central AC unit hissing and leaking
Tonight I noticed a loud hissing (like air leaking out of a tire) coming from our central AC unit outside. When I looked at the base of the unit I noticed it was wet and appeared to be leaking water (though it could be something else). I turned it off but since we live in the south, we will most certainly need it tomorrow, especially since my spouse is recovering from pregnancy. We're debating calling the AC repairman, but don't really have the money for an expensive repair. My question is, is there any safe way I can determine what the problem is and fix it myself? I read that it might be the compressor, but I don't really know where to start with that. If this is too much for a novice I guess I'll just have to use some savings, but if not I'd like to give it a shot.
Info on the unit (if this helps with anything):
Goodman Manufacturing Co.
AC volts 208/230
Compressor RLA 21.8 LRA 105
Factory test pressure Low 150 High 300
Last edited by kekels; 08-30-2011 at 11:26 PM.