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Wednesday, July 02, 2008


My home central a/c is dying again! I'm tempted to just let the house bake while I'm gone.

Update: Woohoo! Looks like leaving it off overnight was good for it.

Update Update: I'm not out of the woods yet... the unit's making some loud noises. Shouldn't the fan be running?

Thanks for all your advice! I just shucked out a semester's tuition to ensure I follow it next time.



  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger El Capitan said…

    Have you cleaned your compressor unit and changed your filters lately?

  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Change filters monthly. How do you clean the compressor unit?

  • At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It might be your start capacitor on your compressor is dead. Try and see if you can start the fan turning by pushing on it with a yard stick.

  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger El Capitan said…

    I pull the A/C circuit breaker, take off the cover of the unit (some are easier than others), spray the coils and fan blades with a citrus oil cleanser, let soak, then hose it off. (Not a Power washer, just a hose!!) Try to avoid getting water directly in the fan motor.

    Put the cover back on after it's all dry and turn power back on. You'd be amazed at how much dust & grit gets in there, impeding the efficiency of the unit. Make sure all the little aluminum fins are in good order. You can buy a little "comb" to straighten out any areas that have been smushed over.

    The inside coils up in the attic near your blower are harder, 'cause they're not meant to absorb abuse like the outdoor unit, and don't like being handled all that much. Mostly you can just vacuum them clean and use a soft brush to knock the dustbunnies loose.

    If you hear a sharp *pop* followed by a loud hissing and you begin to hallucinate dancing hippos and alligators, you've knocked the freon line loose. It'll pass.

    Check with Trane or whoever makes your unit. Most should have maintenance instructions.


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