Air Conditioning or Heat-pump
service and repair question fill out form
by G&S Mechanical:
With emphasis on repair not replacement
Fill in your Air-conditioning or heat pump questions
and we will answer as soon as possible.
I offer this as a public service because so many of you get ripped off each year by companies that will only replace equipment and not repair it, usually because they can get a much larger profit margin from "selling boxes with brand names" (see company page), not because it cost them less to change equipment than to repair it, but because most people are willing to pay a lot of money for a piece of equipment that is new and doesn't work than to have an older piece of equipment made to work better.
I also want to share all my knowledge since this information seems to be top-secret if you ask anyone else in the trade. If you are going to do the work yourself I want to see you be successful and I will not encourage you to do anything that is dangerous. The following form is geared towards air conditioning and heat pump problems.
For General Heating or Furnace Questions Please use our Heating Fill out Form
For oil burner questions use this form. For Gas burner repair questions use this form.
However I believe that just because I am honest doesn't mean I should work for free. I do need to make a living and pay bills so I can either be taking service calls or answering your questions. So if you make use of this service and can make a donation it will help keep me keep things operational. If you cannot make a donation I understand, I know what it is like to be in that position. Please take note that I have more time to talk on the phone than to answer e-mail, so don't hesitate to call.
If your indoor section is forming ice or freezes (in the cooling mode) please read this page.
If your outdoor section freezes up in the (heating mode) please read this page, before filling out form. Please read those links before asking the question, it will most likely be answered in the links.
If you have water leaking problems please read this page before filling out form. Inquiries about water leaks without a history of remediation will be deleted. In other words don't send a question that says" my unit is forming ice or it is leaking or no cold air is coming out" without a history of what you have done to correct or investigate the problem. In other words help me out. If I had a dime for every e-mail I get with the phrase "and it is blowing cold air" (in the winter) or "and it is blowing hot air" in the summer, I could retire.
I do not have wiring diagrams, you should not need a wiring diagram to trouble-shoot most problems. The knowledge required to do an electrical repair safely and correctly and is way above and beyond the information provided by a diagram. This means that if you need to look at a diagram then you most likely won't be able to do the repair anyway.
With that said I love to talk shop. I get a lot of cooling questions from these areas and cities:
Florida, Including Miami and the other coastal cities. Houston Texas and the neighboring city Katy. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta Georgia (you folks seem to have the worst mechanics in the world), Nashville Tn, Arizona, Huntsville, and Mobile Al, St. Louis Missouri, rural parts of Ohio, my local area known as "Northern Virginia" (you poor folks have it almost as bad as Atlanta). Strange enough I have only gotten 3 calls to date from New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, maybe someone is trying to tell us something. I may move this paragraph to another page. I should start a search for the "worst serviced city in the country". Or "nominate your city as crapsville USA" when it comes to repairs. I am also getting reports that if you live in a very "well to do" area you are more likely to get ripped off than if you live in a poor area.
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To solve problems with the compressor not starting read about a hard start kit on this page and a motor run capacitor on this page which is also used on fan motors.
Visit the Heat Pump Repair page and read about a two stage 5 ton system in a large house that keeps the electric bills under $100 in the winter.
Please DO NOT replace your thermostat as a diagnostic! You will only add more problems to the list, diagnose the control circuits instead or add test lamps like shown below.
Your questions will help me improve the other pages on this site.
Thank you Scott Meenen n3sjh.
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Please check out my weekly internet radio program on Saturdays
from 4-6pm Eastern Time.
Please click here to learn more and feel free to listen and join in.