I have an 8 year old Rheem 2T heatpump and the compressor is bad. The technician (who I have found to be very truthful in the past) tested it with a new capicitor to check the loads and the compressor apparently has overheated and is pulling too much of a load and won't fire up (my words, not his).
Anyway, the compressor alone would cost about $ to replace and I questioned why I wouldn't just replace the entire outside unit vice the compressor alone. He said that due to the refrigerant in my system, I couldn't just replace the outside unit but would have to also replace the inside unit (air handler) too to be compatible.
He opined that since my system was only 8 years old, i would probably be fine just replacing the compressor for now since the life of the system "should" be about 15 years.
A friend of mine thinks that I am being duped and gouged since he personally replaced just the outside unit of his system (same refrigerant as I have but his is a 2.5T system) two years ago for about $.
I would like to know if in fact I can get the outside unit alone in my application is it true that I cannot find the outside unit for this setup any longer and would in fact have to change out the entire system Thanks.