I have a 35 year old heat pump out here in California. It stopped
working the other day and I had an hvac company come look at it. They
said that the outside fan motor failed and that because the system was
35 years old I should replace my entire system rather than fix the
motor. Given that the motor will be a whole lot less than replacing
the whole thing I fail to see the "replace it" logic. Why should I not
replace the motor and let it go another 35 years? Thanks for all of
your help. J. Gilmore
I have to ask, what kind of car were you driving 35 yrs ago, & how many
others have you had since?
Did you spend any $$ to keep them going as long? (Girlfriends, Wives, etc...
Some of the most durable heat pumps built came from back in that era & it's
probably worth it's weight in scrap...
and it's got a lot of heft.
Yeah, a new fan might fix the thing for another year or so, but I really
doubt you'll get another 35...
If you wanna "spit & bailing" wire a fix & see how long it last, I'd suggest
Grainger for a replacement,
but give this warhorse it's due. It's time to put it down & look anew.
<John H. Gilmore> wrote in message
35 years ago versus today's equipment mean dollars saved on the electric
Scrap the older unit, replace the condenser, coil, and furnace. You might
qualify for tax credits on your federal return if you jump to say 16 SEER.
[Check with your tax professional.] You will save 40% on your energy bill,
and have a good running system for a very long time.
BTW: If the condenser fan motor went south, how long did you run the air
conditioning without it? If you ran it for any amount, chances are you've
shortened what ever life was left on the compressor. After you replace the
fan motor, the compressor is likely to fail soon after.
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