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It is 101 outside and the AC has stopped cooling. The coils totally froze up. It was making a funny noise a few months ago, like it was having trouble getting started, so I had the only guy in the county come out and check it out. Of course he couldn't get it to make that noise and found nothing wrong with it, but did a full service as it needed it. Well today it started feeling warm in the house and when I checked it was already 85 inside. Last time I checked it was 90 inside and with a breeze outside we are now sitting at the picnic table eating watermelon. I called the A man, only one for miles around, but he has not returned my call. Here it is Saturday evening in a heat wave with no AC. Anyone know how to fix an AC that is freezing up?
 

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I'm not an ac guy (or gal rather) so I can't give you any advice, but I can give you luck that he will call back soon. And that it gets fixed soon! You must be frying!
 

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Is it a window unit or a central unit?
My central unit went out at the end of last summer, I made it all winter with an infrared heater and two oil filled heaters, and so far all summer with two window units.
If you can afford to get a small window unit and cool one small room until you get it fixed I would do that.
That is about my best advice. Sorry I am not more helpful, but I am not mechanical.
Good luck!
 

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If the coils froze up, run it in the blower only mode for a few hours and it will thaw out. Let it thaw naturally though, don't try and speed the process by using water or heat or you can damage the unit. Mine freezes up about 2 times a year down here in Florida....
 

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AC guy finally called-he is out of town but will be here Monday morning. We figured out the fan is not moving. So we have opened all the windows on the east side of the house and turned the fans on. We have central AC/heat. The nearest town that has a Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. is an hour away. All the stores in the town nearest me, except the tiny grocery store close at noon on Saturday and no one would carry a window AC. We are just going to have to suffer tell Monday and hope he can fix it then. Might be the motor and if that is gone, who knows how long it will take him to fix it.
 

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I am an HVAC installer but sounds like in a day it should be fixed. Not a terrible spendy fix. Cost on the new motor will be around 100.00 and maybe an hour and a half for labor so, a reasonable charge of $250.00. The biggest thing to remember if anything like this happens again for you or anyone reading this, turn the thermostat from cool to off. Continuing to run a HVAC system when something has failed often times causes other major components to fail. Resulting in much higher repair costs. In your case you didnt know but when the fan motor stops on the out door unit, no air passes through the heat exchanger (radiator looking sides of the unit). This in turn keeps pushing hotter and hotter refrigerant through the compressor (black rounded pill shaped thing inside the out door unit.) Which in turn can cause that to fail and then you are looking at a $750.00 OR a whole new system to the tune of 2-5 grand.

Its ok to turn the fan setting on your thermostat from auto to on though. This will circulate the air and give a 5 degree cooling effect usually.
 

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Thankfully I very rural, no problem opening all the windows of the house, as I have no fear of anyone trying to sneak in through a window. Hey, the FedEx guy has trouble finding me. Got every ceiling fan in the house on too. It has cooled down to 85 outside so it isn't that bad right now. But there are no trees around the house so it gets hot during the middle of the day.
 

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Will, Ozzy just left and it turns out a relay switch popped. He got the AC back on but is going to have to order a new one. No idea how long that will take. No one orders anything overnight shipping here because it takes UPS 4 days to deliver overnight. So it could be a week or two before Ozzy has the part and come fix the AC for good. Least my ranch partner knows what to do if the AC stops working again. Got up to 93 in the house yesterday so we have been a bit sweaty.

TDG-Farms---I live a good 15 miles from town, out in the middle of nowhere. So there is always a travel charge added to my bill. I am shopping for some dairy goats right now and between a vet bill last week (goat cut her leg and cats needed rabies shots) and the AC breaking, my bank account is wondering if I can really afford to buy some goats.
 
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