New Heat Pump - HELP

gwentmJune 17, 2011

We live in S Florida in a high rise condo and have had some problems with humidity. It turns out that the coils in our 13 year old heat pump have corroded and need to be replaced. It makes sense due to its age to replace the entire heat pump but this is hardly my area of expertise. Hoping for some help! Our apartment is about 2200 sq ft and we live on the ocean so the salt air is a factor. The current unit is a 3.5 ton unit, make Florida Heat Pump. We have been quoted a 3.5 ton Firstco brand heat pump. Any advice or recommendations are much appreciated.

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these are the minimum specs you should be looking for.
both outside and inside units should be replaced to have a properly matched system.

15 SEER, 12.5+ EER, 9 HSPF
best matching VS air handler
full BTUs in both cooling and heating for your rated size
R-410a refrigerant(same as Puron)
scroll compressor preferred
electronic demand defrost preferred
thermostat with "dehumidify on demand" feature
staged backup heat strips
new and correctly sized refrigerant lineset
10 yr warranty on parts and compressor

you want a thorough inspection of your ductwork system. size, overall condition, supply and return lines, insulation qualities, leak test, etc.

any hot/cold spot issues in your home should be addressed.

Since you live in a harsh coastal environment, I would only look at Trane and sister company Am Standard.


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