Rheem vs. Amana
Rheem vs. Amana
I’ve been receiving estimates on a new heat pump and gas furnace. I have narrowed it down to two dealers, one installs Amana the other Rheem.
Amana: AMV950703B furnace variable speed / 2 stage
ASZ14036 3 ton heat pump 14 seer coil
Honeywell HW8000 Stat
total price of install
Rheem: RGRM-07 2 stage 95% furnace variable also
RPRL-036 3 ton heat pump with 16 seer coil
honeywell pro8000 stat
honeywell he225 humifier
Total price of install
My question is which is the better system. I know the installer has a lot to do with the way the unit will work. The Amana dealer is going to run the vent out under my deck and then along the house. The Rheem dealer explained that can not be done and will have to run venting the opposite way.
Any comments or suggestions is appreciated. thank you in advanced.
Last edited by BaldLoonie; 02-19-2010 at 02:58 PM. Reason: removed pricing per site rules
REP said: 02-19-2010 02:52 PM
I have my own personal preferance as to equip and to how the manufactuerer treats the end user,but that is to be put aside.
Did eitrher of the contractors do a load calc?
I would have to see your venting situation and I would have to see what length requirements the manufactuerer has put on the venting of their equipment,but from where I’m standing right now it appears that the Rheem dealer is telling you the truth.
The Rheem is a 2 stage outdoor unit, Amana single stage. The 8000 is the wrong thermostat for 2 stage gas backup on dual fuel, should use an IAQ to properly stage the backup furnaces. 8000 means you cripple the furnace by using the timer. Dang hacks. For that kind of money, they should do it right. Also the IAQ will control the humidifier.
They both did a load calculation and deemed that the 100k btu I currently have is too large. They recommended the 70k as it would be sufficient for the size of home that I have.
The Amana contractor explained that I would be able to control the humidity through the thermostat, the Rheem said I would not. What thermostat should I ask for if I go with the Rheem install.
I forgot to mention that the Rheem dealer is also installing two manual dampers to attempt to improve airflow to the upstairs bedrooms.
Thank you for your responses.
I’d put the Vision Pro IAQ on either system. It will properly stage the 2 stage gas furnace, it will work with either furnace’s variable speed blower for dehumidify on demand and it will work a humidifier.
The 8321 will dehumidify by overcooling the space. It will not handle the gas furnace properly and doesn’t work a humidifier.
thank you. I will look into that.
So you guys think, the Rheem is a better system than the Amana. The Amana offers 10 years warranty but the installer only offers 1 year parts and labor. Rheem installer offers 5 years parts and labor, which makes me believe the product is more reliable. Is my assumption correct or incorrect.
If you are having problems with airflow and think the dampers will help; get the Amana
dealer to figure them in also. Shouldn’t let that be the deal breaker between the two bids.
not at all. Just the fact that Amana dealer wanted to charge over 1k for automatic dampers but didn’t offer the option of the manual ones. I’ve been researching on both makes for about a week and still unsure on who to go with. I dont mind paying more for the Amana if I’m getting a better system and installer. But how do I know how good of an installer they are.
REP said: 02-19-2010 08:12 PM
The more you go on the bettor the Rheem dealer looks.
1) bettor price
2)bettor features in equipment
3)seems more knowleble on basic venting procedures
You might want to ask about if the quoted stat will do what you want.
you might want to ask if there is an extended warrenty to cover parts and labor to go out to ten years.
You might want to ask how warrenty parts are handled.Are they just covered or do you pay for them and then get a credit.
You might want to ask if they provide 24 hour service if you have extended warrenty coverage or will you have to wait till the next day so thaty the labor is fully covered.