The compressor in my 2.5 ton 12 seer R22 Nordyne heat pump installed in 12/05 (past the 5 year warranty) needs to be replaced (it is tripping the breaker). I have been quoted a price of $1800 to fix the compressor or $2500 to install a new Payne 2.5 13 Seer R22 unit. (I also have a 3.0 ton Nordyne 13 Seer R22 installed in 4/09 (manufactored in 07) - that is working fine for now) I paid $4000 for two Payne air handlers in 11/09 with a 10 year warranty. I will be in this house for 5 years or less. It doesn't make sense to replace just the compressor on an out of warranty unit. Should I install the Payne R22 for $2500 or should I replace both the broken outdoor unit and 2 year old indoor unit switching to 410 (keeping the other outdoor/indoor as is until they break)?
I have been quoted the following prices.
$5000 Payne 2.5 ton 15 Seer R410
$6000 Carrier 2.5 ton 15 Seer R410
I live in a Washington, DC suburb with a high cost of living so I do think these prices are good are good.