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I have an 036 unit that is about 7 years old. It runs, but the A/C is not cold. I see some moisture on the up-tube, might be oil. do I have a leak? what might be my problem

I had a repair person come out and says that the R-22 condenser needs to be changed out due to a leak. Does it need to be changed out or repaired. cost is close to $2,500 to change it out and change over to new freon product.

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It could be time to replace the entire unit

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SOURCE: Replace old Carrier condenser

Don't even think about it. This is an industry where you get what you pay for most of the time. Is your system not working currently? If there is a guy willing to install a system you bought off the internet he doesn't belong in this industry. I have gone behind people like that and had to explain to a homeowner how someone did a complete botch on their job and I have to rip it all out and start over. BE VERY CAREFUL if you want to try that. A company's price is usually a reflection of their quality and level of service. When was the last time you ever got anything of the highest quality for the cheapest price?

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SOURCE: Coil leaking freon on the inside unit. Estimate is $2,100!

If indeed your evaporator (indoor) coil is leaking, the best option IS replace it (it may not even BE repairable). If you live in the USA and your furnace is getting old, a new ultra high efficient SYSTEM that qualifies for the tax credit would probably be a better option (Obama will pay 30%).

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SOURCE: Cool air from Carrier unit barely blows out vents,unit stays on

undersized is just and I got taken to the cleaners.but i did put an adjustable vent in the cod air return vent duct next to the helped mine but i say some installers should.....well you know

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SOURCE: I have a bryant 24-567c condenser. need replacement

you have a 3.5 ton unit.The evap will work with a new unit but it will not have the 13 seer performance that the new condencer with matching coil will give you.It is getting and harder to find the old 10 seer units check ebay and craigslist.

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SOURCE: tube running from AC unit to the house is

we had a big old iceball on the connecting point between hose & external a/c unit this past weekend. we were getting no air - hot cold or otherwise. i changed filters and turned thermostat off, let it sit, noticed major amounts of water dripping out of interior unit. Let it sit several hours (w/lots of towels) turned fan on about 5-6 hours later which was blowing air finally, then after 30 minutes of fan running, turned on a/c - worked like a charm. Until 24 hours later when the thermostat went BLANK! now we have nothing going on, and 98 degrees forecast for tomorrow!

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Excessive air pressure buildup that's blowing safety valve and can hear air leaking inside unit.this compressor is only about a year old!thankyou.

Excessive air pressure...if your safety valve is truely popping off, is caused by a bad pressure switch or a loose wire connection at the switch. It's a little odd to be leaking too. There is a couple a possibilities here. The most common spots for leakage is the "tube seal", the aluminum transfer/supply tube, or the outlet air hose. Usually a leak will keep a unit from acheiving full pressure causing the unit ot run continuously. The other common leakage spot is the "check valve" and a leak here usually makes the auto restart (upon using air from the tank, taking pressure below the set lower limit), not work,stalling the motor and popping a breaker. See ereplacementparts for a proper breakdown and identification of parts. Spliting the clamshell is a "pain in the neck" for these little units, but you"ll likely have to do that to find your internal leak. Carefully avoiding electrically exposed parts, spray a soapy water solution at suspected joints if the leak is not obvious.

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My GE fridge is not cold. Over the last maybe 5 days I noticed the freezer was good but the fridge side was getting warmer, now today the fridge side is warm and freezer side is just cold. Everything on...

Without your model number this is quite generic but should help you troubleshoot.

- Feel the face of the cabinet where the doors close. It should be warm but not HOT to the touch. If you note that the cabinet is hot in the door gasket area open the back of the unit and clean out the condenser coils. Make sure the condenser fan is running. The fan should be running any time the compressor is running.
- Look in the very back of the freezer compartment for signs of frost or ice build up. If you note this condition it is a result of the automatic defrost cycle / componenets not working. The components of the defrost cycle are the defrost control, (main board on some GE units), the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat or thermistor depending upon model. One of these components or wiring has failed.
- Can you hear the compressor running?
NO: The possible causes are:
The PTC / KilXon Thermal overload mounted on the side of the compressor.
The Run capacitor
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Main control board
Defrost cycle not complete (caused by a bad thermostat or thermistor) What will happen is the unit would go into defrost and never restart. Additionally the defrost heater can remain on.
Temperature control malfunction

The fan in the freezer compartment is supposed to be on any time the compressor is running.
If the compressor is running and the evaporator fan is not running you need to find out why. It can be stopped from ice build up locking the fan blades in place, a bad motor or a wiring problem to the fan.

