I was wondering if somebody could give me some advice on a problem
I've been having with my Rudd Achiever 10 SEER AC unit. Problem may
have started a couple of weeks ago when it wasn't cooling. So, I
called an HVAC guy, who put 2 lbs. of freon in and charged me $209
($109 for the service call and $100 for the freon).
Everything was working fine, but a few days later the system wasn't
cooling again. So a different guy from the same company came out, and
found that the breaker had tripped, evidently because the hardstart
capacitor had blown. He wanted to charge me another $109 for a service
call and $240 for the capacitor, which I suspected couldn't be more
than a $50 part. So, I told him not to put it in, and I ended up going
out to a local supply house where I bought one for $15. Put it in,
and everything was working great again for a about a week.
Yesterday, however, the house was hot again, because the compressor
had turned off, and the fan in the basement was blowing warm air. I
checked the beaker, and found that it had not tripped. But I figured
I would try flipping it on and off which, lo and behold, caused the
compressor to come on.
Now, however, the compressor is turning off periodically, but turning
back on when I flip the breaker on and off. So i'm basically at a loss
as to what my next step should be.
I was therefore wondering if anyone could give me any advice on
whether this is a problem I could fix, considering that i'm a fairly
competent auto mechanic. Or should I bite the bullet and turn the
problem over to a pro.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me on this.