinet design features that allow faster, less costly, heat pump maintenance and repair. An industry-best 15” panel access allows a technician to quickly and easily access internal components. The fan wiring harness is longer than most, so the unit top can be removed without disconnecting the fan. There are 35% fewer fasteners in the cabinet, and the base pan is fastener-free.

Rheem is a solid heat pump brand. The 10-year unit replacement warranty is new to Rheem in the last few years. It helps the brand stay competitive with ICP brands (Heil, Comfortmaker and others) and with Amana that also offer unit replacement warranties.

Rheem’s Prestige Series units should deliver 17-20 years of dependable service when properly maintained. Classic Series models are 15 to 18-year heat pumps when maintained. If repairs are needed, parts are readily available to limit downtime for the heat pump to a day or two at most.

Rheem Heat Pump Cons

There isn’t much to complain about with Rheem heat pumps. They give you options for single-stage, 2-stage, 3-stage and variable-capacity performance. No other brand but Ruud does that.

We would caution you, though, to be careful about the Rheem installer you select. Make sure the crew doing the installation has proven experience, because the quality of the installation will affect the efficiency, performance and durability of the heat pump. If you’d like to get written estimates from several top installers in your area, our Free Local Quotes service is available. All the installers are licensed, insured and prescreened for experience. It’s quick and convenient, and there is no obligation for using the service.

Model Analysis

SeriesModelSEERHSPFCompressorOther
PrestigeRP202011VariableEnergy Star/10-year unit replacement
PrestigeRP17188.53-StageEnergy Star/10-year unit replacement
ClassicRP161692-StageEnergy Star
ClassicRP15169Single-StageEnergy Star
ClassicRP14159Single-Stage10 year
ClassicRP14-F14.58.5Single-Stage10 year

• Classic Series: The Classic Series was designed for the budget-conscious consumer and features a single-stage compressor, composite base pan and efficiencies up to 16 SEER and 9 HSPF.

• Classic Plus Series: The mid-level Classic Plus Series incorporates an inverter compressor that provides 3-stage heating and cooling. Units are offered with efficiencies up to 18.5 SEER and 8.5 HSPF.

• Prestige Series: Rheem’s Prestige Series was designed to provide the ultimate in cooling and heating comfort. Every unit has a variable speed compressor and advanced air and water control to maximize savings. Efficiencies are available up to 20.5 SEER and 11 HSPF.

Quick Take-Aways for Models

When you’re looking for the most cost-effective heating, the strategy is to find the balance between furnace cost and energy costs. Let’s use the zone map to identify efficiency levels for each that strike that balance:

Zone
Suggested SEER and HPSF
Cost-effective Models
Zones 1 & 2 (hot)18-19 SEER/9.5-10 HSPF
RP20
Zone 3 & 4 (moderate)14-15 SEER/8.5 HSPF
RP17
Zone 5 (cool)15-17 SEER/8.5-9.5 HSPF
RP15/RP16/Rp14
Zone 6 (cold)(18 SEER/9.5 HSPF) or (AC + Furnace)Rp20 or (AC + Furnace)
Zone 7 (very cold)(18 SEER/9.5 HSPF) or (AC + Furnace)AC + Furnace
Plan to move in the next few years13-14 SEER/8 HSPFRP14-F

 

Note: In Zones 6 and 7, the coldest zones, a system with an efficient gas furnace and small central air conditioner is also a good option.

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The Rheem heat pumps have been a trusted for both commercial and residential buildings. This not only due to their reliability, they are one of the most trouble-free heat pumps currently offered in the market. Their warranty terms are also quite impressive. However, their most impressive feature must be how compact they are. The heat pumps are undoubtedly the shortest heat pumps in the market. This makes installation very simple and does not require any modifications to the house. Anyone who wants to install an invisible heat that is quite reliable should look into the Rheem heat pumps.

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Easy to Diagnose

The high-end Rheem heat pumps come with an easy to use control panel that is quite convenient. Consequently, one does not have to fiddle around with the heat pump in order to understand what is wrong with it. This awesome display should definitely be installed in more heat pumps. It saves the technician time and the homeowner money.

