Condo Heat Pump - Compressor Failure - Replace part or purchase new unit?

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Old 08-28-14, 12:57 PM
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Condo Heat Pump - Compressor Failure - Replace part or purchase new unit?

I recently moved into a condo in Toronto, Canada. The building was completed in 2011. I have an Omega 60 heatpump installed, I am guessing it is 3 years old. It kept tripping the breaker. Today I had a HVAC tech come and look at the unit. He told me the compressor was fried and gave me the following options.
  1. Replace compressor & reversing valve
  2. Install a new unit (Omega or AquaTherm)

The first option is half the price. It is a 3 year old unit, should I replace the parts or get a new unit? I am leaning towards replacing the parts. How long to compressors usually last?

I also would like to know the reliability of Omega heat pumps? Should I just cut my losses and buy a new unit? I would appreciate your advice and guidance.
 
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Old 08-29-14, 06:13 PM
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I am not at all familiar with Omega heat pumps. At only 3 years old, the compressor should still be under warranty. The vast majority of premature compressor failures are due to improper installation.
 
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Old 08-29-14, 06:47 PM
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Omega is a Canadian based company. Their units look to be all water source units for condos and commercial properties like hotels. I've never heard of them either.


There is their warranty...... pretty crappy if you ask me.
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Old 08-31-14, 03:56 PM
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Pretty crappy, indeed. Betcha they were cheep, cheep, cheep.
 
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Old 08-31-14, 04:56 PM
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Poor water flow is a common cause for early compressor failure.
I saw tons of charts for that unit but no pressure drop to gpm chart.

I would be sure that pete's plugs are installed on the inlet and outlet water pipes and get the pressure and temperature readings with the new unit installation. The external static pressure should also be measured to insure proper airflow.
 
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