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I have an Amerian Unis and it was installed in 2009, we have paid for repairs in 2010, 2011, 2012, & now in 2013 the informed us that the compressor is gone. Is all of American units bad I had a Rheem and never a problem for 10 years.

Post created: 2013-05-20 Type of Equipment: Air Conditioner Views: 182

I have owned our unit since 2009 and it has been repaired every year since then Now the compressor is gone, last year it was the condensor, the year before a leak was detectd and needed freaon. In 2010 we had to replease the condensor and it needed to be boosted in 2011.

On 2013-05-20 JB wrote:


I have never heard of this brand (Amerian Unis), but if you are having that much trouble with it then there is definitely something wrong. I kind of doubt it is merely a bad brand, but maybe just a bad unit. I would hope that it is still covered under warranty. I would take a close look at your warranty because they often require you to register your unit in order to get the full 10 year warranty. If you don't register it you only get five years.

It also could be that the unit is improperly sized to your home so that the compressor is working overtime just to keep your home cool. I am not sure, but this could also explain the other issues you were having with the freon.

If the unit is properly sized then there is a chance that it was improperly installed or installed in a way that does not accord with the manufacturer's recommendations. I hate to lean on blaming the HVAC tech, but it is a chance.

Lastly, since I have never heard of this brand and I can't find anything about them on the web it may just be a cheap brand. Did you buy it because it was inexpensive or you got a deal on the install?

And, Rheem is a good brand as well as Carrier and Bryant and Trane and others. In fact, we often tell people that when comparing each brand's equivalent models (high efficiency to lower efficiency) there is little difference. Where the real difference comes is the sizing and install.

To keep legal happy, let me just say that I am not an HVAC contractor, and you should never even look at your furnace without having a qualified, liability accepting HVAC contractor present.  To keep sales happy, let me just say that you can find an HVAC contractor that's happy to take your money here: http://www.furnacecompare.com/perl/find_contractors.pl.

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