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C-PRIME needs a new air conditioner badly...

Let me put it this way, my current air conditioner sucks!  Up until last year it had been working pretty well, but then when the mercury hit 101 degrees last June that's when the problems started.  The original plug for the air conditioner got so hot that it was starting to melt, which caused the unit to shut down.  My step-brother had to play "surgeon" with the wiring to attach a new plug to it and get it functional again, as well as re-wire some of the outlets in the trailer so the fuse box could handle the A/C.  That problem seems to be solved...however, there is another problem with it that's just as annoying and needs to be resolved at some point.

Because there is nothing over the A/C on the outside of the trailer, the compressor gets so damn hot at times that it stops blowing in cold air and it gets hot as hell indoors...even with the A/C going.  Once I go outside and spray it down with some water, the compressor starts blowing in cool air again, but by then its so fucking warm that it takes several hours for it to get comfortable again.

Needless to say, this is a major pain in the ass, especially at this time of the year.  I don't want to have to go outside and spray the A/C down with water just to keep it producing the cool air and I do not have the same skills that my step-brother has regarding construction or electrical wiring.  Therefore, I am left with two options, either try and limp my way through the rest of the summer with what I have and get a new A/C or give in and buy a portable model.  The problem is a new A/C would cost me about $300 and I really don't want to drop that kind of money on an A/C unless it was absolutely necessary or if I had the money to spare.  As of right now, I have about $60 saved away in my "rainy day" fund, which would be about 20% of the way to a new A/C.  However, I don't know how much longer I can deal with the air conditioner I currently have.  If any of you guys can help me out with donations, advice, etc., I'll take it into consideration...but for now, I'm not sure about what I'm going to do...and I'm already starting to miss Winter. >_<

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Added: 5 years, 6 months ago
5 years, 6 months ago
It sounds to me that your A/C is low on refrigerant.  While that is a simple fix, it might be cheaper to just replace the unit.
5 years, 6 months ago
It's a possibility...I've had it for 5 years.
5 years, 6 months ago
Five years?  Did you buy it used?  Window units usually last a lot longer than five years.

Something I would look into is find a used appliance place nearby.  There's one down the street from me; the folks there take in all manner of appliances, fix 'em up or salvage 'em and sell them for good prices.
5 years, 6 months ago
No, it was new when I bought it.  This was the first time that I had purchased an air conditioner, so I wasn't 100% sure how long they lasted.  I do know that for the first 3 years or so, the air conditioner functioned quite well and was a significant upgrade to the old air conditioner that came with the trailer.  However, I'm not really sure what to do about this one.
5 years, 6 months ago
sorry to sound a bit of an ass but you say:
" cprime wrote:
Because there is nothing over the A/C on the outside of the trailer(...)

So couldn't you make something to shield the unit from the sun on the outside a bit?
Don't know the exact situation of-course, but even two sticks with some cloth between them should at least help shield it from direct sunlight, keeping the unit at least cool for a longer time

Also, mind sharing the type number / brand? Just to give us an idea what we can do to help further
5 years, 6 months ago
That would actually be my first choice in how to deal with the situation.  The only problem is that I'm not exactly sure how I would go about doing it.  I don't have the same kind of knowledge about construction as my step-brother does and I don't really have the resources right now to do such a thing.  Also, there is a huge ass tree next door to me, which offers shade to the A/C once the sun gets to the angle where the A/C is in the tree's shadow.  Therefore, it's only exposed to direct sunlight for about 2 to 3 hours.

Also, I don't remember the type number of the unit, but I do know it's a Frigidaire A/C.
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