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KenWood 06-27-2008 11:29 AM

Is my compressor damaged.....
 
Is my compressor damaged.....

My new home was completed in October and I didn't need to use the AC till the following summer. The day I turned it on, it ran for a few hours before I realized the downstairs zone was not working.

I called the installer and the found that they forgot to open the outdoor valves to the pre-charged condenser last October. He ask how long I ran the unit and I told him a few hours. No conversation regarding damage took place.

Does anyone know what can happen in this case? Should I have a third party test or inspect anything before warranty is up?



Thanks

KenWood

geo fan 06-27-2008 02:17 PM

yes
 
what can happen is the compressor is cooled by the refrigerent running through it . imagine your car with no coolant it over heats. the good news it compressors come equiped with a thermal overload which shuts the unit down before a complete faluire takes place. if this happens once twice no big deal you probubly shaved a few months off its life if at all. But if the claim of a few hours was off (may be a few days) you could have done some real damage.
let the finger pointing begin

handy man88 06-27-2008 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KenWood (Post 134078)
Is my compressor damaged.....

My new home was completed in October and I didn't need to use the AC till the following summer. The day I turned it on, it ran for a few hours before I realized the downstairs zone was not working.

I called the installer and the found that they forgot to open the outdoor valves to the pre-charged condenser last October. He ask how long I ran the unit and I told him a few hours. No conversation regarding damage took place.

Does anyone know what can happen in this case? Should I have a third party test or inspect anything before warranty is up?



Thanks

KenWood

You should complain and ask for an extended warranty. Talk to your builder too.

biggles 06-27-2008 09:57 PM

nothing.....if the condenser has a LP/HP within the condenser it cycled and or locked out on either.if the liiquid isn't going out that HP tip and if the freon isn't coming back from the evap that would be a LP trip.

8 Ball 06-28-2008 10:56 AM

Extended warranty time. Most major manufacturers have five year warrantys on residential equipment. Work with your GC. In a perfect world a new condensor (outdoor unit) would be in order...things happen mistakes are made...make it right.

Most residential equipment do not have HP or LP (high and low pressure safeties) unless they are ordered that way, as options.:(


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