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    Help - My Air Conditioner Won't Keep Up

    We just moved into a condo last month, and haven't had too many warm days till this weekend. Well, the air conditioner runs all day long and the temperature just goes up. The air blowing out of the registers is cold, but doesn't seem to be blowing very hard. Details below...

    - Townhouse condo with shared walls on both sides of the house.
    - Built in 2002, HVAC is original (I think)
    - Plenty of insulation in walls and attic
    - 1600 sq ft condo. 400 in basement, 800 on main floor, 400 in 3rd floor loft.
    - Big 10' X 10' window on west wall of house.
    - Air ducts were cleaned in April before I moved in.
    - New air filter
    - Condenser coils were very dirty when I moved in. Cleaned them off with water from a hose right away.
    - I tried to help the condenser out several times by spraying cold water on the coils. Didn't seem to help.
    - Thermostat set at 74 degrees. Inside temp was 75 at noon, then 80 at 6:00 pm.

    I think that covers everything I can think of. I will be replacing the furnace and A/C unit in the next couple years anyway since the furnace is 80% and I'm not sure the A/C is big enough. I think they just used whatever was cheap at the time that they built these condos.





    PICTURE OF THE TAG ON THE COMPRESSOR





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    OK...Ö..

    1st it is at the tail end of its designed duty cycle.
    2nd....running dirty like that just kills the valves in the compressor.
    3rd....R-22 unit. Not good my friend. It might be down on charge just enough to loose capacity. Then again it could be just tired and hurt from the dirty condenser.
    4th...Living in that cubby hole is not conducive to a long life.
    Hard to say past that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by churchmouse View Post
    OK...Ö..

    1st it is at the tail end of its designed duty cycle.
    2nd....running dirty like that just kills the valves in the compressor.
    3rd....R-22 unit. Not good my friend. It might be down on charge just enough to loose capacity. Then again it could be just tired and hurt from the dirty condenser.
    4th...Living in that cubby hole is not conducive to a long life.
    Hard to say past that.
    Ya, all things that I had considered. I knew this all going into purchasing the house, which is why I already planned to replace the HVAC in the next couple years. Looks like I may be replacing it sooner than I thought.

    Thanks for the confirmation though.
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    Well, at least you can correct your problem. Mine won't keep up either and it's due to having these beautiful 13' wood vaulted ceilings with 2" of foam board between the wood and the shingles.

    I was surprised that today it only fell behind 2 degrees and only for a couple hours. Once we get into the really hot weather, it is toasty in my home.

    That said, I guess I could correct it if I threw enough money at it.
    Anything is possible

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    Wow CM what about a GE unit from 1982 that still freezes us out?

    I assume itís decades past Itís duty cycle?
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    We have a Carrier from the late 80's that still gets the job done. Our local HVAC tech is amazed that it's still running as well as it is. Never had to replace anything other than a new thermostat since we had it installed shortly after we moved here.

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    Find a 10K Btu window shaker and put it in the loft.

    I agree with CM, that condenser is starving for air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad69 View Post
    Wow CM what about a GE unit from 1982 that still freezes us out?

    I assume itís decades past Itís duty cycle?
    GE made a solid unit. That all went to hell when Trane bought the design and GE stopped.

    I was certified to work on the GE heat pumps of the day.....
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    Consider a dirty evaporator coil. You'll have to trap the freon in the compressor in order to take it out and clean it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KG1 View Post
    We have a Carrier from the late 80's that still gets the job done. Our local HVAC tech is amazed that it's still running as well as it is. Never had to replace anything other than a new thermostat since we had it installed shortly after we moved here.
    And they sure dont make them like they used to. We just replaced 2 heat pumps from the early 80s at church. Both cooling and heating fine. One we replaced because it lost a relay and fan wouldnt shut off. OEM/equivalent was $500. And it was Freon, so about to hit the "you cant refill that anymore" mark due to EPA. So we replaced that one. Got a deal we couldnt refuse to replace the other equally old unit at the same time.

    Now its cool and our electric bill is a fraction of what it used to be.

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    Consider a dirty evaporator coil. You'll have to trap the freon in the compressor in order to take it out and clean it.

    or I've had good luck with these products and careful cleaning.

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    Outside
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Web-19-o...IL19/301847065

    It cant hurt.

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