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Old 06-30-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
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Sorry this is not along the lines of car related but for now my VF35 wagon seems to be running nicely thanks to Dr. Nick and Geoff...

I wanted to post up here before I go trolling the yellow pages because I know the sort of "abuse" you take calling someone and going, "I have a problem" and in the background you hear their cash register ringing... especially in this area!

I was wondering if anyone knew of any good, honest, home AC repair folks (btw: I live in Linden, VA which is before Front Royal).

I think my home unit might be having an issue. I went home last night and the house was "warm"... I asked my wife is she had fooled with the thermostat and she said she had turned it down the other night (to around 74 degrees) and as far as I remember it was working fine up through the time I left for work the next morning.

Well, when I got home last evening it was warmer in the house than outside. I tried turning the temp down inside but since it was so cool last night I could not tell if the unit was blowing cold air or just pushing in cool air from the outside. I turned it off the AC last night and reset the circuit breaker and looked at it this morning but there is not much I could notice.

I really think there might be something wrong though since the house was heating up, not cooling down last evening when I got home. (thermostat was at 74 and the house temp was like at 80)

Anyway... if anyone knows someone or a co. please shoot me a PM with name or number or post it up here... I really appreciate it guys!

Kevin
PS> So does the small zoo of furry animals living in the house.
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:36 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, turning off the unit for 30 mins seems to work and is a decent temporary fix (my unit is very old).

While I did really well in thermodynamics, I remember crap from it...so I'm no help.


Best of luck, let us know what your problem is when you find out (a clog, leak, system freeze..dunno)
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:55 PM   #3
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Well, my unit has been off all day so I will see how it works this evening.... I am guessing mine is the orginal from when the house was built in 1989 but I have no clue... will need to inspect more....

Yea... see.... I never had ANY classes that would even give me a CLOSE guess as to what this problem might be.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:03 PM   #4
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I am the KING of busted ACs in various apartments I have lived in. The number one reason for running AC with no cooling is lack of freon. You will probably just need an AC service which includes a full check up and replacement of freon. LotusDrift's problem specificially sounds like low freon. Unless they find a leak, freon loss is normal and most companies charge around $80 for a standard inspection and filling depending on your area and sales. If it takes more than 2lbs of freon for most places it will be more.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:30 PM   #5
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Man... I did not know central air units used AC... geez... something new everday.
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:46 PM   #6
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UUUGGHHHH,

Worst fears come true... I am clueless... and the person knows it... and I now have a $2k estimate in front of me to fix!?!?!?!?!

Ok, I defintely need some help now if someone knows ANYTHING...

I had "Professional Heating and Air-Conditioning" from Front Royal come out and Larry Shuck told me that I have a "lock rotor compressor" and suggested that I replace the whole heat pump condensor. He said just doing the compressor would cost $1,300 and there are no guarentee's and a whole unit would only be $1,900 and be the smarter bet.

All said and done the quote is about $2,100 to fix (another $200 to clean my coils)...

Now, I know NOTHING about what he is telling me and if this is what needs done then I am completely fine with this but I do not know if the price he is quoting me is fair or anyhting.

If anyone can help me out or knows someone please let me know... thanks!

I am still a little in shock over the $2k price to fix...
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:00 PM   #7
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Post on http://forum.doityourself.com/forumdisplay.php?f=126 about your situation. Be sure to include brand, model number, and 100% of any other info you can think of to include symptoms and what the heating guy told you. Be VERY specific and the folks there may have some additional advice for you.

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Old 07-01-2004, 03:12 PM   #8
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I just did some quick research online. Your heat/ac is via a heat pump, right? With an outside condensor and an indoor airhandler? If he is saying $1900 to replace the outside condensor it may be a bit high but not off by much. You can buy a brand new Goodman condensor delivered for $1000-1500 depending on size and how energy efficient you want to be. Rudd is a little higher. Then installation and charging which is 2-3 hours labor.

What size and model condensor is he suggesting?

Does the outside unit come on when you turn the ac on, or just the inside blower?
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:54 PM   #9
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Some teenagers huffed all my freon. Cost 250$ for a recharge. Sorry to hear about that kev... come get a cold beer at my place tonight!
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