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(Last update: Feb 2017) If you are considering buying a central air conditioner, there are some factors that you need to consider. Like any other manufacturer, Ruud has a broad range of central air conditioning units with each unit suited to nearly each situation. As a way to keep up with their competitors, Ruud strives to produce ACs that are highly efficient and operate at low electric bills. Ruud has been in existence for quite some time and has gained popularity among consumers. Ruud has in the market three series of ACs with different levels of efficiency. However, all central air conditioners offered by Ruud are well built and durable as well as affordable to the consumer. The top list AC in the Ruud market is the Ultra Series, the Achiever Series and also the Value Series.
Ruud Unique Features
Ruud Air Conditioner Compressors
The compressor of an AC is among the most expensive parts of any air conditioner. All conditioners from Ruud have scroll compressors. These compressors are the most durable and highly reliable in the market. A scroll compressor engages a smaller amount of friction as compared to a conventional compressor thus increasing their consistency and naturally makes for a more silent unit.
Ruud air conditioners are among the most affordable ACs in the HVAC market. The quality of a unit matters to a consumer and this at many times is related to price. Ruud not only offers quality but also affordability.
Model Analysis and Recommend
Best Cost-Effective Ruud Models For You
As we have discussed in our central air conditioner guide, the SEER is the most important parameter deciding the initial equipment cost and future energy savings.
Higher SEER Models can not always pay your money back. We developed a SEER Savings Calculator to help find a better balance between equipment cost and electricity cost. This tool can automatically load your local power rate and yearly cooling hours when using Chrome explorer. You can also adjust these inputs manually to get a more accurate result.
Contractor Feedback From Private Interview
More efficient and reliable units are expected from Ruud to keep up with their competitors in the market. Although the units are rather affordable, there is still room for improvement regarding a higher SEER energy rating. Ruud air conditioners are available in the online market, and all you have to do is to make an order of the same and then have a contractor install it. Some consumers are also buying them directly from contractors. Most Ruud central ACs draw positive feedback, although it is being overtaken by other models about ultimate effectiveness with its 18 SEER rating. –Sales Manager For Rehut Comfort
Being an already established brand in the market, Ruud offers a wide variety of air conditioners with different specifications. Ruud works to provide maximum efficiency, comfort, and style. The feedback from consumers is mostly neutral; the majority of the negative issues from Ruud products users are as a result of poor installation. As long as a qualified HVAC technician does the installation, the unit will serve you long enough. –Josh
Ruud has a long way to go to catch up with its close competitors. The company needs to manufacture better air conditioners regarding efficiency and prices as well. The majority of the feedback from Ruud consumers is neutral and adverse. This has to be changed to positive feedback and reviews by making more efficient and better performing units. Otherwise, the company may lose the not so big customers base that they have currently. –Ruud Dealers From LA
Ruud Air Conditioner Prices By Model
In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:
Each model includes: 2.5 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable air conditioner thermostat.
|Models||System Only||System Installed|
|ACHIEVER PLUS UA17||$1,510||$3,730|
Ruud Air Conditioner Prices By Size
Before installing your air conditioner, 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 central air conditioner ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.
Each Unit includes: Ruud 2.5-ton 16 SEER outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable thermostat.
