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Oct 30, 2023, 4:48 AM

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Our zone 1 (first 2 levels) AC stopped working last summer. We currently have a 14 years old Goodman gas furnace and 1.5 ton AC (running R22). A contractor I emailed estimated that it would cost about $1500 to fix assuming it's a leak in the A coil.

I got these 2 estimates to replace the whole system:

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Both of them cost from 6500 to 8000 dollars, and a crane will be required to lift the condenser to the roof of the 4th floor.

The zone 2 system is a heat pump, and it is also 14 years old. 11 years ago, I was replaced with coil A. In fact, I requested an estimate for the replacement of both systems, since in any case a crane will be required, but it will cost $ 16,500-$18,000. It's too much to spend at one time.

I don't think it makes much sense to fix a 14-year-old system. I've heard that Goodman systems have only been working for about 10 years, so I have a feeling that we've already used borrowed time. My friend said I should just fix it since it's significantly cheaper and see how long it lasts, if something else breaks, worry about it at that time. $6500-8000 is a lot of money that needs to be laid out, so $1500, in my opinion, sounds much better.

As far as I understand, the new refrigerant will be on sale in 2023, so I wonder if I should wait for that or just switch to the R410 system or fix what I have.

Does anyone have any recommendations for an air conditioning system or recommendations from local HVAC contractors in the Northern Virginia area?

(This post was edited by martinaperezmartina on Oct 30, 2023, 4:50 AM)


Oct 30, 2023, 5:13 AM

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After extensive experience with central systems I would never go back to them because if the central unit fails the whole house is affected.


Nov 7, 2023, 5:29 AM

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I can relate to your AC woes. We had a similar situation last summer. If the contractor's estimate for fixing is reasonable and it buys you some time, it might be worth it for now. And there are affordable repair services (like https://musiccityappliance.services/). You can keep an eye on the market for new refrigerants and get a more informed decision later.

(This post was edited by Willirim on Nov 7, 2023, 5:29 AM)


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