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Question: Can you replace a Daikan heat pump condensing outdoor unit with a furnace and AC unit?


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?

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Answer by OrakTheBold
Hello RalBoo:

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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One Response to Question: Can you replace a Daikan heat pump condensing outdoor unit with a furnace and AC unit?

  1. Abdu Rahim

    Wow. Yeah, getting a furnace installed is a dang sight cheaper than that! Friend of mine just had an HVAC company redo his whole house for central gas heat (it used to be electric baseboards in each room), his damage was $ 1800. The difference between that and the price you were quoted will buy a lot of window-mount AC’s!

    Call another HVAC company and get estimates. MOF, call your gas company and tell them you want to convert. They’ll be happy to recommend!

    You might look at electric zone heating, or a central electric furnace; it can be done a lot quicker (and most likely way cheaper too!). Here in WA state we got like a nine month wait to get gas to a house. And, here’s the punch line: Due to the recent price increases of anything petro-glomerate related (gas, oil, etc.), electric heat is now cheaper than gas. Here. Not sure about the rest of the country…

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