My outside AC unit had been running normally, but there was no cold air coming into the house. It was about 88 inside...so I called a local company (they've been around for years) on Thursday, and the soonest they said they could send someone out was on Sunday July 7th (after normal hours, of course - $$).
When the tech showed up, he said he checked the blower (?) and it looked like it was all rusted and had a leak (it is under the house...for some very odd reason it was put in during the house construction in 1984 and the house was built over top of it(?)). The tech said the blower would have to be replaced, but that it would have to be put somewhere else, as there was no way to put one in the same place (under the house). He said he would call us later with an estimate, but for the time being he would add freon to give us some relief. He said he added 12 pounds of freon, which could last a month or a week - he had no way of knowing, but that we could see about getting repairs in the meantime.
He gave us a receipt for the service call, showing 12 pounds of freon, charged us $XXXXX, and left. Several hours later, the AC unit stopped working. It would kick on periodically, spin for 10 seconds, and then with a loud "thunk" shut completely down. This has gone on for almost 2 days, and we haven't heard back from the guy -- it's also almost 90 in the house now. Anyway, isn't 12 pounds of freon a ridicules amount? I've done a little internet research on freon/EPA and all that, and what he did doesn't seem at all right (could he really have added that much freon - I don't think the unit holds that much!). Furthmore, if he knew it would leak right out, why would you let 12 whopping pounds of freon just leak into the atmosphere like that?
Thanks in advance for any opinions/advice - Katherine