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Nice expensive evening
« on: October 20, 2020, 07:54:27 PM »
I got home to find the a/c out this evening. Got home around 5:40pm. Outside unit would not spin. I tried a few things, but no luck. So, after calling a couple a/c companies - 1 of them actually answered at almost 6pm.

And $368 later, it's fixed. Blown capacitor...

Nice, expensive evening...

It was already 82F inside.

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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 09:00:54 PM »
Actually,  that's not as much as I would have thought
for a repairman to come out AND get something working
again in this day and age
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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 09:48:58 PM »
First law of home ownership:  you’re either rich or handy.
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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 10:41:57 PM »
Actually,  that's not as much as I would have thought
for a repairman to come out AND get something working
again in this day and age

No kidding; you got off pretty light by my estimation.

Be thankful the entire unit isn't toast or you'd have really been up the creek. :thumbsup1:

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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2020, 05:46:40 AM »
368 for a 15 dollar capacitor.
Glad you got it up n running quickly

Had mine ckd earlier this yr and it needed 2 lbs of R22 I was lucky as I have a “friend”who did it. Only cost me 150 total. He usually gets a 100 a lb for R22 now plus service call I got about 1/2 off.

I know enough about AC to ck the start cap and Ive swapped a few over the yrs. If your unit(s) are up in yrs a spare on hand is not a bad idea.


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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2020, 06:06:35 AM »
I got home to find the a/c out this evening. Got home around 5:40pm. Outside unit would not spin. I tried a few things, but no luck. So, after calling a couple a/c companies - 1 of them actually answered at almost 6pm.

And $368 later, it's fixed. Blown capacitor...

Nice, expensive evening...

It was already 82F inside.


is that something that is "plug and play", or it has to be soldered into place?


i ask cuz i had a heater fuse (i guess it's called) blow out on my drier, and i had to pay about $100 for labor and like $15.00 for the part, and THAT was "plug and play", so next time, i'll do it myself.

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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2020, 08:48:57 AM »
Motor starting capacitors are the most common issue in AC’s.
They cost $5-15 at an electric supply (except in Austin) or $10-15 off Amazon delivered tomorrow.

They are easy to install. Make a note of current push-on connectors on old capacitor remove and replace.

By the way, there is another way to get the AC running again, using an electric drill to start the fan blade running, but you need to think it through well the process and what’s going to happen (like how the drill *instantly* disconnects once the fan starts ).
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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2020, 12:41:59 PM »
Well, I have back and neck problems. If I had tried to get down on the ground and do this - knowing it would take me longer than the repair guy... I'd have to see the chiropractor several times by the time I was done......

But yea - I looked online to see the price after the guy left - Mucho $ for a cheap part with the install.

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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2020, 04:42:00 PM »
Motor starting capacitors are the most common issue in AC’s.
They cost $5-15 at an electric supply (except in Austin) or $10-15 off Amazon delivered tomorrow.

They are easy to install. Make a note of current push-on connectors on old capacitor remove and replace.

By the way, there is another way to get the AC running again, using an electric drill to start the fan blade running, but you need to think it through well the process and what’s going to happen (like how the drill *instantly* disconnects once the fan starts ).
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Water hose does same and way safer.


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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2020, 10:20:39 PM »
I spent over $2k replacing the outside unit and A-frame unit a couple years ago. A rat snake got inside it, and when the unit turned on it fried all the wiring and burnt holes in the condenser.
A few month's later the blower motor went out. I could replace the blower motor pretty easy, but the central heating unit is old and should also be replaced.

I said the hell with it, and just bought 3 big quartz heater's and 3 8k BTU room AC units. My house stays nice and cozy year round, and my electric bill is 30% - 40% cheaper than it ever was with the central heat and AC.

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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2020, 10:41:51 PM »
I got to Little Rock today with a flakey alternator discovered on the last 1/2 of the trip.
The return tomorrow may be exciting.... as I see Chevy wants ~$800 to replace it 6 months out of warranty.


But my life is blessed with or without the alternator.
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Re: Nice expensive evening
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2020, 10:48:42 PM »
I got to Little Rock today with a flakey alternator discovered on the last 1/2 of the trip.
The return tomorrow may be exciting.... as I see Chevy wants ~$800 to replace it 6 months out of warranty.


But my life is blessed with or without the alternator.
BTDT except I was in northwest Tennessee.
Can't do anything but pay the toll that far away
from home. Where I was at, there was nothing.
Had to stay an extra day waiting for an alternator
to get shipped in from a larger town.
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