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rookie50 06-18-2007 04:33 PM

R22 vs Puron
Have to replace AC unit. 13 SEER units require evap coil replacement as well as condensor. If I replace unit with one that uses R22 will I be able to get it serviced later? That is is there currently a replacement refrigerant that can run on a system designed for the R22 refrigerant.

Also Rheem, Trane or Goodman. All about the same price quote. Whats your choice.

bigMikeB 06-20-2007 11:05 PM

Oh not Goodman...
Goodman is the cheapest built piece of trash on the market. Trane, Carrier, and Lennox are the top of the line. Rheem, Ruud, Luxaire, York, Comfortmaker, and other fall in the middle of the road. Don't worry about R-22 being around, it is the last one to be phased out and the are drop in replacements and work almost as well.

#CARRIERMAN 06-29-2007 08:17 PM

Hi Rookie50

Big mike is right, spend your money once. Buy a good high end piece of equipment. MY vote goes to Carrier, they are the ones who developed the R-410A equipment and the refrigerant. Everyone else has been playing catch up to them. R-22 is not a good investment period! The last year that R-22 refrigerant can be legally produced is 2010, you can probably answer the next question on your own. Yes the cost of it will sky rocket. This is where I say spend your money once, go with the new evaporator and lineset with your new R-410A equipment. You will also find that you will run the air conditioner about two degrees warmer than your R-22 and will be more comfortable. You will cut you electric bill by at least 20%, it won't take you long to see the true value of your new purchase. I would recommend the full monty if you can afford to do so, go with the Infinity system with the matched furnace. The new equipment will pay for itself in about five years just off of the monthly energy savings. I have two of them in a two story 3000 sqft house. I cool my whole house, my electric never gets above $130.00 and my gas bill has never been above $225.00 since making my investment. They used to run about $400.00 for electric and got as high as $600.00 for gas. Weigh all your options before you buy, like I said spend your money once.

Good luck

rookie50 06-29-2007 10:13 PM

Thanks guys for your advice. Again its been very helpfull.
I can't afford to replace the furnace right now, its in good shape although as noted much more costly to run than the new stuff. I am replacing the whole AC unit though, I'm going with a Trane XL14i I believe is the model. I'm going this way cause the contractor is highly thought of, gave me the correct assessment of my current equipment, and I know the installation will be top notch. This is the brand he deals and his price was right in line with all the other makes I was quoted. Its going in Tuesday and I'll report back after the install. At least the weather broke here this week(near Detroit, been hot and humid until now).

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