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  1. #1
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    Match new air-handler to 17 y/o Trane Heat Pump?

    I'm in the process of buying a house, and the heat pump is a 17 y/o Trane which appears to be working fine (AC at least...its nice and cold). I'm hoping it'll last another 5-6 years.

    The air-handler however is 27 years old and is rusted and damaged as you can see in the picture linked below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2776004...87196/sizes/o/

    How important is it to match a new air handler to the Trane I have in place now? If they use whatever builder grade unit they find and it's not matched, what will be the result for me? Higher electric bills? The Trane will die sooner? Since the current 27 y/o handler is original, it doesn't appear to be matched to the 17 y/o Trane...and it seems to be working fine.

    Secondly do the pictures of those ducts look pretty bad? Should I assume they are leaking or something? The inspector is recommending that they be replaced.

    Also portions of the newer ducts are touching the ground in the crawlspace. Is it a pretty big deal that they aren't hung properly? I'm assuming it is since my inspector said something about water accumulating in them if they dip to the ground.

    Thanks for any info. I'm pretty new to all this.

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    You dont want to mate that thing to a new air handler. Second, that heat pump has lasted seventeen years and has worked year round, it has done its time. You really need to replace the whole thing at once, and I'm sure everyone else will probably give you the same advice.

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    Well if it's not broken why do I need to fix it? (the heat pump)

    Maybe I should just ask for a concession, have them give me the cash for a new air handler and save it for when the pump finally dies? It says the handler is currently sucking in crawlspace air though so I can only guess that that's adding at least 10-20/month to the electric bill.
    Last edited by synapse88; 06-17-2008 at 03:12 PM. Reason: more info

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    That damaged duct needs replaced.

    If the outdoor unit is 17 years old, expect problems any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synapse88 View Post
    Well if it's not broken why do I need to fix it? (the heat pump)
    The new air handler will be for R-22 refrigerant which is being phased out, they wont make an outdoor unit compatible with it after Jan 1, 2010, keep that in mind.

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    You dont want to mate that thing to a new air handler. Second, that heat pump has lasted seventeen years and has worked year round, it has done its time. You really need to replace the whole thing at once,
    Ditto.

    That damaged duct needs replaced.

    If the outdoor unit is 17 years old, expect problems any day.
    Ditto.

    The new air handler will be for R-22 refrigerant which is being phased out, they wont make an outdoor unit compatible with it after Jan 1, 2010, keep that in mind.
    Double Ditto

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    Yep, that duct work is toast.

    You can match a new airhandler to that 17 year old outdoor unit. It may not have as warm of an air in the winter.
    If the outdoor unit dies after 2010, you can get a new coil for the air handler. Sort of paying twice, but saves you up front, cost you more in the long run.
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    if it's sucking crawlspace air somebody better take a look at that coil.


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    You should change both with a matched pair.
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    I had an experience with a home warranty co. I had a service call on an old unit with a bad compressor. The owner had just baught the place and told me she had baught a warranty. Long story short,(after me and the owner both being put on trial by the co's rep) they wouldn't cover the unit because of pre-existing conditions and lack of maintainance from the previous owner. As she put it...I baught a warranty for nothing!....My advice....Take the $1500 offer and put it towards a complete new system and ductwork. Who knows what mold and dirt and bugs might be lurkin inside the unit and ducts....YUK!

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