I have a 13 year old heat pump (rheem) that was never properly taken care
before I bought this house. Last summer the AC wouldn't start so I called the
service worker out and he got it working again and told me that he would be
very surprised if it lasted through the winter. Instead of making service calls
he suggested that I save up the money for replacement and don't put another
penny into it. Well, here is winter, and whenever it rains or snows the unit
outside makes a very loud clanging/ticking noise. Right now there is freezing
rain falling and they are calling for a lot of rainfall tomorrow. The
temperature inside has fallen 3 degrees in the last few hours. I fear that the
heat pump is dying a slow death. What do you all recommend? Paying for a
service call when it is quite possible that nothing will help, or just ride
this out and hope it keeps working. I have an equity line to pay for the heat
pump if necessary but I was really hoping to save up the money and pay cash for
a new one by November. By the way, what would be an average price for getting
a new heat pump installed professionally? The worker who was here this summer
told me he would charge $4000-4500. Thanks for your help.
Start looking so when and if it does die your not in panic mode to buy just
anything, the price you quoted on replacement sounds high, but you never
said exactly what you were getting does that price include a new furnace
inside the house?
Some utility companies offer a rebate back to you when you install a heat
Mine was replaced this yr and I received a $800.00 dollar rebate, new
furnace, 3 ton h/p A coil installed $5500 after rebate.
Funny...just started working on one like that today...
Really....it was REAL bad...5 inches of crap in the A (actually in this ones
case, W coil)
Its a Rheem, now you have been too..
I dont get the noise when it is raining. There is nothing to those
units....the only good part about them is the compressor. They have,
literally, nothing but a defrost board, a defrost fan control relay, a
capacitor, or two, a reversing valve, a contactor, a high pressure switch,
the compressor, and the coil.
Now, the chances are that the contactors shot, and thats a common problem on
the old units.
or you can at least find out if its a $50 fix, or a $2500 fix.
Depends. The unit we started on (notice..started on) was 12 years old. We
told the real estate person that owned it, that it needed more work than it
was worth, and that the ducts were too full of toys, trash, old food, etc,
than was worth us cleaning out. Started off as a fan relay, ok..now it shuts
off, but no heat...so we checked and the contactor in the outdoor unit and
the sequencer for the strips was bad....the coils filthy, cleaned....cleaned
the blower and checked to see if the unit was caught up in the big recall on
some units, (not) and put it back together. After all that, ran the unit in
the rain to see if it was going to run, and run correctly.
Added 34or 35 oz of R22..and bingo, all was fine, but the ducts still
bothered us. Just real bad design, and she wasnt gonna put more into it.
So...we test the units defrost cycle, its working.....its up to 87 in the
home...ok...we are done.
About 6 hours later, the worker that is there to paint and put in new carpet
calls and says the units frozen. We go back and look and sure enough...the
reversing valve and defrost relay is toast.
Total for the repairs to be complete on Monday for a 2.5 ton (upsized half
ton for the home..sized wrong to start with, another reason to ALWAYs run
the Manual D or T...) heat pump, 10SEER (its real estate...no 12s for this
woman) with complete duct system, new thermostat and registers?
IF you are being priced 4 grand for ONLY the outside unit, you are getting
screwed in a big damn way. Unless thats 4 grand for a 4 ton, 18SEER unit,
and then, its pointless since you are not getting the indoor
unit....however, if the price is for a new heat pump, and airhandler, its
damn close to average for a 3 ton system complete, wiht no ducts installed
in most areas.
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