Condenser Rusted and Freon Leaked
We bought our home 11 years ago which makes our York HVAC 22 years old. Our central air conditioner unit while old has worked well until a recent power outage. We had someone from our home warranty come out to diagnosis.
We were told the assembly rusted and allowed the Freon to leak. I was then told it was not covered because of the rust.
I don't know what's involved in replacing this part and recharging my system. Obviously I'll need to hire a professional but I'm concerned because this is my air conditioner/heat pump and its pretty old.
So my question is...If I don't fix this (and use window air conditioners as a temporary fix), will my heat still work? I would love to replace the whole thing but need about a year to do it.
Is it possible to replace just the unit outside?
I bought the warranty policy to help in the event I ever need to replace a large ticket item only to find out they have lots of conditions they won't cover. I really can't afford to replace the whole central ac and Heat pump but realize I'm perilously close to the time I need to.
Can anyone explain to me how this part would be fixed, average prices for the repair and how I then go about shopping for a new system next year.