Rheem Heat Pump Review: Pros, Cons, Performance and Top Picks

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May 17, 2024

Rheem Heat Pump Review (2024 Update)

Rheem, a leading HVAC manufacturer, offers a consolidated lineup of five heat pump models across three series: Classic, Classic Plus, and Prestige . This review provides a comprehensive overview of Rheem heat pumps, including pros, cons, and performance, to help guide your purchasing decision.

Rheem Heat Pump Technical Specifications

Rheem's three heat pump lines offer the following specifications :

  1. Classic Series (RP14, RP14-F, RP15): Single-stage models with up to 16 SEER cooling and 9.0 HSPF heating efficiency.
  2. Classic Plus Series (RP17): A three-stage model with up to 18.5 SEER and 10.5 HSPF.
  3. Prestige Series (RP20): A variable-speed model with up to 20 SEER and 13 HSPF.

The RP14-F is a dual fuel heat pump that can be installed with a gas furnace for optimal efficiency in cold climates . The Classic Plus and Prestige models support Rheem EcoNet technology for optimal performance when paired with a Rheem EcoNet thermostat .

Pros and Cons


  • Three series and efficiency levels to fit various climates and budgets .
  • The RP20 is as efficient as or more efficient than top models from competitors .
  • The RP14-F dual fuel model offers the most efficient heating in very cold climates .
  • Rheem heat pumps are rated among the top ten brands for reliability .
  • Louvered cabinet panels provide excellent ventilation and protect the condensing coil fins .
  • Most models include a reliable Copeland Scroll compressor .


  • The Lennox XP25 (23.5 SEER) is slightly more efficient than the Rheem RP20 .
  • The reduced lineup has eliminated some popular performance/efficiency combinations .
  • Proper installation by a qualified contractor is essential for optimal performance and durability .


When choosing a Rheem heat pump, consider the following factors:

  1. Length of stay in your current home: For short-term stays, an affordable Classic model may be the best choice .
  2. Climate: In moderate climates, the RP14 or RP15 will suffice. For very hot summers, consider the RP17 or RP20. In very cold winters, a Rheem furnace or the dual fuel RP14-F may be more suitable .
  3. Efficiency: More efficient models, like the RP17 or RP20, are recommended for long-term energy savings in warm climates .


Rheem heat pumps offer dependable performance and reasonable pricing, making them a good value for homeowners. While the lineup may be more limited than some competitors, Rheem's offerings cover a wide range of efficiency levels and performance capabilities.


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