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2002 TRANE XE 1000 AC - small leak

We have needed freon every 4 days for a ''small leak.'' The handler is also Trane approx 20 years old. Some techs says we need a whole new system but with the ''new '' system coming out in Jan we are stuck. Doesn't help us stay cool now. If we changed just the hander would that buy us time?

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  • sgaz56 Jul 29, 2009

    had someone come out and now the handler is not working at all so new AC system is on the way. Thanks for your help!

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It depends on if you are sticking with Trane.... Every 4 days is not a small leak; it is at the least a moderate leak. If they cannot repair the leak (they should), I would ask if the new air handler is compatable with the newer system. If yes, I would consider it, especially due to the age of the unit. I would also get at least one other estimate from another dealer. It sounds like you are getting pressured to buy as opposed to repair. We have Carrier inside and Trane outside and it works just fine.
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That is no longer considered a small leak. having to add freon every 5 years is a small leak. you have a massive leak and it needs to be repaired or replaced imediately. you could be charged for freon release by the epa. check the coils and every joint and valve for oil drops or seepage or actual air leaks. for something that bad, you could use soapy water (dish soap) on the joints. where it bubbles is your leak. do not use soapy water on the evaporator (cold) coil. regardless, you need it repaired or replaced and it turned off until you can do so. it's either pay the epa $32,500, or get a new ac.

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