I have an air conditioning unit that is about 10 yrs old. Last week, it
stopped blowing out air all together, i went into the attic, checked the
filter, tightly shut the door and then the unit started blowing out HOT AIR.
The installer of the unit serviced it in 2007 for the motor replacement and
checked the freon. He told me that the freon level was at least half full
(not sure if this is useful information). Is there something else that I can
check for before allowing the service man to come? Thanks.
First let me say that your 2nd response was on point! I honestly have
resigned to the fact that i am going to have to bring in the pros. I was
hoping for advice other than calling in the pros, something that i could
check like freezing or the filter, or something. I just bit $450. last year
on the motor and wanted to save on the service call fee of 100 bucks to tell
me something simple that i may have been able to trouble shoot. Thanks.
It may well be something simple. But, we can't tell from here. What people
don't recognize, is that troubleshooting is a skill that takes a while to
develop. Even with internet web sites to read, most folks can't find all the
problems. Some techs also can't find the problems. They fix one thing or the
other, and then dash off to the next call.
Yes, problem is, each "PROBLEM" will cost me the privilege of a house call
s/c or 75 bucks per hour to poke around and find who knows what. I need to
know enough that if a clown says, my freon is "half full" that i can retort,
there is no such terminology....guess I will have to put aside some time to
So once again, let me spell this simple solution out for the 100th
There should be NO reason anyone should have to worry about how much
they are going to have to spend on an A/C repair.
First off, find a company that charges a form of FLAT RATE PRICING.
They will quote you a diagnostic fee to come out and DIAGNOSE your
problem. If they send out a first year apprentice and it takes him 8
hrs to diagnose the problem, then Horray for you. You only pay for the
diagnostic fee which they already quoted you over the phone when you
called them. Once he gives you the diagnosis and what it will cost to
repair it you then have a decision to make. You can:
1) Tell him to go away and pay the diagnostic fee
2) Tell him to go away and pay the diagnostic fee and do the repair
3) Tell him to repair the problem and pay him when he is finished.
When you go out to eat dinner do they give you a menu with no prices
and make you worry through the whole meal what the price is going to
be at the end?
(The answer is no)
So why should your A/C repair be any different?
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