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08-08-17, 04:38 AM
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Posted By theapprentice

As the other guys mentioned humidity removal...

As the other guys mentioned humidity removal takes up a lot of time when the AC is cooling off a hot, humid house. Another big factor is how was the AC sized when it was originally installed? If it...
08-02-17, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By theapprentice

What I believe happens with a weak Capacitor is...

What I believe happens with a weak Capacitor is the Motor draws higher amps and runs hotter.
07-09-17, 05:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By theapprentice

I don't believe leak sealants work at all. I have...

I don't believe leak sealants work at all. I have seen them cause trouble to compressors and other AC components. I think the only time sealants may seem to work, is some companies put them in on...
07-08-17, 05:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 585
Posted By theapprentice

I work in South Florida. From what I've seen over...

I work in South Florida. From what I've seen over the years is no matter what someone says is big enough, no matter what fancy load calculations they did, if you don't have a system sized to 500...
06-13-17, 05:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,168
Posted By theapprentice

How were the wires connected wrong in the...

How were the wires connected wrong in the disconnect switch? It never would have worked if that were true. If you pull the disconnect out, you won't measure power coming out of it.
05-19-17, 05:16 AM
08-29-16, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 707
Posted By theapprentice

Any company that you pay money to should tell you...

Any company that you pay money to should tell you the truth and the facts. The truth is that just putting in Freon without checking for the leak has a high chance of failure and unhappy customers...
08-27-16, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 707
Posted By theapprentice

When I add freon, I always advise the customer...

When I add freon, I always advise the customer that there is a leak. I tell them I don't know if its big or small but inform them of the risks of just adding freon. Usually I try and find it. A...
08-04-16, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By theapprentice

It will defrost in a couple of hours with the AC...

It will defrost in a couple of hours with the AC off and the fan on. You likely have a problem with the unit that will cause the unit to not work good and probably freeze up again.
06-07-16, 02:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,131
Posted By theapprentice

Sounds like the AC is working fine. If you want...

Sounds like the AC is working fine. If you want it colder you will need a bigger unit.
05-25-16, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 751
Posted By theapprentice

Due to the almost constant heat and humidity in...

Due to the almost constant heat and humidity in Florida your coil does probably need to be pulled and cleaned to get all the way inside the coil. I think $1600 is an insane price. A more typical...
04-21-16, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By theapprentice

With the quality, or better yet lack of quality...

With the quality, or better yet lack of quality I've seen with the new units, I never recommend replacing a good running machine regardless of age. As far as the one that's leaking freon, it would...
04-07-16, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By theapprentice

Sounds like they sent a salesman not a technician...

Sounds like they sent a salesman not a technician to you house.
03-25-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,120
Posted By theapprentice

$1200 for a compressor, a used one at that on a...

$1200 for a compressor, a used one at that on a twelve year old unit in the hot Florida sun? Unless you are selling the house in the next few months, or have no way to get the money for a new system...
02-04-16, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 814
Posted By theapprentice

Might just need to have the coil pulled and...

Might just need to have the coil pulled and cleaned. That is something that is done quite routinely where I am. Its not cheep. I'm around $300 to do it. I would call for a second opinion. At 12 years...
09-22-15, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,305
Posted By theapprentice

If you lost all your refrigerant that is a big...

If you lost all your refrigerant that is a big leak and usually pretty easy to find with a little nitrogen and maybe some freon and a decent leak detector. The guy you had out seems either completely...
09-22-15, 12:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By theapprentice

Where the copper meets the aluminum is usually no...

Where the copper meets the aluminum is usually no where near where the installation guy would have any effect on it. Bottom line warranty or not, nine times out of ten from what I've seen the...
09-21-15, 08:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By theapprentice

That's why the fancy part "warranties" they hawk...

That's why the fancy part "warranties" they hawk are often a joke. They get you for the labor, freon, and anything else they can think of. $1500 is a little steep. Since you already know the problem...
09-12-15, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,495
Posted By theapprentice

A lot of irresponsibe information being put out...

A lot of irresponsibe information being put out there to the general public on this thread.

Even the manufacturer of 422D says it should only be used for low or med temperature refrigeration. Not...
09-09-15, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,495
Posted By theapprentice

I've used the replacement refrigerants such as...

I've used the replacement refrigerants such as 422B and 422D. I was not happy with the results. Often times I lost enough capacity that the unit would not cool on hot days. For me its either real R22...
08-08-15, 04:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 800
Posted By theapprentice

I wish I knew what "pressures are good" really...

I wish I knew what "pressures are good" really means? Also if your unit is two years old its likely out of the original one or maybe two year labor warranty. Yea the parts are under warranty but many...
08-03-15, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,735
Posted By theapprentice

Are the main circuit breakers also in the garage?...

Are the main circuit breakers also in the garage? If they are only a few feet from the unit you may be able to just eliminate the unit breaker altogether.
07-29-15, 04:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 792
Posted By theapprentice

I just did a pretty much identical job yesterday....

I just did a pretty much identical job yesterday. Eleven year old Carrier. Brazed a leaking joint, added 10 pounds of R410, installed Drier, evacuated, etc. I got $400 total. The customer has a...
06-26-15, 08:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 760
Posted By theapprentice

Sound like there is a problem with the duct work...

Sound like there is a problem with the duct work in the attic. Plenty of working systems with duct work in the attic. The tech you have appears useless.
06-04-15, 04:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,746
Posted By theapprentice

Changing the oil is even rarer than meging a...

Changing the oil is even rarer than meging a residential AC unit.

PJ......They probably would just recover and reuse the R22. Either way the job is worth about half what he was quoted. And thats...
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