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Compressor valve failure

I purchased a 6 year old house (bank-owned foreclosure) about one year ago. The WeatherKing HVAC system worked just fine. Now, it is not cooling at all. Tech says compressor valves have failed. He says the compressor is a 5-ton unit, while the inside coil/fan unit is rated at 4 tons. Home warranty insurance company (Old Republic) is denying any coverage. They say failure of valves is not due to normal wear and tear, but due to mismatched system. This does not seem correct, as the system worked fine for 6+ years. Any thoughts/comments? House is in Palm Springs, CA area.

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  • newportbchgu May 22, 2009

    I paid for a home inspection report from a certified company.

    They did not mention this situation in their report. The tech did not give me a quote. He merely filed a report with the home warranty insurance company and they just informed me that they are denying coverage. thanks.

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That is not correct. The system is not mis-matched. They just put a heavy condensor outside to get more air volume for your house. The failure of the valve is not to common of a failure but can and will fail. The problem with Palm Springs is the weather you get there, From very hot to very windy with sand storms to freezing rain and sometimes snow depending on where you are. What is the tech wanting to cahrge to replace the valve? Also this is something that should have been looked at closey and examined before the home was bought and that should have been known by the realator

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    Jeremy Reddick May 22, 2009

    Yes, they are denying you coverage due to the fact that the home inspection company did not mention the AC unit or what was in the house. So you will not be covered at all. Call the tech back and ask if they can give you a break on the price to replace the part. A lot of times techs will give breaks on the charge when they know the insurance will not cover this issue

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