I have a Trane XL1000 3.5 ton condenser with matched Air handler from original home build (1993). In trying to be good to the system I was cleaning the exterior coils, and when I re-assembled the case I ran a sheet metal screw into one of the coils and vented the whole system. No good deed........
1)Is there any hope of repairing the hole as I know exactly where it is? I know it is aluminum tubing, and has the "porcupine" type of heat exchange covering.
2)My local Trane folks of course are pushing the 13/14 SEER units if I go for/need replacement. From reading here it is my assumption that I would want a new evaporator as my existing unit must be what 9, 10 SEER maybe? Incidently, the Trane dealer I spoke to said nothing of a new interior coil.
Thanks for any thoughts or advice. If you have a 10 SEER 3.5 ton Trane heat pump laying around the Toledo area I'd like to chat