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  1. #1
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    Any Rheems peoples out there

    Greetings.

    I've been on Rheems site looking at gas furnaces for an 1129 sq ft house.

    BTU will be somewhere around 60.

    Rheems site has extensive literature about their units.

    I'm looking at the RGTK Classic 90, 90TJ Value Line, and the RGPN CLassic 80.

    Looking for the goods and not so goods.

    If this is the wrong forum, please advise and I'll move

    Thanks

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    Good:

    - Direct Spark ignition -> no igniter to ever replace
    - Tubular heat exchanger

  3. #3
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    Cool.

    I'm having a hard time finding (good) prices on the net.

    One place wanted 2500 for the 90TJ

    Hvac-webdirect has the RGTK at 1500.
    Also have the RGPN 70k 80% at 850
    Free shipping , IIRC

    I seem stuck on Rheem because their BTU ratings fit my needs. Trane is either a little low or a little high.

  4. #4
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    No pricing here, but on the internet you will find a big gap in prices,
    some hope you do not shop around.

    I do not reccomend buying on the internet, simply because no mfg.,
    is going to honor a warranty, and if you do not install correctly, something
    bad could happen.

    80k btu may be too big if you live in the southern states, might be ok
    if you live in the northern states, size also depends on how well your
    home is insulated. Doing a load calc., is the best deal, and you may
    be able to buy a smaller furnace ( save money ), and save on energy
    by having a smaller furnace.

    If you live in the northern states, a 90% or better furnace is a must,
    southern states 80% most likely ok.

    Furnaces made today are efficient, but also complex, and sensitive
    to pressures from ductwork, flue pipes, so on. You really need to
    have several a/c shops give you bids. You may save money in the
    long run. I can not tell you how many self installed systems I have
    had to straighten out, and how much energy was wasted until the
    units were corrected.

  5. #5
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    Good advice. Thanks

    I just made an appointment for contractor #2 this Friday.

    It can be overwhelming looking at the numerous spec's
    of the many furnaces out there.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by regis101 View Post
    It can be overwhelming looking at the numerous spec's of the many furnaces out there.
    That's where the Professional Contractor's training comes in. Thank you for recognizing the industry's complexity!
    Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

  7. #7
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    We live just east of San Fran. Relatively mild winters and not so unbearably
    hot summers.

    In the end, I just want a furnace that's simple and gives ~140, maybe more degrees of heat. I like to keep it simple. No fancy T-Stats. On is on, off is off.

    I think that a 90% furnace with a variable speed motor is what I'm looking for. I say variable speed for the motor because I like when they ramp up to speed. Seems quieter and less shocking to the entire system.

    I'll keep digging around.

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