Saturday, November 25, 2017

Just Chillin'

A couple months ago our air conditioner showed signs of distress and wasn't keeping up with our 100 degree+ weather. We called our son-in-law's cousin to check it out. He was able to get it working temporarily while we got a new unit on order.

Josh, and his helper, Josh showed up with a trailer load of new gear.

They started at both ends of the system - removing the old air handler & furnace combination and the really strange angled return air duct.

The pile in the front yard grew taller. It took ALL day for the two of them,

but by later afternoon the compressor was in place and the system was charged with freon. This unit uses a current version of freon which is supposedly safer for the environment.

By 7 p.m. or so they had the new furnace and air conditioning coil in place as well as new transition ducting. This return air box includes a filter at knee level instead of filters at 'top of the ladder' level like the old system. The supply duct is insulated like the old one should have been.

We selected the Goodman system because it is built in the US and is very basic in nature, making maintenance calls much easier. We should be good to go for years to come.


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We gave thanks for having a new air conditioner as we enjoyed a 90 degree day.


  1. I had a Goodman compressor and air handler installed at my cottage about 15 years ago, still working great. However, during the last maintenance call the AC guy said my unit was "old" and should start thinking about a replacement!!! I thought these units weren't considered old until they had 25 years on them.

  2. The last time I had my old AC unit serviced, the AC guy said "I installed this unit when I was young and now I am old, Steve it's time to get a new unit". He is probably right. John your set up looks fantastic and a very efficient job by the two men that took out the old and installed the new.

    1. I was really pleased with their worksmanship and their reasoning behind their recommendations. He expressly recommended the Goodman because it's basic and easy to service over a high SEER unit that saves you costs on electrical so that you can spend it on service and parts.