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Old 11-13-2007, 08:32 PM
 
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The air condition in my parents' house is broken. It's a air condition/heater combo at outside of their house and it's for the first floor only. How long should this thing last? The house is about 12 years old. IF we replace it with a new one, what's a reasonable price? That includes labor and air conditioning unit price?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:39 PM
 
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Do you know the model number of the unit? If it's a package unit (only one piece) it could be easily $2,000 or more if it's a split system with an indoor section and an outdoor section.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The air condition in my parents' house is broken. It's a air condition/heater combo at outside of their house and it's for the first floor only. How long should this thing last? The house is about 12 years old. IF we replace it with a new one, what's a reasonable price? That includes labor and air conditioning unit price?

Thanks in advance.
The unit was probably the cheapest available when it was put in.
I replaced my gas pack when it was 10 years old.

Generally, you are looking at $4000 to $5000 depending on the quality of the unit you have installed.

What is wrong with it? Is it the heat exchanger? You can often just replace the heat exchanger for $800-$1000 and get many more years out of the unit.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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The unit was probably the cheapest available when it was put in.
I replaced my gas pack when it was 10 years old.

Generally, you are looking at $4000 to $5000 depending on the quality of the unit you have installed.

What is wrong with it? Is it the heat exchanger? You can often just replace the heat exchanger for $800-$1000 and get many more years out of the unit.
Exactly. Heat exchangers in gas pack units only typically last 8-9 years. I know a guy who will work after hours "off the books" at a nice savings. He is an outstanding HVAC tech. Message me if you would like his contact info. I dont refer anyone lightly, I am an inspector and use him on my own house.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the information. I am working and living in Miami now. I got the news when I called home. My mom has already asked someone to take a look, but she couldn't explain clearly what's wrong with it. The person who suggest to replace with a new unit asks for 7K. I think it's way too expensive. I will relay the information to my mom.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Thanks for the information. I am working and living in Miami now. I got the news when I called home. My mom has already asked someone to take a look, but she couldn't explain clearly what's wrong with it. The person who suggest to replace with a new unit asks for 7K. I think it's way too expensive. I will relay the information to my mom.
$7000 is a LOT of money for a gas pack.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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wow! cut that price nearly in half and you're in the ballpark.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:53 AM
 
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My apt super says heat pumps can be expected to live around 14 years so 12 might well be the end of its normal life.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:29 AM
 
Location: S-E Michigan
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Default Recent replacement of smaller "All-In-One" unit...

My son had to replace his external "All-In-One" unit two years ago on his 1400 sq ft two-story condo. The cost for a completely new unit, installed, with current standard efficiency ratings, was around $2500; if I remember correctly. Replacement of heat exchanger only (his heat exhanger failed and flames/heat destroyed the internal wiring and controls) would have been around $1000. Replacement with a higher efficiency unit would have been $3500.

Higher efficiency units cost more to purchase, are more prone to failure due to their additional complexity, cost more to repair, are significantly larger (sometimes to the point of fence removal or re-grading of the yard to get these beasts installed!) but cost less to operate. The payback calculations almost always favor the standard efficiency units, but personal attitudes & convictions towards energy/resource conservation need to be considered too.
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