I'm doing a sort of feasibility follow up regarding a visit from our neighborhood AC repair person. He checked our system and found it was completely out of refrigerant. He added 7.5 lbs.
I'll add more to this after I see some answers, but I wanted to know if he did the right thing or if he should have done more. I was out of refrigerant, so he filled it back up. Seems open and shut but...
I would love your thoughts.
Wow! I wasn't expecting this to get so much traffic. In any case, you guys did a great job answering my question. The full story is that, as I said, my AC stopped cooling, but the unit was running fine as far as I knew. I called our neighborhood guy that does a lot of jobs for our area and has good word of mouth feedback on NextDoor. He saw my freon was out and filled it back up. 7.5 lbs of freon. A month later, it stops cooling again. I have him come out and look and he says the freon is down to half. The unit itself is a 1999 unit so it really is about time to replace the thing. Over the past several years I had spend at least $600 annually on maintenance so this should pay for itself in a few years. I had 3 people in total review the unit and 2 of them identified an issue with the indoor unit (condenser coil or something...I don't know the exact terminology). It was only after all of this that I felt like the first guy should have done more investigating the prior month, especially with the freon being slap dry.
In the end I replaced an 8 SEER unit for a 14.5 SEER unit. I'm hoping that will save me a good bit on my electric bill. I'm looking into other ways I can save on that, but that's a question for another thread.