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Question DetailsAsked on 7/21/2016

What could be causing my HVAC to not cool my home and prevent the fan from shutting off?

I had a home inspection because I'm in the process of buying a house, the HVAC is not cooling the home and to turn the fan off I have to use the breaker box. What could be wrong and what price am I looking at to fix this?

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Normally a failed unit like this would be fixed by the SELLER, with you requiring the repair (or replacement as appropriate) be done at the SELLERS cost before closing, as part of the inspection/contingency items. If not familiar term to you, talk to your Realtor ASAP, (because there is an inspection and refusal deadline in your contract) about contingency items.

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Could be anything wrong - from a wiring problem, thermostat set on wrong setting like on FAN instead of COOL or A/C, thermostat failure or dead thermostat battery, leaked out refrigerant, fried unit - who knows. A Heating and A/C contractor would be needed to find the cause and give a repair cost quote.

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Generally, this would be fixed by the owner then reinspected/retested by you or your home inspector (preferable), and the contingency should require that the HVAC contractor doing the repair identify in writing on the invoice what the problem is and repair any and all flaws in the system, INCLUDING repairing any leaks, not just topping off refrigerant if it is low.

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Here is a link to a similar question which addresses contingencies and repair versus replacement and upgrades during replacement as well as a few related issues, in more detail: http://answers.angieslist.com/I-told-...

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Here is another link on the fan, no cooling issue FYI -

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http://answers.angieslist.com/what-re...

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