|AC Unit Size||Home Size||System Only||System Installed|
|1.5 ton||600 - 1000 sf||$1,070||$3,180|
|2 ton||1001 - 1300 sf||$1,240||$3,360|
|2.5 ton||1301 - 1600 sf||$1,320||$3,650|
|3 ton||1601 - 1900 sf||$1,540||$3,910|
|3.5 ton||1901 - 2200 sf||$1,690||$4,350|
|4 ton||2201 - 2600 sf||$1,850||$4,500|
|5 ton||2601 - 3200 sf||$2,450||$5,490|
Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers
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|Brand & Model & SizePriceHome LocationHome Size|
|Rudd RA14$6,896Naples FL1274 sq ft|
|Includes duct work cleaning, remote access to system operations, and a new thermostat.|
|Ruud U96V$6,500Allegan mi4500 sq ft|
|U96v furnace, ruud 3T, txv cased alum cooling coil, ruud 2.5T RA1630 condensor all assotiated parts & install...|
|Ruud UAPM-AZ 13 SEER$3309Tyler, TX1670 sqft|
|Hurray for Ruud. I’m so happy this turned out great. I was skeptical about replacing my air conditioner because the online reviews gave me the impression that there is nothing really worth the trouble out there. I got this Ruud because a friend of mine reassured me of its excellent services. For 7 months now the unit hasn’t given me any problems. Only had to fix it once and that was covered by the warranty.|
|Ruud 13AJN (4 ton)$3,990 installedPompano Beach, FL1800 sqft|
|The temperatures can really go high in the summer days. You can’t imagine my frustration when my AC broke last summer. For about 2 weeks we had to go without any air conditioning. I was in a rush to get the problem fixed so I got this Ruud but I didn’t know much about the unit. Finally, the problem was solved but then I wasn’t sure the unit would hold up without breaking down. So far so good, haven’t had to do anything except routine maintenance.|
|Ruud UNAL-JEZ$3,790Albany, GA2350 sqft|
|We have had the same ac unit for the last 18 years. After such a long time a replacement is usually a better bargain than repairing. So we went ahead and bought this Ruud. I like how quiet it runs. It functions perfectly and does take much to run so the utility bill is low. This is what good manufacturing is all about.|
|Ruud 16AJL$1,690 Unit OnlyCopperas Cove, TX1700 sqft|
|I took a friend’s advice and bought a Ruud AC to replace my old one. I don’t know what the problem is with mine because it’s only 8 months old and I’m repairing leaks twice a month. I feel frustrated by this; a house with a lousy cooling system is unbearable.|
|Ruud 15 SEER$1980 Unit OnlyPaso Robles, CA2200 sqft|
|I don’t know why I bought this thing; I wish I could have done more research. Now, when mine keeps breaking down due to this problem or the other, is when I find out that Ruud appliances are a rip-off. I’ve read the reviews; it’s all people complaining about a bad air conditioner that they bought from Ruud. Don’t buy this, save yourself the trouble.|
How to Get the Best Ruud Air Conditioner Prices?
- Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for air conditioner 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.
Rheem / Ruud 4 Ton 16 SEER Air Conditioner Condenser Classic Series, 208-230 Volt, 1 Phase, 60 Hz
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Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser
A smart, efficient design makes the Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser Classic Series Air Conditioner one of your best options for staying cool inside. Each new unit includes a generous list of features that work together to bring you quiet, efficient and reliable indoor comfort.
The Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser Classic Series were developed using our 360 degree +1 design philosophy, which means every detail of the product is meticulously evaluated from every angle. The Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser offers the solid technology and energy-saving performance you've come to expect from Rheem. It's also quiet, so you won't give your indoor home comfort a second thought. Count on the Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser to bring you and your family years of comfort.
This Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser Classic Series is comfort that keeps everyone happy
A quieter and more durable Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser starts with our smart Rheem's composite base pan. The design helps eliminate corrosion and adds to quieter performance. Extensive UV testing was done to ensure that the base pan stays black for years to come. The improved refrigerant tubing design in the Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser also contributes to a quieter, more reliable operation. For added strength, curved louver panels and rugged corner posts on the exterior do an excellent job protecting the inside.
The Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser Classic Series brings its own curb appeal
Curb appeal is not lost on our new Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser. Rheem air conditioners look as good as they operate. Modern cabinet aesthetics allow your unit to put its best face forward, and a powder coat paint system provides a lasting professional finish.
Yep this Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser Classic Series has a Scroll Compressor
The Reliable and legendary scroll compressor technology makes the Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser Classic series as efficient as it is durable. The optimized fan orifice also contributes to quieter operation, optimal airflow and better overall performance. Simply put, you get efficient comfort that lasts a very long time.
Over 90 years of experience under its belt proves that the Rheem RA1648AJ1NA Air Conditioner Condenser is backed by expertise.
