27 Years Old? It's time to say goodby. You have gotton your use out of it. Get the new equipment. The prices do not seam that bad. When a compressor fries an acid like substance is introduced into the refrigeration lines. If not cleaned correctly and checked it will work its way back to the replacement compressor and start on the motor windings. Burnouts are time consuming repairs and I am suprised the replacement is only 600.00
Ask them if the price includes changing the line set also.
Where do you live? What is the winter low temp range?
Actually I have only been in the house 2 years, so someone else got the lion's share of the heat pump. Boy they knew how to make them last 30 years ago, eh?
I live in south central VA between Roanoke and Lynchburg. The house is single story with basement, 1650 SF. Current system is split with heat pump on outdoor slab, SE side of house, and air handler in the basement.
The Trane customizer software at their website tells me the following for the zip code:
Number of days / year above 75° 153
Number of days / year below 40° 91
Typical hot days temperature 86.4 F
Typical cold days temperature 34.5 F
I have not been able to contact the serviceman to see if the replacement included new lines. Will report to you when he responds.
Like Badger says, make sure they change the lineset ( copper tubing) no matter what they mightr say. You want a complete new job and a warranty that goes with it. I never found old linesets that were compatible with new sizes.. I always found guys that figured something would work were NOT the guys installing it and definitely NOT the person who was paying for it.
Thanks for the tip about replacing the lineset, Roger G and Rabadger.
No, the prices did not include the lineset.
He said he will replace the copper tubing for an additional $125. He says this is a good deal since new tubing is expensive. Also, he said he is giving me a good price since my basement is unfinished and the old copper tubing is exposed and easily removed from the ceiling joists.
Based on your input, Rabadger, I am opting for a new system and am leaning towards the 14 series because of better energy efficiency rating.
Again thanks to you both, since I would never have known about the lineset being contaminated with acid. You helped me dodge a bullet, proof that this forum pays big dividends to its members.