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Old 01-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #31
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Thanks Doc. I see there are strong opinions about this warranty stuff. hey, I have it, I didn't pay for it to get it, so I will exhaust it first and foremost before I do anything else. What is a pain to some is not a pain to others. I don't have a problem paying whatever it is to fix it. I will use what I have and then go from there. If I was comfortable enough then I would do it myself. but, I am not so I will let those that are the "experts" fix the problem.

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Old 01-17-2012, 03:36 PM   #32
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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.

Nope. Always slide it out.
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:51 PM   #33
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Thanks Doc. I see there are strong opinions about this warranty stuff. hey, I have it, I didn't pay for it to get it, so I will exhaust it first and foremost before I do anything else. What is a pain to some is not a pain to others. I don't have a problem paying whatever it is to fix it. I will use what I have and then go from there. If I was comfortable enough then I would do it myself. but, I am not so I will let those that are the "experts" fix the problem.

I've worked on both sides of the fence, only starting with home warranty last season of my 12-ish years in hvac. It's one thing to have an opinion of home warranty while simply being in the trade, it's another one entirely when you actually have experience with it.

I've seen home warranty do good and bad. The good is any mechanical failure is covered under warranty, the part and labor should be paid for while all you pay is your co-pay/deductible/service call fee. Let's say you have a blown fan motor and call a regualr hvac company outside of home warranty. The cost to you would then be the cost of the motor plus a signficant percentage increase plus labor. You'd be lucky to get away for under $350 for a motor replacement, $500-$600 would be a good estimated average cost.

Now with home warranty you pay your service fee of $55 or $60 and that's it, you're good. I realize you said you didn't pay for the home warranty yourself but if you did..

So while we're there at your home we need to at the very least point at some things that you possibly were not aware of to try and make a sale, make more money. Whatever work we recommend is for the beneift of the system and the home owner, even if it's simply preventative maintenance.

For the most part the home warranty works well for the home owners, saves them money, but if you rarely ever need anything done and are paying a yearly premium than it's a catch 22. You've probably paid for 20 motors throughout one year.

The other guys are right, though. Many guys will not do the work right and albeit it takes an idiot to mess up a fan motor, a compressor or a condenser or anything to do with refrigerant may not be done up to par and that results in your system never working properly and continually breaking down.

Myself, I do it right regardless of whom employs me. I enjoy my work.

Good luck and let us know how you fair.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:08 PM   #34
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Update, drain was clogged. Tech came out fixed it inspected the unit. Said it was in good shape. Showed me some preventive maint. tips. Gave me his card and said call him if I have any questions.
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Sent through home warranty tech or regular hvac service call tech? Did he say anything about the coil, a cleaning perhaps?

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