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Projects continue, next up A/C


The A/C died last month and of course it was during the hottest week. The cause? Age and bad advice.

The outside compressor is less than 10 years old, but it turns out the condenser coil inside the house was probably 30 years old and should have been replaced long ago. It was too small for the newer A/C unit so it was freezing up and thus burned out the compressor. The previous contractor that installed the new unit should have replaced the coil but didn’t and that likely caused the system to fail.

Quotes came in from Albuquerque’s finest HVAC companies estimating repairs at $2,500 just to replace the compressor outside and a new A/C system shooting past $7,000. Not one of them mentioned the problem with the coil inside and only one gave us a quote replacing the 30 year old coil.

Thankfully, we got a referral from Bivens House friend Mike Noonan. Mike has just completed a major redo of his entire home and spoke highly of Mario Loprinzi from Axiom Home Services.

Mario came over and did what no other cooling company did. He wrote down the serial number to see if the A/C was under warranty. Two other companies came out, one charged $89 and the other $149,  and both said the warranty was only 5 years and it had expired long ago. Mario instead called the manufacturer and found it had a 10 year warranty and yes, it was still under warranty.

Mario spent two long days replacing the coil and compressor and now we have A/C again. With a correctly sized coil, the unit will use less power thus saving money. Final cost was a third of what the other companies quoted for a new system. With the new coil and compressor, truth is we have essentially a brand new system.

Mario was great. He told us we shouldn’t have to see him for 20 years. Mario you don’t have to wait 20 years to come back to Bivens House. You and your family are welcome anytime.

We also signed up for PNM’s Power Saver program. PNM comes to your home and installs a radio controlled shut off switch on the outside A/C switch. PNM can then shut down the A/C during peak energy consumption. They won’t shut power off during the holiday’s and weekends and at most will shut off power for no more than 4 hours in one day. For most folks, they are at work so they won’t even know the A/C has been turned off.

PNM pays you $25 at sign-up that you get at the end of the first year and then you get a credit of $25 each year on your bill (so $50 in year one). While $25 might not seem much, during the summer that is two months of gas service. This is only for refrigerated A/C systems, evaporative coolers don’t qualify.

Mario Loprinzi Axiom Home Services. 505-792-9742

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