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Question DetailsAsked on 6/25/2016

Thank you LCD for answering my question. The whole outside unit to be replaced. Condenser unit $1,150 & $535 =labor

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You say whole outside unit - meaning condensor and cooling fan, compressor, control valve - that price would be quite low if for the entire outside unit - everything but thermostat, lineset (tubing to and from the evaproator coil) and the evaporator coil. For that sort of price would have to be a Goodman or similar - because that is probably about half or less the normal cost of an entirely new unit, especially for a 4 ton unit. In fact, a Goodman 4 ton residential "can" unit runs about $1200 retail for the economy unit - so sounds like if an entire outdoor system is really on the low end of the equiopment scale. IF condensor and cooling fan only - sounds in the range to me. IF entire unit including compressor,, sounds suspiciously low unless he is offerring the cheapest you can buy - I would be double checking if something is being missed here, or maybe the guy is trying to put in a new R-410a outdoor unit with existing R-22 evaporator - a legal (EPA) no-no and also not technically sound, or maybe he is proposing a cheaper, less reputable unit than you really want.

Might be an idea to talk to another HVAC contractor or two for comparison if that is the case - get several quotes in hand for comparable systems and you will have a better idea of whether you are geatting a deal, maybe "too good" a deal, or no deal at all.

One question - if this is a freon (R-22) unit and looking at replacing the entire outside unit, why are you not biting the bullet and buying an entirely new R-410a unit. New system warranty (which you would not likely have if replacing only the outside unit), avoid the growing issue of R-22 phaseout by the EPA, likely higher efficiency than replacing the components of your existing system. However, virtually cewrtain you would have to replace the evaporator as part of the changover, because a "new unit" (as opposed to a repair and selective parts replacement) has to come and be energy rated as a complete system, plus your existing evaporator is highly unlikely to be compatible with a new system - because the entire system has to be rated as a system, which basically means only a very limited number of evaporators (or only one) will be suitable to go with it.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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