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    New Homeowner - Replace or Repair

    Hello, I'm a new homeowner. In my younger days I used to be a helper for a HVAC company in VA.
    I just bought my house last Friday. When I came home from closing I found that the Central Air was not working and the breaker had been tripped. When I reset the breaker, I still got no air. The unit outside was spinning rather slowly and then breaker tripped again.

    I wrote down the specs for the unit Goodman (Janitrol) and called to see if it was still under warranty. Just so happens that it expired early this year.

    So my question is should I have a technician come out to repair or should I buy a new one? I know that seems like a crazy question since I don't know what the problem is, but the unit is a Janitrol and its only 10 SEER. In my day Janitrol (Goodman) was a low end product. I heard that they are better products now, but I'm sure 10 SEER is well below industry standards. I don't want to waste money and time trying to get it repaired when I should be buying a new one.

    Here are the specs for my current one.

    Goodman Single Package Gas-Electric Heating-Cooling Unit
    Model Number GPG10481151A
    Model Description 4T PKG Gas 10 SEER 115k 1PH

    I have 2 systems, a small one with air handler for upstairs and the one in question (Gas Pack) for downstairs.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Edna Bay, Alaska Highest concentration of black bears in the US
    the fact the breaker didn't trip immediately, is a good sign. Every tech that reads this will more than likely know what is wrong with it. Yes, call for service.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    I 2nd that! call for service!
    --Men fight for freedom, then they make laws to take it away from themselves!--

  4. #4
    Ok, I will make the call. So the 10 SEER shouldn't be a concern?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Central Indiana
    Find out what is wrong before you decide to replace it. 10 seer is low but not overly low. Find out what the repair is first, compare the price and then decide. IMO its a terrible idea to decide to replace a unit before you know whats wrong with the old one.
    The only true knowledge is the pursuit of knowledge

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Cincinnati, Oh
    Quote Originally Posted by ReggieN View Post
    Ok, I will make the call. So the 10 SEER shouldn't be a concern?
    You could get a unit with a higher seer, but I wouldn't advice swapping out a 10seer at 10 years old, for the sake of a few extra seer.
    If we were talking low seer, I mean 8 or under, then I'd might agree, but then again the unit would probably be a good deal older also.
    It would depend on what the issue actually is.
    Also, it sounds like you've got a self-contained unit. From what I recall, even the new units don't get that high (such as an 18 seer) in their ratings.

    Something NOT mentioned alot on here, is that there are still units being sold at UNDER 10 seer.
    Some speciality systems are not subject to the federal minimum standard, which is 13 seer.

    I'm installing a 9.5 seer magicpak system soon. It is not subject to the 13 seer federal standard.
    "Better tell the sandman to stay away, because we're gonna be workin on this one all night."

    "Dude, you need more than 2 wires to a condenser to run a 2 stage heatpump."

    "Just get it done son."

    Dad adjusted

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    Thanks for all your responses. I had a serviceman come out yesterday. When we trip the breaker, the compressor blew right there on the spot. Freon was everywhere.

    He told me that he could replace the compressor, but it would be better to replace the unit. I was shocked to find out how much a "Gas Pack" cost. This would have been a deal breaker if I known before I closed.

    Thanks for info.

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