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Own Heir Outdoor unit (HC60A1VAR) condensing unit (central Air Conditioning Unit).ESTIMATED AGE IS 3+ YEARS. Local repair service says the condensor is cracked and leaking and non repairable. He(local repair man) just looked through the opening in the air slat vents to determine that- and he/I observed a medium amount of oil that had dripped from the bottom of the unit onto the concrete base holding the unit.Has not been producing cooling for about 24 hours only.He unpluged the cooling. He advisedthat I keep the blower running for some air movement cooling-until further determination could be made. He says that I probably can not buy a replacement unit meeting current U.S. Government freon standards. He says that I have to change out the unit to one meeting new standards,buy a compressor and have all "lines etc." changed out in the house.A large and expensive project-obviously.Price has not been determined. Does this concide with your basic knowlege of the situation as you may uunderstand it?

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Yes, as well explained, he is 100% right on the money. With a device of this age, I would expect it is way beyond repair and no doubt, not "Legal" with emissions etc.
In my professional opinion you should cut your losses and replace the unit, in it's entirety. This WILL be the safest and most economic way to effect a remedy for your problem. In the long run.
I realize that it may be a little costly to do so. But in the end it will save money and headaches.
Also you would have the peace of mind that a new and professionally installed system will give.
Trying to repair these types of older units, is like trying to drain a pond with a sieve... at best a waste of time and money. You see the new emission standards are pretty thorough and getting any older parts up to spec, as it were is near impossible, I am sorry to tell you.
Well good luck, and I hope you prevail.

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My A/C blowing air, but it is not cool. It has started freezing up. We just replaced the air filters and since then it is freezing up. We even gently cleaned the a/c coils before replacing the filters. ...


Hello, sounds like it is either a low charge or lack of airflow, what type of filter are you using? sometimes those filters that claim to be super effecient will actually cut down on your airflow and cause the ac to freeze up.

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Central Air Conditioning or Window Air Conditioner


Many people look into installing air conditioning in their home every year. There are many options to consider when it comes time to make that decision. To help make that decision more clear, I will explore some of the positives and negatives of the two major options. Ductless Split A/C type units lately are also becoming more of a popular option. I will do another “Tips and Tricks” on that option. To include that in this one would just be more confusing. So for now we will just look at window air conditioners and central air conditioning.

Central air conditioning is usually the best way to go if you already have a central hot air heating system already installed in your house or building. The advantage that you have is that you already have the air handler or blower part already installed. The ductwork for the distribution of the air is also all ready in place. The ductwork may need some modification to make it work well for air conditioning, but the major part of it should be adequate. To use the existing furnace and ductwork an A/C coil will need to be installed at the furnace. An outdoor condenser unit will be installed outside and copper tubing will be used to connect the coil to the outdoor unit. Some electrical wiring will need to be done to power the outdoor unit. Low voltage wiring will also be needed to hookup the thermostat, the furnace, and the outdoor unit together so that they can talk to each other. Basically the thermostat will just tell the furnace to run the blower on high speed and the outdoor condenser to start up.
If there is no central hot air heating, then the installation of central air conditioning can be much more difficult. Many homes that do not have hot air heat also do not have the room to install ductwork. This would eliminate this possibility. If you are in this category you should get a professional to look at your situation to see if central air conditioning can be done. If it is the room available is to enough to do a good job and get large enough ductwork installed, then do not force the issue and go another option. Ductless split type air conditioning may be your best option.

A window air conditioner in my opinion is a last resort for air conditioning your house or building. There are many down sides to window air conditioning units. There are two good things that window air conditioners have going for them. They are very inexpensive when it comes to cost per BTU of cooling. They also install very quickly and easily. That is where the good part of them ends.

Window air conditioners are security risks. If a thief wants to get into your house, the thin sheet metal box that holds the unit in the window can easily be pulled apart to get in through the window. I have seen many units that are not even screwed fast. If the window air conditioner is just there, balancing in the window frame, it becomes very inviting for a unexpected guest. The window air conditioner is also very inefficient. These units use more power per BTU of cooling than any other type of air conditioner. If you are a light sleeper, than chances are you will not want one of these window shakers. Window air conditioners are one of the loudest forms of air conditioning.

The fan for these units is very loud when running. Then add the noise of the compressor and you have enough decibels to keep many people wide awake all night long. If you choose to use a window air conditioner, than you should also look for a place that it can be secured and placed in a room that you will not be sleeping in.


As you can tell by now, I am not a big fan of window air conditioners. They do have a place for some people. However, you do need to be aware of the problems that you may encounter with them. The low initial cost can be offset by the fact that they typically do not last as long as a central air conditioner.

Central air conditioning will last much longer, be quieter during operation, be more efficient, be more secure, but the initial cost will be higher. How much depends on each situation. When considering your options for air conditioning installation you need to get prices for everything and then decide what type of unit will work the best for you.


