Question by RalBoo: Can you replace a Daikan heat pump condensing outdoor unit with a furnace and AC unit?
We have a 2 story rental house with a furnace upstairs but the basement is heated with a Daikan heat pump condensing outdoor unit that feeds 4 interior basement units. The repair company can’t find a replacement compressor, so to get it fixed it would cost $ 12,000. We’re trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to install a furnace/AC in the basement instead. Any ideas?
Answer by OrakTheBold
Yes, you can replace the heat pump. If you have natural gas, go with a gas furnace and an air conditioner. Heat pumps were installed in areas where gas was not available. They are cheaper heat than straight electric heat, but are not as good as a gas furnace.
If you don’t need cooling for the basement, you can go with a furnace only. Some people like the drying effect of an air conditioner if the basement is wet.
Do you have seperate rentals on each level? What does your accountat say about amoratizing the capital expenditure for the repair vs. replacement?
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