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A/C problems

Posted By: spacejunkie

A/C problems - 06/30/22 10:04 PM

started this morning at 4. Woke up hearing a thumping noise from the attic. Pulled down the ladder got about halfway up and it quit as the motor started blowing as it should. 6am same thing happened so I call out A/C guy. He gets here around 12:30 and informs me that it is in the process of going out and only a matter of time until it quits kicking in. Quotes me a cost and orders the motor which should be here tomorrow. 4:15 and motor will not kick in and it's already 78 in the house. Gonna be a long night I'm afraid. Good thing the wife is out of town for a couple of days or we would be adding a hotel bill to the cost as she hates a warm house.

BTW the bar is open. Buffalo Trace for me what are you having?
Posted By: Jimbo1

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 10:06 PM

Go buy a cheap window unit.
Posted By: DQ Kid

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 10:27 PM

One of those $200 evaporator units may keep your room kind of cool at night.
Posted By: rickym

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 10:29 PM

Originally Posted by spacejunkie
started this morning at 4. Woke up hearing a thumping noise from the attic. Pulled down the ladder got about halfway up and it quit as the motor started blowing as it should. 6am same thing happened so I call out A/C guy. He gets here around 12:30 and informs me that it is in the process of going out and only a matter of time until it quits kicking in. Quotes me a cost and orders the motor which should be here tomorrow. 4:15 and motor will not kick in and it's already 78 in the house. Gonna be a long night I'm afraid. Good thing the wife is out of town for a couple of days or we would be adding a hotel bill to the cost as she hates a warm house.

BTW the bar is open. Buffalo Trace for me what are you having?

Thankfully it’s cooler this week than the last couple.
Sorry to hear either way. What type of motor?
Posted By: ntxtrapper

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 10:31 PM

I keep two 10,000 btu window units for just such emergencies.
Posted By: spacejunkie

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 10:54 PM


Thankfully it’s cooler this week than the last couple.
Sorry to hear either way. What type of motor?[/quote]

It's a Trane unit is all I know.
Posted By: 603Country

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 11:01 PM

Yep, get a window unit or two. Sleep cool.
Posted By: angus1956

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 11:09 PM

At least the A/C company is on it ASAP, just gonna be one night you'll make it with or without the window unit.
Posted By: Buzzsaw

Re: A/C problems - 06/30/22 11:25 PM

Your wife has got it right.
Motel Time.
Posted By: nak

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 12:21 AM

I've kept a window unit for years. Used it within 2 months of moving into brand new home, when the ac failed and no-one had parts for the just released model.

Neighbor used it for 6 days last week, while she waited for parts in the 100 + heat.

It also runs on my little portable inverter generator, should the power go out AND the Generac fail.

I grew up in South Texas without AC, but I no longer consider it a luxury. Its essential to my old fat a55.
Posted By: Stevarino

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 12:29 AM

I’m in the same boat, sorta.
Ac went out last night, total loss. She’s 20 years old and been waiting on this day. I set up 2 window units this morning and have the upstairs unit running. Wife says it’s more comfy than normal.
I had 8 quotes today for a 2.5 ton, 16 seer.. ranged from 7k-9.2k eek2
Posted By: Jimbo1

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 12:36 AM

Originally Posted by Stevarino
I’m in the same boat, sorta.
Ac went out last night, total loss. She’s 20 years old and been waiting on this day. I set up 2 window units this morning and have the upstairs unit running. Wife says it’s more comfy than normal.
I had 8 quotes today for a 2.5 ton, 16 seer.. ranged from 7k-9.2k eek2

20 years was a good run. Big range on the quotes. Lots of things to consider. Good luck.
Posted By: TexFlip

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 12:43 AM

Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.
Posted By: Always ready 2 hunt

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 01:05 AM

Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.


If the home warranty contractor gave them a repair estimate then that is what the are gonna do. been band aiding 2 units for years with home warranty. Call them out 2x a year add a small bandaid and cross fingers...but I know its just a matter of time
Posted By: 68rustbucket

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 01:06 AM

Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.

You’ve been waiting 10 days? That’s just too dang long.
Posted By: Buzzsaw

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 01:54 AM

Originally Posted by Always ready 2 hunt
Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.


