Homeowner here looking for a bit of advice. My service guy was out to repair my 1986 RUUD A/C unit yesterday - coil was frozen and leaky. He added some freon for now, but says if he doesn't replace the coil, the problem will happen again.
While he did quote me just a coil replacement, he recommended replacing the unit. The original coil is available, but is pricey since it was installed 19 years ago and not as common today. The difference from just replacing the coil to replacing the unit was only $500 and the reasoning he used seems to pass the common sense test. We have chosen to get a new unit. As we have a RUUD unit that has lasted near 20 years, we are okay with using a RUUD again. That's the background.
So I have a 3 ton unit of some lower SEER (maybe 9?) installed in 1986 that's going to go. His replacement strategy is a 3 ton 12 SEER RUUD unit. He did mention the new Florida law going into effect in 2006 requiring 13 SEER or better, but said that while it would save more money year to year, the cost of it would take longer to recuperate. Fair enough. So I did a bit of web surfing today (how I got here) and read up on SEER and the new law and am thinking maybe a 13 or 14 SEER unit might be the way to go.
So I am asking if you guys would share your opinion on taking the 12 SEER unit versus going further with a 13/14 SEER unit. What do you think?
Thanks in advance,