January 19, 2012New Heat Pump Installed in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
Well y’all, like I said before in my post about upgrading the electrical panel, not ALL vintage is good! We preserved everything that we could, but the fuse box and the heating/air conditioning unit just had to be replaced.
Here in Arizona we have a lot of what are called ‘Heat Pumps’. In kind of basic terms this means the unit is a combined heating and A/C unit, rather than a separate Air Conditioning unit and Furnace. I think Heat Pumps are popular here because our winters are generally milder. I believe I heard Heat Pumps do not operate well in very cold areas. We replaced Mom’s old unit with a Heat Pump.
The old unit actually had 3 different components. There was this section you see in the hall closet, which was the heating portion. The cooling portion of the unit was above the closet area in the attic and there was the fan outside.
Mom had an old Fraser-Johnston heat/air conditioning unit and the installers said they had not seen a unit this old in quite some time. I just know this unit HAD to be original, from 1959. I love the way those red letters are on the old unit!
I honestly felt kind of bad getting rid of it, but I figured a new unit would be A LOT safer and WAY more efficient.
Yeah, that was actually the way you installed the filter – just by cramming it in there.
Lord have mercy.
Here is a close-up of the old controls.
I knew we may be in for some trouble when the guy that came to turn on the gas refused to light the pilot light in the old unit to test it out. He thought the unit really did not look safe and when Mike was in the attic he saw the A/C part was leaking a lot. That was pretty much when we decided to just get a new Heat Pump.
Here we are on installation day, and there is the new Frigidaire fan outside.
And here it is, Mom’s brand new Frigidaire Heat Pump! We decided to go with an all electric unit rather than use gas for the heat. It was just easier for Mom that way. And the little silver door on the bottom – that is where the filter goes ! No more cramming filters in! YAY!
This unit is a lot smaller than the old one too. This is actually the whole kit and caboodle right here in the closet (the fan is still outside)– the A/C and the heat are all contained in one area. We thought that was better than having half the unit in the attic, and easier when it needs to be serviced as well.
I think Mom is pretty excited to now have a reliable air conditioning and heating unit!
The renovation fun continues next Thursday y’all, when you get to see the disastrous mess we had the condo in for weeks!