Our 18 year old heat pump seems to be near the end of it's usable life, and hopefully this week's freon load will keep us running through the dog days.
The tech gave me two proposed options for replacement, both Bryants. One was an R22 unit with a capacity of 24,000 and a SEER of 10 @ $3900 (including air handler, new thermostat, and installation). The other was an R144 unit with a capacity of 25,000 and a SEER of 14.5 @ $5100.
We have an 1800-1900 sf townhouse, 3 levels, with the unit outside the basement level.
Not a clue what to do here! Get estimates on other brands/systems/sizes? Forget R22 because 2006 is almost here--both in terms of the end of new freon systems and minimum SEER of 13?
Any advice welcome. My experience is limited to calling for service, writing checks, and a couple of hours of Googling.