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    Quick question. This is something I haven't...

    Quick question. This is something I haven't noticed before and just want to make sure it's normal. When the ac stops running I hear loud swooshing and fizzing sounds from the indoor unit. The indoor...
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    Really? This guy didn't do it that way. I...

    Really? This guy didn't do it that way. I originally asked if he thought it would take 6 hours or he just put that in case there were complications. He said if it takes 4 hours then I'll charge you 4...
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    The metal on and in the register. Auto correct...

    The metal on and in the register. Auto correct does odd things.
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    Works well so far. Definitely cooler than before....

    Works well so far. Definitely cooler than before. When I put my bare foot on the register it feels really cold. IR shows 57 for the metal on and I told the register, so I would guess the actual air...
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    The fan was running slowly which I have read is a...

    The fan was running slowly which I have read is a symptom of grounding out. The breaker also tripped, which I'm sure he could have easily done. Unless it's possible to rewire it to make the fan run...
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    Ok, so he called me to arrange payment. He was...

    Ok, so he called me to arrange payment. He was still claiming that a number of different things could have made the liquid line cold between the house and condenser. I told him I talked to a few...
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    Somehow it grounded out when he came to look at...

    Somehow it grounded out when he came to look at it and the breaker tripped. I asked earlier if that was just a coincidence and people said that he couldn't have caused it. Prior to him looking at it...
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    Ask them what?

    Ask them what?
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    I'm sorry, what does that mean? The owner...

    I'm sorry, what does that mean?

    The owner still claims because he never ran the system that he could not have known that the drier was clogged. From my description it appears that he should have...
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    No, they're on the manufacturer's website as...

    No, they're on the manufacturer's website as official/recommended installers.
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    Now that I'm thinking about it. I wonder if there...

    Now that I'm thinking about it. I wonder if there were contaminants left in the system. After they cut out the inside drier he said that there was still stuff in the line that they had to blow out....
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    There was a micron gauge yesterday, but not today.

    There was a micron gauge yesterday, but not today.
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    This is amazing. He's actually asleep in the van....

    This is amazing. He's actually asleep in the van. Just called the owner, who also happens to be his brother, to see if he can call him to wake him up. I've never seen this before.
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    Yes, the inside drier. He put the unit on vacuum...

    Yes, the inside drier. He put the unit on vacuum and told me it had to be there for 45 minutes. It been an hour and ten minutes and he's still in the van. What if he fell asleep?
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    This drier was in a very easy spot. It was about...

    This drier was in a very easy spot. It was about a foot off the ground and vertical. Nothing on either side of it or behind it. It was just cutting it out and putting in the new one. Whatever, if...
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    Well, might as well let them finish at this...

    Well, might as well let them finish at this point. They're here now. It's been almost two hours. Half hour of that was the tech waiting in his van for the owner to come. Not using them again, that's...
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    I have a question about these isolation valves....

    I have a question about these isolation valves. Do they change how much work has to be done now? I assume they isolate the compressor or the whole out side unit for servicing. Does that make it...
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    He said it only acts like a strainer and he's...

    He said it only acts like a strainer and he's never had to remove one before. I know he's bs'ing me now. Let's see what he says tomorrow.
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    Compressor is free, I'm just paying labor and...

    Compressor is free, I'm just paying labor and other parts, refrigerant, etc. Which is still very expensive. Adding another two hours plus on top of everything isn't going to help.
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    Me? Teacher. Why?

    Me? Teacher. Why?
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    So they came today and did everything in under 4...

    So they came today and did everything in under 4 hours. Fired her up and the pressures weren't right. He took the cover off and it was icing up after the drier inside the unit. They never replaced it...
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    ???

    ???
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    It also says he's installing two isolation valves.

    It also says he's installing two isolation valves.
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    To swap out the compressor, clean out and refill...

    To swap out the compressor, clean out and refill the system, and replace the driers on both lines.
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    Thank you for all of the help. Does 7 hours sound...

    Thank you for all of the help. Does 7 hours sound reasonable? He originally said 4-5 hours, but the estimate says 7. Is that just there to cover himself in case of unforseen difficulties?
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    Also, I just put the outside disconnect in for a...

    Also, I just put the outside disconnect in for a second and the fan turned on even though the thermostat is set to off. I'm just confused that this randomly happened when he was here and never...
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    Diagnosis is that the compressor is shot. He said...

    Diagnosis is that the compressor is shot. He said it grounded out. For some reason the breaker tripped which it had never done before. Then the fan was turning on when the contactor wasn't in so he...
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    Just called and let them know everything I know...

    Just called and let them know everything I know and he said it might be the expansion valve, does that sound right? I have my fingers crossed that it's something small and easy(read cheap, haha)....
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    Will do. Thanks.

    Will do. Thanks.
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    I looked again, I don't see anything on either...

    I looked again, I don't see anything on either copper line. I looked inside the unit around the center and also between the cage/housing part and the condenser. I see nothing. Can the line itself be...
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    CO tube?

    CO tube?
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    Is the restriction before or after the cold area?...

    Is the restriction before or after the cold area? If there's no drier where do you think the restriction could be? Thank you.
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    I'm not running it. It isn't even 5 years old yet.

    I'm not running it. It isn't even 5 years old yet.
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    I finally looked at it this weekend. There is no...

    I finally looked at it this weekend. There is no cylinder anywhere on either line. I looked inside the unit and the lines all the way to the inside unit. Nothing. So if they can't replace the drier,...
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    And I forgot to mention that a couple of years...

    And I forgot to mention that a couple of years ago the compressor wouldn't turn on at all and they put some kit on it to get it running. It was a little can with wires coming out of it. It eventually...
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    So to sum up. I'll turn on the AC and I hear the...

    So to sum up. I'll turn on the AC and I hear the compressor turn on. The skinny line gets cold and the air inside never gets cold even though I hear the compressor running. I then hear the compressor...
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    I was thinking that, but seemed like that would...

    I was thinking that, but seemed like that would have been a PITA to install. I'll check when I get home. Thank you!
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    Just searched for "refrigerant filter drier" and...

    Just searched for "refrigerant filter drier" and that's what I tried to find on my system, but don't see it anywhere. My neighbor's is right on the line as it leaves the outdoor unit.
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    Oh, I'm not doing this myself. I know what I'm...

    Oh, I'm not doing this myself. I know what I'm not capable of, just trying to know as much as possible before they come next week. I just touched the line and it was cold and had condensation. From...
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    I don't see a little can on the skinny line which...

    I don't see a little can on the skinny line which someone mentioned could be the cause. It goes all the way into the outside unit with the can.
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    No heat pump. Under 5 years old. Thanks.

    No heat pump. Under 5 years old. Thanks.
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    Ok, they are coming out next week. Any...

    Ok, they are coming out next week. Any suggestions/ideas/things to look out for?
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    They said it could be due to installation error...

    They said it could be due to installation error by the installer or I think they said valves coming loose in the compressor and clogging the filter, but they'd like to check it out first obviously.
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    Skinny line is chilly. No cooling. How bad?

    The outside skinny copper line is cold and gets condensation. I was told the fat line should be cold and the skinny should be hot. The outside unit starts, but I can hear it stop after a few minutes,...
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