Ok...the context is that I've spent the last 2 years building a home in Palo Alto, Ca. The lot alone was so expensive, I should be able to sell the dirt by the kilo.
I'm totally out of money after the house build and I postponed the installation of the condenser to get past a ridiculous city zoning rule in order to get my final inspection passed.
In the meantime, my HVAC guy took pity on me and gave me a slightly used condenser that he promised would work but for some reason offered to have his friend install it "on the weekend". I didn't feel comfortable with that so I paid a respected PROHVAC company to install. They quoted me a great flat price and did a great job as far as clean install, on time, great guys etc.
Then when they went to flip the switch..discovered the capacitor was starting to bulge at the top...yikes. So he replaced the capacitor. Then the unit wasn't taking in the coolant..but eventually it worked and all the temps were good etc.
Then..just as he was about to leave, the unit started intermittently releasing at the suction line. The tech said the seals in the compressor were leaking.
He said the compressor was going to go bad very soon. Later in the day I turned it back on and it did the same thing and then the compressor just turned off..guessing some sort of safety feature. I noticed that the big copper pipe was warm instead of cold too.
So, as of now I'm out $hundreds for the install and back to sweating.
I know..penny wise/dollar short.
Should I just bite the bullet and scrounge up the $ to have a brand new condenser installed...or does having the compressor serviced or replaced make any sense? Is there anything I should have checked given that I've already paid to have everything installed and charged up?
BTW, the rest of the entire system is brand new and the HVAC guy even mentioned the installer did a great job in his opinion.