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06-02-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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## Help Determining Age and Tonnage of AC

Hello,
Have old GE unit likely original to the home. House was built in 1978. I am trying to determine the age and tonnage of this system. The current coding conventions that I can find online do not apply to this system. Perhaps someone who has access to Preston Guide or a significant amount of experience can chime in.

Model # BTB936A100B2
S/N 250542922 (thinking this is 22nd week of 1979 but maybe not)

Any help would be appreciated.

06-02-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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You are correct on the age. Trane bought them out in 1987.

Last edited by gregzoll; 06-02-2011 at 08:46 PM.

 06-02-2011, 08:45 PM #3 Newbie   Join Date: May 2011 Posts: 18 Rewards Points: 10 any idea on the tonnage?

 06-02-2011, 08:52 PM #4 Member   Join Date: Dec 2006 Posts: 17,158 Rewards Points: 6,652 With the below info, I am going to guess 3 ton. There are 12,000 Btus per ton of cooling, and air conditioners are sized by every ½ ton. Manufacturers often encode the approximate rating in Btus somewhere in the model number. Therefore it is often simple to scan the model number for a two-digit number that is divisible by 6 and to divide it by 12 to determine the capacity rating in tons. This number can be elusive, as it is not always exactly divisible by 6. Some manufacturer’s systems make this easier than others. To complicate matters, some manufacturers have changed their systems of encoding data over time. General Electric Capacity: Last three digits of model number indicate approximate rating in 1000s of Btus Example: 21TC030A = 2.5 ton Age: Last three digits of serial number indicate date of manufacture, where the first digit indicates the year and the second and third indicate the week Example: xxxxxx241 = 41st week of 1982 http://www.localinspectioncompany.co...les/acdata.pdf Last edited by gregzoll; 06-02-2011 at 08:56 PM.
 06-02-2011, 08:58 PM #5 AKA HVACTECHFW   Join Date: Nov 2010 Location: NE Indiana Posts: 2,426 Rewards Points: 1,208 Blog Entries: 1 its a 3 ton unit __________________ IT IS WHAT IT IS
06-03-2011, 04:48 AM   #6

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 Originally Posted by hvactech126 its a 3 ton unit
Yep, and built like a tank. They don't make new A/Cs as reliable as them anymore.

 06-03-2011, 06:40 AM #7 Newbie   Join Date: May 2011 Posts: 18 Rewards Points: 10 you're not kidding. i had a few problems with it recently that have been fixed. 32 years old and still kicking. cools down my 2400 sq ft house no problem. it is time for a new one but its nice to know i've been able to still keep this one going with very minor investment in a few new parts.
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 Originally Posted by beenthere Yep, and built like a tank. They don't make new A/Cs as reliable as them anymore.
Actually they do, it is all about maintaining them. There are some out there that are over 40 years old still going strong.

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 Originally Posted by gregzoll Actually they do, it is all about maintaining them. There are some out there that are over 40 years old still going strong.

Most of those GE's that I see(yep still fromthe 70's), have only ever been looked at when they stopped working(bad contactor, relay, etc) no annual maintanence. they just last. And you won't find a new residential that will last like that with maintainence.

Those GE's were built when things were made to last. Today, things are made with planned obsolescence in mind.

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