My old unit is about 6+ years old.
So. It appears that there is no option to just replace the outside unit, that I would have to replace both inside and outside units. (is that true?)
In any case, I would like some suggestions on well, honestly made A/C systems, I mean something that was made with durability in mind. A lot of companies provide "lists of features", but they hardly discuss how well made their units are.
I looked into mine and was not impressed. No overload protections of any kind, a lot of parts that should better be made with copper, made of steel and rusted, etc etc. And yet, I am sure it came with some long list of not so relevant features. So, before asking dealers, I want to ask this newsgroup to see if there are any honest makers of A/C systems.