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Old 07-29-2019, 03:36 PM   #121
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what do you want them to do in a maintenance? Most PM stuff is just a scam by contractors.
That's what I'm wondering. Is there an actual "maintenance" process, or are they basically just coming by and not really doing anything unless you're complaining about it not getting cold?

He was really pitching how maintenance isn't expensive and only once a year so I should go through him and not DIY. Based on my previous encounters with this guy, I'm thinking I probably DEFINITELY want to DIY.
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there is really nothing a contractor can do in an inspection that will make the unit last longer for perform better, that you can not do yourself at home.
The most important things are to change your filters regularly so they do not get plugged up. Two things can happen if they do, one, they can restrict airflow and cause your unit to ice up... several types of damage can be a result of that...two, they can get sucked to one side and allow dirt to pass and get your coil dirty.
the other most important thing is to keep your condenser coil clean... you don't need to use any chemical to do this (if you clean it regularly) you just need to rinse it with water from the hose in the yard, you do not need high pressure...
anything else they do is really just for show...you do not really need a set of guages to check the charge... if you want just check the temperature drop across the evap coil, it that is good, the charge is good. There are a few steps that should be taken every 5 years or so that are more detailed, but if your contractor is not asking for a lot more than what I see advertised, he is not doing that anyway.

remember that inspection fee does not cover any repairs, and I promise you that if the inspection fee is low, he is going to find some repair that he says is absolutely necessary.
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there is really nothing a contractor can do in an inspection that will make the unit last longer for perform better, that you can not do yourself at home.
The most important things are to change your filters regularly so they do not get plugged up. Two things can happen if they do, one, they can restrict airflow and cause your unit to ice up... several types of damage can be a result of that...two, they can get sucked to one side and allow dirt to pass and get your coil dirty.
the other most important thing is to keep your condenser coil clean... you don't need to use any chemical to do this (if you clean it regularly) you just need to rinse it with water from the hose in the yard, you do not need high pressure...
anything else they do is really just for show...you do not really need a set of guages to check the charge... if you want just check the temperature drop across the evap coil, it that is good, the charge is good. There are a few steps that should be taken every 5 years or so that are more detailed, but if your contractor is not asking for a lot more than what I see advertised, he is not doing that anyway.

remember that inspection fee does not cover any repairs, and I promise you that if the inspection fee is low, he is going to find some repair that he says is absolutely necessary.
Thanx Breaux I can definitely handle that myself. I used to buy the spray can of coil spray and then use a pesticide sprayer to wash it off with water. When I first moved in it was real bad so I got a dog brush and brushed it.
How often should I inspect/clean it with just the pesticide sprayer and water in order to not have to resort to more harsh cleaning methods?

Other than that I think I'm going to find the hidden vent thats covered with drywall downstairs, open that up, then hopefully call it a day. My only fear is that they may have damaged/removed some of the duct work leading back to the unit before they covered the vent up.
I have an inspection camera coming in the mail today. Hopefully that combined with my metal sensing stud finder will allow me to be able to find the vent and cut it out with minimal damage to the ceiling.
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^okay I just realized that I was talking about the evaporator coil inside that I use the sprayer on. I've never really messed with the outside coil. So just spray it down inside and out with a hose every month or two?
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The condenser coil is rinsed with low pressure water from the inside of the unit to the outside. Turn off the breakers, don't be the guy that is elbows deep in there and the fan comes on.
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The condenser coil is rinsed with low pressure water from the inside of the unit to the outside. Turn off the breakers, don't be the guy that is elbows deep in there and the fan comes on.
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So the AC is running pretty perfect. It gets hot in the area near the single huge return vent by the closet, I assume because the negative pressure in that area is so great that it sucks all the cold air out from the area immediately...which is fine, because no one really hangs out in that area of the house. The other areas are COLD, which is great. I assume because they only get supply air and no return.

TLDR I am worried that if I open up the old return downstairs, it might not get as cold in that area of the house, like I prefer.

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typically your whole house will be at a slightly negative pressure compared to outside unless you have a fresh air intake tied in... few residential systems have that...
one area of the house being colder than another area is all about air balance...
all of your house has return air to some degree...
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So that contractor I had used was referred by a co-worker. Apparently they live in the same neighborhood.
Co-worker said the AC guy stopped by his house last night about how he only netted 60 dollars on my install job There's no way
Has to just be bad management or something
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the way you described how he ran the job speaks of a great lack of planning and organization...his style of operation is way to amateurish to be referred to as management.
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the way you described how he ran the job speaks of a great lack of planning and organization...his style of operation is way to amateurish to be referred to as management.
It did take them like 10-12 hours and I always read it takes about 4 hours
I think the problem may have been that he didn't make sure the unit would fit into the space(both inside and outside) and those issues caused a lot of extra labor.
After some more digging, I guess he was going to give my co-worker a referral fee and then re-negged, because I was "cheap and hard to work with".

It's not my fault he didn't measure the space before he bought the equipment...twice
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I hope you don't need to make a warranty claim.
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