Hello All! I am new to this forum and request advice on how to proceed with repairing or replacing my 12 yr old Carrier 13 SEER HP. We have a Carrier Comfort Zone system, including an LP gas furnace that we use for heat, so time is on our side for now. The accumulator on our unit rusted & all of the refrigerant leaked out.
I have a friend who can repair the accumulator & recharge the system for a relatively small cost or we are looking at possibly replacing the outside unit since it's 12 years old. The question I have is, can we replace the outside unit with a non-Carrier unit, like Armstrong, or should I stick with Carrier?
If I can go with another brand, can I move up to a 14 SEER unit to get a scroll compressor, or must I stick with a 13 SEER unit like I have now? I'm under the impression that scroll compressors are quieter and more reliable, but it seems that many brands do not offer scroll compressors on their lower (13) SEER units.
Thanks in advance for any help!