a/c compressor kaput?


Old 05-28-10, 08:30 PM
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a/c compressor kaput?

Ok, I've got a new (3 yr old) electric heat pump/a/c. Furnace in garage installed 3 yrs ago but outside unit about 19 yrs old. It's a Trane XE800. This winter apparently, the outside unit developed a leak when one of the refrigerant lines was compromised. We ran it all winter, thinking it was working, but maybe it wasn't. The house seemed cold to me. I just now fixed the line and the guy pumped in the R-22 and there doesn't seem to be a leak, but he says the compressor isn't pumping. While working on it, I also replaced the furnace filter and thoroughly cleaned the outside unit, which is in great condition (looks good anyway).
Is this an indication that I need an entirely new unit, or could it just be a capacitor or something simple? The way the guy acted, he didn't seem like he knew a lot about his job. I don't want to buy a completely new unit without at least trying to fix what's wrong. Any advice on what to look for? Thanks!
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Old 05-28-10, 09:33 PM
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If the compressor valves have failed, it is time to replace that 8 seer system.
You can always get a second opinion (and Quote).
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