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  1. #14
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    If you are basing the diagnostic on the breaker tripping, it could be lots of things wrong. Any thing from a misswire to a bad crank case heater or grounded wire.
    Yes, I've seen that before and it doesn't mean I like it.

  2. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas-Tech View Post
    No I'm not gonna go there, just that I work on so darn many of them nowadays.
    hell that's all I work on
    It's hard to stop a Trane. but I have made one helluva living keeping them going.

  3. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas-Tech View Post
    Climatuff compressors are known to be pretty much bullet proof, the only good thing trane ever made.
    Who made the Climatuff for Trane? I have only replaced ONE of them, ever. What a great compressor.


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  4. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Who made the Climatuff for Trane? I have only replaced ONE of them, ever. What a great compressor.


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    It's actually made by Trane. I know, pretty unusual for a company to actually make something anymore. Seems like everyone just rebrands their merchandise.

  5. #18
    Can't decide whether you guys are being sarcastic on the Climatuff "pumpkin" compressors or not. Word out here from my co-workers in Las Vegas, is that they're crap.

  6. #19
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    General electric made that compressor for there GE units years ago. Trane bought them out and now trane has them, You do not need a acummulator for heat pumps with that compressor.

  7. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pcmaker View Post
    Can't decide whether you guys are being sarcastic on the Climatuff "pumpkin" compressors or not. Word out here from my co-workers in Las Vegas, is that they're crap.
    I'm not being sarcastic this time. I've seen these compressors last months through conditions that would shell out a Copeland in a day, and keep on running. Maybe it's the built-in liquid accumulating chamber. But that's not necessarily a good thing. Compressor change-outs are good money!

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    Exactly how did you or what did you touch with the multi meter probes to determine the compressor was bad. Take us through step by step. What reading did you get? And what meter were you using?
    Always here

  9. #22
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    When I have to replace a Trane compressor- I always find an outside source the cause.
    Those failed pencil heaters can do them in after a while.
    Voltage problems get them too.

  10. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by man from trane View Post
    I'm not being sarcastic this time. I've seen these compressors last months through conditions that would shell out a Copeland in a day, and keep on running. Maybe it's the built-in liquid accumulating chamber. But that's not necessarily a good thing. Compressor change-outs are good money!
    They are good compressors. I don't get any business from them failing. It's the steel nuts on the suction and discharge lines to the compressor. We are on the beach, and the salt does a number on a/c's. The spine fin coils are great here too. The compressors usually rust out before the cond coil crumbles. If I could change trane's condenser design I would use a very high grade brass or something on those nuts. Even ss rust fast here.
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  11. #24
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    I must say though- the 5 ton Trane systems have a hard time keeping compressors. I got to where I don't install a 5 ton system without an extended warranty. Or I try and go 2 systems. It's that bad. Even a Trane rep agreed.

  12. #25
    I wonder what that tech did to break the unit...

    The family bought the unit from ARS for $k... then a year later, ARS sent them a letter saying the AC unit was due for an annual "maintenance" for free. Not a week after they did something up there, the compressor died when the 1 year warranty was up and they were going to charge the family another 2 grand to replace the compressor, BUT they'll only do it if the family will have to pay an extra $$$ to clean the coils because they said the coils were so dirty that the compressor they will put in will only break in a short period of time. I only saw 1 pidgeon feather on the coils.. didnt look bad at all.

    I bet they did something to break that compressor when they did that "free annual maintenance."
    Last edited by Stamas; 09-09-2011 at 10:43 AM. Reason: Removed pricing.

  13. #26
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    ^ Once again I'm reminded that I don't charge enough. BTW, no pricing allowed. I wonder how you charge more than an hour to clean a coil? I'd get chased off the property with a machete if I charged that!

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