Yesterday I attempted to turn on my AC for the first time in months. When I left my home it was 70 degrees inside. When I returned it was 75. I followed all the suggested troubleshooting measures and determined no power was getting to the unit. I called an HVAC guy out to the house today. Immediately upon seeing the unt he said "Oh no". Someone attempted to sever the liquid line and all the freon leaked out. He asked me did I know when it could have happened. I had no clue. I then asked if this could have affected my power bill since it has doubled over the past few months from my normal usage. I asked because I didn't think the fan outside was used when heating the home, but wanted to be sure. He told me this probably was a significant reason why.
To make a long story short, he told me he would charge $$$ to repair the unit. However, he noted that this may not work and the warranty would be void from Ducane even if the repair was successful. He then said I could get a new unit, but it would cost me $$$$.00. I called my homeowners insurance agency and they are doing there thing. Should I just pay the $$$ and hope it works or go through my homeowners insurance for a new unit?
I currently have a 42ton: (outside) Model-HP10B42.