If the home warranty contractor gave them a repair estimate then that is what the are gonna do. been band aiding 2 units for years with home warranty. Call them out 2x a year add a small bandaid and cross fingers...but I know its just a matter of time

I'm getting there too. seems like it's that time to hemorrhage money crying
Posted By: TexFlip

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 01:58 AM

Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.

You’ve been waiting 10 days? That’s just too dang long.

Tell me about it. Hasn't been too bad, our bedroom has its own unit and the upstairs is on its own unit. Kitchen and living room has been hovering around 80° so the other two units have been running a lot.
Posted By: Poppa

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 02:12 AM

thats a low price on an 18 seer 2 stage 5 ton. good luck! take yur home warr. money and give it to yur ac man
Posted By: glens

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 02:53 AM

Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.

Whoa Buddy. Have a 30 Pound sealed bottle of R22 if you need it. That's Highway Robbery on the $120 a pound. That would be $3600 for 30 pound bottle. .My Bottle (Dupont I think) is left over from my Prevost Bus I sold. Had 3 AC"s in it that took that juice. Even $25 a pound would be like Jessie James Robbing Banks on a Bottle.
Posted By: Lakhota

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 04:15 AM

Originally Posted by glens
Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.

Whoa Buddy. Have a 30 Pound sealed bottle of R22 if you need it. That's Highway Robbery on the $120 a pound. That would be $3600 for 30 pound bottle. .My Bottle (Dupont I think) is left over from my Prevost Bus I sold. Had 3 AC"s in it that took that juice. Even $25 a pound would be like Jessie James Robbing Banks on a Bottle.


There is not a chance in the world you will find anyone selling R22 for $25 a pound as they would be taking a huge loss. I believe that a 30lb drum of R22 is running close to $2,200 and even then you don’t get the full 30lb out of the drum.
Posted By: Lazyjack

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 12:26 PM

All refrigerant prices have mirrored fuel prices. But, this began three years ago, or so.
R22 actual cost per pound is $70-$80 per pound, Today. No idea next month.
No matter what you sell, oil field parts, trucks, ammo, hay, insurance, drugs or money, the seller must turn a profit.

The EPA war on refrigerants began years ago. Unless something changes, you ain't seen nothing yet.

The SCOTUS ruling against the EPA may give us some hope.

Posted By: bill oxner

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 12:37 PM

SEER.
Posted By: spacejunkie

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 05:21 PM

A/C is fixed. Got up to 82 degrees last night in the house. Bedroom sounded like a wind tunnel with the three fans I had going in there but it was tolerable for sleeping. Reminded me of growing up and and on my first ship with no A/C at all.
Posted By: BOBO the Clown

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 05:28 PM

Originally Posted by spacejunkie
A/C is fixed. Got up to 82 degrees last night in the house. Bedroom sounded like a wind tunnel with the three fans I had going in there but it was tolerable for sleeping. Reminded me of growing up and and on my first ship with no A/C at all.



Good deal!!! Sucks that they always seem to implode hottest time of year
Posted By: Lazyjack

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 06:16 PM

Yeah. The 4th is only Monday. Most suppliers will be closed 4 days.
Posted By: Lakhota

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 06:35 PM

Originally Posted by Lazyjack
Yeah. The 4th is only Monday. Most suppliers will be closed 4 days.



And next week looks like it’s going to be another hot one. I think we already have nine and 100° days this year. If they are right about next week we will be equal with the summer of 2011 and we will have the rest of July and all of August to go.
Posted By: 603Country

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 06:53 PM

Years ago, on the 4th of July, I had the whole family come to stay with us in Houston. Lots of folks. The downstairs A/C died. I finally reached an A/C guy at his work, and he said he didn’t work on the 4th. I told him I was desperate, with the house full of people and nowhere else to go, and would pay whatever it took. He came over and fixed it. Bless him. And he didn’t gouge me.
Posted By: Lazyjack

Re: A/C problems - 07/01/22 08:08 PM

Originally Posted by 603Country
Years ago, on the 4th of July, I had the whole family come to stay with us in Houston. Lots of folks. The downstairs A/C died. I finally reached an A/C guy at his work, and he said he didn’t work on the 4th. I told him I was desperate, with the house full of people and nowhere else to go, and would pay whatever it took. He came over and fixed it. Bless him. And he didn’t gouge me.

