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Rheem Debuts New Value Line of Commercial Package Gas, Electric and Package Air Conditioning Units

Rheem Manufacturing Company recently debuted an entirely new value line of commercial package gas, electric and package air conditioning units. Designed to meet the increasingly competitive package unit market, the line features solid performance and reliability, as well as features that lead to smooth installations and serviceability—all for a fair price. A number of factors have made the commercial package unit market more competitive than ever. First, the global economy has endured the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression. Prices for package units have continually increased due to market pressures such as higher raw material costs for copper, steel, aluminum and fuel.

Increased legislation has also impacted the commercial package unit market. In January 2010, the HVAC industry began adhering to two new federal requirements. The first requirement targeted higher efficiency levels and the second mandated the use of a new refrigerant, R-410. These legislative factors meant that businesses had to select equipment that meets entirely new environmental and efficiency demands.


Finally, commercial HVAC decision-makers still had to evaluate a number of factors they’d traditionally take into consideration when making an HVAC purchase, such as cabinet size. Although the HVAC unit is typically the main piece of equipment on a business’ rooftop, there are other items located on the roof that take up space, such as exhaust fans, condensers, electrical conduits, sewer vents and more. Commercial HVAC decision makers should try to find an HVAC unit with the smallest cabinet that fits their heating and cooling needs. This will help ensure that the HVAC unit won’t interfere with other key pieces of equipment located on the rooftop.

With these factors in mind, it’s crucial that contractors have the right commercial HVAC equipment in their portfolios— ones that meet price, legislative and sizing needs. Rheem understands the dynamics of the commercial HVAC market and spent 14 months developing the new Rheem Package Value Line of commercial package gas electric and package air conditioning units. Available in sizes ranging from six to 20 tons, the Rheem Package Value Line is ideal for educational institutions, retailers, office buildings and restaurants.

The Rheem Package Value Line leads the industry in unit weight, size (l x w x h) and capacity. Businesses will benefit from lighter equipment offered in smaller sizes, which means that the units are less likely to interfere with other structures on the roof, such as exhaust fans, sewer vents and roof drains.

The Rheem Package Value Line also leads in airflow and R-410 charge weight; plus, it is optimized to meet the federal requirements of EER at or near nominal capacities and airflow. As businesses seek to comply with new environmental regulations, purchasing units that use the least amount of refrigerant will help achieve greener HVAC operations. Rheem has aided serviceability by including easy-access panels for all units in the line. Contractors can access controls (compressor, control box, etc.) by removing service panels on the units. 

The units are equipped with external gauge ports, which enable the compressor service panel to stay in place while the unit is running so that the contractor can accurately diagnose any service issues. End users will benefit from the use of Micro Channel heat exchangers in the units. Micro Channel technology uses thin tubes to transfer heat. The technology ensures less obstruction to airflow and uses less fan power; both of these traits contribute to improved energy efficiency. 

The internally webbed, fin design adds strength; increases the surface area; and improves thermal efficiency. The Micro Channel technology that Rheem employed in the Package Value Line features an all-aluminum design, which resists damage and is easy to recycle when the unit no longer functions. Plus, the technology uses 40 percent less refrigerant than comparable models in the industry today. 

While the market challenges facing businesses today may remain consistent for a number of years, contractors can better serve commercial HVAC customers by taking a close look at the right system that meets their needs and budget. The Rheem Package Value Line should help contractors present a competitively priced and high performing system to commercial customers and prospects.



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