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Old 04-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #91
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Depends. This beinga DIY site I migh even suggest purchasing the equipment yourself on line and having a licensed hvac contractor install and warranty the equipment. That way you'll only be paing labor and no equipment mark up.

Last month a guy approached me to do the exact same thing on his 600 sq ft. condo. He paid something like $1500 for all equipment, 3 ton (far too big) which also included the duct work. He paid a contractor $1500 to install it all so he got away dirt cheap for 3k total installed and warrantied.

If you were to pay a contractor from the get go (who has overhead and cost), just for new equipment installed (no duct work) and I'd suspect the system to be no bigger than 2 tons, possibly 3 tons, you might see prices in the range of 4-6k depending on your area.

The system I installed wasn't any more than 6k total. Electric air handler (with evaporator coil inside) pan and condenser and that also included moving the system into the attic from a closet.

Very reasonable.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:39 PM   #92
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Quick update.... after having another AC company take a look.... it appears the system is running perfectly fine, its just that after 12 yrs its no longer as efficient as it used to be and since it was slightly undersized to start... it just can't handle the house anymore..... (its a 2 ton, house is 1268sqrft)

I have gotten one quote for replacement using a trane 2.5 ton 13seer i think for $3300 with ten year warranty.....
Was going to get one more quote, but I don't think anyone is going to beat that price....

Question... should I keep my old unit? Could I sell it for parts on Craig's? Atleast the outside motor is only a week old.....

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A two ton unit should have no problem taking care of the HVAC needs for a house that size. Now keeping in mind windows and their condition, insulation or lack there of, climate and general construction methods will have an affect on that determination.
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Climate = Florida
Its not even summer and some nights we barely hit 75 it seems like....
My unheated pool is already over 90!!!!
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Last month a guy approached me to do the exact same thing on his 600 sq ft. condo.
You have got to be kidding. 3 ton for 600sq ft.? What exactly did you tell him?
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You have got to be kidding. 3 ton for 600sq ft.? What exactly did you tell him?
Maybe he's got really high ceilings
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You have got to be kidding. 3 ton for 600sq ft.? What exactly did you tell him?

I told him it was far too big but he had already bought the equipment. Same guy who he bought it from installed it in the end.
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Hmm. Well at least he won't have to buy a refrigerator.
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Hey all. I'm back.

Just to recap what I have done lately.
I redid my trunk into a 45 degree slant rather than the 2 90 degree turns it was and there was no Improvement in air flow.
I moved the wires from A and B on the motor to B and C. Now AC works and has a little more air flow than before and heat doesnt work at all. I'm guessing that C on the motor doesn't work.
In the control box there was no place to change the speed .

The air handler is from 96. How much does a new one cost? The outdoor unit is a 2 ton Trane XR11.
Is replacing just the air handler a bad idea? Obviously whoever replaced it before just replaced the outdoor unit and didn't replace the air handler. Can I do the opposite to bring them both up to par?


dcastillo... that lady sounds like a nut! Be careful!
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Yes, you can just replace the air handler.
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Yes, you can just replace the air handler.
beenthere does the xr11 take 410a?
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beenthere does the xr11 take 410a?
No, its an R22 unit. The new air handle will just need either the correct size R22 piston, or R22 TXV installed on it.
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anybody want to buy my outside universal motor?
less then 2 months old....

(just thought Id ask...)

Should I bother keeping anything else off the unit when they remove it, or just let them take it?
I know I could get some money if I strip it apart myself, but I dont htink its much and I would still need someway to get it to my house, since I dont own a truck....
They also said its against the law for them to remove the freon for me... So Im not sure how much I could really take apart...
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LOL... There is NO law against them removing the refrigerant for you. They want it to scrap it themselves. Many contractors figure the scrap value as part of the job price. And some leave their guys have it as a bonus.

They can charge you a fee for recovering it though if they were to recover it for you.
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Is it even worth it for me... how much are we talking ?

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