This is my first post here after finding this site today so bear with me.
I'm looking for advice on replacing an Apollo hydroheat system for a 1200 sq ft condo in Asheville, NC. The existing unit is not functioning because of a leaking condensing coil that I am told by the manufacturer is no longer available. The model # of the air handler is 24-1AHW.2 and was installed in 1984. After talking with Apollo I found out that they do not manufacture air handlers any more. I thought I found a solution from a company called ThermoPride but the specific unit the contractor initially quoted turned out to be no longer available and they don't have any others that will work dimensionally. I have heard of a company called First Co. that may manufacture these types of units but don't know much about them and their website is not extremely helpful to me. Are there any other manufactures of air handler units that are compatible with the Apollo?
The AC unit is an old 2 ton Ruud unit of about the same age but seems to work fine from the 2 weeks I got to use it last year before the leaking problems in the air handler started.
I am frustrated because it is difficult enough to get a contractor come out to take a look at my system and give an estimate but they all seem to give me a different story. Some things that I am hearing are 1) installing a split system gas furnace with stand-alone air conditioner would require major modifications to the structure because the Apollo system is not vented, 2) heat pumps may or may not work because of the size of the existing line set, 3) received promises on replacing the entire system (Apollo plus AC) but unwilling to just replace the air handler portion or even provide quotes.
I am looking for an economical solution to this problem. I don't need a top of the line system as this is my first home purchase and I don't see myself there for more than another year or two max but for resell purposes (and my personal comfort in the meantime) I know I have to do something. I am not an HVAC expert but am learning through trial by fire right now. I am hoping to get a unbiased opinion here and not someone just trying to sell me something.
If anyone has any experience or recommendations in replacing these types of systems I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give me.
Thanks in advance!