Proven Efficiency

The high-end Rheem heat pumps, the Prestige series, are all Energy Star qualified. Although they cost more than the value series, the energy savings are totally worth the initial cost. Within just the first few years of installation, one should expect to have recovered almost their entire investment. The heat pumps run efficiently and one can be assured that the compressor is well protected from failure. Another notable feature is the tax rebate program. That is quite awesome by Rheem.

Rheem Heat Pump Prices By Model

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

Each model includes: 3 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

ModelsSystem OnlySystem Installed
Prestige Series: RP20$2,230$6,250
Classic Plus Series: RP17$1,935$5,680
Go Classic Series: RP15$1,870$5,550
Classic Series: RP14$1,535$5,325
Classic Series: RP14-F$1,220$4,980

Rheem Heat Pump Prices By Size

Before installing your heat pump, 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 heat pump unit ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.

Each Unit includes: Rheem 3-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

Heat Pump SizeHome SizeSystem OnlySystem Installed
1.5 ton600 - 1000 sf$1,370$4,300
2 ton1001 - 1300 sf$1,580$4,655
2.5 ton1301 - 1600 sf$1,770$4,990
3 ton1601 - 1900 sf$1,950$5,450
3.5 ton1901 - 2200 sf$2,220$5,770
4 ton2201 - 2600 sf$2,620$6,020
5 ton2601 - 3200 sf$3,160$6,990

Rheem Heat Pump Submitted Prices

How to Get the Best Rheem 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 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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23 thoughts on “Rheem Heat Pump Reviews and Prices 2021”

  1. My Rheem heat pump has been a pain since new. Its about 5yrs old and I have spent close to $2000 in just the last month or so. It is junk, read the reviews. I give up, I couldn’t afford to keep it up if it was free not to mention the down time. NO MORE RHEEM PRODUCTS. EVER!!!

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    • Hi Randy

      We would recommend this kind of combo, sometimes it may impact your warranty policy. You need to confirm the warranty with your local contractor.

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  2. I’m in the process of replacing my heat pump and air handler . My contractor quoted me $5400 for Rheem 2 ton Air handler and 14 seer 2 ton heat pump. No model numbers . Should I be concerned especially with all the problems I see Rheem is having . The work will be done on my home in Virginia . But I read about having a manual j calculation . Can a contractor even give this quote of product and price . I live in Hawaii throughout the year and I rent my home in Virginia . I just don’t want a bunch of headaches with the contractor. With me being in Hawaii but my home is in Virginia . Your feedback would be helpful please Thank You and Aloha .

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    • This is the estimated price, the price will change according to your own house condition. I suggest that you had better ask your local friends to choose a reputable contractor. Always remember that installation is the most important thing. You can also use our free estimate tool which powered by Networx to filter bad contractors.

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  3. We are in the process of choosing which heat pump to purchase to replace our 27 year old Rheem heat pump unit. We love Rheem, our unit has been a very reliable unit as long as we used a reputable hvac person to do our annual servicing. We have been quoted around $4,200 for a 1800 sq ft home in PA. Can you give us any advice? Thank You!

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  4. Quoted $7481 for a Rheem 15 seer split unit heat pump. This price seems higher than other ones. Please tell me Rheem is reliable. Replacing a 16 year old Carrier heat pump that leaked Freon since day one. Please tell me Rheem will not give me problems. Are they better than York?

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  5. Hello,
    I have had quotes for both Amana 16, 18, and 20 SEER and Rheem 14, 17, and 20 SEER. I figured the middle of the road would be a good option since my AC/heat pump is very old and in need of replacement. My questions are is a 17 too overkill since I live in western KY in about 1500sqft? And if is not too much I would like to know what is the best option Amana vs Rheem? I was quoted on the Rheem 17 SEER $7000 w/ $750/10 year labour warranty. The Amana 18 SEER $6200 w/ $500/10year labour warranty. Please advise on the options as well as the pricing for each?

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  6. Question. My parents currently have a self contained Raheem heat pump. I was told that the self contained units are not as efficient as the split units. We need to replace it, but not sure which way to go.

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  7. I am in the process of purchasing a Heat Pump, packaged system, for a residence in AZ. I will be getting 3 quotes from local companies: AZ Refrigeration, Scottsdale Air and Parker and Sons. Currently there is a 2005, 3 ton 13 Seer Trane unit on the residence. I have one estimate in for a Rheem 3 ton, 14 Seer Model: RQPMA037. I didn’t see reviews on your site for this model and Consumer Reports lists Rheem and Goodman products low on their list for reliability. I am looking for a quality, basic or standard heat pump. Please impart your insight and wisdom. Thank you.

