Replace Ruud compressor, or whole pump?

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Old 04-08-05, 07:53 PM
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Replace Ruud compressor, or whole pump?

We have a Ruud Achiever 10 heat pump that was probably installed 10 years ago or so. We have had problems in the past with icing in the separate interior unit; a repairman diagnosed a slow freon leak, added more, and it worked again. Now the heat pump appears wholly disabled, and a repair service says that the compressor is grounded to short (causing the circuit breaker to flip). The service says we should replace the whole A/C unit. Is replacing the compressor a reasonable alternative? Any other thoughts?
Thanks so much for any advice.
 
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Old 04-08-05, 08:31 PM
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10 years is getting up there for a Heat Pump. You'd be best to replace the unit with a higher SEER rating (Better rebate), and you know you are covred.

Make sure you get a matching Coil inside as well, and new line set to make sure you are not going to burn out the next compressor.
 
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Old 04-08-05, 08:43 PM
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Thanks very much . . . Err, matching coil?
 
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Old 04-08-05, 08:52 PM
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Matching coil is the A-coil inside your home on your Furnace or maybe you have an Air handler.. it must be changed out on a system change out..

Don't trust a dealer if they says it still will work with the old coil.. It may work. but you are not getting the peek effecney out of it.
 
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Old 04-08-05, 10:55 PM
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Thanks very much. Actually, this service seemed to be suggesting that we swap out the old air handler too (it being of similar vintage), or match up its brand with any new heat pump -- perhaps getting at the same thing. But I'll now be sensitive to that issue.
 
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Old 04-09-05, 02:50 AM
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If you are doing a change out, You will be working with one dealer.. so both system should be the same brand.

Look into the varible speed system for best comfort and quiet.

I am for Trane/American Standard, and also Rheem/Ruud.
 
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Old 04-09-05, 10:04 AM
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We have had problems in the past with icing in the separate interior unit; a repairman diagnosed a slow freon leak, added more, and it worked again.
Is this the same company now that worked on it then?That didnt find or fix the leak. This also could be what took out the unit now. 10 years, yes get a new one now with a new indoor blower coil for sure.That old one should still have the leak in it. For sure make sure new lines or clean the old ones out good.

Get 3 bid for this job for sure. If you put in all new units lots of companys will give you a 10 year warranty now. trane has a XL16i that has a Seer of 17.00 and a Hspf of 10.55. Rheem has one close to it also.

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