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What should I do with my redundant baseboard heaters and ductless AC ?

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What should I do with my redundant baseboard heaters and ductless AC ?

Hi,

We recently converted our house from baseboard electric heating to forced air.

We have about 10 baseboard heaters installed in the house (some are old, some are newer) along with programmable thermostats.
The house also has a ductless split-AC system (no heat pump). As you can imagine, with the forced air system, the baseboard heaters and the AC are useless.

I was wondering if I would be able sell these items at a reasonable price or I should leave them as they are.

Thanks
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Leave them as a backup unless you want a cleaner look. Use baseboard heaters don't have much value (you might be able to get $10-20 a piece) but need to sped that much patching up holes, deactivating wires and adding baseboards.

As for the mini-split, is that A/C only or a heat pump?
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thriftshopper wrote: As for the mini-split, is that A/C only or a heat pump?
Thanks. No heat pump only AC.
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musicgold wrote: Thanks. No heat pump only AC.
You might be able to get a bit more but unless you want a cleaner look, I'd just as soon leave it. The buyer is going to have to do gas refill (and pay you less accordingly), etc. and you will have holes to fill and wires to deactivate, again.
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You want to donate all of that stuff to RE-Store, operated by Habitat for Humanity, like any good citizen of a wonderful country would do.

Leaving it in the house is Kife, honestly, no one does that.

Man up, rip it out, and donate it. Will make you feel good
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Ripping "stuff" will require patching and painting. It's OK if you were going to do it anyway, but it will take time and money to fix if you weren't planning on it.

Depending on where the mini split A/C is going, it may make more sense and be more economical to run than central A/C as it keeps the rooms that are needed to be cool that way while not cooling what doesn't.
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I'm in the same situation and just left both systems intact.

The baseboards are also used to supplement heat in rooms where the forced air is not enough.
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SquadG wrote: If I had to built a house, I would have a furnace but I would also ask to have baseboard heater in case of backup.
Let's hope that never happens, then, An absolute ridiculous waste of money

Outside the depths of winter, a well constructed home can do fine with three or four 1500 watt space heaters, over the likely 48 hour period between when your forced air furnace dies and when it is back up and running.

So if you want to spend an additional 5 to 10 grand to backup a system that is likely not going to breakdown, and have your place look like a second rate low rent apartment, go ahead
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musicgold wrote: Hi,

We recently converted our house from baseboard electric heating to forced air.

We have about 10 baseboard heaters installed in the house (some are old, some are newer) along with programmable thermostats.
The house also has a ductless split-AC system (no heat pump). As you can imagine, with the forced air system, the baseboard heaters and the AC are useless.

I was wondering if I would be able sell these items at a reasonable price or I should leave them as they are.

Thanks
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New, sealed ductless AC units were 300 at the restore not that long ago. The used market can’t be great for them.

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