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    Hi we are looking at a small rent house to buy and I noticed on the freon lines coming from the air handler and again on the outside condesor, they have flared fittings instead of brazed ones. Current owner had this unit installed 3 years ago and produced the invoice for it from a seemingly reputable ac company in town. Why would this be and is it an acceptable method? Unit works good but i was a little concerned about this. Any thoughts?

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    If there's nothing wrong with it then why worry?

    That's how some systems came installed.

    BTW...I'm a curious Boy

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    hi curious boy! No there seems to be nothing wrong with it but ive just never seen flared fittings on ac lines. We have other rentals and a personal house and all are soldered, just struck me as odd why theyd use fittings like that.

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    Flared fittings are fine, as long as they don'tleak.
    If there is no oil around them then don't worry. Flares are used in refrigeration all the time.
    Live for yourself and ask no one to live for you.

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    They're not that common, especially on a 3 yr old unit, but they're out there. Coulda been when the changeout was done, they left the lineset.

    Does the coil and the condensing unit have the flare fitttings on them? or did they use an adapter?

    Oh, and are you single??

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    lol, nope im married. Dont know what u mean by adapter. Just has the two lines coming out of air handler with a nut on each side of a fitting and the same on the outside unit. Also it comes out of the air handler a foot, then takes a hard right, goes thru wall to outside then takes another hard right to the outside unit, i suppose these elbows are no big deal then? I understand you two guys saying those type fitting are acceptable but my first thought is it was ghetto-rigged, but guess not. And no inturmoil, theres no oil looking substance around the fittings, clean as a whisle, so i guess i will stop worrying about it. We had the ac on all day today testing it out and cools good.

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    Are you happy or just married?





    You should be fine.

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    is anyone happily married 100% of time? lol. yes im a happy 21 years married woman to a 6-5 260 biker type lol

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    I'm 6'0 240lb with nutin but muscle....well.... maybe 10lbs could be shed...but i'm still strong like an OX....

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    He is strong!

    I can smell him waaaaaaaaaaay over here!

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    Oh BTW this is for the OP...

    If you want my opinion on your situation, have your hubby take a picture of the unit (and post it here) with you posing next to it.

    Then, I'll be happy to comment.

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    lol jultzya thats funny, But seriously guys you saying that the flared fittings with several elbows aint no big deal right?

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    Originally posted by jultzya
    He is strong!

    I can smell him waaaaaaaaaaay over here!
    Cmon man.....!!

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