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    I haven't heard of "rent-to-own" but I have heard...

    I haven't heard of "rent-to-own" but I have heard of people leasing water heaters. They make a monthly payment, if the tank dumps out they replace it. I don't know if there's a repo option.
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    I wouldn't recommend a DIY repair. One crossed...

    I wouldn't recommend a DIY repair. One crossed wire and you go from something minor to a major issue, plus 230 volts is not something to play around with.

    If it's working and not chattering/noisy...
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    ^^^^ 100% this. When you see a start cap with...

    ^^^^ 100% this. When you see a start cap with the plug blown out you can 100% guarantee the relay stuck closed.

    If you're concerned about the resistor thing then just gut out that start cap/relay...
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    Is this a TXV or piston system? Mobile home I'd...

    Is this a TXV or piston system? Mobile home I'd guess piston or cap tube but you never know. Was anyone else dicking around with it?

    BTW: Every homeowner will tell you it worked fine last year,...
  5. Scrolls are noisy to begin with. Usually when a...

    Scrolls are noisy to begin with. Usually when a scroll is rattling like that it's because liquid refrigerant is being drawn into the scrolls. They are designed to separate slightly when this...
  6. Had a vole run up my pants leg once when I opened...

    Had a vole run up my pants leg once when I opened a control box. From then on I learned to take my nutdriver handle and bang on the control box door a couple times before I pull it off. You'd be...
  7. Beat me to it. I see mothballs in units from...

    Beat me to it.

    I see mothballs in units from time-to-time. I've never known them to be harmful. As for rodents, instead of steel wool (which they like to pull apart and make nests of) I prefer...
  8. It depends on what's being installed. - Does...

    It depends on what's being installed.

    - Does the unit "look right"? No gaping holes in ducts, wires sticking out all over, etc.

    - Unit tested in all modes, heat AND cool? No surprises in...
  9. Yes, it's slightly different for us though. We...

    Yes, it's slightly different for us though. We are in the business and can scrounge up the necessary pieces for cheap/no cost and do the work ourselves. It's a whole different world when you're...
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    So many code violations in one picture. - Unit...

    So many code violations in one picture.

    - Unit backwards
    - Unit up against exhaust vent
    - both units too close to electric meter? (I want to say you need to be 6' away from any utility meter,...
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    Poll: Your thermostat is most likely not your problem. ...

    Your thermostat is most likely not your problem. The first and most common reason for short cycling on ACs is over-sizing. When a unit is too big it cycles on and off more frequently. This tends...
  12. Your tech would have to tell you this. You're in...

    Your tech would have to tell you this. You're in the area where a competent tech needs to spend some time trying to run this down. I'd call the previous service company and ask for a "lead tech" to...
  13. One of the issues with buying condos like that is...

    One of the issues with buying condos like that is replacing "specialty" equipment. I would STRONGLY recommend that you replace your unit with the appropriate First Company model. Yes, it's more...
  14. Some thoughts: - Replacing the fan or cap...

    Some thoughts:

    - Replacing the fan or cap outside has absolutely no effect on the coil freezing

    - What kind of "clean" filter did you use? Avoid the super-pleated $30 ones at the box stores,...
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    You'll need separate everything.

    You'll need separate everything.
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    Outdoor units don't "call" for a TXV, but many...

    Outdoor units don't "call" for a TXV, but many have a suggested subcooling rating printed on them for TXV charging. Adding a TXV here is more than likely not going to make the kind of difference...
  17. That's precisely what I'm saying. Get a few...

    That's precisely what I'm saying. Get a few cheap window AC's and tough it out. If you're out of work, AC should be one of your last priorities. Oh, and since you commented: I've been in your...
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    Based solely on your pictures: - That...

    Based solely on your pictures:

    - That transition APPEARS to be way too necked down. Who sized this furnace? Did you purchase it online? For a 2000 CFM unit you will need a LOT of ductwork.
    ...
  19. This site does not assist with DIY repairs. Any...

    This site does not assist with DIY repairs. Any competent service technician should be able to match your motor with no trouble.
  20. Your three ton unit is "dying"? First of all,...

    Your three ton unit is "dying"? First of all, your air handler is grossly over-sized for a 3 ton condenser. I'm not surprised it doesn't cool well, considering how badly you've mismatched it. You...
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    You should have your dealer clarify if it's for...

    You should have your dealer clarify if it's for the AC or the furnace. I think you're assuming he meant the AC but that may not be the case.

    Do you have a Pulse furnace? If so, it definitely has...
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    These are questions you should asking your...

    These are questions you should asking your installing dealer, they should be able to answer them for you. Installing these systems is not a DIY project.
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    Brand anymore is becoming meaningless. Carrier &...

    Brand anymore is becoming meaningless. Carrier & Bryant are the same company, and most of their equipment rolls off the same assembly line with some cosmetic differences in them. Most every company...
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    The 13 should be plenty for Buffalo. You won't...