Brothers Richard and Donald Rheem founded Rheem Manufacturing Company in Emeryville, California in 1925. While the company has produced a number of products in its nearly 100 years of operation - including steel shipping containers, household appliances like gas ranges, semi-conductors, musical instruments and more. Today Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products. The Rheem Air Conditioning Manufacture is also considered the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America. The Rheem Air Conditioning Company's mission is still simple: help your family enjoy a new degree of comfort with solutions that keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter and enjoying hot water year-round.
Fan motor harness with extra-long wires
allows unit top to be removed without disconnecting fan wire
35% fewer cabinet fasteners and fastener-free base
allow for faster access to internal components and hassle-free panel removal
Single-row condenser coil
makes unit lighter and allows thorough coil cleaning to maintain "out of the box" performance
External gauge port access
allows easy connection of "low-loss" gauge ports
Diagnostic service window with two-fastener opening
provides access to the high and low pressure
Optimized fan orifice
optimizes airflow and reduces unit sound
Curved louver panels
provide ultimate coil protection, enhance cabinet strength, and increased cabinet rigidity
Modern cabinet aesthetics
increased curb appeal with visually appealing design
uses 70% fewer moving parts for higher efficiency and increased reliability
Powder coat paint system
for a long lasting professional finish
New composite base pan
dampens sound, captures louver panels, eliminates corrosion and reduces number of fasteners needed
Our SKU number(s): Rheem RA1648AJ1NA
The manufacturer model number(s): Rheem RA1648AJ1NA
|Name||Rheem RA1648AJ1NA - Classic 4 Ton 16 SEER Condenser, 208-230 Volt, 1 Phase, 60 Hz|
|Manufacturer Product Number||RA1648AJ1NA|
|SKU - PIM Number||1405358021560|
|Unit of Measure||EA|
|Weight||261.0 Pounds (Lb)|
|Length||35.8 Inches (In)|
|Width||35.8 Inches (In)|
|Height||45.0 Inches (In)|
|Country of Origin||MEX|
|Equipment Type||Straight Cool|
|Full Load Amps||5.3|
|Circuit Breaker - Min Amps||25|
|Circuit Breaker - Max Amps||40|
|Condenser Motor HP||1/3 HP|
|Rated Load Amps||17|
|Locked Rotor Amps||123.9|
|Suction Line Fitting||Sweat or Braze|
|Suction Line Size (OD)||7/8"|
|Liquid Line Fitting||Sweat or Braze|
|Liquid Line Size (OD)||3/8"|
|Certifications||AHRI Certified, RvA Accredited, ABS Quality Evaluation Inc. Management System Certified, ANAB Certified, CSA Certified|
|Number of Fan Blades||1|
|Sound Level (dBA)||74.3|
|Energy Star Rated||Yes|
|Fins per Inch||22|
Ruud is a well-known brand that offers a range of high-efficiency central air conditioners. Its models are durable and have SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings from 13 to 20. According to a Consumer Reports survey, Ruud earned “Very Good” satisfaction ratings for reliability out of 21 brands surveyed.
This reliability comes from the fact that Ruud uses scroll-style compressors that offer less drag on the refrigerant compared to standard compressors. The result is a powerful, efficient, and quieter operation. Additionally, Ruud offers its AC units at a lower price point than many competing brands. You can buy Ruud air conditioners from a certified local contractor, on Amazon, or at Home Depot.
Types of Ruud air conditioners
Ruud offers central air conditioners under “Achiever” and “Ultra” series models. These units range from 1.5 to five tons in cooling capacity. The term “ton” is commonly used for central air conditioners instead of BTU (British Thermal Unit). One ton of cooling capacity is equivalent to 12,000 BTU.
Each Ruud unit offers unique features and capabilities. The company also offers the same AC units under the Rheem brand name. The only difference is in the model names. For Rheem, the “Achiever” and “Ultra” series models take the names “Classic” and “Prestige.”
Each Ruud/Rheem model includes an outdoor condenser, a CFM handler, and a programmable thermostat.
Ruud air conditioner models
Ruud offers seven air conditioning models with different SEER ratings. Six unit sizes are available for each model depending on the required cooling capacity. Read on to learn more about Ruud’s line-up of air conditioners.
