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    rsaran Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 1, 2008, 11:13 AM
    Is a NEW AC unit reqired?
    Our AC stopped working today (no cooling) - got a reputable contractor to check the system and he found the outside units wires were blown (burnt out).

    He provided two options:

    1. Fix the wiring (for $1000) but was not sure that the unit will still work after that (its goldman brand 14 years old).

    2. Got a Carrier 3.0 tonne builder grade ouside unit plus new coils insdide for $3900.

    Am I better of going with a new unit? What could have caused the wires to blow up?

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    cramerfunk Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 1, 2008, 11:19 AM
    $3900 is a reasonable replacement price, you will gain efficiency with a newer unit.

    With that said $1000 seems a bit high to rewire a condensing unit, and with no guarantee it will work after repair.

    I would lean towards the new unit.

    The most common caused of burnt wires that I've found are loose connections or voltage issues.
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    hvac1000 Posts: 14,540, Reputation: 435
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    Aug 1, 2008, 01:48 PM
    He is ripping you off for 1000.00 just to repair wiring.

    At this price he does not really want to fix your unit. He just wants to sell you a new one.
    Depending upon your circumstances you might want to get a price from someone else for the repair and replacement. Never just take one bid on a job because you will never know if the person is being honest with you.

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