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Old 06-05-2010, 12:37 AM   #16
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Depending on the answers to the questions, the buyers may simply have to accept it as is. Without the poster answering, there is no way to tell.

and to add: by simply freeing up the compressor, you are building liability for yourself for a claim in the near future should it break down again. The buyers now have a legal right to know the AC is having problems and a failure to disclose that is not a good idea. It would be better to work with it up front.
Lots of things that are suppose to be disclosed. Aren't.

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Lots of things that are suppose to be disclosed. Aren't.
and there are a lot of lawsuits because of it. Glad to here you advocate breaking the law especially when you are dealing with several thousand dollars of some stranger's money.
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and there are a lot of lawsuits because of it. Glad to here you advocate breaking the law especially when you are dealing with several thousand dollars of some stranger's money.

I'm not advocating breaking the law.
But I'm also not pretending that everyone obeys the law.

Just as you can't rely on everyone to stop at stop signs. You can't rely on everyone to actually disclose everything about their house.

Law suits don't help while the new owner is without A/C, and waiting for ti to even get to court.

Small claims is not as quick as some people think. And in some states. The amount for something like this, is too high for small claims. And it takes longer. And a lawyer they can't afford, after having bought the house.
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If it sticks once it will stick again....replace the compressor or the unit.. you will only be aggravated later and be putting money into a doomed machine. Pay me now or pay me later be remember later will cost you more.
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Hey, Sorry I posted and ran. Had a busy/ fun last night and today. After talking to my real estate agent, he informed me that it would be OK to go to closing with the AC as-is (as-is now). If the current buyer decides to back out, he says he has two good backups.

After considering everyone's opinions on legal issues, forcing the thing to work to break it worse later, trying to force it to work but having it break on my again in a week or two, I have decided to let it be. I'll get a little portable unit, a couple extra fans, and tough it out the next couple months until I'm out of here.

After all the fixes and updates I've done to this house, it is pretty bitter to give up now and find something I wouldn't be able to do myself anyway. Hopefully I'll be doing home improvements again in a couple years.
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You might be able to find an acceptable condensing unit on craigslist or another source to find second hand equipment. Nothing is guaranteed, but generally, used equipment that is for sale works alright.
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You might be able to find an acceptable condensing unit on craigslist or another source to find second hand equipment. Nothing is guaranteed, but generally, used equipment that is for sale works alright.
Him, or any home owner can do that.

But they should make sure that the new home they are buying hasn't had that done. Since most, if not all home warranty companies are now voiding the HVAC warranty when the indoor and outdoor are not matched units.

Of course, this only happens when the HVAC tech reports the mismatch.
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I would agree that the best thing to do is to be straightforward, and take the price of the compressor replacement off the selling price. But it's going to get hot soon,and they might want to have a working a/c while they are there. The seller should just be honest.... found a secondhand a/c... it does the job.

You do bring up a valid point in making sure the a/c is a valid match (size for size and S.E.E.R. for S.E.E.R.). But I would bet that the equipment in question is ten seer or less and a feasible replacement would be readily available.

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