Replace compressor with same or change out R-22 condensor
Compressor burnt out (maybe lightning) in 6 year old Coleman 10 SEER(model BRHS0421CD)unit in 1800 sq ft 2-story townhome in GA. I'm stressing trying to decide what to do. The initial options (and approx estimates) from the repair service are:
1. Remove & replace compressor - $1500
1 yr warranty, 90 days labor
Don't know if any other components are damaged (ex, reversing valve or charge level haven't been tested)
2. Replace with new R-22 condensor - $2200
Probably Lennox or Rheem depending on what's available & compatible with inside system
5 year parts warranty
3. Replace with 3.5 ton 13 SEER R-410 Lennox system - $3900
10 year parts, 2 years labor warranty
My concerns are price (of course), phasing out of R-22 systems possibly affecting parts availability if there are future issues, liklihood that there will be repair issues needed soon if only compressor replaced, rising cost of R-22 vs R-410 refrigerant cost.
In case, the below facts would influence your advice:
Evaporative coil was replaced in 2007 after freon leaks.
Townhome is for rent, not owner-occupied (and not cash-flowing)
I would appreciate any useful advice!!!