Repair or Replace ??


Old 05-07-12, 07:04 AM
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Repair or Replace ??

I have a 5 year old split system (Goodman 2 ton) heat pump. Unit froze over weekend. Has a freon leak. Tech checked out unit. The evaporator coil is VERY rusted to the point where the metal is literally crumbling. This is only 5 years old. Don't know if it due to brand or other factors.

Per tech my choice is either pay for recharge and new coil (about $800) or new system. I asked why would I buy a new system (Carrier 2 ton split heat pump 13 seer Puron) for $5,000 if I could fix old for $700? He claims that if it leaks again it will cost me again in addition Freon is getting more expensive and may not be available in a year or so. At that point I will have to put in a new 410-A system if he cannot get freon.

I don't want to spend $5K but wondering if it is the wise choice. New system will have a built in Aprilaire Hepa filtration unit and a 10 year warranty on parts. The 10 year warranty is "limited" and I cannot find out what the limits are.

Any help is appreciated.
Old 05-07-12, 07:17 AM
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Is it still covered by factory warranty ?
Old 05-07-12, 07:25 AM
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Good point. 5 year warranty so it is a close call. I am not original purchaser and don't know exact install or purchase date. With Carrier warranty is NOT transferable. Don't know about Goodman.
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All you need is the model and serial number off the coil and call goodman and ask is this unit under warranty. I would replace the coil of it were me.
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I would replace it, it will save you the time and energy that goes in to repairs. Check on the warranty though, because you could end up not having to pay a dime!
Old 05-07-12, 03:34 PM
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There are drop in replacements for R-22.

There are all aluminum coils available now which resist corrosion better than copper/aluminum coils. (goodman is now 100% aluminum)

Get is fixed - it should have at least 10 years left.
Old 05-07-12, 07:29 PM
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R22 will be around for a long time. It will be expensive, but available.

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