Heat Pump Ratings part 16, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Heat pump ratings part 16 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Rheem, Ruud, Sears, and Tappan brands.

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

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. 

Rheem RP20

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. 

Ruud UP20

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. 

SEARS------------1*--------<1*---------1*

These heat pumps are made by INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The VALUE LINE offers basic "builder grade" units with 14 and 15 SEER efficiencies. The SEARS 16 units are premium models while the SEARS 18 units are ultimate models with the latest in compressor technology. They both have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the HVAC system to maximize comfort and efficiency but the wire guard does not do much to protect the condenser coil. Their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. 

TAPPAN-----------1*--------<1*---------2*

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The ET4BE offers a basic unit with an efficiency of up to 15 SEER but the warranty is only average. The TECH 3 (ET4BF) model is a premium unit with all of the standard features but the warranty is not as good as many brands. 

The TECH 3 line features units with IQ DRIVE (inverter drive compressors) for superior comfort and energy efficiency. They also have noise limiting features such as a compressor blanket, swept wing fan blade, and a composite base pan. The units are available with either 19 or 22 SEER efficiencies and have a good warranty on the unit. All of the units feature louvered metal jacket construction to protect the coil from damage but the units are only available through dealers in the USA and Canada. 

TEMPSTAR--------1*---------1*---------2*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 14 & 15 models are basic heat pumps with an average warranty. 

The SMARTCOMFORT DELUXE 16 (TCH6) units are premium models but their guarantee is not as good as other brands in the category. The units have a wire guard instead of louvered panels to protect the coil which is not as effective. The SMARTCOMFORT DELUXE 18 is their entry into the ultimate category with a variable speed fan and a five stage compressor. The units use electronic expansion valves for efficient heating control but their guarantee is only average. The brand is available in Canada as well as the USA but only through their dealer network.

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