Have not posed in quite a while. Our home is 6 years old. We have dual zone
Heat pump / central air units in the home.
The upstairs unit went out last week. We got home and the temp was 92
degrees upstairs. The downstairs unit works fine.
We had our a/c service person come out and look at the unit. They determined
there was a leak in the coil unit (I do believe him on this, as it needed to
be recharged several times this past year). Due to EPA stuff, they will not
recharge it now, knowing there is a major leak.
The units are Carrier, which I thought was a good name. Anyway, they are 6
years old, and had a 5 year warranty (figures, huh? >:-( )
We have 2 options:
1) Replace the coil unit, at a cost of $1000 complete.
2) Replace the air handler unit at a cost of $1675 complete.
Does this sound like a fair price? I don't know the brand or size of the
replacement air handler, but it is said to me much more efficient than what
we currently have, and they can fit it to all the ducting we already have in
the house, which is a plus.
The coil unit would have a 1 year warranty, where the air handler would be
another 5 year warranty.
I am leaning toward the whole assembly for the efficiency and warranty.
Thank you in advance.
Why did this one fail so early? I'd be asking some serious questions.
Are these the same folks that installed the initial system? Had there
been any physical damage to the system for some reason that breached it
during construction or later?
I'd be at least somewhat concerned that the earlier installation
indicates the original installation wasn't up to par with cleanliness
and evacuation. I'd be somewhat concerned that replacing the air
handler will fix that problem but the external unit and the refrigerant
lines are still possibly contaminated...
They are lying to you about EPA rules and leaks..
Either they are trying to cheat you or they are just stupid.
So dump them, they are dumb or crooks or liars.
On Sun, 2 Sep 2007 08:28:28 -0400, "Chris M \\(SilverUnicorn\\)"
I was told they could be fined if they kept recharging a system with a known
leak. The charge they out in would only last about 6 hours, the leak was so
Can you not get fined for that?
Made sense when he said it. This is someone I trust. He is in my Fire
Company and has been doing HVAC for 16 years. I just wanted opinions on
whether to go with the whole unit ot just the coil.
Thank you for all the replies.
The EPA rules really pertain to a system that holds 50lb. or more of
refrigerant and then you can only leak out so much refrigerant during the
In your case it is just does not make sense to keep charging the system
because of the cost.
In the long run replace the total equipment in the attic.
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