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Amitabh 06-23-2013 07:07 PM

Is my AC working?
 
hello All

I have been running my AC unit on and off (off because i turn it off) over past fews days. Today, was a damn hot day.

What i noticed compared to other peoples houses, is that the air that is coming out of my vent is not cold. it just feels like fan blowing air.

The unit pretty much runs 24/7. It doesn't even cycle on and off! And the house doesnt cool.

The model is a Goodman CKL36-1L and its roughly 8 years old.

My house is 2700 sq ft. Should i considering upgrading if i cant fix it. Even if i can fix it, is it the right size?

PTMD

bobelectric 06-23-2013 07:24 PM

Need a tech...

Amitabh 06-23-2013 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobelectric (Post 1206131)
Need a tech...


sorry, just to clarify, you are asking me to get a tech to come by and take a look at it?

PTMD.

bobelectric 06-23-2013 07:33 PM

Yes. response to post sounds like low freon.

sublime2 06-23-2013 07:33 PM

You probably need freon.

Amitabh 06-23-2013 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1206139)
You probably need freon.

can i do freon myself, or should i get a tech?

sublime2 06-23-2013 07:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amitabh (Post 1206141)

can i do freon myself, or should i get a tech?

Generally speaking, no.
If you need freon you have a leak.
HVAC guy will need to come out to hook up gauges and verify that you need freon before putting it in.
If you DO need freon, be sure to tell the tech you want the bottle weighted before and after the freon is added.
Another option is something called easy seal which will seal small leaks.
That you can do yourself if you choose to.

Amitabh 06-23-2013 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1206146)
Generally speaking, no.
If you need freon you have a leak.
HVAC guy will need to come out to hook up gauges and verify that you need freon before putting it in.
If you DO need freon, be sure to tell the tech you want the bottle weighted before and after the freon is added.
Another option is something called easy seal which will seal small leaks.
That you can download yourself if you choose to.

Thank you

I will most likely get a tech. How much freon does my unit need? So that i know the difference of weight is proper. I am guessing i am asking for the weight before and after so to ensure that the tech put freon in?

sublime2 06-23-2013 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amitabh (Post 1206155)

Thank you

I will most likely get a tech. How much freon does my unit need? So that i know the difference of weight is proper. I am guessing i am asking for the weight before and after so to ensure that the tech put freon in?

Your asking for weight to determine how much he charges. Freon, if it's R-22 runs abt 50to60 dollars a pound.
Keep in mind it could be more or less of an issue of low freon.
But if the units running as normal just not cold air, it's more then likely low freon.
If you look at your air unit in your house and can see a little valve on the outside of it us frozen, has ice on it it's a good indicator of low freon or a dirty A coil.

bobelectric 06-23-2013 08:12 PM

Get a a/c guy to put gauges on to see pressures. 8 year old unit can be repaired to get you through the season.

beenthere 06-23-2013 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1206146)

Another option is something called easy seal which will seal small leaks.
That you can download yourself if you choose to.

If by download, you mean add himself/ not if its an r22 system he can't legally.

sublime2 06-23-2013 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 1206179)

If by download, you mean add himself/ not if its an r22 system he can't legally.

Yea I meant do. Darn auto correct.
Why would it be illegal for the easy seal?
You need EPA cert. To install easy seal?

Technow 06-23-2013 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1206241)
Yea I meant do. Darn auto correct.
Why would it be illegal for the easy seal?
You need EPA cert. To install easy seal?


1. Even if you put the easy seal in....its still low on R-22 and so far everyone is just guessing thats the problem.

2. I wouldn't put that crap in my worst enemy's system.

sublime2 06-23-2013 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Technow (Post 1206258)

1. Even if you put the easy seal in....its still low on R-22 and so far everyone is just guessing thats the problem.

Of course we are guessing.
You are correct that he would still need a charge if the unit is low on freon.
I'm sure he will find out once he calls someone out.
Quote:

2. I wouldn't put that crap in my worst enemy's system.
As an HVAC guy this comment dose not at all surprise me.

bobelectric 06-24-2013 10:58 AM

i don't like any leak stop additive
,either. It might be a leaky schraeder valve or something. Still need freon maybe.


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