Hello all. Long time lurker, first time poster.
My wife and I purchased a 1950s era 1.5 story home with a partially finished basement about a month and a half ago. Over the holiday weekend, the condenser compressor crapped out on us. The outdoor unit is a 3 ton late- mid-80s Goodman and the air handler/furnace inside is a mid- to late-90s Trane unit.
Thankfully, a home warranty was in place and their service provider will:
(1) replace the outdoor unit with a 13 SEER R22 system, requiring the payment of about $, covering new refrigerant, disposal fees, etc. I'd be left with the old coils, so who knows how efficient the system would be; or,
(2) give me a "cash out" of approximately $750 , with which I can put towards a Carrier 24ABC6 system, with new refirgerant lines, and coils OR take it to a third party HVAC contractor of my choice. The service provider has given me a specific quote for this system, the installation of new lines and new coils. Suffice it to say, the cash out (and rebate from the utility) will cover a little better than 1/5 the price of the system.
Any thoughts about the route I should take? Is the 16 SEER system worth the jump in cost?