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Old 05-17-2006, 07:07 AM   #1
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Someone to fix my AC

Hello all,
I am looking for someone to fix the AC on my 63 Globetrotter. It is an Armstrong unit and worked until a year or so ago. It is in good shape although I think it will need a new compressor. I do not want to modernize it and I will travel to someone who is capable of fixing it.
Thanks Phil 305 467-7131 Miami, Florida

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Old 05-17-2006, 08:16 AM   #2
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Hi Phil, and welcome to the forums!

While I work on the newer A/C units, I have never done anything to an Armstrong. As I understand it, Their set up is very similar to a regular home unit with process valves to add refrigerant if necessary. You never do this to newer units.

Anyway, Be prepared for spending a few bucks because this is what you are in for: evacuating all of the refrigerant (Freon) from the unit. removing the compressor and replacing with a new (rebuilt) one if you can find one. This must be properly soldered in place. Purging the unit with nitrogen to clean out any remaining contaminants, then vacuuming out the nitrogen, then charging the system with new Freon.

This is a VERY time consuming process and will probably involve the better part of a day. I wish I could tell you where to look for a repair. You might try a regular A/C shop as a start. I totally understand your desire to keep it original and perhaps a search on the Forum will provide more useful information.

Good Luck!

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Old 05-17-2006, 08:41 AM   #3
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I looked up compressors for mine and they were $300 or so. I opted for a new one.

A note. Though you want your AC to be original, I don't think that AS sold their coaches with AC installed. Yours is almost certainly an aftermarket add on.

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