An Introduction to the New Rheem 16 SEER AC Unit

edan December 27, 2012 10:44 am


The new Rheem 16 SEER AC unit is a 2.5 ton unit. The Rheem 16 SEER air conditioner uses R-410 refrigerant which is environmentally friendly. This air conditioner is energy efficient, affordable and incredibly reliable.


The SEER rating is a measure of the energy efficiency of an air conditioner when it experiences both warm and cold temperatures. An air conditioner’s Energy Efficiency Ratio or EER is found by measuring how much power is required to deliver a BTU per hour of cooling in a specified set of conditions. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER determines the efficiency of the air conditioner per a benchmark set by the U.S. Department of Energy intended to mimic climate variations over time. An air conditioner is considered an Energy Star appliance if it has a SEER of at least 14. The Rheem 16 SEER AC unit has a SEER value of 16 and an EER of 13. The new Rheem 16 SEER AC unit easily meets and exceeds Energy Star standards.


The Rheem AC is surprisingly quiet. The outdoor unit’s sound level is 76 decibels. This is a lower noise level than the standard noise created by a dishwasher and not much louder than a TV would be. They have a built in sound blanket to minimize machine noise.

These units come with built in diagnostics and an LED display to help technicians identify problems with the unit. Rheem has added a fault recall function to its air conditioners. The AC generates fault codes similar to those used by car computers to report problems, while the unit automatically records and “remembers” fault codes even after a power outage. The fault recall function will report to an AC technician the fault code the unit experienced when it failed.

Hot and Cold

The Rheem AC is an air conditioner, not a heat pump. However, you can buy electric heat strips from Rheem to turn the Rheem AC into a source of warm air.

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