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  8. 5/18/19
    Just had Beutler heating and air conditioning of Sacramento install a two stage 5 ton Rheem 17 Seer A/C and furnace as our Carrier brand of 13 years went kaput on Friday 5/17/19.
    A comfort specialist named Ron came out and gave us an estimate of $18k. Definitely on the super HIGH side but I trust the Beutler name and it’s reputation. I could perhaps of saved $1500-3k shopping around for a bargain. I suggest you do that.
    Three men came Saturday 9am in a timely manner with the appropriate trucks, equipment and professionalism and got to work.
    The job was split up between two people with one kid learning the ropes on the ac while the other had 5 years experience installing furnaces.
    Another “supervised” the two. To his credit he got wet (it rained) and did work. All solid workers and left my home clean.
    Job took six hours and with only one minor hiccup and that was the required distance the AC had to be from the wall. Code states 8″. Problem is with that distance pushed out from the home one can’t get a wheel barrow or the green yard waste past the new ac. Nada, zilch, not happy. These code requirement, I don’t know who makes them but they should realise solid objects stay fixed such as a home and a neighbors fence and they should consider that before going about changing requirements. The old ac I could BARELY get the wheel barrow and green waste bin through and that was a snug fit scrapping the AC unit to get it by. With new codes requiring another six inches blocking the walkway? Don’t know if the inspection will pass but I’ll make my pitch as to why the AC had to stay in the exact same spot.
    Questioned Ron with Rheem past reliability issues and he stated that he was confident they have left behind their coil issues of past years. I hope so.
    For $18k I would not look forward to paying out labor for faulty MFG defects.
    Time will tell.
    Cheers

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  9. My house has a Trane/ 13 SEER / Split unit / 2200 sq ft home. During the Spring service check-up, the tech found a leak in the air Handler. I did some research and contacted a few HVAC companies for estimates. The different estimates were a shocker $$$$. I received estimates on Goodman, York, Trane, Rheem all under $10,000, 4ton, 14 SEER. One company quoted under $11,500 on a Rheem 4 ton / 14 SEER same company quoted a Rheem 17 SEER / 4 ton for $14,500. I also received estimates from other businesses on Amana, Rheem, and American Standard. An Amana ASZ14 SEER/ 4 Ton/ just under $9,600 or Amana ASZ16 SEER/ 4 Ton just under $10,200.
    Another company quoted me two Rheem Classic plus 4 ton/ 16 SEER for a little over $10,600 and a Classic plus 17 SEEER three-stage for $11,900
    They all include the 1yr labor, 10 yrs parts, and 10 yrs compressor, Amana 16 SEER includes a lifetime warranty on the compressor. Right now on debating between Amana and Rheem to replace the Trane in my house, 16 SEER or better. The difficulty of the job is rated 8 out of 10. I do feel the estimates are high, I was expecting something no more than $7,500-$8,000.
    Prices include equipment and installation. Any advice are welcome….

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    • Hi Jorge,

      The price is a bit higher than expected but your project difficulty is above average based on 8-10 hours your said. Is there duct modifications included in this project?

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      • Yes, the estimates I’m getting are high.

        This site has been an enormous help in researching the right heat pump and following the advice to get three or more estimates. Thank you for all the information so readily available.
        I received another estimate for a Trane heat pump/ split unit / 4 ton/ 16 SEER/ Gam5 variable speed, 4-ton air handler, two wifi thermostats (Honeywell Tpro). This quote includes some duct modifications and new dampers. 5 yrs labor warranty, and 10yrs parts/ 10yrs compressor for a total of $11,400.
        Another company (on the preview post) subjected the replacement of the dampers costing an extra $2000, which would bring the total to over $12,000 on a Rheem 4ton /14 SEER, way too much.
        One factor driving the cost of this project is the difficulty level. The air handler is located in the attic (tight space). I requested about four estimates from reputable businesses (using Networx, Duke Energy ). Installation and price will be my deciding factor on who I will pick to get the project done. I’m leaning toward Trane and second Rheem. I will provide an update.

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