Heat Pump Ratings part 15, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Heat pump ratings part 15 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Philco, Revolv, Rheem, and Ruud brands.

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

PHILCO-----------1*--------<1*---------NA

These heat pumps are made by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. Their website is not much help and the guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands. The units are available in the USA through their dealer network but it is very limited when compared to other major brands.

REVOLV---------<1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is made for mobile/manufactured homes by UPG which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. They offer units with efficiencies up to 15 seer and feature swept wing fans and a compressor blanket for quieter operation. The ACCUCHARGE models have quick connect fittings for easier installation. The units use louvered panel construction to protect the outdoor coil but their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.

RHEEM------------1*---------1*---------2*

The RP14 CLASSIC SERIES models are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan for quieter operation. The RP17 premium units (part of their CLASSIC PLUS SERIES) have three speed compressors and an electronic expansion valve for precise temperature control. 

The RP20 model is their entry into the ultimate category and it is a combination of modern styling with high efficiency. All of the units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage and a much better looking design than Rheem products of the past. The brand is available through factory authorized dealers in the USA and Canada but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 

RUUD--------------1*---------1*---------2*

The RP14 ACHIEVER SERIES models are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan for quieter operation. The UP17 premium units (part of their ACHIEVER PLUS SERIES) have three stages of compressor operation and an electronic expansion valve for precise temperature control. 

The UP20 models are their entry in the ultimate category and feature a 20 SEER efficiency combined with their stylish modern look. All of the units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage and a much better looking design than RUUD products of the past. The brand is made by RHEEM MANUFACTURING and is available through factory authorized dealers in the USA and Canada but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 

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