EcoNet™ Enabled Ultra® Series Variable Speed (UA20)
Ruud’s UA20 air conditioner model offers the highest efficiency. According to Ruud, the unit achieves efficiencies up to 20 SEER, 54% higher than typical air conditioners. The unit boasts a variable speed and an inverter-driven compressor which offers precise temperature control. It also helps cool home interiors even when temperatures soar as high as 107 degrees Fahrenheit. UA20 includes the company’s EcoNet Smart Home System for smart controls and alerts. This flagship model from Ruud uses the environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A.
EcoNet™ Enabled Achiever Plus® Series Two-Stage (UA17)
Ruud’s UA17 air conditioner employs a two-stage scroll compressor which modulates cooling capacity depending on the weather. This enables precise temperature control for maximum energy savings and comfort. This model uses fewer cabinet fasteners, making it easy to install and maintain. UA17 has a SEER of 17 and uses the environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A. This Alexa-compatible air conditioner includes a smart home system for remote control.
Achiever Series: Two-Stage (RA17)
Ruud’s Two-Stage RA17 is an energy-efficient air conditioner with a SEER of 17. This unit employs a two-stage scroll compressor that delivers excellent cooling performance. The compressor mostly operates at a medium speed and only switches to 100% speed during peak, warm weather conditions. This helps reduce energy usage. The RA17 uses R-410A refrigerant, which is environmentally friendly.
Achiever Series: Single Stage (RA16)
Stay cool with RA16, Ruud’s central air conditioner from the “Achiever” series. This unit has a cooling efficiency of 16 SEER, which is high enough to keep your energy bills low. RA16 uses a single-stage scroll compressor that promotes quiet operation and efficient cooling. The air conditioner also boasts a composite base pan which dampens the sound further and eliminates corrosion. This model uses the environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant.
Achiever Series: Single Stage (RA14)
Ruud’s RA14 air conditioner model has a cooling efficiency of 16 SEER and is optimized for homes in the southern U.S. Similar to other “Achiever” series models, RA14 has a scroll compressor and a composite base for quiet operation. The unit uses the environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A.
Achiever Series: Single Stage (RA14**W)
Ruud’s RA14**W model is specifically designed to handle large temperature differences. Like the RA14, this unit offers a cooling efficiency of 16 SEER. It uses a single-stage scroll compressor and a composite base pan that ensures quiet and efficient operation. RA14**W uses an environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A.
Achiever Series: Single Stage (RA13)
Ruud’s RA13 provides a cooling efficiency of 13 SEER, which is fairly efficient to keep energy bills low. The AC uses a single-stage scroll compressor and a composite base pan which together helps maintain quieter operation. Features include curved louver panels and an optimized fan orifice for effective and even cooling. This model uses the environmentally friendly refrigerant R-410A.
Ruud air conditioner pricing
Ruud offers some of the most affordable air conditioners on the market. Unit pricing ranges from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the model and SEER ratings. Installation varies from $3,000 to $5,000 based on the unit size. For the most accurate pricing and guidance on choosing the best Ruud air conditioner for your needs, consult with a local HVAC professional.
Ruud air conditioner warranties
Ruud air conditioners are affordable and reliable. All its models include a 10-year replacement warranty on parts. Although some brands offer more robust warranties, buyers enjoy upfront savings on a Ruud unit and installation. Interested buyers can extend the warranty up to 10 additional years with Ruud’s Protection Plus® extended service agreement program.
Ruud air conditioner reviews
It’s often helpful to see others’ opinions on Ruud air conditioners. To see what other buyers have said, browse Ruud air conditioner reviews on HVAC.com.
Frequently asked questions
Ruud air conditioners range in price from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the model, cooling capacity, and SEER ratings. Installation costs vary from $3,000 to $5,000 based on the AC model and cooling capacity.
You can purchase a Ruud air conditioner through certified local contractors, on Amazon, or at Home Depot.
Ruud offers a 10-year warranty on all its air conditioner models. Buyers can extend this up to 10 more years with the Protection Plus® extended service agreement program. With proper maintenance, you can expect a long and useful life from your Ruud AC unit.
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