Lennox vs. Rheem/Ruud

miamibeachJuly 8, 2007

I am renovating an 800sf condo in South Florida and one of the things I am changing is the A/C system.

The HVAC contractor had recommended a Lennox 13ACD-024 unit, but after doing some research I am questioning his decision.

I am on the 4th floor of a 4-story building, and the units go on the roof. First issue is that the trap door to access the roof is only about 23"x29" which means all the Lennox units (smallest size is 24"x24") won't fit through it. The only brand that I've found that would fit without a problem is Rheem/Ruud (19"x28").

Second issue is that I think I would rather get a system that uses R410A instead of R22, and the Lennox 13ACD uses R22. The Lennox alternatives are the 13ACX and 14ACX, but these are also 24"x24".

I think I would rather go with Rheem/Ruud to keep the installation simple. From reading the dimension specs from their website, it seems like I have a choice between these models:

RAND-024 (13 SEER R-22)

RANL-024 (13 SEER R-410A)

RAPL-024 (14 SEER R-410A)

RANL-024JEZ (13 SEER R-410A)

RAPL-024JEZ (14 SEER R-410A)

So here are my questions:

1. Is it worth going through the extra hassle of getting a Lennox unit on my roof?

2. Is there any difference between the Rheem and Ruud models? They seem completely identical to me.

3. Would I need to replace the copper pipes if I go with an R-410A model?

4. Does anyone have experience with the Rheem "Comfort Control System" (Models ending in -JEZ). According to their website, it provides: On-board diagnostics, fault recall, active protection and increased dependability. It sounds to me like this could be just marketing with no real benefit to me.

Thanks so much for your help!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
baldloonie

I'd take any Rheem/Ruud over a Lennox in a flash. Hmm, 72 in, 92 out here right now and mine 12 year old unit is purring along. Anyway, the 13ACD is a really cheaply built unit, more along the lines of Rheem's Corsaire series.

The RAND/RANL is a nice 13 SEER series. I've had no experience with the Comfort Alert module on any brand but it is handy. It tells the tech (and passes the code to the homeowner with some thermostats) exactly what went wrong. A major fault it locks out the unit to save the compressor. The JAZ version has the compressor protection just without the diagnosing module.

It is possible to change refrigerants on the same lineset. The installers need to blow them out carefully to rid them of old mineral oil.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 4:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
miamibeach

Thanks for the info. I am definitely going to get my contractor to switch the the Rheem models. However, how do I make sure I am not getting ripped off by a contractor without getting multiple quotes? I am working with one main contractor who has an A/C guy he works with, so I am not sure I have much of a choice on who I go with as far as A/C.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 1:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
garyg

"However, how do I make sure I am not getting ripped off by a contractor without getting multiple quotes?"

- You stated the obvious. You need multiple quotes.

I believe that Rheem units can be bought over the internet. While I do not recommend this, you can get an internet price and use it as a baseline to compare against your quote from the contractor if he's willing to separate his equipment cost from his labor price.

Best of luck to you.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 2:45PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Honeywell th6320R Thermostat
My Honeywell TH6320R thermostat (communicating with...
zver11
Moving floor vent to toekick area
Hello. We are renovating our kitchen as well as baths...
cathy725
Has anyone found solution to HVAV Dirty Sock Syndrome
Two years ago I had a Trane heat pump installed in...
idreos
How to heat this room?
Hi folks! First post in this forum. I live in ec Iowa....
sparky_10
Geothermal in new construction.
Our house is currently under construction, and while...
bethmcg
Sponsored Products
Avanity BRENTWOOD-VS25-NW Brentwood 25 vanity with semi-recessed sink
$930.00 | Blue Bath
MILANO-VS30-BK-VE 30'' Solid Birch Veneeer Bath Vanity
$870.00 | Blue Bath
Lennox Overfilled Solid Color Microfiber Down Alternative Comforter
Overstock.com
Avanity TROPICA-VS24-AW-B Tropica 24 in. Vanity Combo with Beige Marble Top
$918.75 | Blue Bath
USA vs. Canada Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
$79.99 | zulily
White Vitreous China Avanity LOFT-VS36-DW 36'' Dark Walnut Birch Vanity Set
$986.25 | Blue Bath
Spider-Man vs. Venom Salt & Pepper Shakers
$12.99 | zulily
Avanity MODERO-VS36-WT-B Modero 36-Inch Floor Standing Vanity Combo in White
Blue Bath
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™