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Winter Park Hvac Articles
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hadn' t been checked in years as we had leased out our property while living out of state. We agreed to have the work done. However, the man checking out the system said he couldn't do the job by himself and would have to return another day with a helper. Another man came several days later, cleaned the entire system and put in a new capacitor. He worked alone and it took him all afternoon and into early evening, well pass dark. We asked him about working alone and he replied the other man didn't like to work alone but he did. OK. While doing the work he noted that an electrical bus needed to be replaced also. He promised to get us a price.
He explained just what this part was and that if it failed we would be without AC. Meanwhile the holidays intervened. During the holidays we got a phone message from the company but were unable to respond as we were out of town. We finally called back and after several attempts we reached someone who helped us. We were trying to return their missed call via the number that called us during the holidays, instead of the office. So it took a long time to get the correct person to return our call again. Finally they gave us a price on the electrical bus and we asked them to order it. A few weeks later the man who had done the cleaning, etc came by and installed the new electrical bus. He was very professional, courteous and amiable the whole time. If there was a problem it was mainly due to the fact that we were away at holiday time and couldn't answer or return the call in a timely fashion. But also it seems their main office is in Miami and we're not sure there's an actual office in
When he did come, he had to go up in the attic in my closet, where the air handler is and clean the coils and unit. He also leveled the outside unit that was leaning, slanted, and not efficient. He stayed here four hours and was extremely thorough and I would highly recommend him to anyone. I would also have no hesitation at all to use him in the future.
Their Solution: Replace both expansion valves. Cost: over $900.
Wanting a second opinion, I contacted a neighbor who had a HVAC business for over 30 years. He disagreed with the diagnosis saying that if the expansion value was bad (closed), then the inlet pressure would be very low as well. But the inlet pressure was normal. (He should me the meter readings.) That told him that the expansion value was not defective.
He diagnosed the problem to be caused by too much refrigerant in the system. He removed some to get normal high (and low) pressure readings. Subsequently the system worked perfectly.
So if I paid the $900+ to CCC, my system would have worked fine as CCC guaranteed it would, not because they replaced the values but because they would have recharged the system to the proper refrigerant pressure levels.
As a side note, duty filters in the air handler could also cause the high pressure. But the first technician failed to mention that or even check the filters. (It turns out that they were very dirty, but that was not the root cause of the over-pressure situation.)
The lesson here is: before you spend a lot of money on a contractor, get a 2nd or even 3rd quote!
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