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    Repair or Replace Carrier Condenser?


    My Carrier condenser unit has stopped working. The inside circulation fan turns on, but the outside condenser unit only emits a vibrating sound from the control box. The vibration seems to be coming from either the right hand relay or what looks like a transformer on the right hand side.

    The control box had a lot of ants in it and they had accumulated a lot of debris over most of the components and wiring. I'm wondering if this may have shorted somethings. We just got through a wet spell and the debris was probably damp.

    The previous owner of the home seems to have had all improvements done "by the book". So I assume this is a well-matched system. But, I suspect the central air conditioning system is quite old. (I can't find any info on the web.)

    Should I consider repairing the condenser or would it be wiser to update it to a more efficient unit? Is R-22 a problem?

    Model: 38VE003300
    Amps: min 18.4 max 30
    Compressor: 203/230 v 1ph 60hz
    RLA: 14
    Charge: R-22 8.5lbs
    Fan: 208/230 1ph 60hz

    Thank you for your help,
    Last edited by va20080712; 07-12-2008 at 06:01 AM. Reason: add information

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Howell, Michigan
    It could be something simple. Not being a Carrier guru, I have no idea what unit you have. My best advice to you is, call a service company, have a tech look at it and go from there. Trying to offer up an opinion on your post on the internet is kinda tough.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Yeh, what he said is right. Have it checked before replacing. It could be something simple and not quite as expensive as a new unit.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    I've worked for a Carrier wholesaler for over 15 years and I don't have a record of a 38VE, but just from the format, this is from the 80's.....time for a replacement.

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