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13 seer minimum for new installs. I have seen ratings as high as 18 or more on some units (410A systems) I recently replaced my system with a 13 seer R22 system, since they are more easily serviced and I am very familiar with them. Given the average lifespan of a system before major service is around 10 years depending on model. I have worked on Trane, Carrier, Intertherm and Goodman units and prefer the Goodman units, as they seem to be much quieter running and are built in America.
The defrost board is very easily fried by power surges...
Seems that over the summer the board gets toasted and you have to replace it...
a good commercial surge suppressor may help keep that from happening...
Chances are the tech said it was a "capacitor".
That is one of the few (and minor) parts that routinely go bad and would be no suprise with a 17 month old unit. Nearby lightening strikes or power surges can cause them to fail. That is true with all brands.
(the condensor is the entire outdoor unit)
Goodman systems typically come with a 1 year all parts warranty, and a 10 year compressor warranty.
Since your unit is 17 years old the capacitor is not under warranty. (unless you purchased an extended warranty plan of some kind.)
$90 is reasonable compared to the typical going rate for a capacitor replacement and service call.