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How to Choose an Air Conditioning System

Choosing an Air Conditioning System

Selecting an air conditioner for your home is a big decision. It’s an important investment today. It will play a key role in your home energy expenses for years to come. And when the summer heat is at its worst, you’ll want your family to have the best, most reliable cooling comfort possible. Here are a few things to consider.

What do good central air units have in common?

How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?

Which air conditioners are energy efficient?

Are some air conditioners built better than others?

What should I look for in a contractor?

What do good central air units have in common?

The best ones are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to hold utility bills down. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year when properly maintained. Good systems are quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs.

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How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?

Obviously, an air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your home sufficiently cool. But what many don’t realize is that an oversized system will cycle (turn on and off) more than necessary, wasting expensive energy and possibly putting undue strain on the compressor.

A good contractor will determine the optimum size for your home by making a careful study of your cooling requirements. Window dimensions and exposure. Floor space, insulation and local climate. Heat-generating appliances. The direction your home faces. Even the amount of your home’s exterior shaded by trees.

He’ll specify the cooling capacity of the system in either Btu/h (British thermal units of heat removed per hour) or refrigeration tons (one ton being equal to 12,000 Btu/h).

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Which air conditioners are energy efficient?

Much like automobile manufacturers, today’s air conditioner manufacturers are required by law to evaluate and rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.

Most new homes with central air come equipped with a standard builder’s model. However, when replacement becomes necessary, property owners can upgrade their air conditioning by specifying a more energy-efficient system.

The Rheem Prestige Series™ High Efficiency model, for example, has a SEER of 18.00, among the highest available. It’s significantly higher than today’s standard models, many of which carry SEER’s of at least 13.

High SEER models are generally more expensive, but can easily make up the difference by reducing your home energy bills over the long run.

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Are some air conditioners built better than others?

The compressor is the heart of a condensing unit. On a hot day, it works long and hard. Rheem installs the highly advanced scroll compressor in every Rheem condensing unit we produce. Scroll Compressors are recognized by the industry as the leader in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.

Other features to look for include louvered steel cabinets that protect the coils from damage and expensive repair bills.

Also, with some condensing units, the fan can be another source of bothersome noise. Rheem units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction for quieter fan operation.

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What should I look for in a contractor?

Dependability. Look for a contractor you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service.

He should offer a recognized name brand. And he should have a well-stocked inventory of replacement parts. You wouldn’t want to sit out a mid-summer heat wave waiting for a simple repair!

One way to be sure you’ll get good service is to contact a neighborhood Rheem contractor.

Your local Rheem contractor is knowledgeable, dependable, and as good as any you’ll find in the business. Give him a call or click here to find a contractor near you.

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Rheem Air Conditioners

Rheem HVAC Brand Review

Rheem HVAC has been in the heating and cooling business since the late 1930’s and came out with the first Rheem central air conditioner and heater in 1954 known as Rheemaire. It’s been in the business of air conditioners and heaters ever since, offering some of the most modern and capable units. The company is known for their replacement central ac units, heat pump units, replacement gas furnaces, water heaters, and package units for both the residential and commercial industry.

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Rheem Air Conditioner Prices

Rheem air conditioner prices can range between $3,150 to $4,000 to install. Your total AC unit installation costs will largely depend on the size needed for your home. For a 1,600 square foot home you would need a 2.5 ton air conditioner. To get exact local costs, connect with one of our contractors today.

Rheem HVAC offers three different levels of air conditioners, the entry-level Classic Series, the upscale Classic Plus series and the top-of-the-line Prestige Series.

AC Unit ModelSEER RatingAvg. Installation CostHVAC Unit Cost 
Rheem Classic RA1313 SEER$3,150$948
Rheem Classic RA1414 SEER $3,450 $1,095
Rheem Classic RA1616 SEER$3,600$1,285
Rheem Classic Plus RA1717 SEER$3,725$1,463
Rheem Prestige RA2020 SEER$3,952$1,925

What is a Good HVAC SEER Rating?

