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Old 01-17-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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Looks like this a job for a Pro (definitely not me). Or better yet, use the home warranty. At any rate this is out of my range, but I love the help here. I can see this is a very resourceful site. Thanks guys.

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Old 01-17-2012, 09:52 AM   #17
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You know, I used to live in Woodbridge, Va as a child. I just noticed that's your location.

Anyways, what home warranty company do you have? I work with them.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #18
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You know, I used to live in Woodbridge, Va as a child. I just noticed that's your location.

Anyways, what home warranty company do you have? I work with them.
Old Republic Home Protection

Been in Woodbridge since 07. Came here via the military.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:55 AM   #19
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I started elementary school up there, finished down here in Houston and that's about as far as I got with my education.

Jk, obviously.

I'm very familiar wih Old Republic, worked all last Summer with them. They should go ahead and clear out your drain but as with all home warranty hvac service companies, expect to have them, the hvac company which gets the call through Old Replublic, try and sell many upgrades and/or cleanings. Actually you most likely will need an evaporator coil cleaning as that is where the gunk is coming into the drain line and on an upflow system such as yours, without an access panel to get into the coil, you literaly have to pull your system apart, mainly pull the guts out of the evaporator casing.

This may include "pumping down" of the entire system which means trapping all of the refrigerant in the compressor located outside in the condenser and cutting the refrigerant lines and taking the coil outside to clean it.

Just so you are aware, we charge in the range of $400-$650 for an upflow coil cleaning depending upon how in depth we need to go to get the job done. I do not believe that Old Republic covers maintenance and a coil cleaning is considered maintenance so this cost would be out of pocket, out of your pocket.

On the flipside on horizontal slab coils that we can simply install an access panel no more than $300 and even that is a stretch. An access panel can not be installed on your vertical system as there is no transition from the furnace to the coil where an access panel is installed. Your coil sites directly on top of the furnace, butted up to it.

If you have the Platinum coverage then a coil cleaning may be covered, I'm not sure. You should look at your warranty agreement before calling anyone to make sure of what is and what is not covered.

A coil cleaning will ensure your sysem works properly so it is not a bad thing in any way. A properly running system will last longer, allow you more comfort as per design and be more energy friendly, again by the design, thus you spend money to save money.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:04 AM   #20
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On last thing, your service call fee which you pay for the company to come out, also known as your deductible, is not incorporated with any maintenance fees.

Not saying that many won't reduce their cleaning charge but just expect the unexpected at this point.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:54 AM   #21
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Thanks for the info Doc. Much appreciated.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:03 PM   #22
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Old Republic Home Protection

Been in Woodbridge since 07. Came here via the military.
Be very carefull with that home warrenty company.........most of them are shady at best. make sure you check the credentials of any company that they send out, but long before that happens, I am betting that they tell you that plugged drains are not covered.....we'll see.Good luck.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:32 PM   #23
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that would be a normal maintenance item and I highly doubt it is covered by anybody.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:00 PM   #24
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The drain line being blown out will be covered, it's considered a mechanical failure, of sorts. And it's an easy fix. We've always cleared them without hesitiation. Home owner pays the deductible and we bill out to the home warranty for labor.

Some home warranty companies, actually only one that I know of, includes ALL maintenance in their coverage. In that case we simply charge the home warranty company the cost versus the homeowner.
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Thanks for the info Doc. Much appreciated.

You're very welcome. Good luck.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:05 PM   #26
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I have only had to deal with one of them in all the yrs I have done this biz. NOT popular here and the only reason they had it was the high ratio mortgage the guy had the bank insisted on it because he was so in debt that he could not afford any repairs and they were afraid he would default on the mgage if any big expense came up. Turned out they needed a new furnace and some low baller got it anyway. Glad we don't have em here.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:10 PM   #27
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Home warranty is slowly becoming the only way to survive or so it seems down here. They are everywhere now. I think the insurance value of a home increases with it, not completely sure.

And you know what they say about opinions, right Yuri?
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #28
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yep. I prefer the KISS approach , keep it simple st*pid and not have to deal with insurance companies and authorization numbers and paperwork etc. 85% of my clientele is high end pricey stuff anyway and we leave the budget market to Joe's heat em and cheat em and they leave our market alone too. works good that way.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:36 PM   #29
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Warranty work does suck, the playing of the game immitates cold war, but in the end and if played right it does (kind of) pay the bills. And you do what you have to do to to survive.
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Warranty work does suck, the playing of the game immitates cold war, but in the end and if played right it does (kind of) pay the bills. And you do what you have to do to to survive.

hey doc, do you ever clean an evap in place?

I just remove the triangular evap end plate and clean with foaming cleaner.
Sometimes we have no choice but to remove the coil when the dirt is matted like a carpet. But for the most part we can clean them in place.

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