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  1. #14
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    so is this just a valve

    so these condenser valves could just be a part? is there a lot involved in changing them out? am i going to have to get all new freon afterwards?

    Thanks,

    Tim

  2. #15
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    the refrigerant will need to be recovered and the valves changed out and then the same refrigerant can be weight back in

  3. #16
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    The service valves are brazed into the system, and they aren't user servicable. You'd have to evacuate the system to recover the refrigerant, and then replace the valves and recharge. This is pretty uncommon. Most leaks in this area are caused by leaky valve cores which are easily replaceable....almost like changing the valve core in your tires.

  4. #17
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    King valve are often a generic term (like Kleenex is to tissue paper or freon is to refrigerent) used by many techs for your access valves, where we place our gauges on to get pressure readings.

    They can leak from something as minor as valve cores (mentioned above although do not try and tighten or repair yourself, very high presure) or the caps. A sealed system repair would not be needed but could have been repaired by the tech within a few minutes. The connection of the body of the valve to the refrigerent tubing of the condensing unit could be leaking. This is very involved.

    Since you are not home, find a representative you trust family or neighbor to act in your behalf should you decide to get another opinion or you call the compnay back (when things slow down after the hurricane) to explain to this person even to demonstrate the size of the leak at these valves. If the leak is large that you will loose the refrigerent charge within this yr, soap bubbles should pick it up easily

    IMHO anytime such a large expense was incured a detailed report should have been offered you.

    Realize the techs in your area are running ragged as more A/Cs are coming online and failing after the power outages. Hence the reason for the blow (fill) and go. Not excusable but it happens. I could understand you prefering not to spend anymore money with them.

    [Edited by westcoast941 on 07-16-2005 at 11:35 PM]

  5. #18
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    tim
    first thank you for taking care of us. my son will be be going there in dec.
    i am missing something here. you said it doesnt cool properly after the hurican can through. did it work properly before. service valves or as they put it you king valves( witch you dont have) dont nornaly just leak. they have caps on the that can be tightened down to prevent any seepage over time. if the unit stopped cooling after the storm i would tend to think something else is going on or there is a leak some where else.cant talk prices on here but ten min is a bit much and try to find a better company
    call them and complain about the price for the leak check also.

  6. #19
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    Options are yours.

    The option would be yours.
    But, as many of the others have suggested,get another opinion.

    This service task of replacing (king valves)or pump down valves,is not a 1 hour job.
    What you have to weigh is the cost of repairs and what your average cost of electricity usage with this unit (vs) the replacment cost and the amount of savings you will receive with installing a more efficent unit.

    Option #1 Service/Repair = 604.00

    Option #2 Retro-fit New Condenser= Savings-$$$$$

    The installation of new condenser will save you money ever month with lower energy cost of operation.
    "Everyday above ground, is a good day".
    "But everyday that you have made a difference in someones life, may insure you stay above ground a little longer".<aircooled>

  7. #20
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    Options are yours.

    The option would be yours.
    But, as many of the others have suggested,get another opinion.

    This service task of replacing (king valves)or pump down valves,is not a 1 hour job.
    What you have to weigh is the cost of repairs and what your average cost of electricity usage with this unit (vs) the replacment cost and the amount of savings you will receive with installing a more efficent unit.

    Option #1 Service/Repair = 604.00

    Option #2 Retro-fit New Condenser= Cost+Savings-$$$$$

    The installation of new condenser will save you money ever month with lower energy cost of operation.
    "Everyday above ground, is a good day".
    "But everyday that you have made a difference in someones life, may insure you stay above ground a little longer".<aircooled>

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