Efficiency is expressed as the seasonal energy-efficiency rating, also known as an HVAC SEER rating. The minimum SEER for a central air conditioner will be 13 to 14. You’ll want to choose an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 15 or higher. The better the SEER rating for your AC unit, the lower your overall energy bills will be. See our list below of average costs for AC units with different SEER ratings: The higher your HVAC system’s energy efficiency level, the higher your average HVAC unit installation cost will be.

What Size AC Unit Do I Need? 

If you want to know what size Rheem air conditioner you should install for your home, you can calculate by using your home’s square footage. A Rheem air conditioner can cool up to 400 square feet per 1 ton of air conditioning capacity. For a 1,600 square foot home you would most likely need a 2.5 ton air conditioner. See the chart below for average costs of HVAC units by TONS.

Rheem AC Unit SizeHome Sq. Ft.Installation CostHVAC Unit Cost
1.5 ton600-1000$3,150$1,085
2 ton1001-1300$3,310$1,120
2.5 ton1300-1600$3,570$1,235
3 ton1600-1900$3,850$1,500
3.5 ton1900-2200$4,145$1,675
4 ton2200-2600$4,420$1,800
5 ton2600-3200$4,875$2,420

Rheem Classic Series Air Conditioner

The classic series has units starting at 13 SEER and going up to 16 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). They’re all fitted with a single stage compressor and come with a composite base for noise dampening. All of these highly rated ac units rely on a scroll compressor for efficient and quiet performance.

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Rheem Classic Plus Series Air Conditioner

The Classic Plus line of Rheem AC Units add in a few improvements compared to the standard Classic Series. While SEER Ratings remain the same with up to a 16 SEER efficiency, the compressors used are two-stage units for enhanced control, and they are EcoNet enabled for improved scheduling and remote operation allowing you to adjust your systems controls from anywhere in the world.

Rheem Prestige Series Air Conditioner

When you step up to the top level Prestige series the air conditioning units are efficient up to 19.5 SEER and they are fitted with a compressor sound blanket for operation as quiet as 71 dB (equivalent to average street noise). The unit is variable speed and can help adjust humidity levels to keep them comfortable.

Rheem Heat Pump Prices

Rheem sells two replacement heat pump types called the Classic Series and the Classic Plus Series.The average cost of a Rheem heat pump can range from $1,200 to $3,750 depending on the seer rating and size of the unit. Rheem HVAC offers two different levels of heat pumps designed to offer top-level heating and cooling.

Rheem Classic Series Heat Pumps

Classic Series heat pumps operate at between 14 and 15 SEER efficiency levels and they run on a scroll compressor (a scroll shaped device for compressing air or refrigerant) just like the air conditioners. The units are fitted with a composite base pan to dampen noise during operation.

Rheem Classic Plus Series Heat Pumps

The Classic Plus Series offers cooling efficiency levels up to 18.5 SEER and heating levels up to 13 SEER. The units in the series can be connected to the EcoNet remote control system and they come with a highly versatile three-stage compressor for more control and improved efficiency levels.

Rheem Packaged AC Units

Rheem offers a variety of packaged HVAC units that take all the heating and cooling components needed for comfort and they stuff them all into one neat and compact unit. There are air conditioning units, gas and electric heating and cooling units and both horizontal and standard heat pumps.

Units between two and five tons are available and they offer all the heating and cooling needed for a variety of residential and commercial locations. The packaged units come with an internal trap on the condensate line and a solid core liquid line for effective liquid removal to keep humidity levels managed. One and three phase units are available giving you the level of control that fits your needs.

Read Modernize’s guide on installing a Rheem gas furnace.

Rheem Thermostats and Controllers

Rheem offers a line of controllers and thermostats for enhanced scheduling. All the thermostats are digital and offer scheduling features for improved efficiency and more control over temperatures throughout the day. The EcoNet Control Center product from Rheem connects all your heating and cooling units to one central system, and offers an impressive level of remote control over supported products.

