My compressor took a **** today. I called my cousin to come check things out. Tried a new capacitor and a kickstart/hard start kit to no avail. Ohm'd out the compressor and have an open circuit.
The unit is a 2004 3.5 ton Goodman, gas heat. I don't feel that it is worth dumping a bunch of money into a unit that costs me $250+ a summer month to maintain 79 degrees.
The install was ****tily done! I will need a new stand and duct work, along with a couple new ceiling returns (it only has one 12x24" low wall return that sucks the filter in now).
There are two local companies that have been in business for 30+ years who I personally know the owners. One is a Daikin, Tempstar, Honeywell dealer and the other is a Trane dealer. Both have excellent ratings on Angies List and I haven't heard anything bad about them.
My cousin (who is a drunk and I only trust his work about 65%) is trying to talk me into buying a unit online and having him install it. He has worked for both the above companies, along with almost every other one in town and it's always 'someone else's fault' of why he has a new job every other month. So I'm thinking of not having him do the install, as well as I'm curious how he would get the units warrantee paperwork taken care of.
What opinions or suggestions do ya'll have on brands or companies to do the work?
Melbourne area. House is 1400 sq/ft, block construction, in desperate need of new insulation in the attic.
get a second opinion. Most companies offer it for free.
Oh, since doing new ducting, I was remodeling when I purchased mine and ditched existing ducting and installed an art deco look with visible/exposed ducting, kinda cool and price was good. Oh real easy to do fpl leak tests and such for more rebates. Also exposed ducting is way more efficient.
Do as posted above with calculations, and use a contractor.
EDIT: Consider ditching the heat option. I did, a radiator space heater is fine for the 2 or 3 days a year you need it in Florida, albeit I am in Palm Beach, it does get a bit more chilly in Melbourne thou.
Youre better off sticking with RUUD with them choices
he is right of course, best leakers on the market
Seems like everyone I know have Trane and love them...
And don't let a relative do it.
Most contractors are a shady bunch. Especially the ones from SE Florida aka.southern new yawk
Edit: Well before that awesome 2010 Obama tax rebate, kinda felt bad not voting for him. Also got big credits for all the energy star appliances I purchased, even thou I was going to buy them anyway. It was the first year, I EVER got a check from IRS, since graduating college.
You remind me of my mail order Russian wife.
"Winners take responsibility, losers blame others"
Tried searching but didn't come up with anything good. Thanks.
Was a measily broken wire at the connector on the compressor.
Cousin is fired. Old roommate is hired (from one of the mentioned companies).
For future reference, my Goodman compressor sounded like a truck backfire when it bought the farm.
Do not do this, had a friend just last month that had a friend do a "side job" installing a brand new system. 4 weeks later the system froze up, friend was out of town so a professional service came out to fix the "leak", not just a leak but a part from the no-name air-handler failed. Service call alone was $250 and still no solution. The "friend" didn't even install a filter. Live and learn!
BTW, the "Friend" price for equipment and labor was $1900, it will probably go into the 4K range now.