Like Jeff Thies, I too hope to put in AC this summer,
but unlike him, I plan to let a more experienced guy finish the job.
(Especially since anyone is more experienced with freon, unlike Jeff.)
This weekend, I visited friends, who have two 24,000 BTU compressor/
condensors, one for each zone of a 3700 sq.ft house, installed
together, used no more than one summer, 5 years ago, when they first
bought their current home, which is abbut 30 years old.
Then, I think they had electric heat, which costs a fortune, so they
switched to geothermal for heat and AC. And they seem happy with
The two condensers were totally disconnected, and the lines crimped.
I only need one of them.
A) They were told the freon is still in the condensers. Surely some
was lost that was in the evaporator and the lines when the crimping
was done. Can my installer use all of what is left or will a lot more
get lost when the condenser is re-insstalled?
B) What do you think a fair price would be for one of the two. It's
Armstrong Air 24,000 BTU. model SCU10G24A-1 I will remove it,
with my handtruck and probably with the husband's assistance, since
it's one story up the hill on a flagstone walk with plenty of bumps
and grass in between.
I'll try to find out what it cost them, but because 2000 is divided
easily, maybe assume that and tell me what percentage of the cost of
the part, to them, I should pay. Or maybe what percentage of the
whole AC installation that they paid (which included two systems,
maybe two new evaporators too. But they haven't found the paperwork
(The geothermal uses the same ducts, and I suppose a different
A-coil, and I'm guessing the old A-coils were removed by the
geo-thermal guys, but the condensors are still there. There is also a
pair of vavles beween the A-coil and the two wells that were drilled.
(I think they are still a-coils, right, but they aren't evaporators
anymore because the fluid isn't compressed.)