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Old 10-29-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
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does anyone know if it would cost more to fix the old ac or just get a new one as it blows but wont engage and the compressor needs replacing

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Old 10-29-2008, 01:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum;
I just went through this with our 98 model. It was a dometic A/C and all it would do was blow warm air. We took it to the A/S service shop in Albuquerque in Sept. this year, and it was a unit that had no way to recharge it. There was some evidence of oil leakage and they suggested that it be replaced. They also said these units are basically built as a throw away unit. Another option we had was to take it to an A/C shop and have them fix it with ports in the copper lines that it could be recharged, try to charge it and see where the leaks were. Overall it sounded a little pricy to us. We had them replace it with a new Dometic unit comparable to ours. We had to buy a new thermostat because the new A/C has a 5 button thermostat and the original one in the trailer was a 4 button. Total cost was $1,500. In Plano you should be fairly close to some A/S or good RV shops that could get you fixed up.
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:16 PM   #3
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Greetings Roguebrun!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!

If your coach still has its original air conditioner, it may be worth repairing. Your coach, I believe, was built prior to the discontinuance of the Armstrong Bay Breeze Air Conditioner. Armstrong air conditioners were heavy duty units that utilized industrial quality components and are definitely repairable in the hands of a qualified service technician. I just wish that I had known more about the quality of the Armstrong units before I allowed my original 1964 Bay Breeze to be removed from my coach.

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Old 10-29-2008, 02:21 PM   #4
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Might be worth checking out the old one. Mine has a bad starting capaciter which prevents the compresser from starting. I am going to replace that first.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #5
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IF the compressor is bad, it would be more economical to replace the entire unit. Almost anything else but the compressor would still probably be worth repair.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:13 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by roguebrun View Post
does anyone know if it would cost more to fix the old ac or just get a new one as it blows but wont engage and the compressor needs replacing
In my humble travels, I've gone both ways: repair & replace. Replace has
been the smart move, not that they are making them any better, but parts
are available.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:09 PM   #7
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I live in Plano. Would you like a 2nd opinion? I was told that I would have to replace mine, but it turned out to be $50 in parts to revive it.


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