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10 year old AC

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Kilowatt, Jul 1, 2004.

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  1. Kilowatt

    Kilowatt Guest

    My window unit quit one day. The next day it worked again. That night the
    motor started squeaking and the next morning the switch was still on but the
    motor wouldn't run.

    I have already bought a replacement ac unit but I was wondering if the old
    one would be good for anything?

    I am guessing that it would cost as much to repair as the new one cost.
     
  2. K Williams

    K Williams Guest

    Do you have a boat?
    I'm *sure* you're correct. I had someone look at my thru-the-wall
    unit ten years ago, and declared the compressor shot (it would
    freeze up and kick the breaker). He wanted about $500 to replace
    the compressor, while a new unit was about $700. Repairing such
    things *rarely* makes economic sense.

    ....of course ten years later the unit is still working. I just
    don't let the fan cycle, so it clears any condensation from the
    coils.
     
  3. K Williams

    K Williams Guest

    Quite likely. However, it's going to run until it drops. Given
    it's age (17-18 years; the age of the house) it will have R12
    refrigerant and thus it's not worth fixing. Every year it
    continues to run it is *saving* me money.
     
  4. AC/DCdude17

    AC/DCdude17 Guest


    A newer Energy Star unit is going to have a lower cost of ownership. A
    new window A/C is going to be more energy efficient than a decade old unit.
     
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