Oh we, grunts, are working. Just better not need any OEM parts unless you are willing to pay a cash opening fee.

People thing we are highway henchmen, try to get a counter guy to come open on a holiday.
Posted By: glens

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 06:31 PM

Originally Posted by Lakhota
Originally Posted by glens
Originally Posted by TexFlip
Our main unit went out about a week and a half ago. Had my AC guy come look. 19 year old unit, needs a new evap coil and 20#s of R22. R22 is $120 a pound right now. Got quotes for new system, 5.5 ton, 18 seer two stage unit is about $10k. Called home warranty company since we've only been here 6 months. Waiting until today before their contractor could come out. He confirmed the evap is shot and we need freon. Waiting on warranty company to see if they approve his patch job, if not it'll be a new unit.

Whoa Buddy. Have a 30 Pound sealed bottle of R22 if you need it. That's Highway Robbery on the $120 a pound. That would be $3600 for 30 pound bottle. .My Bottle (Dupont I think) is left over from my Prevost Bus I sold. Had 3 AC"s in it that took that juice. Even $25 a pound would be like Jessie James Robbing Banks on a Bottle.


There is not a chance in the world you will find anyone selling R22 for $25 a pound as they would be taking a huge loss
. I believe that a 30lb drum of R22 is running close to $2,200 and even then you don’t get the full 30lb out of the drum.

Hey Hotshot,,, You wanna bring your $750 cash and get a sealed bottle 30 pound Bottle of Forane R22? Got 1 new in the Box. You make the Gazillion bucks off it.
Posted By: reeltexan

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 07:28 PM

Originally Posted by Stevarino
I’m in the same boat, sorta.
Ac went out last night, total loss. She’s 20 years old and been waiting on this day. I set up 2 window units this morning and have the upstairs unit running. Wife says it’s more comfy than normal.
I had 8 quotes today for a 2.5 ton, 16 seer.. ranged from 7k-9.2k eek2


I assume that’s condenser and coil.
Posted By: reeltexan

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 07:29 PM



I heard a bottle of R22 is around $800

$185 two years ago
Posted By: Gringo Bling

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 09:18 PM

Originally Posted by Stevarino
I’m in the same boat, sorta.
Ac went out last night, total loss. She’s 20 years old and been waiting on this day. I set up 2 window units this morning and have the upstairs unit running. Wife says it’s more comfy than normal.
I had 8 quotes today for a 2.5 ton, 16 seer.. ranged from 7k-9.2k eek2


2.5 ton for over $7000? Wow, that's not a good price.

I got back in town on Friday night after being gone for 9 days. Our downstairs was 90 degrees when we walked in. Long story short, AC guy came out the next morning (Saturday) and said the condenser in our 17 year-old, 5 ton, 12 SEER Trane unit was shot and needed a new unit. In the interest of getting a new unit installed quickly and less costly without all of the duct work of going to a variable speed 20 SEER 5 ton (like I have upstairs), he ordered a new 5 ton 15 SEER unit on Saturday and had it installed by 11:00 am on Monday. Total cost was $3600. Went from 84 degrees down to 74 in about 6 hours yesterday afternoon.
Posted By: Creekrunner

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 09:41 PM

Man, it's bad juju I even read some of this. scared I hope you all get cooled down soon. I try to have mine checked regularly, and most of the units are fairly new, but you never know. I remember once, at the old house, I was on a long road trip for work and the a/c went out...in August. She was not very pleasant on the phone. wife
Posted By: 68rustbucket

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 09:48 PM

Originally Posted by Creekrunner
Man, it's bad juju I even read some of this. scared I hope you all get cooled down soon. I try to have mine checked regularly, and most of the units are fairly new, but you never know. I remember once, at the old house, I was on a long road trip for work and the a/c went out...in August. She was not very pleasant on the phone. wife

This happened to me once. I had to give instructions to my wife on how to run a fish tape up the a/c drain outlet outside, then suck it out with the shop vac. All in 100+ heat. What a wife!
Posted By: Lakhota

Re: A/C problems - 07/12/22 11:01 PM

Originally Posted by reeltexan


I heard a bottle of R22 is around $800

$185 two years ago


I was a little high on my price on June 30th I checked with one of the supply houses last week and a drum of R22 our cost is $1,600.00.
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