    The 13 should be plenty for Buffalo. You won't use the AC enough to justify the extra cost of the 16.
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    Pricing discussion isn't allowed here because...

    Pricing discussion isn't allowed here because every job is different, and from our keyboards it's impossible to determine what you need and how much labor would be involved.

    That being said, the...
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    I'm sure your installing contractor can recommend...

    I'm sure your installing contractor can recommend what spot would be best for you.
  27. Leave it alone. You don't convert 16 year old...

    Leave it alone. You don't convert 16 year old systems, you replace them. Run it till it dies, and replace it.

    If you absolutely don't want R-22 in it, you can convert it to one of the...
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    Sounds like you should call another company. Why...

    Sounds like you should call another company. Why didn't you call back the guy who disconnected it?
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    It could be the motor itself, it could be the...

    It could be the motor itself, it could be the motor controller, it could be the circuit board. Either way, on that furnace it's likely going to be an expensive repair. Those aren't the kind of...
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    I highly doubt it's the compressor, but that...

    I highly doubt it's the compressor, but that doesn't mean it won't be an expensive repair. Sorry about your luck.
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    Colors are not necessarily right. Sometimes...

    Colors are not necessarily right. Sometimes wires are replaced or units are re-wired and the original diagram could then be wrong. Stop fiddling with this yourself before you get hurt. If you...
  32. You mean you bought a part off of Amazon and it...

    You mean you bought a part off of Amazon and it only lasted a day? I'm shocked. Should be no problem getting them to warranty it though.
  33. It not be anything to do with the thermostat at...

    It not be anything to do with the thermostat at all. I'd suggest you call a service company and have the unit checked out. You may have a bad part somewhere else in the system causing this.
  34. Thread: Oil Leak

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    It could've leaked from the condenser fan motor. ...

    It could've leaked from the condenser fan motor. Sometimes they leak if someone oils it too much, sometimes the sealed bearing begins to leak. The oil also could've come from the bad run capacitor....
  35. Those wires are for a crankcase heater. The...

    Those wires are for a crankcase heater. The heater warms up during the off-cycle to keep refrigerant from migrating into the compressor crankcase. Most residential ACs don't have one, and you...
  36. It is possible to force an older furnace to cycle...

    It is possible to force an older furnace to cycle two stages of blower for AC, but as was mentioned it won't be the "correct" way to do it and you definitely won't get the full efficiency of the AC...
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    I assume by "he felt" you mean "he guessed". You...

    I assume by "he felt" you mean "he guessed". You say later that no one did a load calculation, and I'm not surprised. Bumping the tonnage up a little will do nothing for your airflow issues, I'd...
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    If you don't use that much AC, then there's not...

    If you don't use that much AC, then there's not much point in getting anything "fancy". As for dB, anything you get now should be much quieter than that 33 year old rattle-trap. None of those...
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    No, the unit not working has nothing to do with...

    No, the unit not working has nothing to do with mixing R-22 and nitrogen. If he removed everything and started over with new then it shouldn't be an issue. You have another problem.
  40. This is where you need to evolve with the times...

    This is where you need to evolve with the times or get left behind. Invest in an iPad, get yourself some software and have some local teenager set you up. When we had pads on calls, we could do...
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    There's a major misconception by people that home...

    There's a major misconception by people that home warranties pay for everything as long as you pay your deductible. This is not true, ESPECIALLY when it comes to HVAC work. Home warranty companies...
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    In your area, I'd get the highest efficiency you...

    In your area, I'd get the highest efficiency you can afford. 95% FTW.

    As far as brand, every brand has high and low points - what matters more is the company. What kind of labor warranty are...
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    Well, if you're talking to a salesman he's likely...

    Well, if you're talking to a salesman he's likely going to tell you whatever you want to hear. Ask them to see pictures of other installations they've done. Check them out on Yelp and BBB. Do they...
  44. I was told by a tech guy from Mitsubishi that you...

    I was told by a tech guy from Mitsubishi that you cannot use a standard evaporator with a mini-split condenser. Several manufacturers are offering condensers that LOOK like minis but are not.
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    I worked at a place where the manager said (with...

    I worked at a place where the manager said (with a straight face) that we should save our little brazing rod stubs and melt them together to save them.
  46. I was always taught to open the liquid line first...

    I was always taught to open the liquid line first and watch the needles. If you have a restriction you'll see it immediately because the suction needle won't jump up.
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    Never let someone confine you time limits. It...

    Never let someone confine you time limits. It takes as long as it takes. Sometimes everything comes right apart, sometimes you need to fight it. I've done everything from pullers to using my...
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    Daiken is just the latest name being slapped on...

    Daiken is just the latest name being slapped on Goodman. Parts should be plenty available.
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    FHP was bought out. Factory parts are still...

    FHP was bought out. Factory parts are still available. Your installing contractor should be able to locate one fairly easily.
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    Stop being cheap and get rid of it. It's beyond...

    Stop being cheap and get rid of it. It's beyond the expected life AND the manufacturer no longer supports it with replacement parts. You need a new one.
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