Air Conditioner Ratings part 15: Reviews of the Rheem, Ruud, & Sears brands

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BRAND------BASIC--PREMIUM--ULTIMATE

RHEEM---------1*------<1*-------3*

The RA13 units are basic models that have a composite base pan for quieter operation but a warranty that is only average while the RA17 is a premium unit that is backed by a very good guarantee but it only has a 17 SEER efficiency. The PRESTIGE SERIES (RA20) offers the ultimate in air conditioning units with a variable speed compressor and the ability to communicate with the rest of the HVAC system to maximize efficiency. The brand features powder coated metal panels to protect the coil from physical damage but they are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada.

Rheem RA17

RUUD----------1*---------<1*------3*

This is another brand from RHEEM MANUFACTURING but they are only available through their dealer network in the USA. The RA13 basic units are a part of their ACHIEVER SERIES and have a composite base pan but the warranty is not very good. The ACHIEVER PLUS (UA17) model is a premium air conditioner with a two stage compressor but only a 17 SEER efficiency. The ULTRA SERIES (UA20) offers the ultimate in air conditioning units with a variable speed compressor and the ability to communicate with the rest of the HVAC system to maximize efficiency. The brand features powder coated metal panels to protect the coil from damage but the guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands.

SEARS----------1*-------1*--------NA

The VALUE LINE offers basic "builder grade" units while the SMARTCOMFORT LINE offers a better option in the basic category. The SEARS 19 model is a premium air conditioner that features a state of the art variable speed compressor and communicating ability. The brand is made by INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. They are available in Canada through SEARS HOME IMPROVEMENTS but their website is not much help and the guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands.

Sears Value Line

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