Home Owners Beware…

Home Owners Beware ! If you purchased a Goodman or Amana AC system from 2007 to 2013 there is a good chance you’ve had a Freon or Puron leak. According to Classaction.org there is an open lawsuit against Goodman Manufacturing Co. due to these systems being sold with defective evaporator coils. Although you may have received a so called “10 Year Limited Warranty” that will only cover the cost of the evaporator coil itself not the labor or the refrigerant recovery, disposal, and recharge.

Goodman System

Whats The Problem ?

The evaporator coils in certain Goodman air conditioners are allegedly too thin, and can corrode or crack, causing refrigerant to leak. Goodman changed to an all aluminum coil as opposed to the copper and galvanized metal coils amidst all the issues but the evaporator coils still continued to leak refrigerant causing multiple other issues such as compressor failure, flooding, and more.

Goodman Evaporator Coil With Leak

What Problems Are Being Caused by the Defective Evaporator Coils?

 Goodman and Amana brand air conditioners, air handlers, and heat pumps are designed to provide both heating and cooling. In air conditioners, the evaporator coil is composed of piping connected to the unit and is usually made of galvanized metal and then filled with refrigerant. The refrigerant works to cool the air when the unit is working properly. According to the class action lawsuit, the evaporator coil in Goodman and Amana air conditioners is defectively designed and can crack and leak refrigerant, impacting the effectiveness of the unit or rendering it entirely inoperable. If the unit is working inefficiently, consumers’ electricity bills may increase as the air conditioner will require more power to adequately cool the air. If leakage of the refrigerant from the evaporator coil leaves a unit completely ineffective, consumers may be forced to pay a repairman or technician to diagnose and address the problem.

According to Classaction.org accusations in the class action lawsuit filed against Goodman Manufacturing include:

Goodman breached its warranty by failing to provide a product free of defects

The defects were not discoverable upon reasonable inspection

Goodman failed to adequately address the defect despite being notified in a timely manner

Goodman misrepresented the quality of its air conditioners and heat pumps

Goodman engaged in deceptive business practices by selling products they knew to be defective, failing to notify consumers of defects, and failing to repair defective products

Customers suffered financial damages because they purchased Goodman products

Ways To Prevent Your Coils From Leaking

fixityourselfac.com/preventing-a-freon-leak

fixityourselfac.com/uv-systems

For More Info On This Class Action Lawsuit

https://www.classaction.org/goodman-amana-lawsuit

 

 

What Temperature Should Set My Thermostat To?

What temperature should I keep my thermostat set on ? This is a question I’ve been asked on a daily basis for numerous years. If your’re wondering as well your’re probably not going to be very happy with my answer.

Keep Your Thermostat Set At whatever You Want !

I’ve come across homeowners that keep their thermostat set anywhere between 68-82 degrees. The 2 biggest factors that should determine  what your temperature setting is include your comfort level and what your are willing to pay for your electric bill. The bottom line is the lower you set your temperature the higher your electric bill will be.

I myself keep my Nest Thermostat on a schedule to ensure maximum efficiency. You must have a programmable thermostat for the scheduling feature. A programmable schedule  allows you to have your AC system set at different temperatures at different times of the day.

My Thermostat Schedule

The reasoning behind having a schedule is to not cool or heat the house when it isn’t necessary. As you can see i set my temperature up during my working hours because my wife and I wont be home. It then gradually lowers the temperature throughout the evening when those desired temperatures are easier to achieve without a spike in the electric bill .

Programmable thermostats I Recommend 

For Beginners

Honeywell Pro6000

Easy installation guide included 

WiFi Capable

For Seasoned DIYers

Nest Learning Thermostat

*  I Personally Use This Thermostat

Video Installation Link Included

WiFi Capable  

 

Window Vs. Portable AC

fix it yourself ac

Do you have that one room or bedroom in your home that just doesn’t seem to cool or heat? Or is your AC system just not able to keep up in the hot summer months? Perhaps you just want to add air conditioning to you patio, sun room, man cave, or workshop/garage?

I can show you two ways to remedy those issues without having to hire a contractor or spend thousands of dollars like your HVAC repair man has told you to.

Window AC Units

Window AC units often get a bad name because they run the electric bill up or they are ghetto or ugly. All that stuff is a thing of the past believe me. The new window units are far more efficient and have sleek and slim designs now and during operation are almost silent.

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Don’t I need a professional to install it ?

No, Window units come with EZ install kits so you can install them in just about any window or opening.

Window unit PRO’s

My Recommendation

GE has stood the test of time by manufacturing high quality and long lasting products. Time and time again i find myself servicing GE window AC or central AC units that are 25+ years old and still running. Frigidaire is also a brand that has been around forever that makes high quality products.

      

  • 14,000 BTU, 11.8 CEER, 115 Volts
  • Electronic digital thermostat with remote
  • 3 cooling / 3 fan speeds
  • ENERGY STAR(R) qualified
  • EZ Mount window kit with slide-out chassis
  • Cools 300 sq ft

Portable AC Units

Portable AC units are great for this obvious reason, THEY’RE PORTABLE ! So when you have extra company coming to your home and don’t want to strain your air conditioner and cause a breakdown these are for you. The AC company I work for loans these units to customers if we cant get their AC running right away due to parts not being available or during a new installation so they have a bit of relief during that process. These units stand on the floor and will freeze you out of any room up to 650 sq ft. All you will need to do is plug in and run the attached vent out a window or door.

Example

My Recommendations

Honeywell is a mainstay in the HVAC world in fact if you look at your thermostat it is probably a Honeywell thermostat. What i like about their portable AC units is the design. The design has a futuristic look goes great in modern homes. Honeywell also produces their unit in white if the black and silver model is too much for you . The two models i recommend are currently on sale 20% OFF

  • 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner with 13,000 BTU built-in heat pump
  • No bucket No drain design cools areas up to 650 sq. ft. and dehumidifies up to 79.2 pints per day
  • Digital LED display, precise feater-touch controls and full-function remote control
  • 3 speeds and automatic on/off timer from 1-24 hours
  • Powerful air flow and quiet operation (55 dbA)

         

 

 

 

 

HVAC Diaries

AC Unit Power Rankings

Being in the field servicing commercial and residential AC units I know which brands are Reliable and which ones are Junk. Below I am going to list the top five brands from best to worst with pros and cons for each.

  1. Carrier/Bryant- Pros: Quiet, parts are the most readily available, easy  to service , great price point

    Cons: Blower motors tend to go out under warranty period… not many cons for these machines

  2. Trane/American Standard- Pros: Tried and true, compressors never die, very efficient air conditioning and heating systems, some of the most sleek designs

    Cons: Very high price point for equipment and replacement parts,

  3. Rheem/Ruud- Pros: All around good machines, smaller equipment to fit in tight attics or closets, good price point

    Cons: Not as easy to service as others, not as quiet as the two listed above

  4. York- Pros: Very stylistic in design, compressor comes stock with sound blanket, very efficient units available

    Cons: High price point, coils tend to rust out and leak during warranty period

  5. Goodman/Amana:  Pros: Lifetime compressor warranty,

    Cons: class action lawsuit open for faulty evaporator coils, very loud condensing unit, air handlers are the largest out of all brands

 

JUNK: Lennox, Tempstar, Nordyne, Heil, Payne, Coleman, Maytag,