I had my Bryant central a/c condenser unit replaced 9 years ago along
with the inside coils. My condenser unit just failed this weekend (I
just turned off the whole system). Actually I knew something was up a
few weeks ago as the inside blower would go on but the condenser would
'try' to start 60 seconds later (it used to start exactly the same
time the blower did). Eventually, after about 4 or 5 minutes
('tries') the condenser would kick in and all would be relatively ok.
Now all that happens is the inside blower goes on and I hear a 'click'
from the outside condenser unit every 60 seconds. This continues
forever and nothing else happens - other than slowly raising the
indoor temperature of recycled hot air.
Question: As the unit was replaced 9 years ago is it time for a new
unit - I don't think so (quoted $1500 for new 3 ton unit incl
installation)? The fins on the outside of the condenser are in good
shape and the motor sounds ok - except for a bit of rust on the top
plate covering the fan motor).
Can they repair/swap out condenser parts rather than install a whole
new unit? Is it worth it?
- posted 17 years ago