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Old 11-09-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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The main floor heat pump isn't working in the house I am keeping as a rental.

I believe its a 5 ton unit and its 14 years old.

A/C guys came out and I told them I basically have very little money to address the problem AND am not investing in a new unit for a house I plan on unloading as soon as I can break even. Anyway, they told me the compressor is out (which is true) and the unit is leaking freon (sp)...not sure if that is true but the fins are quite damaged due to dog urine destroying them.

Guys said I can no longer buy a compressor for the unit...that the unit MUST be replaced and that they will sell me a refurbished 3 1/2 ton unit for $1600. I am not sure about going from 5 tons to 3 1/2...won't that cause the refurbished unit alot of wear and tear ALSO how would this effect my tennents power bills? No point in doing this if people are not going to want to rent the house because of it.

What kind of warrenty is typically offered on a refurbished unit?

I am not sure this is my best option.

Again upgrading to a new unit is OUT OF THE QUESTION.

Any thoughts or ideas on this?

Last edited by Ultrarunner; 12-12-2009 at 10:31 AM.. Reason: Clarity
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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The main floor heat pump isn't working in the house I am keeping as a rental.
I believe its a 5 ton unit and its 14 years old. A/C guys came out and I told them I basically have very little money to address the problem AND am not investing in a new unit for a house I plan on unloading as soon as I can break even. Anyway, they told me the compressor is out (which is true) and the unit is leaking freon (sp)...not sure if that is true but the fins are quite damaged due to dog urine destroying them. Guys said I can no longer buy a compressor for the unit...that the unit MUST be replaced and that they will sell me a refurbished 3 1/2 ton unit for $1600. I am not sure about going from 5 tons to 3 1/2...won't that cause the refurbished unit alot of wear and tear ALSO how would this effect my tennents power bills? No point in doing this if people are not going to want to rent the house because of it. What kind of warrenty is typically offered on a refurbished unit?

I am not sure this is my best option.

Again upgrading to a new unit is OUT OF THE QUESTION.

Any thoughts or ideas on this?
Just wondering if it was damage from a dog if you could file an insurance claim.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Just wondering if it was damage from a dog if you could file an insurance claim.
LOL...Perhaps I could if it hadn't been my dog. I know I should have taken action to prevent that however I had origionally just intended to replace the unit before the housing market crashed. I guess you just never know.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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The main floor heat pump isn't working in the house I am keeping as a rental.
I believe its a 5 ton unit and its 14 years old. A/C guys came out and I told them I basically have very little money to address the problem AND am not investing in a new unit for a house I plan on unloading as soon as I can break even. Anyway, they told me the compressor is out (which is true) and the unit is leaking freon (sp)...not sure if that is true but the fins are quite damaged due to dog urine destroying them. Guys said I can no longer buy a compressor for the unit...that the unit MUST be replaced and that they will sell me a refurbished 3 1/2 ton unit for $1600. I am not sure about going from 5 tons to 3 1/2...won't that cause the refurbished unit alot of wear and tear ALSO how would this effect my tennents power bills? No point in doing this if people are not going to want to rent the house because of it. What kind of warrenty is typically offered on a refurbished unit?

I am not sure this is my best option.

Again upgrading to a new unit is OUT OF THE QUESTION.

Any thoughts or ideas on this?
The unit size is dependent on many different factors and would require proper review of the home and calculations to determine. However, as a general rule of thumb you can use 400 - 500 Sq. Ft. of conditioned area per ton of heating and cooling.

Because it is a heat pump, unless you have back-up heat strips for the cooler weather, then you will need to replace it to provide any heat required for your climate zone. Since you appear to be an investor I would say to hop up on the various investor BB's and ask around if anyone has a unit they are replacing that is still functional. You might be able to pick it up inexpensively. Also speak with the HVAC people that service investors and they might have a used unit that can be installed.

However, installation labor is not normally cheap and would you really want to take a chance that the used unit does not fail before you sell the home? Also, when the buyer has the home inspected the Inspector might point out your used unit as an issue. You might wind up giving the buyer a concession anyhow to repair/replace the unit. It is not a cheap alternative in the short term but replacing it with a new unit properly just might be less expensive in the long term.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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The unit size is dependent on many different factors and would require proper review of the home and calculations to determine. However, as a general rule of thumb you can use 400 - 500 Sq. Ft. of conditioned area per ton of heating and cooling.

Because it is a heat pump, unless you have back-up heat strips for the cooler weather, then you will need to replace it to provide any heat required for your climate zone. Since you appear to be an investor I would say to hop up on the various investor BB's and ask around if anyone has a unit they are replacing that is still functional. You might be able to pick it up inexpensively. Also speak with the HVAC people that service investors and they might have a used unit that can be installed.

However, installation labor is not normally cheap and would you really want to take a chance that the used unit does not fail before you sell the home? Also, when the buyer has the home inspected the Inspector might point out your used unit as an issue. You might wind up giving the buyer a concession anyhow to repair/replace the unit. It is not a cheap alternative in the short term but replacing it with a new unit properly just might be less expensive in the long term.
Thank you for the suggestions...these are all points I have been considering. According to your calculations It seems the 3 1/2 ton would not be undersized with the additional upstairs unit factored in.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:16 AM
 
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Default heater burner turns off before hitting temp

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Old 06-21-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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my 3 ton unit heart pump, when on for A/C I hear the air handler turn on and I feel the air coming through the house but it is not cool, could this mean it needs refrigerant (Puron 410A)
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