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Old 08-26-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Armstrong AC Compressor

Does anyone know where to obtain a new or rebuilt compressor for my Armstrong ac?
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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Look in your Yellow Pages under "air conditioning parts and supplies".

Be warned that one challenge is finding a technician who will work on an RV air conditioner.

The other is challenge will be paying for the work - Armstrongs use R-22 refrigerant which, since it is no longer legally manufactured, has skyrocketed in cost (it is still legal to sell it).

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Most commercial refrigeration services can obtain and install replacement compressors, and can provide refrigerant. Some may be unwilling or uninterested in working on an RV. Persistence.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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Most commercial refrigeration services can obtain and install replacement compressors, and can provide refrigerant. Some may be unwilling or uninterested in working on an RV. Persistence.


Other than "Persistence", I think I said the same thing in a more folksy manner.

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Commercial refrigeration contractors are not the same as air conditioning contractors.
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You are right -they generally abhor dealing with non-commercial people.

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:14 PM   #7
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It depends. Persistence. All you need is one that will.

Some air conditioning contractors may be able to fix an Armstrong but in general they don't do many compressor replacements. Usually the outdoor unit is replaced as an assembly.

Commercial refrigeration contractors do compressor replacements every day.

Try both, perhaps.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:32 PM   #8
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It depends. Persistence. All you need is one that will...
Patience is not my strong suit.

You can always study-up & buy your own tools for A/C service.

I'd own a silver-soldering rig by now if my buddy Kenny was not in the picture:

Adventures of a Curious Fellow: One A/C Repair After Another

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You can always study-up & buy your own tools for A/C service.
Finally went this route. Suburban is getting a new rear evaporator today.
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Look in your Yellow Pages under "air conditioning parts and supplies".

Be warned that one challenge is finding a technician who will work on an RV air conditioner.

The other is challenge will be paying for the work - Armstrongs use R-22 refrigerant which, since it is no longer legally manufactured, has skyrocketed in cost (it is still legal to sell it).

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Legally R-22 can be produced until 2020 (see January 1, 2020 under "Phaseout Schedule"), but NEW systems were prohibited from using R-22 after 1 Jan 2010 and have to use reclaimed/recycled refrigerant. I'm sure that prohibition reduced the number of facilities producing R-22 and is part of driving up the price. I suspect part of it is also inventory manipulation by those who are still supplying it.
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Legally R-22 can be produced until 2020 (see January 1, 2020 under "Phaseout Schedule"), but ...
I sit corrected - Thanks for the info.

Regardless, the stuff is still really expensive! Although it is unusually important to keep my Bay Breeze blowing cold air, I worry about the future cost of keeping that part of my Overlander original.

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I just had my A/C unit serviced and 24oz of R-22 was $45.

Look around for a local Mom and Pop heating and air, give them a call and explain in detail what you have and what you want done, and then see how they react. That is how I got my unit serviced. Don't bother with anyone that has a big ad in the yellow pages or is part of a chain.

I had the cover off the unit, and a ladder and boards on the roof all ready for them, and they really appreciated that, because they where not used to working on Airstream roofs.

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Has anyone ever made an aluminum cover for their Armstrong ac? Also our unit has been working good it's 40+ years old now. any tips on keeping it that way?
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When changing compressors with new or rebuilt why can you not use new style refrigerant as they do this with cars all the time when changing on older cars with r22 and purging systems? My son has done many times.
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