what are the early signs of break-down
I have old A/C unit and weather over here in Texas is reaching triple digits now. I don't plan to replace my unit just because of age. But, I definitely don't want to be stuck in sudden break-down and hot house.
I got my annual check-up and always got a recommendation from a techniain to replace the unit for 3 years straight. Mine is 18 years old.
I am just curious if there are any signs that I can notice before sudden break-down. I am quite worried about compressor this year since it had locked once. I plan to replace the unit probably before next summer.
Well, you kinda contradicted yourself, saying you dont want to replace beacause of age , but you also dont want a complete failure. But anyway, 18yrs old, compressor locked once, (I am assuming they installed start components to make the compressor operational) Is this right? Its kinda of a guessing game at this point, but you do have some factors working against you. Are you having to add refrigerant when it is serviced, Indicating small leaks in the system?
I would say the most important thing to keep a watch on is any unusual noises such as squeeling, rattling, clunking, or "marbles in a can"
any of these are signs of an impending problem. Other than that, just continue to have the unit serviced anually
Not all units give a warning.
New and old units a like, break down when they want.
I agree with all of the above and 18 years old could be on borrowed time anyway.
Get a few window shakers and store them in your garage or basement.
This will be your emergency back-up plan so if your central a/c dies, you can cool a bedroom, living room, etc. This will also prevent you from rushing to replace your system and have some time to get a few quotes and compare them.
No freeon ever had to be added. I guess there was no lead then. One of service technians suggested the service kit to help the compressor work better and he also said it would not extend the life of the compressor, therefore, I didn't do that . I haven't had a single problem with this A/c so far except for contactor replacement 5 years ago.
Originally Posted by aintitfun
Thanks for answer.
18 years old
I updated my Mothers system 8 years ago after my father passsed away and I guesstimated it was 30 plus years old and still operating. I thought about calling the company to see if they wanted to do a commercial...lol My dad replaced one or two condenser fan motors im sure. I replaced a cap on it once. He installed it. The install and the pm had a lot to do with it. Just noticed his favorite number was 8! Lot of 8's in this quote. Keep it cool up there pop!!! (8-8-1918)
What was I thinking???
I never do that again!!!
replaced a coleman "polar ice" condenser yesterday, probably 40 yrs old. the only warning it gave when it died was a huge light bill.
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I finally replaced my 27 year old unit last year. You never know when they will give up, but I do know you will see a big difference in efficiency with a new, PROPERLY SIZED and PROPERLYINSTALLED unit.
And remember, if it does die unexpectedly, you won't die without A/C for a few days. Although my wife thought she was going to die last year when our system gave up. But she survived.
"Hey Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort." And he says, "there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice. - Carl Spackler
that ac already gave you a warning when the compressor locked up start the quote process
I didn't know that is that bad sign since my unit has been working fine. I just guessed it was 6 o'clock everning and everyone was using A/C and current may have been low.
Originally Posted by catmanacman
Thanks for your answer. I was planning to get some quotes in September or October so that I can find better deal ( this is also a guess...I don't know if I get better deal in slow season..)..
It would be great – without checking your unit to the minute “When it will Die”
but were not fortune tellers
Some here are correct – age of unit, and lock up – are signs
Slower season is best – more Co's have more time, and will usually = more time on your Install
My Philosophy is - “if it ant Broke” but not always – Better comfort / Proper size – things change over the yrs...eg Computers / Big screen TV / Remodels to house / Now Better Software to properly size a unit, also got to consider Energy savings (I would Pick the highest seer you can afford – because 13 seer will be at the bottom in a few yrs/or is now! Also consider R22 (though a few yrs out) will be phased out, and support for this / repairs (hope non for 15 yrs at least) will be costly.
But Shopping around – to look at your options cant hurt, and give you a good idea what it will cost (Wow my unit / New house lasted 2 yrs! Lucky you)
PS...I replaced my own, System myself – from the Junk they (cheep builder) installed on are track....