Repair or Replace Carrier Condenser?
My Carrier condenser unit has stopped working. The inside circulation fan turns on, but the outside condenser unit only emits a vibrating sound from the control box. The vibration seems to be coming from either the right hand relay or what looks like a transformer on the right hand side.
The control box had a lot of ants in it and they had accumulated a lot of debris over most of the components and wiring. I'm wondering if this may have shorted somethings. We just got through a wet spell and the debris was probably damp.
The previous owner of the home seems to have had all improvements done "by the book". So I assume this is a well-matched system. But, I suspect the central air conditioning system is quite old. (I can't find any info on the web.)
Should I consider repairing the condenser or would it be wiser to update it to a more efficient unit? Is R-22 a problem?
Amps: min 18.4 max 30
Compressor: 203/230 v 1ph 60hz
Charge: R-22 8.5lbs
Fan: 208/230 1ph 60hz
Thank you for your help,