Replacing Mobile Home Package AC Unit
It's a big case (2.5' x 3' x 5'), and the entire unit sits outside the mobile home (28x70) in coastal Mississippi.
A Eubank 5 ton package AC unit (with 10kw heat strip) was here when we bought the home, and it did a good job for ten years (not one problem), but the compressor was stutter starting and now is apparently seized. It is not cooling or condensing any water out the drain.
Everything I have read says don't make a major repair on a ten year old AC, replace it instead. btw, Eubank is out of the residential AC business now.
I can get a Rheem 5 ton package AC unit off eBay (with heatstrip) delivered for $2500 to $3000 depending on SEER rating (13 or 14). Feedback ratings are excellant.
I have the electrical skills to make the power connections and thermostat connections, and can hook up the flexible ducts. I have been a hand rigger and an equipment operator, and can move stuff safely where it has to go. But if a licensed AC contractor does not do these tasks, there is no warranty from Rheem. Money is scarce (ain't it always).
My question for you who have priced similar situations is this: Is it even worth the time and effort of getting (and bothering) local contractors to quote the same type unit and the same installation work?
My first instinct is not to bother anyone and DIY (even though the warranty will be lost), but I might be wrong.
Last edited by jack roscoe; 05-07-2010 at 12:13 PM.