Can I have a Condenser installed Only?
What you will learn in this page:
● Can you install a condenser only?
● Can you combine R-22 and R-410 equipment together?
● Why can't I buy a R-22 Condenser?
● What is the life expectancy of an AC system?
● Why is there a life expectancy?
● Why is it recommended to replace my system after 15 years?
Can a condenser be installed only?
Before we begin, first read our page "What is Refrigerant?" to learn about R-22 and R-410a refrigerant and the current ban of R-22.
R-22 equipment CANNOT be combined with R-410a equipment. And since only 410a equipment is available for contractors to purchase All equipment has to to be converted to R-410a. The current ban was issued for this reason, to rid of R-22.
So if your system is R-22, the answer is no. You cannot just purchase and have a condenser installed only. Due to the current ban, the condenser along with the evaporator will need to be replaced with new R-410a equipment. And since 80% of your system will need to be replaced, the industry standard recommends replacing everything. Going with a brand new complete install. It is the more cost effective option and makes much more sense in the long run.
If your system is R-410a, the answer is yes. You can have a condenser replaced only. But small components will need to be replaced along with it. However, If your system is 15+ years old, the industry standard still recommends that the smarter more cost effective option is to replace all equipment.
Why should I replace after 15+ years?
The average lifetime expectancy of an AC system is 10-15 years. That means most major and smaller components are at the end of their lifetime around 10-15 years. The reason the industry standard is to recommend replacement after 15 years old is because 15 years is the "chasing the tail" stage, meaning, you fix one part and another part breaks endlessly until you've replaced just about every part that can be replaced. You will be "chasing your own tail' trying to keep your system alive. Thousands of dollars later homeowners realize it would have been cheaper to replace from the start. The recommendation to replace after 15 years is not a trick to sell new systems to customers it is genuine effort to help our customers not go down the rabbit hole of replacing part after part trying to keep their poor AC alive.