My Carrier model 38BRc036330 (R-22) is going out (actually quit on me on Dec 3rd). The condenser unit starting making a loud noise you could hear 3 houses away and the air coming through the vents were not cold and the refrigerant lines were not cold. I replaced the 50/7.5 uf 370v capacitor with a 50/7.5 uf 440v capacitor with no change. The old capacitor was bad per the supply store fan side hitting 7.3 MAF and the compressor side not registering. I was able to pull readings of 43uf (avg). It was recommended to buy a hard start kit.
here is my original posting on my AC http://www.doityourself.com/forum/ai...going-out.html
So long story short I am not in a position to buy a new system. I have an HVAC tech coming out today to trouble shoot my system. I was able to find an exact condenser/evap coil unit to what I currently have. My system is 8 years old 2003 and his system is 9 yrs old 2002. He is upgrading his 3 ton/r22 unit to a 4 ton/R410a to cool his 1960sq foot upper floor. Per the individual the system is running and wiling to sell it for $500 or $400 - the furnace.
My concern is that the model sucks for lack of a better word. Other sites has laughed at the Carrier 38BRc036330 (Millennium compressor) saying that I have been on borrowed time for a long time. The HVAC tech coming out said that he has seen approx 7 years on the same unit in other homes. So I am reaching out for yet another opinion on my unit. I am okay with the new "used" unit only lasting a couple of years. By then I will be back on my feet and able to replace the system. I am just not financially in a position to replace my system with a new one right now.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.