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Old 01-24-2016, 05:32 AM   #1
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Is a 76 Armstrong with a bad compressor worth repairing? I will buy a new one if not, but I hear horror stories about cutting and bracing and handling and condensation drip so I don't know which way is easier.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:14 AM   #2
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I love my old Armstrong, it is still running entering its 43rd year, and I have worked it HARD over the past few years.

I am one who says to try and fix it, but whatever you do please don't throw it away!

Replacing a compressor isn't a big deal, but finding someone to do it might be.

Are you sure it is the compressor and not a bad relay or capacitors?


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I'm pretty sure it's the compressor. It only cools about half what it used to before blowing a fan capacitor and running without a fan for ten minutes. A friend of mine works in HVAC and thinks he can work on it. If the Armstrong is worth fixing I would rather go that way.
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Yea, it sounds like it. There are lots of threads on here about fixing these units, this one is an example, although when I fix mine I wont go to the trouble of making it a heat pump..

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427...dor-76432.html


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If it is cooling at all the compressor is likely not the problem. The freon charge and oil are more likely.
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Imho, taken the events presented in mind, the compressor over pressured and/or overheated while running without the fan. Likely it still pumps, but not efficient enough to properly cool.

Sometimes the pump units fail or partially fail while the motor side can still work.


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J.MORGAN, That was my thinking, but I will make a thorough inspection to see if I can spot a leak. I know if it needs charging I'll have to have a valve installed. Whatever is wrong, I believe the unit is worth at least trying to fix. I know when it was properly working it sure cooled my trailer well, even in an Oklahoma summer in full sun.
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