We purchased a condominium in California built in 2005 that has a Weatherking furnace with a Rheem SEER10 coil installed. All of the piping, electrical, etc. has been installed to a second-floor deck area, but the condenser was never put in when the contractor apparently ran into some financial difficulties and needed to cut back expenses. Everything is sealed and in place.
We recently asked for a quote to install a condenser (3-ton was recommended) and the quote was over $. The explanation was that the coil and condenser needed to be removed and replaced with SEER14 R410 equipment. Also, they would need to use a slimline condenser so they could carry it to the second floor. This is way more than we can afford to pay, so the option now is no A/C.
This will not get a lot of use due to the temperate climate, but it will be needed a few weeks each year possibly. Every A/C unit is the vicinity is R22 and it seems pretty irresponsible to throw away brand-new equipment. Is there no other option? Is it no longer possible to put in an R22 condenser?
BTW: We recently had an old furnace removed/hauled away in our home and replaced with a brand new high efficiency furnace, SEER14 3-ton A/C, stainless flue liner and digital humidifier for only $ more than the condo quote.
Thanks in advance for the advice.