Rudd began to blow air - Is it time to add the Freon?

coodyAugust 23, 2011

My house Rudd central air conditioner UAKA-024JA2 began to only blow but no cold air today. Yesterday it still blowed cold air. It was manufactured in February 2003 and has never been added Freon since it was installed.

Is it possible that it is the time to add the Freon or it is the leaking problem? If it is likely the Freon problem, is it easy to add it by oneself or had better to call the professional to add the Freon because of special tools and materials required? Thank you for your answer.

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heatseeker

no you can't add freon by yourself. you must have an epa license to buy and work with freon.save yourself time and money and call a company. Sometimes it dosn't pay to be cheap.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 8:48AM
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dadoes

Refrigerant does not need to be added as a matter of normal course. It does not wear out or get used up over time. A leak needs to be repaired properly, otherwise added refrigerant will leak out again.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 10:05AM
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heatseeker

What makes you think he's gonna get he leak fixed when he doesn't even want to pay for a tech to put in freon? The reality is small leaks are very hard and time consuming to find and even if you do find it it might be to difficult to fix. Also, if it blew cold yesterday and not today chances are there is another problem.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 11:25AM
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dadoes

I don't care if he fixes it or not. I was just making the point that some people are under the impression that Freon wears out or dissipates over time and more must be added as a normal "maintenance" procedure ... which is not the case. Kinda like the misinformation going around for years that the gas leaks out of plasma TVs and they must be refilled.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 4:56PM
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heatseeker

Good point all the more better to call a pro. that dude won't though he'll get one of his friends to do it for less muy less.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 8:54AM
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coody

Thanks for all replies. It is a bad capacitor problem. It is pretty easy to replace it by yourself. It may just cost part $15 and 20 minutes to replace it. The problem description is the central air conditioner suddenly stopped blowing out cool but only warm air. The outside unite fan does not spin but buzzes. Try to replace the capacitor and see whether it will work. If not, return the part and call the technician. You can save at least $100.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 11:11AM
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heatseeker

It's good to know that you were pretty close with the low freon guess. Don't be upset if your fan motor doesn't start up or your compressor for that matter.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 2:27PM
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