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on Jan 01, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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Ductless split air conditioning units are the very best thing for some situations. Of course they can be installed in the place of most any central air conditioning unit. They also are a very good alternative to window air conditioning units. I will explore the use of these units more closely and look at how they can be used effectively.
One of the many problems encountered by the professional is when they are asked to install central air conditioning in an older home that was never designed with air conditioning as even a possibility. The walls may be very thick stone. Often they have very little or no insulation. The floor structures may be rough cut lumber. The joists spacing may be random. Walls and ceilings are plaster and lathe. Basically everything is stacked against any type of ducted central air conditioning. Many log style homes also are not very easy to get any kind of ducted central air conditioning installed. The open ceilings and the bare log wall design does not allow for any kind of ducting. I'm sure there are other situations. These are the ones that I have come across most frequently.
If you have a home or building that falls into one of these categories you may want to investigate installing a ductless air conditioner. This type of air conditioner can be installed in almost any home or building. The small indoor unit can be attached to the wall with a few screws. Most of the units only require that a three inch hole be bored through the outside wall. In new installations the units can be placed on inside walls with some fore thought and planning. For installation in older homes or homes that are already built you will want to plan the units to be on the outside walls.
The outdoor condenser units can be placed up to one hundred feet away from the indoor units. One outdoor unit can be used for many indoor units. Up to four indoor units can be attached to the same outdoor condenser. Some very advanced electronics will control the operation of the condenser and compressor to supply the refrigerant to the indoor air handler units that are running at the time. With variable speed technology the compressor and the condenser fan will only run as fast as needed. This technology has become very efficient in the last few years. You do not have to give up any efficiency with these ductless split units.
Another advantage to these mini split air conditioners is that they can be controlled to run only in the rooms that you actually need air conditioning in. If you are not going to be in a room you can shut down the unit. The units also have timers that can be set to turn the air conditioning on or off at preset times. If you are not going to be home all day the air conditioning can be setback or turned off. The timer will turn on the air conditioning so that you return to a cool house. Central air conditioning is very hard to zone effectively. Also with large central air conditioning systems the outdoor compressor will be running at full capacity even though only a few rooms amy be calling for cooling. There are some central air conditioning systems that are do some staging and variable speed technology. These are not as efficient or as effective as the ductless split technology.
Ductless split heatpumps are another great idea to look at. For a few dollars more you can also very easily have heat from your air conditioning mini split. Then especially in the mild spring and fall weather you can have some very efficient heat with out starting up that big monster of a furnace or boiler in the basement. In southern climates the heatpump version of the ductless split system may provide enough heat year around.
Ductless split air conditioning is definitely something that can solve many problems for some homeowners. Add to that the many advantages of these units and you will find that they are worth every penny that you will invest into them. As with any project like this make sure that you screen your contractor. These units are not for do it yourself people. There are many things that need to be done correctly for these units to work properly and efficiently. A refrigeration license is also required to install these air conditioners.
By doing a little research and hiring the right person you will enjoy many years of trouble free service from your new ductless mini split system.

on Dec 04, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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Fan works, air conditioning does not. Try resetting the power (in the proper sequence - outdoor unit followed by indoor unit). Air conditioning came on briefly (less than a minute) than stopped, leaving...


Without seeing the unit,

1 - the condenser fan (which is in the outdoor unit) could be blown. This would cause the unit to go off on high head pressure.

2 - it could be low on refrigerant, which makes it do nothing but blow room temperature air around. The unit would go off on low pressure

3 - the filter is dirty, blocking the cooling

4 - the compressor could be shorted, or a corroded wire somewhere that feeds the contactor

Mr. Slim Ductless Splits are the best on the market and should only be repaired by a trained technician.

Hope this helps.

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Fan works but condenser does not kick on


You air handler and condensor run off of two seperate circuit breakers. They share the same control voltage source. With the air handler responding to the thermostat setting, we know you have control voltage. You either have a problem with the line voltage at your condensor or something is happening in the control. Check your circuit breakers and/or fuses to your outdoor unit. Also, look for a red button near the area where the refrigeration pipes enter your condensing unit. Push the red button. If it starts to run, your unit went out on High Head Pressure. A dirty air filter this time of year can cause head pressure problems in the heat cycle (assuming this is a heat pump). Also check for cleanliness of the condensor coil and ensure proper operation of the outdoor fan motor.
There are a couple of components inside the condensor that could prevent it from running. One is the contactor. If the contacts are pitted or if a bug crawled in between them, it will prevent the unit from running. Another component is the Dual Run Capacitor. If this fails, it could prevent operation of your outdoor fan and compressor. Don't forget to check all your wires and connections. Always shut off all power prior to reaching into the electrical compartment.
I hope you find this to be very helpful moving forward. :-)
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There should be a nomenclature tag on the exterior of the unit by where the electrical enters the unit. It states the refrigerant type .

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I have a Amana air command 80 sse central air unit. The unit is comprised of a big fan unit outside, and a unit in my garage. The big fan stays on even though I turn the thermostat off. Do you know what...


This sounds like your condenser contactor, contacts are stuck. They weld together if an ant or other debree get between the contacts. Turn off the electric breaker to the outdoor unit as if the outdoor unit runs without the indoor unit running you may damage your outdoor unit compressor.
I would suggest you call a service company. The part should run retail @ 30 to 40 dollars then the service call charge. This repair should take less than 1/2 hour.

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I have a hunter programable thermostat model number 44422 and the condenser outside will not kick on The fan is working inside but I have no cool air(air conditioning) I do not understand why the outside...


The outdoor unit has failed in some way. This is probably not the thermostats fault. You can check the breaker for the outdoor unit by turning it off and then back on. If this does not work, the problem is most commonly one of the following issues. All of which should be done by a professional because the danger of electrocution.

1) Bad Start/Run capacitor
2) Bad Compressor
3) Bad Exhaust fan motor
4) Combination of some or all of the above.

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