Rheem Energy Star Support

Rheem offers a variety of Energy Star approved equipment guaranteed to offer highly efficient performance. Rheem has condensing units, gas and electric heating and cooling units, gas furnaces and heat pumps that are all rated as Energy Star efficient.

There may be government and local tax credits available for Energy Star rated equipment, so check around to see what incentives are available for heating and cooling products in your area before buying, you could save a bit of money just by doing a simple search.

Rheem AC Installers

Rheem makes it simple to locate qualified installers. The company maintains a database of verified installers and connects customers with installers that can be relied on. The Rheem Contractor search allows customers to look for technicians and certified installers in their area. It’s simple to use and shows nearby service providers.

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Product Education


Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Used to express the efficiency of gas furnaces. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the unit. Federal law has required that all new residential furnaces built after January 1992 operate with an AFUE of 78% or higher. All Rheem® furnaces are manufactured to exceed these requirements with a minimum AFUE of 80%. If your furnace was built before 1992, chances are it is operating with an average efficiency of around 60%. Most of the heat is lost up the chimney or out the exhaust vent – devices used by older furnaces to expel dangerous fumes created by the furnace, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, aldehydes, and even soot. Modern furnaces use more technologically advanced venting techniques to achieve greater energy efficiency. An important note: Be sure to ask your installing contractor if your chimney or exhaust vent is suitable for use with your new equipment.


The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration equipment. AHRI’s 300+ member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America. Rheem is an active member of AHRI.


Short for British Thermal Unit. The amount of heat required to raise or lower the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.


The heat transfer rate of HVAC equipment is measured in British Thermal Units per Hour.


Usually measured in BTUs or tons, capacity refers to an air conditioning or heating unit’s ability to cool or heat a space. For instance, a 20-ton air conditioning unit has twice the capacity of a 10-ton unit.


A unit to express movement of volume, including air, in Cubic Feet per Minute. A 400 CFM air handler moves 400 cubic feet in one minute.


The compressor plays an integral role in cooling your home. It is the device responsible for pumping refrigerant through the refrigerant lines and the coil, making the transfer of heat from inside your house to the outdoors possible. Rheem uses high-quality compressors throughout its residential air conditioning and heat pump line for quiet, efficient, and trouble-free operation for many years to come.


The coil responsible for dissipating heat to the surrounding, outside air. Also called the condenser coil, or outdoor coil, its role is reversed when a heat pump is used in heating mode.


The brain behind the most advanced furnace technology available today. Used in the Rheem Classic 90 Plus Modulating Gas Furnaces with Contour Comfort Control, this breakthrough technology can keep temperatures throughout your house constant—as constant as one-half of one degree of your thermostat setting. Conventional furnaces turn on and off when temperatures fall or climb to a pre-determined level, delivering warm air (usually much warmer that the air in the house), until the desired temperature is achieved, then turning off. The Rheem Classic 90 Plus Modulating Gas Furnace is different. The fan speed and heat output are automatically and constantly varied. The result is that air flows from the registers at the precise temperature you select, for lower utility bills and greater comfort. You can also use up to six optional remote sensors (mounted in closets or other strategic locations) to help the Contour Comfort Control system analyze temperatures throughout your home. The system then uses this information to direct furnace activity accordingly, effectively eliminating hotspots.


The Coefficient of Performance rates a heat pump’s ability to efficiently use electricity in its operation. The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute provides the Coefficient of Performance at 47 degrees Fahrenheit and 17 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is because a heat pump is more efficient at higher, outside-air temperatures.


The relative loudness of a sound is expressed in dB, short for decibel. As an example, the sound of a human voice talking is around 70 dB. (See also SRN.)


A federal agency, the Department of Energy, sets the standards for efficiency throughout the HVAC industry and monitors consumption of energy sources.


A term used to describe the direction of airflow through a furnace. A downflow furnace takes return air from the top, heats it, and then delivers the warm air from the bottom.


A central heating and air conditioning system uses many components to heat or cool air. This warm or cool air is then transferred to different registers throughout the house via special, flexible, large-diameter pipes or ducts. The system of ducts throughout your house is often referred to as ductwork or ducting.


