Damaged coil in my Trane AC -year 2003

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Old 06-04-08, 09:55 AM
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Unhappy Damaged coil in my Trane AC -year 2003

This is my first post. I apologize if I don't get it right this first time.

I recently had a local service come to check my cooling system. We had been having problems during the winter getting the system to give us heat in the basement.

The guy came out and fixed the problem by replacing the run capacitor. The cooling system also works great.

While he was here he also checked the other unit that handles the upstairs. It was sending any cool air. He ran several tests then added some coolant. Still nothing. He then started to check all the coils.

What he says he found by spraying the coild with a soapy solution was a leak int the coil. This leak was caused by the copper pipe rubbing up against the coils when the unti was running,.

Over the years it eventually cracked. He called TRANE for me and explained what he found. He also informed them that in his opinion this was not a maintenance issue but rather a result of improper installation. He explained that at the point of contact the installer should have added some foam or rubber padding to prevent the two parts from making contact.

TRANE disagreed and said because this occurred outside the time period of the warranty they would not honor the warranty. A new coil will cost @ $1500.

What do you think? Should I pursue TRANE on this matter or should I look for some reliable method to fix this seemingly minor issue?

My family and I are burning up here!!!!!
 
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Old 06-04-08, 01:20 PM
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Can they braze over the hole?
 
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Agree with airman if the leak is pinpointed and is identified as caused by friction should be an easy field fix with a brazing torch. If this were a leak due to corrosion porosity you would be wasting time and money as there would multiple leaks but in this situation it should be a minor issue as stated you may need to call another company?
 
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Old 06-04-08, 09:18 PM
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I smell a rat.

Can you post a pic? Did he show you the crack? Is it in the aluminum part or the copper part?

What is the model and serial number? Need that to check coil cost.
 
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Old 06-04-08, 09:53 PM
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Trane coils are 100% aluminum. (Referring to residential only, not including connections)
 

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Old 06-04-08, 10:03 PM
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About my TRANE unit

Hello everyone,

I appreciate all you insight. So far I feel much better about getting this fixed relatively quickly and cheap.

I sent several photos to the TRANE rep and hope to hear from him soon. He would not comment until he saw the pics.

Here are some of the pics.

Let me know what you think.

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Old 06-04-08, 10:10 PM
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The close up of the blurry soap bubble doesn't help. A wider view of the first pic would.

Be that as it is, the leak is at a factory connection rubbing on the unit base. Factory problem, not install.

Muggle???????????????? Copper to aluminum............. Ever seen a 30 ton Trane, no aluminum.
 
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My TRANE A/C

I believe the leak is the aluminum coil becuase we made a point to pull on the copper pipe and when we spayed the pipes the bubbles began to show up on the aluminum coils. When the copper pipe touched the aluminum coil the bubbles stopped.
 
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My TRANE A/C

Here are a couple more pics...


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Old 06-04-08, 10:25 PM
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As I said that's factory, the installer brazes the line to the service valves. Trane has to pony up.
 
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