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Rheem Endeavor (RH2VZ) Air Handler Review (Features, Benefits, and Cost)

The Rheem RH2VZ has an 80% heating efficiency, a two-stage gas valve, and a variable-speed motor, offering homeowners precise comfort and peace of mind. Continue reading to determine if this system is right for you, your home, and your loved ones!

Rheem Endeavor (RH2VZ) Air Handler Review (Features, Benefits, and Cost)

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Roger Bakies


April 8th, 2024

An air handler is a crucial component in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, especially when paired with a heat pump. While the name might not be as familiar to you as "furnace" or "air conditioner," understanding how an air handler works and what it does can help homeowners pick an HVAC system that’s right for their home, their loved ones, and their budget.

At its core, an air handler is designed to circulate and regulate the air within your HVAC system. It consists of several key components, including a blower, heat strips, and coils, all housed within a metal enclosure. The air handler's primary role is to efficiently distribute conditioned air throughout your home, whether it's being heated or cooled.

As a locally trusted HVAC dealer, Fire & Ice has installed, repaired, and maintained thousands of HVAC systems, including air handlers, in Columbus, Ohio. We pride ourselves on our meticulous approach to installing a variety of systems, ensuring each component, including air handlers, is perfectly suited to the specific requirements of the homeowner's space and comfort needs.

This article aims to enhance your knowledge about this product and its potential advantages. We will explore the Rheem RH2VZ Air Handler's benefits and features, the signs you need a new air handler, its compatible HVAC equipment, the types of homeowners who would find this unit beneficial, and how to invest in a new Air Handler from Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning.

Let’s dive in!

What Are the Benefits & Features of the Rheem Endeavor RH2VZ Air Handler?

The RH2VZ has many perks that make it attractive for homeowners. It works on electricity alone, which helps save on utility bills. Its two-stage constant CFM motor makes this unit quiet. It’s also EcoNet enabled and has a 10-year warranty.

Energy Savings

This HVAC system has a SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of 13.4 to 14.3. This new SEER2 calculation considers more factors than before. This includes the system's adaptability, efficiency at different temperatures, humidity control, and even the location of your home.

Each of these measurements contributes to greater energy savings. You can think of a systems SEER2 like a car's MPG - the higher the SEER2, the more energy-efficient your air handler will be. 

Optimal Comfort

This unit has two-stage operation and a constant CFM motor with variable-speed technology. A constant CFM motor helps keep the air moving evenly throughout your home, even when the static pressure in the HVAC system changes.

A two-stage HVAC system can function at 60% to 100% of its full capacity, making it more energy efficient even when it runs for longer periods. When a second stage is added, your furnace doesn't have to turn on and off as much, helping avoid extra wear and tear on its parts. Over time, this can mean fewer repairs and a longer lifespan for your unit.

EcoNet Enabled

EcoNet allows homeowners to manage various home comfort systems through a single device. Offering convenience for any residential homeowner. Its sleek design fits well with any room's look, adding style and usefulness to your space. The Rheem EcoNet thermostat has several benefits, including:

Air Filter Monitoring—EcoNet's reminder feature makes regularly changing your air filter effortless. This ensures your HVAC system operates efficiently, keeps your home comfortable, and maintains clean, healthy air.

Auto-Changeover—This feature automatically helps your HVAC system switch between heating and cooling. It also helps the system work smarter, so your home stays at your comfort level without having to think about it.

Air & Water — If you have a Rheem HVAC system and water heater, the EcoNet smart thermostat can manage both. This simplifies home automation and reduces the number of devices you need to keep track of.

Extra Features—This smart thermostat has Wi-Fi and a 4.3-inch display and works with Amazon's Alexa. It can be set up for a weekly schedule and even has a motion sensor. It also features five settings: heating, cooling, automatic, emergency heating, and the fan.


Rheem stands by its products and provides a 10-year parts warranty, but you must register on time. If you don't register within 90 days of installation, the warranty will only last for five years.

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Keep in mind that some states don't require you to register for the warranty. For the specifics of registering your new HVAC system in your state, check out Rheem's Product Warranty Page.

How Do You Know If You Need a New Air Handler?

The most obvious way to know if you need to invest in a new air handler is if it no longer works. However, if it’s still kicking, there are tell-all signs it needs replacing, such as:

  • Rising monthly utility bills
  • Hot and cold spots throughout your home
  • Reduced airflow
  • Odd sounds (banging, clacking, screeching, etc.)
  • Elevated humidity levels (Typically, 60% and over)

Still, if you are in the market for a new air handler, our comfort specialists at Fire and Ice can help you choose a system that meets all your needs.

What HVAC Accessories Are Compatible with the Rheem RH2VZ?

This unit isn't just packed with great features; it also lets you add different HVAC accessories to make your home your ultimate oasis. This system allows homeowners to customize their heating and cooling system to match their lifestyle. The Rheem RH2VZ works well with:

What Type of Homeowner is a Good/Bad Fit for the Rheem Endeavor (RH2VZ)?

The RH2VZ is a great pick for homeowners looking for a middle-of-the-road piece of HVAC equipment. This HVAC unit is easy to use, dependable, and budget-friendly. The type of homeowner that would be a good fit for this unit is someone who:

  • Wants a piece of multi-stage equipment that is affordable without breaking the bank.
  • Is concerned with monthly utility bills
  • Wants a quieter piece of HVAC equipment. In fact, this unit is one of the quieter systems in terms of its size and capacity in the current market.

On the flipside, this piece of HVAC equipment may not be suitable for a homeowner who:

  • Is planning on moving in five years or less
  • Has a larger sized home with second floors
  • If you have a height restriction, which depends on the unit size. On average our installers will need 8 to 10 inches. This extra space is for the box under the unit, which helps it perform correctly and efficiently.

This mid-range HVAC unit can make most homes comfortable, but it might not be the best choice for everyone. If you want more advanced features, consider the RHMVZ. However, if you want a basic HVAC system without all the bells and whistles, the RH1PZ is a great choice.

That said, if you are interested in this unit, you can contact one of our residential sales professionals. On every estimate, they will complete a Manual J Load Calculation and a Comfort Survey to ensure it is a good fit.

How Much Does the Rheem Endeavor (RH2VZ) Air Handler Cost?

The cost for this unit is between $4,000 and $8,000, covering installation expenses and any fees. This base price provides a good starting point for the total investment of your new HVAC system. However, this pricing does not include modifications or installations related to ductwork or indoor air quality products. 

What Are the Next Steps to Invest in a New Rheem Air Handler from Fire and Ice?

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To sum up, the RH2VZ stands out for its affordability, simplicity, dependability, and overall reliability, marking it as an outstanding option for homeowners in search of a straightforward, budget-friendly HVAC solution.

Ultimately, selecting an HVAC system requires thoughtful consideration of your unique needs and situation to ensure your investment delivers the desired comfort, efficiency, and value. Not ready to invest in a new system yet?  Do you want more information?

No problem, visit our learning center to learn more about other HVAC systems and the trade. Not to mention, at Fire and Ice HVAC, we also offer air duct cleaning and water heater services. Just enter your zip code below to embark on your HVAC journey with Fire & Ice Heating and Air conditioning!

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