Lastly... if all the coils are clear, the fans and compressor are running.. the unit can be low on coolant. Low coolant problems are always a result of a tubing. fitting or compressor leak. Most compressor leaks are found right at the PTC / Overload connection area. A leak is easily identified by an oil residue surround the area of a leak. I use a kleenex or paper towel to GRASP but not wipe suspected areas and look for oil on the tissues. If you find oil... you found your leak.

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Sister has Montgomery ward upright freezer, she had 3-in-1 part installed compressor runs now but she called and said freezer is not getting cold, water in cup still not frozen after 1 day. Is there a way...

Don't know three in one is, capacitor?
The compressor has oil in it. If the unit is layed on its side, compressor oil can leak out into the refrigeration tubing. This can cause a refrigeration circuit clog. Leaving the unit disconnected, upright, for a few days, sometimes fixes this oil clog.
If it sprung a refrigeration leak, it's another story, it needs a service tec looking for a leak. Then repairs, just chuck it or invest in this nice unit on repairs.
If compressor and fan blowers all run and work, the electric portion is good, compressor line gets hot, the other one cold.

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Airtemp - 25 yrs old. Water leaks from bottom of

Is the unit level? it's pulling moisture out of the air and not draining threw the drain hole normally it's cause by the unit not being leveled.

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Everything seems to run fine, just hasn't pulled a drop of water

remove the back airfilter, and touch the tubes while the unit is running, if nice and cold, all is well, there just isnt any moisture there. but if compressor is running and tubes are warm , means freon/coolant has leaked out

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Hi have central air . Unit working ok but noticed not blowing cold air . The fan outside is working , Unit comes on . Could it be feron . unit it about 7 years old . Purchase house about 4 years ago

You need to have a pressure gauge the reads for R-22. (Freon) It sounds like the system might have a leak. Look for a wet place any place on the units pipe system. It has a little oil in with the freon that is forced out of any leak. If you see a wet place this is oil. It is also the location of your leak.

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My system is running but not blowing cold air

It depends where the leak is. If its in the coils, you have to replace it. If the leak is easy to get to it would be cheaper just to fix it. So it all depends where the leak is. but 15 years is kind of old for a unit.

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The fridge and freezer will not get cold, the fan is running

Ohhh that's sounding bad. Basically if the "gas", "freon", "refrigerant" whatever folks want to call it these days leaked out the system then the unit will run forever trying to satisfy the thermostat setting... but never getting there. It is most likely you have a "sealed system failure". Usually these are warrantied for 7 years so check your paperwork. You could look around the lower tubing area for an oily type substance... that is the oil in the system and if the gas leaks out the oil will too.

In a nutshell, the unit is dead without freon gas medium to circulate around.

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This may be a mojor problem. I have seen several refrigerators over the years which had a bad joint on the refrigerant tubing, and all the refrigerant leaked out. Try taking the back cover off and inspecting the area around the compressor. It should be nice and clean and dry. If you see any oil, that came from inside the normally sealed system. Sometimes if you turn the unit off for a while, then turn it on you might even hear some hissing of escaping gases at a leak for a minute or two. If this has not run long it can be fixed, but if it has run for a few days the unit may have sucked in a lot of moisture which can cause a premature death of a refrigerator. This is one of the few times I would advise to unplug the refrig and call for factory authorized service (rather than keeping it running until service arrives) Again, this is one of the few times (if you do indeed have a refrigerant leak) with a new unit like this I'd push the retailer or the manufactuer to replace the entire refrig instead of setteling for a repair.

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