New to the forum, but have been poking around for the last couple of days. Thanks for having me!
Anyway, I have a 16 year old outdoor R-22 A/C unit with a broken condenser unit. I am trying to weigh my options between repairing and replacing. If I do decide to replace, whether to go with R-22 or R-410a?
First on the repair side, I was wondering since I already would have a contractor working on the unit if I just replaced my condenser, is there anyway to retrofit my unit to a new type refrigerant, since the supply of R-22 is probably under pressure given EPA regulations? Or is there any type of compatible refrigerant that can just be thrown in instead of R-22? On average, is it just cheaper to go with a new unit than retrofit? (Can I ask that or is that too close to pricing related? Sorry Mods if it is....)
Secondly, R-22 vs. R-410a. I know you can't talk about cost, but I get the impression R-410a replacements are more expensive than the R-22 units (dry of course ). But trying to be an informed consumer, is there something other than the price of the unit that makes switching to R-410a more expensive like extra components within the system that need to be replaced for compatibility?
Finally, money is a little tight given the state of the economy. Is there financing available for either purchasing an R-22 or R-410a unit? Are you usually allowed to finance the install costs as well or just the price of the unit? Does it tend to be a credit card type interest rates?
Sorry for all the questions, but I appreciate your help. THANKS!