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I am considering installing a Ruud/Rheem gas pac. Can you

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I am considering installing a Ruud/Rheem gas pac. Can you give me info as to how they perform compared to a Lennox?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: I started yesterday. I have quotes for Lennox and for Ruud/Rheem. I would like to know which is the best unit.
JA: Did you double-check the thermostat? And what about the unit's filters?
Customer: I am not sure you understand. I am in the process of having a new unit installed and would like info on which is the best unit.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: No. I have bids for each unit from two different HVAC companies. I would like to know if you would recommend one over the other. Which has the best work record, etc.?
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I am not sure. Do you have any data to share that would help me make a decision as to which unit to go with? Is one more efficient than the other?

Hello, all of these systems have SEER ratings, the higher the SEER rating the more it costs and the more efficient it is.. SEER ratings much above 15 SEER require very complex, failure prone, controls systems... I do not recommend higher than 14SEER for that reason.

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Similar with gas furnaces 80% efficient is my preference, only 90% efficient or higher if you are in an arctic type environment and the dealer is near by to keep it serviced for you

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Lennox tends to use their own proprietary parts that you must buy from them in many but not all cases, Rudd and Rheem use standard off the shelf parts that are a little easier to get and less expensive.

I do not notice that Lennox has any less problems than other equipment.

The quality of the dealer is the primary thing to look for when buying equipment, it is the installation that determines how well a system will run.

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Customer: replied 23 days ago.
I have two bids, one on the Ruud/Rheem which is 15 seer and about $400.00 less expensive than the Lennox which has a seer of 14. You said you would not recommend a unit that has a seer rating above 15. Is the seer 15 acceptable in this case or should I go for a Ruud/Rheem with a seer14 rating?
Am I eligible for the $5.00 rebate for this question? The original sign up page offer a $5.00 rebate but I failed to click on that tab.
Thank you,
Bob

I need the full model number on the Ruud/ rheem option, if it does not have a variable speed blower I will recommend that brand, if it does have a variable speed motor I will recommend that you get a 14 SEER quote from Ruud/ Rheem.

If the Ruud/ Rheem dealer is very well established with a good local reputation I will recommend them.

I will only recommend Lennox as second choice, not a bad second choice but not my first choice

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Regarding your $5 only our management knows about that issue, I just handle the answering end in my category.

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