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Old 07-09-2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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has a 'knock knock knock' sound on shut down. It's over in one second or less. Sounds something like a rattle, like an engine ping sound when the timing is off.

The startup sound is also getting a little weird.

Used to be it just clicked on and clicked off.

Is there something I should do or can do, now, to prevent a later catastrophe?

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Knock, knock, let em in.

Possibly one of the internal springs it rides on is broken. Pretty soon it will hit the side of the can and short out or seize up. No cure.

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Knock, knock, let em in.

Possibly one of the internal springs it rides on is broken. Pretty soon it will hit the side of the can and short out or seize up. No cure.
The compressor motor is suspended by springs, in addition to the external shock mounts?

How could this happen to me? I've lived such a good and pure life. . .
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It rides on 3 springs internally, That is why you never turn a refrigerator sideways or upside down or a AC unit. Will break a spring and wreck it. May have to let some of those hunerd dollar bills you stuff your mattress with out into the economy and buy a new one. ON NO
Horror of horrors.
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Can't afford it. Just spent $50k on a shower curtain, see #63.
http://urbantoronto.ca/showthread.ph...l-style/page12
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Can't afford it. Just spent $50k on a shower curtain, see #63.
http://urbantoronto.ca/showthread.ph...l-style/page12

Dude, stop playing Jack Benny and buy a new unit. You knew this was coming because some time ago you run the numbers and post them here. The odds as i remember seemed to be against unit lasting much long.

But at least you can cash in on a tax credit ...Cha-ching.
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It just has to last till Sept.
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It just has to last till Sept.
That's what they all say.

Poney up you ole' skinflint and get a new one
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you ole' skinflint
Guilty as charged, yo' honuh!

If there's no penalty for waiting till it fails Imona wait.
We have a window fan and a window AC that can get us through a few days of DC August weather.
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It will cost you 5% more next year and any rebates may be expired by then. But then.... Just think of all the hours of fun you can have crunching numbers. Cost to operate/purchase/pay back time vs extra cost : 13 SEER, 14 SEER, 15 SEER, 16 SEER, 17 SEER, 21 SEER the fun never ends...
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The number I'm concerned about is the several kilobucks I will be quoted. We unemployed whistleblowers have to pinch pennies.

And if it limps along for another 18 years it has a 50-50 chance of outliving me.
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I would get at least 12-18 quotes, that way you get to know all the contractors in your area and cover all your bases.
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I would get at least 12-18 quotes, that way you get to know all the contractors in your area and cover all your bases.
We have the Washington Consumer's Checkbook, which is great for this kind of thing.
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I would get at least 12-18 quotes, that way you get to know all the contractors in your area and cover all your bases.
~snicker~ that was mean Yuri! Funny but mean.

I can just see all the HVAC trucks parked in front of his house and his house full of guys waiting their chance to pitch their service.
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And have them all show up at the same time.

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