I've been reading other threads regarding Water Furnace compressor problems. My situation is very similar to others who have posted on this site. My system was installed in a new construction in 2002. As of last week I have now had three compressors fail. RobertSMB9 has a thread that I can relate to. I'm not sure at this point what to do. In these kinds of situations, it isn't very often that the customer ends up "winning". Everyone points the finger at someone else. There are so many variables involved. Everyone has an "out" and therefore nothing gets accomplished unless the customer finances it. Water Furnace (unit design flaw)......Compressor manufacturer (design problem/material or workmanship defect)......Power company (bad power)......installer (improper design/improper system design/improper installation).......customer (poor maintenance practices)....and on and on.
As you can tell, I am already frustrated because I know what I'm heading in to......being cold and spending more money on an already expensive system. In reading the previous posts, I can see that there are plenty of suggestions to get data to help troubleshoot the root cause. Can anyone give me a complete list of all of the data I need to satisfy my installer and water furnace? Before I get into this battle, I'd like to try to do my part.
Some system details:
Installed - 2002
Size - 5 ton
Water Furnace Premier
Last time compressor failed, installer said something about Water Furnace upgrading or upsizing a capacitor. He changed out the capacity when he installed the new compressor and thought that would fix the problem.
What else do I need to find out to help diagnose this problem and fix it for good?