Energy Efficiency Ratio. The ratio of the cooling capacity of the air conditioner in BTUs per hour to the total electrical input in watts. This measure is determined by comparing test units to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute specifications.


A general term used to describe how effectively a heat pump, air conditioning system, or furnace converts incoming energy to outgoing energy. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit, and the lower the operating costs.


An integral part of the indoor unit of a heat pump or air conditioning system. So called because when warm air passes over a coil filled with liquid refrigerant, the refrigerant itself evaporates and absorbs some of the heat. This gas refrigerant is then pumped to the outdoor coil, where it releases heat into the surrounding air and returns to its liquid state.


Responsible for transferring heat from furnace burners to the blower. Rheem uses some of the finest heat exchangers in the industry with limited lifetime warranties on some models.


A term used to describe the direction of airflow through a furnace. A horizontal flow furnace takes return air from one side, heats it, and then delivers the warm air from the other side.


Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. It measures the efficiency of the heating portion of your heat pump. The Department of Energy minimum is 6.8. (Similar to SEER.)


Usually available as an optional accessory, a humidifier is used to inject water vapor into the dry, heated air expelled from a furnace/air handler. The benefits can be improved efficiency and a more comfortable living environment.


Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. Used to refer to the industry at large, particularly dealers of heating and air conditioning equipment.


Split-system home comfort systems use two main components to deliver air for a comfortable living environment. The indoor coil is the device responsible for transferring heat from indoors to the outdoors (or the reverse in the case of a heat pump in heating mode). Most modern systems are designed to achieve maximum efficiency when the indoor unit (coils and blower) is properly matched with the outdoor unit (air conditioner or heat pump). For best results, be sure to replace both the indoor and outdoor units at the same time.


A unit used to express 1,000 Watts. Denoted as “kW.” Note that the “W” in “kW” is always capitalized because the Watt unit was named after a person.


If a unit uses 1,000 Watts in 1 hour, it is said to have an energy rating of 1kWh.


Furnaces are designed to deliver maximum heat for comfort on the coldest of days. In most cases, those days account for fewer than three percent of winter days. The rest of the time, your furnace is providing more heat than necessary. Because conventional furnaces are either providing no heat, or at full capacity, the temperature in your house goes up and down by several degrees, adversely affecting your comfort and your energy bills. Modulating furnaces solve this problem by varying the amount and temperature of air delivered between different capacities, so that the air flowing out of the registers is always at the temperature you determine. This results in lower operating costs, more comfortable temperatures throughout the house and quieter operation.


Equipment in which all heating and cooling components are located in one cabinet. Installed either beside or on top of a home or business.


The liquid used to absorb and transfer heat from one part of the home comfort system to another.


Copper lines used to transfer the refrigerant between the outdoor unit and the indoor unit.


Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Used to express the efficiency of an air conditioning unit, or a heat pump in cooling mode. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. The Department of Energy minimum is 13 SEER.


A home comfort system that uses an indoor and an outdoor component to deliver comfortable air to a living environment.


The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute performs tests and assigns a Sound Rating Number (SRN) to units. A lower SRN rating indicates a quieter unit with average SRNs of between 74dB and 80dB.


A temperature-measuring device used to control the operation of home comfort systems to maintain a comfortable temperature within the house. Programmable thermostats allow you to program different temperatures for different times of the day.


The ton ratings you see here have nothing to do with the weight of the unit. In fact a ton is simply 12,000 BTUs (see BTU definition on this page). A typical home cooling/heating system uses heat pumps or air conditioners with a capacity of between 1.5 and 5 tons.


A term used to describe the direction of airflow through a furnace. An upflow furnace takes return air from the bottom, heats it, and then delivers the warm air from the top.


Electrical power, also expressed as ‘W’. For example, a 100W globe consumes 100 Watts of electrical power. The W in Watt is always uppercased, because it is named after a person.


A home may be divided into several different areas, or zones, to better control the temperatures throughout the house. The process of dividing your home into different zones is called zoning.

