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Old 08-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Is my central A/C shot? Is this a good price?


Ok I have a 1300 sq ft home in MA and my central ac is approx. 23 years old I believe. I originally had water dripping into basement from condensate pan. I thought this issue was corrected but then i noticed the cool air from my ac seemed to be humid and giving my house that basement smell. Ac guy stated that part of my coil is rusted off and the air is blowing the condensation into the main supply duct which in turn is leaking onto basement floor. He said this is causing my humidity issues.

I was told my options were to replace the coil only but due to the age of the condensor he stated I should replace the whole system with the new r410. I was quoted $3350 for a york ycjd30s41 2.5 ton unit.

Does this seem correct and how is the price? Thank you

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At 23 years old you don't want to be sticking lots of money into just a coil. No idea how the prices are in your area. Get a couple more bids so you have something to compare. Around here that would be a great deal.

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I agree, sounds reasonable to me and York is not an el cheapo budget brand either. The coil in your old unit is an 8 SEER and all new units are 13 SEER or higher. It would be a gross mismatch and not work properly anyway.
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Thanks for the input. I feel it's a fair price too.
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agree with that old of a system..its time to replace it ..good price on a york system....go for it....ben sr
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Thanks Ben!
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Sounds like a decent deal. Only thing I would say is that 2.5t sounds awful big for a 1300 sg ft place up north. I'd ask them them to do a heat gain calc to make sure you are getting the right size.
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Really too big? I believe I have a 2 ton now. Have to check into that.
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Thought a ruff estimate was 1 ton per every 500 Sq ft? That would be right in ballpark.
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DIY. this is a good calc

http://www.hvaccomputer.com/gtarget1...Fe4-MgodPF4AoQ
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Thought a ruff estimate was 1 ton per every 500 Sq ft? That would be right in ballpark.
If you have a 2 ton system now. Does it cool the house ok? If so, why get a bigger A/c that won't keep your humidity down, and uses more electric?

500 sq ft per ton is a good rule of thumb for over sizing an A/C.
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Ok so what size should I have? Is 1/2 a ton a big difference?
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Ok so what size should I have? Is 1/2 a ton a big difference?
Use the link Yuri posted to do your own load calc on your house to find out what size you really need.

1/2 ton is a big difference. Most likely, your duct work is already undersized for your current unit. So the 1/2 ton increase may cause you to have freeze up problems. high humidity, and higher electric bills. in a house not as comfortable as it was.
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Also my 2 ton unit was installed prior to basement being finished. I since added a return and heat/ac to basement.
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Below grade basements take hardly anything to cool them. So is your basement above or below grade.

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