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Old 06-12-2011, 09:31 AM   #16
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If your unit was operating properly several weeks before you called for a simple maintenance check and cleaning you were Ripped and Cheated.

I wouldn't let that Company near my property and I would raise Hell with them.

That's why people don't call for maintenance until the unit is broke completely.

I know I might catch a lot of flack after that statement but I don't care.

Honest semi retired HVAC.

PS He should have called you and explained what he was finding, if he really found it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:47 AM   #17
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The contactor, coil cleaner etc were legit. What happened after that no one knows. People who don't do maintenance DRASTICALLY reduce the life of their equipment. Especially with a plugged spine fin condensor coil or Rheem condensor where it plugs up like a sheep of newspaper inside the cabinet where you cannot get at it with a hose. I also get a LOT of cases where a small simple piece of debris/rust flakes etc get in the drain from the evap coil and cause water to overflow into the furnace and voila $1000 worth of water damage that could have been prevented by a $100 maintenance call. False economy if you look at it that way. I and my techs always check the drain.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:37 PM   #18
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Unit is not putting out any cool air now. Returned from vacation (away for a week), and it's 88 degrees in my house.
I was prepared to go back to the same contractor based on what I was reading. Now...not so sure.
Could this really be a coincidence? Really?
Thanks again for any feedback.
And I'm sure I'll be back looking for guidance on replacement units...
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:16 PM   #19
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Did you check your fuses or circuit breakers inside the house and at or inside the disconnect switch box outside at the unit? Could be blown due to a simple power bump or surge. Post the complete model and serial # so one of our guys may be able to determine the age of the unit. I would call a 2nd co and have them check it and NOT tell them you had another co or previous work done and see what they say. If you do then they can embellish the problem if they are dishonest. A good tech can figure it out w/o info from the homeowner about that. There may be a dozen or more reasons it stopped now but you need a reputable qualified tech to check it if it is not the fuses.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:27 PM   #20
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Okay so what would concern me the most is the fact that the company did work on your system without your consent. As for a bad hard start tripping the breaker that is very possible, I don't know y they changed the breaker to unless the tech just felt he couldn't trust it, again should have been ran by you first. As for a problem happening just a couple days after the maintenace this could very well just be coincidence, I know because it has happened to me more than once. As for the pricing it seems extremely low to me but I'm in cali so things are different here. The fact that the mark up seems so high is not really an issue, HVAC techs are paid for what they know. It is not much different than an auto mechanic. Again main concern would be doing work without consent everything else seems like it could be very legit.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:30 AM   #21
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Checked fuses and circuit breaker first. Everything was fine, breaker wasn't tripped. Fan was turning, air just isn't cool.
The unit is a Heritage 10. It's 10 years old, but has been working fine for these 10 years...until we had it "serviced". I'm probably at the "end of life" anyway??
The model # is 6H0036A100A4. A Heritage 10. I don't find that anymore, and I realize that I need to go up on the SEER, but I honestly don't know where to start?
What should I be looking at for replacement? House is single story, just under 1500 square feet.
Thanks folks!
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:03 PM   #22
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Should last at least 15 yrs if you can find a qualified tech to service/repair it.
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