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Old 09-22-2009, 11:29 AM   #16
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Your 10 yr old unit is likely a 10 SEER. Any new condensor (outdoor unit, not "compressor"). is a 13 SEER or higher and is a mismatch for the evap coil in your furnace and won't work properly or efficiently. Would be a waste of time and $$ to replace the condensor IMO. Most of the new units require a larger suction line and new piping is recommended so no impurities are transferred into a new system. The new units use R410 and yours is likely R22. Some guys reuse the piping and flush it (highly controversial topic) but I always replace it if possible. Customer is paying top $$ for a complete system so I give him everything new.

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Old 09-22-2009, 12:02 PM   #17
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New outdoor unit. New indoor unit.
Otherwise, you won't get what you paid for.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:53 PM   #18
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Pick your poison:

1. Live with it until the system is due for replacement anyway. (probably 5-10 years on average) - 0X

2. Bend/move pipe assuming it can be done without opening up the system - X

3. Redo the refigerant tubing - 10X

4. Install complete brand new system - 100X
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:02 PM   #19
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Slomins estimated 4 hours (in line w/what I saw here) and that was pumping the refrigerant into the condenser and splicing the needed pipe into the system. Of course that included 1 hour of time sitting there waiting on the the vacuum pump. Now I'm trying to figure out who I know that does this, I'd rather pay in beer than dollars. :-)
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Many people would.
Many people have.
Many people ended up regretting it later.

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