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Rheem Central AC Unit Prices | 2021 Buying Guide

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Rheem Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1925 and over 100 years later their list of accomplishments is well known throughout the industry. Their history of innovation has led them to be in the forefront of producing more eco-friendly heating and air conditioning products as well as on the cutting edge of hybrid technology.  For consumers looking for high quality products that perform well year after year, Rheem central air conditioners are a good choice.

Rheem is considered one of the average quality brands of central HVAC equipment. Other average tier brands include: Bryant, Amana, Ruud and York.

Unit Pricing

The Rheem models below were priced using the most common size AC and coil. Each is based on a 2.5 ton outdoor condenser, with a matching indoor evaporator coil. None of our pricing includes an air handler or furnace inside the home. These are AC and cooling only systems, and the SEER ratings you see are based on the unit being matched to the correct evaporator coil and air handler.

Rheem AC Units and Prices

Unit Model

Efficiency Rating

Unit Only Cost

Installed Cost

Rheem Classic RA1313 SEER$989$2,109
Rheem Classic RA1414 SEER $1,075 $2,370
Rheem Classic RA14**W14 SEER$1,075$2,370
Rheem Classic RA1616 SEER$1,300$2,595
Rheem Classic Plus RA1717 SEER$1,450$2,740
Rheem Prestige RA2020 SEER$1,835$3,075

Prices by Unit Size

The table below represents the different size Rheem central air units available for the most common home installations. The cooling area is an estimate, based on the average size area it will cool. The only way to know which size you need in your home is to have a load calculation performed on your home by a Rheem Qualified Contractor who will measure the heat loss of your home and size the unit to your needs. Rheem is one of the many HVAC manufacturers that void the warranty on units sold online. Be warned, if you buy a Rheem unit online, it will have no warranty.

Rheem AC Prices by Unit Size

Unit Size

Cooling Area

Unit Only Cost

Installed Cost

1.5 Tons600 – 1000 sqft$1,125$2,135
2 Tons1000 – 1300 sqft $1,230 $2,365
2.5 Tons1300 – 1600 sqft$1,310 $2,550
3 Tons1600 – 1900 sqft $1,525$2,845
3.5 Tons1900 – 2200 sqft $1,699 $3,174
4 Tons2200 – 2600 sqft $1,840$3,450
5 Tons2600 – 3200 sqft$2,350$4,160

Owner Pricing

The table below contains Rheem central air unit prices by other Rheem owners. The information is updated regularly and submitted to us through our website, or by owners who have agreed to let us share their costs. If you own a Rheem , please consider sharing the costs for future visitors and customers.

City, State

Home Size

AC Size & Model

Cost Includes

Actual Cost

 Albany, GA2900 sqft5 Ton RA14 AC, Installation, Coil $4,385
 Norman, OK2000 sqft3 Ton RA20 AC, Installation $2,995
 Melbourne, FL1850 sqft3 Ton RA17 AC, Installation, Furnace, Thermostat $6,250

Tax Credits, Special Offers & Rebates

When purchasing your new central ac system, it never hurts to review all savings opportunities you may be eligible for. In addition to specific units qualifying for both federal and state tax credits, Rheem offers attractive financing and rebate offers on specific units. The links to each is listed below.

List of Current Rheem AC Units

The list of units below are the current models available at Rheem in 2017. To learn more about each unit, read more about teach individual unit at the Rheem Central Air Conditioners page of their website.



  • Classic RA16
  • Classic RA14
  • Classic RA14**W
  • Classic RA13

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Corporate and Contact Information

Rheem houses their US Headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Their customer service department can be reached at: 1-800-432-8373, and they are available daily from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm EST.

Rheem Corporate Offices
1100 Abernathy Road, N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 351-3000

Rheem Pro Partners

Rheem Pro Partners are trained extensively and held to high standards for customer service and expertise. Each Rheem Pro Partner must meet or exceed a 4-Star customer rating based on consumer driven reviews as well as complete advanced professional and technical training each year.

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