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    Had Evap coil replaced, 3 days later compressor exploded

    I had 2 evap coils fail in 9 years, they just replaced it Friday and last night the unit was cooling. Shut the system down for 30 minutes. Turned it back on and called for cool. The outdoor fan was barely spinning then a huge, loud explosion happened, then a hissing sound of all the refrigerant.

    Just asking on what are the chances of it failing so close to the coil repair or what could they have mistakenly done to make the compressor explode?

    Any helpful information on what I can ask the company would be great.

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    Post pictures! I have never heard of a hermetic compressor in a residential exploding...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Madera View Post
    Post pictures! I have never heard of a hermetic compressor in a residential exploding...
    His compressor "could have" went to ground and blew a terminal, why? he will have to have his service tech that installed the coil back out, and see if they have any idea. The system "could have" lost a lot of oil, depending on how bad the coil leak was, maybe that caused it, who knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Madera View Post
    Post pictures! I have never heard of a hermetic compressor in a residential exploding...
    Probably blew a terminal out of the peckerhead.
    Unless they somehow contaminated the system, it was probably just bad coincidence.
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    IF the coil was out of warranty , this is why we recommend replacing not just the coil for this very reason......That is of course assuming the coil was changed in a proper manner...fan barley spinning could have been a bad capacitor causing high head and "potentially" do this to an already weak

    Roll of the dice

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    Why did you shut the system down for the 30 minutes?
    How did you shut it down? By what means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrlvnv View Post
    I had 2 evap coils fail in 9 years, they just replaced it Friday and last night the unit was cooling.

    Shut the system down for 30 minutes.
    Turned it back on and called for cool.

    The outdoor fan was barely spinning then a huge, loud explosion happened, then a hissing sound of all the refrigerant.

    Just asking on what are the chances of it failing so close to the coil repair or what could they have mistakenly done to make the compressor explode?

    Any helpful information on what I can ask the company would be great.
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    Tech is here, the "pin" failed and caused the unit to "explode". Unit is a York and just under 10 years old. Tech is asking about warranty status

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodle Head Mikey View Post
    Why did you shut the system down for the 30 minutes?
    How did you shut it down? By what means?

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    Just turned the thermostats to the off position.

    My thinking was to just "reset" it and see what happens when I turn it back on. Kind of like shutting your phone down and restarting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrlvnv View Post
    Tech is here, the "pin" failed and caused the unit to "explode".
    The what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post
    The what?
    Ha Ha....I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkapigian View Post
    Ha Ha....I know
    Must be "REAL" old terminology, or "REAL" young.... Or maybe us Texans just don't get it..OR maybe he has a crystal ball that can look inside the compressor.
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    The power plug failed which caused the compressor to blow. Part is under warranty but $ to replace and fill up
    Last edited by beenthere; 09-11-2019 at 04:52 AM.

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