I'll spare the long details, but I have a Trane heat pump unit (14 seer) which is about 7 years old, installed when we built our house. For as long as I can recall, service guy "topped off" the freon... at the time I didn't realize that really wasn't normal maintenance! I finally got someone this year that did a complete leak search and found the problem.
There is a leak on one of the capilary tubes where it leaves the "TX" valve and splits off to the evap coils. These small capilary tubes are soldered to what looks like a small "distributor" and it's this factory joint that has the leak. He checked everything else and no other leaks besides this one small joint. Besides that, everything is in great shape with the unit.
The tech indicated he wasn't comfortable attempting a repair because it could spring another leak in one of the other factory joints. He said Trane only had a 2 year warranty on the evap coil ( 1999 XL1400 unit ) and recommended that I replace the evap coil ( over $XXX ) or buy a whole new unit.
I'm having a hard time believing that this one leak in one spot isn't worthy of repair / can't be repaired. I'm fairly certain it's always been leaking since it was installed given the history of "topping off" the freon with this unit.
So... looking for some advice on what to do here. It sort of seems like I'm being told to "buy a new car because you have a flat tire". Is it typical to repair something like this in the field given that everything else checks out fine?
Thanks in advance...
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[Edited by jrbenny on 06-16-2006 at 10:29 PM]