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Question DetailsAsked on 10/26/2017

Our 7 year old Goodman a.c. unit is leaking R-22 like crazy................

...........the a.c. guy we had come out thought it was just the coil in the attic with the air handler, but when he came back with the part to fix it we had him test the outside unit and that was leaking too. He quoted us for a Frigidaire unit and also quoted us to just replace the outside unit with another Goodman and then the inside coil and to convert the coil so it can take a differnt kind of freon, since R-22 is crazy expensive. The difference between the two quotes is $1,000. Is it better to just spring for the whole new unit? The air handler is in great shape other than the coil but I worry about going from a 2.5 ton 13 seer to a 3 ton 14 seer using different freon and not changing both parts. Sorry....I don't know all the technical terms :) What do you pros out there think about it?

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Assuming you have not already invested in the new coil (which is the vast majority of the cost of an A/C air handler), I would go with the new unit - will have higher efficiency (especially since converting to a replacement gas for R-22 will DECREASE the efficiency of your existing unit by commonly 7-20%) - plus you get a new warranty with the new unit.

Bear in mind, especially if looking at getting a totally new unit, is you are not tied to that vendor - uou could get a couple of other bids to compare pricing.

Only other comment I have is you seem to be going for the cheapest units - personally I would recommend going with at least a somewhat higher-rated unit, assuming you intend to stay in this house for many years to come. You can find a fair number of answers to similar repair/replace questions, in the Home > HVAC link, under Browse Projects, at lower left.

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