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    What's the difference between Rheem and Ruud?

    I know that Ruud is Rheem, however same units are sold under both names.

    Same model numbers and every thing, but they have the Ruud version as well as Rheem version and when I look at the list of "independent contractors" I get a different list.

    What's the story here?

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    100% identical.

    Some dealers sell Rheem, some sell Ruud. Like all the other companies with several names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    100% identical.

    Some dealers sell Rheem, some sell Ruud. Like all the other companies with several names.
    What's the point? The model numbers are exactly the same. Technical manual is exactly the same, sans substitution of Rheem/Ruud logo.

    Car makers have different marques and although there some close overlaps (Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL) they're usually never completely identical and certain have different names.

    When I called one company and talked to them about Rheem, the receptionist was like "you mean Ruud?"

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    The point is a lot more dealers in the same town. While A-S/Trane, Carrier/Bryant have VIRTUALLY identical products, they are really doing the same thing. Some model #s overlap, most don't but most products are identical except for the split outdoor units.

    Locally, Rheem & Ruud are sold by the same wholesaler. I think outside the metro they have Ruud dealers, locally they sell Rheem.

    The other brands with multiple names all are represented by separate wholesalers. But the principle is the same.

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    Sounds like business bureaucracy than anything else.
    It seems that with Rheem/Ruud, most HVAC units are the same. Are they labeled to order? i.e. they come shipped blank to mid level distribution channel,then Rheem or Ruud label applied depending on who they're getting shipped to

    They're all boring green looking boxes. I want some orange condensing units

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    If you want orange, you'll have to look at a York with school colors that are orange

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    Hmmm ... let's see

    If I'm on the East side of town and need parts I go to Ruud distributor.

    If I'm on the West side of town and need parts I go to Rheem distributor.

    The difference is about 8 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    If you want orange, you'll have to look at a York with school colors that are orange
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    Twilli says Rheems are better than Ruuds just look at consumer reports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twilli3967 View Post
    Twilli says Rheems are better than Ruuds just look at consumer reports.
    I guess I need to send twilli a new "bigger" avatar picture, Twilli looks smaller for some reason, maybe Twilli went on new diet, that new Florida orange juice diet.
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    Used to be Ruud model #'s started with 'U' and Rheem model #'s started with 'R'. This year, they all start with 'R'... and yes, at the distributor they place the Ruud plastic logo on the box through the hole in the cardboard box.

    There is also a brand called 'WeatherKing' in the line... not sold in Atlanta as far as I know anymore.

    Regardless; I have been a Ruud dealer for many years, IMO they are as good as any product available. Bet I get some flames for that...

    Oh, and many folks like the low profile green box... tends to hide behind bushes better than the conventional design.
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    You forgot Sure Comfort and the apartment brands

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    You forgot Sure Comfort and the apartment brands
    Yes, there are numerous brand names on Rheem/Ruud units... I do not see many of those names down here though...
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