Anyone got a A/C repairman/service guy that is trustworthy?

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Submitted by Coronita on September 22, 2015 - 8:46am

One of my tenants is complaining that the central A/C is broken. Do any of you have an A/C guy that they can recommend that you know isn't going to try to pull a fast one?

Submitted by ltsddd on September 22, 2015 - 9:05am.

I recommend do a little due diligence first to determine what's broken. "Broken" could very well mean a $10 fuse is blown.

Submitted by Coronita on September 22, 2015 - 9:20am.

ltsdd wrote:
I recommend do a little due diligence first to determine what's broken. "Broken" could very well mean a $10 fuse is blown.

Except the unit is on the roof and I don't want to climb on it to see.

Submitted by ltsddd on September 22, 2015 - 9:33am.

Ask the tenants if the AC "runs" when it's turned on. If the AC does run but there's no cold air then it's very possible that it's a blown fuse.

Submitted by harvey on September 22, 2015 - 9:49am.

Betcha it's the motor start capacitor.

It's that time of the year.

$20 bucks or so on eBay or order from Home Depot.

Just don't electrocute yourself.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on September 22, 2015 - 1:37pm.

harvey wrote:
Betcha it's the motor start capacitor.

It's that time of the year.

$20 bucks or so on eBay or order from Home Depot.

Just don't electrocute yourself.

Yeah, sounds about right. I once bought one from a distributor in Santee for about $20 because I needed it the same day (one of the few distributors who sell retail). Otherwise, ship to store from Home Depot.

You're supposed to discharge the capacitor before replacing it. An engineer should be able to do this, no problem.

Submitted by Rich Toscano on September 22, 2015 - 2:53pm.

Rich Toscano wrote:
This guy installed my AC and he did a great job:

John Hurn
HURN Mechanical
P: 619.312.1924
E: John@HurnMechanical.com

(copied from another thread)

Submitted by Coronita on September 22, 2015 - 3:16pm.

Yes I understand it could be as simple as a blown capacitor. But again, this ac unit is installed on the roof of a two story building, and not on the ground. So its unlikely the capacitor is located inside the rental unit. And I don't feel like climbing a roof. Don't even know if I am allowed to.

Submitted by spdrun on September 22, 2015 - 3:20pm.

Rules are meant to be broken, as long as you don't get caught :)

Submitted by equalizer on September 24, 2015 - 4:42pm.

Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning

This is mostly for North County

I had a broken fan during Aug heat wave on a Trane unit that was only a few years old. Most companies wanted to arrange for a visit 1-2 weeks later for inspection. Thompson HVAC took my information and ordered parts over phone. It took several weeks for parts order but they came and installed when we were not at home. We came home to nice cool A/C unit and sent payment in mail.

http://www.thacc.net/

760-842-7630

Submitted by svelte on September 26, 2015 - 8:50am.

equalizer wrote:
Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning

This is mostly for North County

I had a broken fan during Aug heat wave on a Trane unit that was only a few years old. Most companies wanted to arrange for a visit 1-2 weeks later for inspection. Thompson HVAC took my information and ordered parts over phone. It took several weeks for parts order but they came and installed when we were not at home. We came home to nice cool A/C unit and sent payment in mail.

http://www.thacc.net/

760-842-7630

Thanks for the tip, eq. Our units are getting older and will be needing attention soon. Now I know who to call. :-)

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