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new system, or are refrigerant leaks worth finding?
Folks, It seems wasteful to replace both inside & outside components of my heat pump/AC system because of a refrigerant leak, but that's what I'm being told (ie sold). It's a 9 year old Trane system. Two out of two contractors have said a combination of, "Nah, leaks are hard to find, can't find, expensive to find them (time & equip) and even if you find the leak they can't always be fixed/repaired." I could understand a complete replacement if the refrigerant was different or if I had a no-name system with unknown specs, but this is a new-ish Trane R410 system and I have a proposal to replace it with a Goodman R410 system.
One of the contractors I called was listed on the Trane website; shouldn't a Trane service guy be WILLING to find the leak in a Trane system and go forward from there? Oddly, the Trane guy is quoting me the Goodman, though he knows this is a rental - maybe he is just trying to keep my cost down.
And I would think 9 years would be considered an early failure, no? I know the previous system was R22 and the 2010 install order said, "R11 flush for R410 system," could the line set flush (instead of line set replacement) be the cause of early failure? If I do a full system replacement should I ask them to replace the line set, too?
As always, I appreciate your thoughts.
DIY'er ... ripped out a perfectly good forced-air furnace and replaced it with hot water & radiators.