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I have a carrier Puron unit that is six years old. We had to replace the compresor on the third year, and now it is three years later and the second unit has failed.

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I have seen this before when there is an obstruction in the evaporator coil metering device. This causes the compressor to struggle moving the Puron. After the Puron has been recovered make sure that they do a complete check of the metering device and check for other obstructions. When they are done checking they must do a proper vacuum to remove any non condensables like water condensation. Finally they should have installed both a liquid and suction filter dryer to reduce any dirt and stuff. The only other options are unlikely, as we will assume that the last company installed the correct (new) compressor and that they did not do a hack job.

On a happier note, the compressor should still be under the 10 year parts warranty!

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