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Old 06-23-2020, 05:53 PM
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any body know where to buy home a/c parts on line at reduced prices beside amazon. thx
Old 06-23-2020, 07:06 PM
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The HVAC biz is usually locked down pretty tight. They only sell to the trade. I would start with the part number and see where a search takes you.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
The HVAC biz is usually locked down pretty tight. They only sell to the trade. I would start with the part number and see where a search takes you.
He's right. Amazon was the only place I could find a capacitor. All the other places would only sell to people in the trade.

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1) you posted in the boating forum
2) you might need to create a fictional company to tap into the parts supply chain
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I own an hvac company. There are some ways around if you have part numbers. Reason I know is I go behind homeowners all the time. Love them tearing up stuff. Cha-ching!
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I also own an a/c company and love when someone tries to fix they're own unit, It always makes it a challenge to determine the original problem from the problem they created. Unfortunately for them it always costs them more than if they hired a pro first.You could look at it this way, the lack of parts availability can save you from yourself. On the other hand maybe your that guy that already had a pro work on your unit and just don't like the price to make the repair so you'll buy your own part and do do it yourself witch is in most cases a good learning experience on how to not save money.

To answer your question you can find most universal electrical components online but stuff like coils and compressors will be harder to get on your own.
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I also own an a/c company and love when someone tries to fix they're own unit, It always makes it a challenge to determine the original problem from the problem they created. Unfortunately for them it always costs them more than if they hired a pro first.You could look at it this way, the lack of parts availability can save you from yourself. On the other hand maybe your that guy that already had a pro work on your unit and just don't like the price to make the repair so you'll buy your own part and do do it yourself witch is in most cases a good learning experience on how to not save money.

To answer your question you can find most universal electrical components online but stuff like coils and compressors will be harder to get on your own.
That's why most boat mechanics love all the do it yourself advice on here, usually ends up back in a shop. But in all honesty I have replaced parts on my home a/c unit. Not hard to find parts online.
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What's ironic is that I do a lot of stuff myself because I got tired of cleaning up botched repairs after paying "professionals" to do the job. I did find the HVAC community to be pretty sensitive to DIY, and ran into a buzz-saw when me an my late brother installed a 5-ton A/C system in my prior house. He was an HVAC tech at a large company at the time, but the HVAC forums didn't take kindly to my questions as I tried to learn on my own. They kept telling me to "hire a professional." There's nothing mysterious behind HVAC systems in general. A competent homeowner can easily replace start cap's, fan motors, etc. On the other hand, properly designing/sizing duct work and setting system pressures is something I won't do myself, even though I still have the air duct calculator my brother gave me.

I had a professional install an entirely new system in my current house during our remodel, new ducting and all, and they undersized the returns and/or didn't install enough returns at the initial install, so the air handler whistled as it tried to draw in air through the cabinet. I had to have my brother come over, who was no longer in the business, inspect the system, and recommend a rework of the ducting, which included adding an additional, large central return.

In any case, as mentioned, search part numbers and there are quite a few places that sell HVAC parts, but primary items like coils and compressors are more difficult to find, particularly at a discount.
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You were not specific in what Parts you were looking for.
I always look on Ebay for most anything as a starting point for most anything...
I just looked up a 40/5 x 370 Run capacitor for example and found them on Ebay to be in line with what I recently paid for one at a Supply house.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...cator&_sacat=0


Having been in the HVAC trade for 40+ years, I still find it Amusing that so many "Pro's" place themselves on the Arrogant Pedestal above the average Joe trying to pound out a living.
If an A/C Guy owns a Boat,, a Motorcycle, a Classic Car an Airplane, or Whatever.... you often have to listen to whatever DIY Chest Pounding Repair they did to it over the weekend ( without calling in a Pro...)while they shove Free Doughnuts and Coffee into their Pie-Hole while holding up others from picking up their supplies at parts houses each morning, yet they resent Joe for doing the same and not calling in a "PRO" when that $8.00 China Capacitor Bites it again......

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Supplyhouse.com will have basic items...caps, contactors, transformers, motors.
What are you looking for?

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You can find most of what your looking for online. I consider myself a Pro. I’m passionate about what I do. I eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff. I post before/after pics of all of my installs for people to see what we are capable of. If you want a cheap job, it’s out there. I love hacks and part-timers. Keeps me busy. I’ve seen homeowners put 825rpm condensing fan motors on 1075rpm rated equipment. Wire dual caps wrong. Overcharge units with a set of analog guages and never measure subcool/superheat. Put a 5ton condenser on a 2.5ton air handler. Seen a lot in my 26 years of doing this and I just turned 42. Love my job and my employees. We aim to be the best. Even though someone pays for a new system I still feel like it’s mine.

Just be careful out there guys. This stuff can and will kill you. Post up what you are looking for and maybe we can help.
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You have to want it. I have had success online. Sometimes ebay. The original installer HVAC guy has been very helpful and there is a local store that sells to consumers. The times it has gotten expensive is when the parted is needed now!. I found a part matched blower motor online at a warehouse in another state. Then learned about "emergency" truck motors.
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HVAC units are pretty straight forward, it doesnt take a rocket scientist

However, some how the "Pros" have issue troubleshooting/pinpointing issues and from what I've seen tend to recommend very expensive fixes, throwing parts at a problem, or replacing everything. Its hard to find a real pro that can diagnose and fix a specific issue.

Keeping consumers from purchasing parts is scummy
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I am in the HVAC parts and equipment manufacturing/distribution business.

As others have said the supply chain is historically locked down tight and for good reason. Amazon resellers and eBayers may be selling old stock, replica parts, etc... we have seen it all. Do the right thing and call a licensed contractor or you are rolling the dice, in more than one way.

Homeowners should not be playing with line voltage, refrigerant, etc... there is much that a Youtube video won't tell you and when it goes wrong, you'll be sorry. Heard the same story too many times.
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After getting a $1400 quote for a X13 blower motor I realized the HVAC "Pros" are just taking advantage because the supply chain is locked down. DIY $278 on Amazon, 40 minutes to replace.

Around here if it's 10 years old they wont service it. They just want to sell you a new unit.

Local "PRO's" quoted $15,000 for a new 5 ton? No thank you, Goodman $3,400 shipped to the house. $600 to have a "weekender" install. I can replace this AC almost 4 times for the same cost of having a "PRO" install it.

When a "PRO" actually shows up I have to go back and fix what they repaired.

OP, Amazon or google the part number. Might have to dig through a few pages. I had a fan motor that shipped from a HVAC company in Montana or Wyoming. Took a couple days but worked out fine.

I doubt you will find the same prices as the supply houses though.
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Originally Posted by snagged line View Post
Want a good Laugh?..... Log into HVAC-TALK and ask a DIY question.......................................... ..
That's the forum I was referring to....
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Buy my capacitors and fan motors from a supply house in St. Pete. The owner is super nice and VERY willing to help get your A/C back up and running. I pay a bit more but I get the parts today and then get the house cold. That makes momma happy and a happy wife, well you know the rest.
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dual run capacitor #43-26271-50
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thx for the advice
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Post a picture of the label on the capacitor . Mfd . 45-5-370 volt example.
can get them on amazon. Why do you think it’s bad ? Problems?

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