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Old 09-09-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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For some reason HVAC has been one of those things that DIY'ers don't dabble in and consumers get taken left and right by those in the business. The systems themselves are incredibly simple.
Exactly. But they can also be dangerous for DIY'ers that really don't know what they're doing and unknowingly put themselves and/or their families at risk with making improper repairs or faulty installations.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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Exactly. But they can also be dangerous for DIY'ers that really don't know what they're doing and unknowingly put themselves and/or their families at risk with making improper repairs or faulty installations.
Of course. So can working on anything electrical, or plumbing, etc.

Yet you can go to Home Depot and buy romex, breakers, outlets etc.

You can't go to Johnstone and purchase anything without working for an established business. They do not sell to the public, no HVAC supply house will. They do everything they can to protect the trade.

It's actually required to have a licensed company replace your AC in Raleigh. Unlike other home repairs/upgrades, the permit has to be pulled by a company. Homeowners are allowed to repair minor components however.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It's actually required to have a licensed company replace your AC in Raleigh. Unlike other home repairs/upgrades, the permit has to be pulled by a company. Homeowners are allowed to repair minor components however.
Interesting. The NCBEEC allows home owners to do their own wiring (subject to inspection).
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:13 AM
 
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Hi!!
If you make your mind to buy new one as well then its good, but the repair of the old one is not so complicated too.
Thank you..
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:07 PM
 
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Default replace the coil

I work in hvac, and have replaced a bunch of lennox coils , they must have had a bad bunch, that would be the fastest and cheapest way to go. Make sure the leak is actually in the coil and not in the line set where they braised it. A good service man/woman can tell if the coil is leaking. Have the others checked to.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Default Replace the coil

I am a house flipper and have to deal with bad HVAC's all the time. Try the warranty route first, of course. Since your unit is not old, the coil should still be available and therefore much cheaper than a new unit. Even in older units, it will be much cheaper. I have a house in Cary in which the coil went bad. Carrier no longer stocked the part, but the could make it for me. Cost with installation was around $2k (not cheap, but better than $5-6K for a new one). 5 years later that unit is still working like a champ.Also, you will not have to deal with permits like you would on a new install.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:00 AM
 
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According to me, it would be better to replace or repair evaporator coils rather than replacing your whole unit.
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:28 AM
 
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Fix it! My HVAC guy does not believe in replacing whole systems. My a Trane is 20 yrs old and going strong. He replaced several failed parts within the first few years with better quality, cheaper, aftermarket parts. It's been going strong since. I just have the coils cleaned once a year. I would rather spend my money on something more fun. Getting a new furnace is like getting new underwear for Christmas.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:23 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Gearcrasher

I like the way you put things together for this story, ain't nobody want to spend the money on underwear!

Your HVAC Tech is the kind of guy I'm looking to keep systems running. How can I get in touch with him? or what's the name of his business?

KG
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:50 PM
 
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Gearcrasher

I like the way you put things together for this story, ain't nobody want to spend the money on underwear!

Your HVAC Tech is the kind of guy I'm looking to keep systems running. How can I get in touch with him? or what's the name of his business?

KG
It's called All American. I'm out of town now but you can Google them.
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