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Old 08-03-2006, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Home Air conditioner repairs

Does anyone in here have good knowlege of home AC units? My air conditioner has been running like crap for the past couple months. I called out an AC guy and he filled my freon and said I had a leak at the coil. The coil is rusted up around the pipes.

He says I need to have the coil replaced at around $1100. Is this something that can be repaired, or does it make sense that I would have to replace the whole thing?
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Old 08-03-2006, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would get at least a second opinion. If the condenser coil needs replacing (and it may) the price sounds too high.
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Old 08-03-2006, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'll ask around a bit to other people then. The unit is only 5 years old so I really can't see having to replace something that major yet.
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If the unit is only 5 years old you shouldn't have leaks and it almost certainly doesn't need replacing.
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Old 08-04-2006, 05:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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5 years is way too short for a "normal" life for that coil, but if for some reason it was exposed to conditions that accelerated corrosion, it could fail in very short time; e.g. improper drainage, frequent cycles of unusually high wet then dry like flood immersion then drying, or if a gutter or runoff from a roof is dumping water right on it everytime it rains.
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea 5-years is a very short life but if it's rusted or corroded as the tech said then it'll likely need to be replaced.
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd sure want to find out why it rusted in the first place so I wouldn't have that problem again. YOu also might check the warranty as compressors are pretty long but I have no idea on coils.
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If it has a leak, charging the system with more refrigerant is only going to be a temporary fix. It won't be long before that refrigerant leaks out, too. Sometimes it's possible to repair a leak by soldering over it, but condensor coils can be very hard to get a clear shot at, and if they're rusted over, it probably wouldn't be worth it anyway.

I'm a universal refrigerant tech, and I'll tell you that five years is not really an exceptional time for a unit to develop a leak. In fact, before we send units out we pressure test them at the shop because about half of them come from the factory with leaks.

It looks like a new condensor coil is in your future. Be happy that's all you have to replace.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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A couple of questions, if the unit is 5 years old, is it new construction? or a replacement unit? Many replacement units or even new construction units have large warranties. What brand is it? I just had a new Trane unit installed, and was given a 10 year total parts and labour warranty.
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My house was built in 2001 and it was a brand new unit when it was put in. Unfortunately, the unit only has a 3 year warranty on it.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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What brand is it? because I am supprised that it only had a 3 year warranty. Even no-name brands have a 5 year warranty, excluding labour charges. Hey, even if it's only the cost of a part, $300.00 is better than $700.00! lol.
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