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    Let's not be too hard on her . If she didn't realize that it is the homeowners responsibility , she should now . Be a sport and offer to pay them their service call. You'll have a friend for life . I know the cost of a contactor , but if they're warrantying the part , they only get what the supply house will give them .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmathews View Post
    I love it. Another unreasonable homeowner. Ants are outside, they will go where they want too. I've also pulled out hundreds of lizards, a few snakes, a handful of mice, crickets, etc...
    Ain't that the truth .

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    Ants continued

    Well, I guess that I have been told....

    The problem is that I have never heard of insects or anything else getting into an A/C unit. I grew up in Chicago and my parents had the same A/C unit for 20+ years and never had any kind of problem other than servicing the unit occasionally. My father always told me...buy quality and you will never have to worry about it again. That is what I did and that is what I expected. Servicing it twice a year, keep the air filters clean and that would be it until long after I was gone.

    Nobody that I know here in Charlotte or anywhere else in the world, for that matter, has this issue. I have friends and children, even, with units that are far older and far less quality than mine. So, you can understand my skepticsim.

    thanks for the input

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    It's a common problem here in Texas. They weren't ripping you off at all . So , pay them their service call , please . Good Luck .

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    Quote Originally Posted by marge View Post
    Well, I guess that I have been told....

    The problem is that I have never heard of insects or anything else getting into an A/C unit. long after I was gone.



    thanks for the input
    If this was a anteater you would be in luck.

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    It's true , a picture is worth a thousand words .

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    About 4080 hits for "ants in the contactor" on Google

    http://www.google.com/search?q=ants+...ient=firefox-a
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    no, that is not true. Last year, when I was told of the issue, I bought the service contract and put out ant traps. The tech had come out twice since that time and everything was peachy. Then, suddenly, two weeks after the last service, ants have miraculously reappeared and destroyed the part. My argument was....if they were there two weeks ago when you serviced the unit, why didn't you tell me? I am not buying the fact that they destroyed the part in less than two weeks time...and, yes, he brought it in to show me...but, there was nary an ant on the thing. I don't know what it is supposed to look like, but, it did not look burnt or anything.

    I paid for the part, not the service call since he was just there and did not say anything.

    Again, if there was even a possibilty of ants present...at the service call, should I not have been warned to put out ant traps? THere is not a drought this year, so, I would not have had any idea that ants could/would have any interest in my A/C unit.

    I am a banker, not an HVAC person. That is why I pay HVAC people to do HVAC work. I have no idea about ants (or anything else) getting into A/C units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marge View Post
    Well, I guess that I have been told....

    The problem is that I have never heard of insects or anything else getting into an A/C unit. I grew up in Chicago and my parents had the same A/C unit for 20+ years and never had any kind of problem other than servicing the unit occasionally. My father always told me...buy quality and you will never have to worry about it again. That is what I did and that is what I expected. Servicing it twice a year, keep the air filters clean and that would be it until long after I was gone.

    Nobody that I know here in Charlotte or anywhere else in the world, for that matter, has this issue. I have friends and children, even, with units that are far older and far less quality than mine. So, you can understand my skepticsim.

    thanks for the input
    I'm in uptown Charlotte asphalt paradise....You'd think it would be rare but I always find insects and crap in my units. Another thing ants can be a part of is corrosion. It seems to be the most of a problem in areas where shrubs are close to the unit or the unit isn't elevated enough with pine needles covering the bottom of the outside unit.


    You usually see one A/C system per household. I bet some of these guys see 1000's of A/C during the year. The pool which the can pull from for stories is much larger.

    I don't know but I get contactors on them to replace the old ones that didn't.



    Although I can't personally say any ants have caused problems with cont actors I dealt with I can say the if it was in the contacts when the contactors pulls shut I could see it getting damaged rather quickly along with a fried ant. We get rid of contactors for pitted surfaces or should be because of the poor contact area.



    I did find a water bug stuck in a contactor.
    Last edited by BigJon3475; 06-08-2008 at 03:58 PM.

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    Well, now you do . I could think of a million reasons not to pay . The right thing to do is pay them for the service call . I'm not trying to give you a hard time . This is a matter of doing the right thing . If you feel you've done the right thing , then so be it .

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    Just one scout ant getting stuck between the contacts when the contactor gets energized can cause arcing and pitting of the contacts.

    There may not have been any ants present 2 weeks before it failed, or 2 days, or even 2 minutes.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Ants- 'Act of Nature'

    There is always someone who wants to blame the technician for either ants or his dog chewing low voltage wires on condenser.

    Best advice I could give you is covered contactor and seal holes around panel of condenser with silicone or tape and put rubber tape along edge of panel where it connects to unit.

    Next call an EXTERMINATOR to get rid of your ant problem.I know customers that had pest control guy's out the same week as a/c service and still had ants.


    So, better find a way to get rid of them or be HOT this summer and Blame it on the HVAC man, he brought the ants with him ..LOL
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    One day no ants, and the next day a hill of dirt and ants. They are busy critters. Suggest that you get some granular ant treatment at the hardware store and spread it out and around the outside equipment. Out say 20 feet.

    Consider it part of maintenance just like changing air filters, cleaning the condenser fins, and keeping the condensation line clear.

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