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Ralph III 05-08-2012 09:36 PM

Are older A/C systems worth anything? (10 seer)...
Is a functioning split system A/C (4 ton, 10 seer, freon) worth anything?

At some point I'd like to upgrade our system and wondered if there is any value to an older system?


Doc Holliday 05-08-2012 09:39 PM

About $100-$120 in scrap metal, that's it.

Doc Holliday 05-08-2012 09:58 PM

Btw, that's if you take it all apart, removing the motors and the compressor and cutting the copper coils from their aluminum end plates, completley freeing the copper reefers. If you don't tear it all down I'd be surprised if you got $50.

I know what you are wanting to know, if it's actually worth anything to someone or monetary to yourself. Perhaps you could donate it to someone less fortunate, who's in dire straights and has no a/c and is trying to upgrade their trailer or something, but no, it's not worth anything beyond that.

The refrigerant can be but you can't be the one to recover and sell it to a supply house for recycling. Even then, let's say your system is holding 6 pounds. You may get $3-$4 per pound so max $24 for the refrigerant, but again, it wouldn't be you who could handle or sell it, so it's not really worth anything and if you could it's not worth much more than lunch for two at McDonalds. Now when us contractors get a 30 pound recovery tank full of R-22 than that can be up to $180 for us.

I think those are the right numbers. I've never sold recovered refrigerant to a supply house. I give it back to the company and they take care of it but I want to say those are the prices I've heard.

Anyways, sorry, not worth anything to you.

Ralph III 05-08-2012 11:44 PM

Well, that's what I was afraid of.

I just wondered if there was any value (whether for Installer or on market) that could help pay for the purchase of a new system. The only thing I'd be interested in is the air handlers blower for my shop...

It would be a good consideration in giving it to someone in need, however is that even possible, given new installs must be either r410 and 13 seer or above? Can you re-locate and re-charge such an older system without code violations?


Doc Holliday 05-09-2012 12:06 AM

The blower cage is well used in shops, probably the best thing you could do.

No monetary gain/trade in value for your old system. Now had you purchased a new higher seer rated system last year the federal government offered a rebate, up to $3500 at one time, I believe. That meant you showed them you paid for and had a high seer system installed and they gave you partial of that money back. That's over with now but it might come back at some point. Keep checking for that.

Not sure about code violations for installing second hand/old equipment. Pretty much it'd be under the table type install so again, if you knew someone.

Ralph III 05-09-2012 12:26 AM

Thanks Doc!

Yes, I had been keeping an eye on the tax rebates but didn't realize they were ending last year. There is still a rebate for geothermal systems, until 2016 I beleive, which would be great but for the high initial expense. If I could do much of the work myself then it could be a consideration. It's just hard to pull the trigger on such a daunting system...

God Bless

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