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Old 07-12-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Compressor bad on 9 year old Carrier??


My AC was not cooling the house and periodically making a squealing sound. I have been told my compressor is bad on my 9 yr. old carrier AC unit. Got a quote to replace the compressor and a quote to replace the unit. There's only a few hundred dollars difference between the two. Does this sound correct? Is it possible to replace the compressor on my own? Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

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Old 07-12-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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only if you have a recovery machine,recovery tank,vacume pump. micron gage, scale, freon, torch kit, and your EPA certification. why the price is close is the labor to replace a compressor is longer than replaceing the outdoor unit. if you replace the compressor, remember the fan motor, controls are nine yrs old too.

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Thanks, I was leaning towards replacing the entire unit as you suggested.
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it should be way less for compressor change only..... not a smart idea on a 9 year old unit in my opinion............
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it should be way less for compressor change only..... not a smart idea on a 9 year old unit in my opinion............
might be the case in the great white north but nation wide in the US the diff between a cmp and condenser change out IS so close that a new unit is more feasible,
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if it is a mechanical failure it is an easy change out and should be cheaper then a new condenser change out.if it is a burn out (which yours isn't)thats closer to a change out dryers,clean up of system new freon.what freon is the exsisting system...might have to go with a R-410A update then there in on the air handler changing stuff.staying with the original freon and just a compressor change should be considered.

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