AC Question

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by vogelheat, May 15, 2012.

  1. vogelheat

    vogelheat Vogel Heat

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    When Getting my AC ready for the upcoming midwest summer, what type of suggestions do you have before a call out a professional?
  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Check to see if it is working ?
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Remove any dust, leaves, pine needles, bugs, etc. from the condensor coils. If any are bent, buy a comb and straighten them. The coils and fins work best when clean and straight. Look for loose or corroded connections, leaking capacitor(s), dirty contactors, frayed wires. Make sure the condensate drain is clean along with the drip tray on the evaporator, and check those coils and fins for debris, clean as required. If it doesn't gravity drain, make sure that the condensate pump works. Most anything else requires tools or test equipment most DIY'ers don't have.
  4. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    Given that you're a professional, why do you ask? (Beyond the typical trollin' an' spammin' exercise, that is? :) )
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    I think you pegged it.
  6. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    You should drain the system by opening up the service valves and allowing the refrigerant to vent to the atmosphere in a plume that rises above your house. Be sure someone from the EPA is there to record the event for you.

    Spam spam spam spam spammitty spam
  7. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That covers about all that needs to be done.

    No need to call anyone.

    The only one that can vent the refrigerant into the atmosphere is a person without a licenses.
  8. vogelheat

    vogelheat Vogel Heat

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    Conversation starter my friend... I like to ask questions to get answers for other people.. Also to see what type of people we have in here. Maybe I know the answer, but it doesn't mean others do.... Plus I want to see if people are going to give legit answers before I start asking real questions I don't know the answer to... You get me?
  9. vogelheat

    vogelheat Vogel Heat

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    Hence Tom Sawyer! Come on guys....
  10. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    this is almost as good as my morning coffee, but this AND my morning coffee: Priceless. However, if nastiness to all (and more fun) is necessary, visit Alt.HVAC newsgroup. Lots of the oldtimers are still there, but there are new harrassers as well. Home moaners beware.:D:eek:
  11. vogelheat

    vogelheat Vogel Heat

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    Sorry to bother you guys then. later.
  12. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Did not bother me.

    Come on back and share your knowledge.

    Have a great day.
  13. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    me neither, I just need to hear myself write. clickity click click. No offense intended
  14. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    I guess some can't handle the Heat.

    Wonder where vogelheat came from.

    vogelcool is cooler.
  15. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    Didn't bother me either, but I was hoping something other than content-free generic postings (like this one). Is it too much to ask?
  16. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    Vogel is German for bird, so I guess he just Flew in
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