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    Default Age of GE Condensing Units

    I need help in finding the the age of this unit with some hints on how to use the model and serial numbers.
    Model : BTR948C100AO, Serial: 229633A06
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    Default Re: Age of GE Condensing Units

    GE stopped making residential A/C & heating equipment in the mid eighties. For awhile after that, the units looked the same, but had a Trane tag on them.


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    This unit has a GE tag.Are the model nos and Serial no. telling us the age of the unit?


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    Default Re: Age of GE Condensing Units

    Here is an excerpt from an earlier thread, not that it helps since it does not match from what I can tell.
    You might try posting a photo of the data plate if you have it.

    General Electric: Age is the last 3 digits of the serial number. First digit being the year
    and the second and third digits being the month. Example xxxxx241 = 41st week of 1982,
    92, 02 etc., xxxxx533 = 33rd week of 1985, 95, 05 etc..

    http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_i...art-udated.pdf

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    Default Re: Age of GE Condensing Units

    This is a code help link for determining age of appliances

    HVAC Equipment - How to determine the age

    As Jim said the numbers do not match what a GE would be due to the last three*numbers*. Yours has an A for the third to last spot on the serial number


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    Default Re: Age of GE Condensing Units

    I believe J.L. and T.M. might be mistaken on the A/C, HP, Chillers, both GE mfg/branded and Trane.

    According to some notes,

    7th digit letter A=1980,
    T=1981 &
    U=1982

    GE Central Air Conditioner, Chiller, & HP. Accq. by Trane 82/83, further acq. Amer. Stand. 84/86.
    Trane Divs. continued Alpha character/year association
    for 80s & 90s. (but may have moved position at some point, don't recall anymore and notes aren't clear) thusly:
    W 83
    X 84
    Y 85
    S 86
    Resetting in 87
    B 87
    C 88
    D 89
    E 90
    F 91
    G 92
    H 93
    J 94
    K 95
    L 96
    M 97
    N 98
    P 1999
    R 2000
    Z 2001
    Then changed to nine numeric characters (no alpha) for serial numbering. in 2002.


    I believe 48,000 Btu unit mfg. 1980, possibly 6th week. Not that matters much, General Electric branded/labeled, central air conditoner or HP, means its OLD (newest would by 28 y.o.), as far as energy efficiency goes, a hog. Well beyond expected life. At least four "generations" behind as far as efficiency.

    HTH.

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    Default Re: Age of GE Condensing Units

    Great link! Thanks Ted.

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    Thanks for the information and Ted very useful link.What I can make out that this is from the 80's possibly 81. See if the data plate can confirm this.
    Thanks

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    Bottom line on that particular unit is that it is too old to matter. It is waaayyyy beyond its normal life expectancy. Budget for replacement NOW.

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    Default Re: Age of GE Condensing Units

    That rating plate is meaningless as it is photographed as it has been at some point removed and/or altered. It has removable screws mounting it where irreversible screws or rivets would/should have been. That in and of itself, would void any prior listing status.


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