Help with R22 vs R410 & SEER ratings
I am needing to replace a 10 year old R22 Carrier 10 Seer unit (split system, heat pump). For multiple reasons I am am unable to replace the air handler at this time (also 10 seer as I am told)I am aware it is the ideal thing to do, but it is just impossible financially at this time. I would like to replace it with a Trane unit. 2 questions please, can I replace the outdoor unit as an R22 but a higher seer like 14 to get better efficiency? I was told I cannot as it has to match the 10 seer air handler. My parents did this years ago with no issues, but they said no, max I could go is maybe 12, but better to keep it at 10. Really, that seems ridiculous if the idea is to get better energy savings and efficiancy? 2nd question, I was told I cannot change to a R-410 unit outdoors without replacing the R-22 air handler. Is this true? Is there no way to get an R410 unit to work with the R22 air handler? I really have no idea and no one I know has recently had to deal with this. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I have little time, I am in AZ and my old unit is about ready to breath it's last breath.Thanks!!