Any HVAC folks here?

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  1. Shawn@PRS

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    One of my Air Conditioner condenser units called it quits and I need to replace it. Is there any way to do this economically, or should I just suck it up and start writing the check?

    This is an AC unit only, not a heater. Any guidance is appreciated.
     
  2. Wakester

    Wakester Class Clown

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    Without physically laying hands on the unit, its hard to diagnose. Could be as simple as a loose wire, or as complicated as a cooked compressor. You can try looking on eBay for a matching or similar sized unit to replace the existing one, but, I'm thinking you may still need the local HVAC tech to do the install.
     
  3. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    How old is the unit? Efficiency gets better and better every year. My new office heat pump paid for itself in savings in just 5 years.
     
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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    You’re asking us? Why, do you want to sue your HVAC guy or did you knock his teeth out already? :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Shawn@PRS

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    The unit is from 2005, so its at the end of its life. It will run all day long, but it won't cool. I had a shot of coolant put in it recently but that only worked for a short while. I think it needs to be replaced.
     
  6. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    Yes, at that age you’ll be replacing it. The new one will likely use noticeably less power.
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    When my central air went, it did the same thing. Wasn't the condenser, it was the evaporator coil. It was 20 years old, so I did the evaporater coil and condenser. IIRC, I got a quote for $600 parts, plus labor, for the evap coil only. That was 4 years ago.
     
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  8. WEDGE

    WEDGE Almost was a FG22 owner..

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    Sounds like a leak if it works for a while with a shot of Freon. The coils can get porous over time,especially if they are cleaned with a harsh acid based cleaner. Being end of life I would bit the bullet and change the system out, both condenser and evaporator/blower. Done right with no recurring headaches, or chasing an issue.
     
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  9. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Genuine gut laugh with tears bro! Thanks, I so needed that!

    Sorry about the AC Shawn, that blows...well, it did...just not anymore..I always grabbed my handy toolbox when this sort of thing happened in the past...some people call it a wallet, I call it a toolbox..mmm hmm...
     
  10. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Yup...probably what Wedge said...Coils old and leaking.
    Also, for those interested...If your refrigerator has its coils underneath (like most do), consider cleaning them a couple times a year...this will help your fridge run better, longer, and colder.
    I usually dampen some paper towels and run them gently through the coils, hooked in a shish-kabob skewer. First swipe and I get a hairball the size of our dog...ok, or a Swamp...LOL
     
  11. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I just put in a combination heat pump/gas furnace. My favorite part of the experience was being told that while efficiency is much better, materials were much cheaper. I was told to expect to repeat the ordeal in about 12 years, even with top of the line. :eek::(
     
  12. Shawn@PRS

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    Our house is almost years old. My wife said, "Why does all of the new stuff breaks down, but the 100 year old stuff is still solid as a rock?" :(
     
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  13. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    I wish you the best Shawn. I just replaced the AC and furnace for my main level, and I could've bought a nice private stock for what it cost. It was 16 years old, had been repaired a couple times and barely limped through last winter, so it was time. They get like old cars where you have to decide if you want to keep throwing money at the old thing or spend the bucks on a new, trouble-free one.
     
  14. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    My 26 year old furnace quit while we were on vacation this winter. It was -16 outside when we got home and pretty chill in the house. It was 3-4 days to get a new one. I was surprised how expensive the replacement one was.
     
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  15. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    When my a/c had issues, it turned out to be a motor run capacitor. This only cost less than $100. You might just call a pro to inspect the unite. They might charge you $60 to $70 to give you a complete estimate.
     
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  16. WD 3D

    WD 3D Green is the new blue...

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    I had the EXACT same thing happen this year. Just a capacitor only mine was more like $180 as I remember.
     
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  17. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    ...glad you didn't come home to busted pipes!
     
  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    What’s AC?’
     
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  19. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    It’s an American thing.
     
  20. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    A necessary building block of life in most of the USA.
     

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