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rfplcp
Leak in a/c coil

Friday night, no a/c. Air handler fan running, compressor fan running. No idea if actual compressor was running. Tech came out, went straight to the capacitor (?) and replaced it. $75.00 labor, $108.00 parts. Everything ok. Saturday night, 24 hours later, again no a/c. Same tech, hosed out the compressor unit to clean, added 2 lbs gas, said coil in the air handler had leaks and must be replaced. Charged $93.00 for Freon, $67.00 for leak search, and $67.00 for half hour labor. Estimates new coil at about $1,200.00. Does this sound right for Southwest Florida? Any other options? Thanks.
Unit is a 7 year old Goodman, a low end builders model. Tech recommends replacing the whole system for about $6 - $7 thousand. Ouch!

Sten
Re: Leak in a/c coil

If he's charging you $1200.00 just to change out an evap coil you better call someone else. The coil alone is no more than a few hundred at best. Pumping it down (ref into comp), taking out old coil and putting in new, pulling Vacuum, releasing charge, checking super heat, done. If he knows what he's doing it's no more than 3 hours. Did he check the coil??

rfplcp
Re: Leak in a/c coil

Thanks.
He ran the sniffer all over the coil. It buzzed yellow in several areas. I assume that means a leak.

On the frig problem, does that sound like a bunch of BS?

Thanks again.

Sten
Re: Leak in a/c coil

Sounds like he used a leak detector, as for the fridge I don't know why he can't use the cap. that works. They are rated at certain voltages and MFD but I don't know which one your fridge is rated for.

As for the cost it's been a very busy summer for most A/C Companies and some will a premium, still get other quotes.

dj1
Re: Leak in a/c coil

All across the country folks are paying premium for a/c repairs, because technicians can't keep up with the calls.

The old rules of getting 3 estimates don't apply here...If you hesitate for a second, the technician is already gone...

If you come across an a/c repairman you can trust (from recommendations, friends or family, referrals NOT from ads, commercials, BBB, etc) - hire him on the spot, or live without air untill the fall.

The cost? try to talk him down, but don't scare him away. If he offers you 5% discount, take it, don't ask for 10%.

Sten
Re: Leak in a/c coil
dj1 wrote:

All across the country folks are paying premium for a/c repairs, because technicians can't keep up with the calls.

The old rules of getting 3 estimates don't apply here...If you hesitate for a second, the technician is already gone...

If you come across an a/c repairman you can trust (from recommendations, friends or family, referrals NOT from ads, commercials, BBB, etc) - hire him on the spot, or live without air untill the fall.

The cost? try to talk him down, but don't scare him away. If he offers you 5% discount, take it, don't ask for 10%.

1200.00 for a coil swap out, that robbery premium or not

dj1
Re: Leak in a/c coil

Sten,

I don't know if you noticed or not...people in the country rip off each other and get ripped off by others these days on a regular basis, all in the name of "supply and demand". And folks are paying through the nose for unnecesssary repairs. From home repairs to car repairs. From medical care to lawyer services.

In this case, a Goodman coil is around $450- $500. Maybe a few dollars less for a volume buyer. And then there is installation, gas, etc.

$1,200 may be a little high, but I'm sure the technician will take less, especially after he already sucked this guy for about $500 without any results.

Should the guy try to find a new more honest A/C repairman? sure. He could get lucky, you never know.

Sten
Re: Leak in a/c coil

I see it every day, sad

motoguy128
Re: Leak in a/c coil

At 7 years old, probably better to repair than replace. You should still get 5-8 more years out of the system.

Sten
Re: Leak in a/c coil

Depends on just where the leak is, if it's at any of the fins it's possible to cut them out to get at the leak with minimal loss of cooling. Did he check to see if the mechanical fittings at the piston are tight or did he just wave his leak detector in the case without pinpointing it?? You have to remember that HVAC Cos. make most of there money on parts and installs, not service so the Tech. could be trying to sell a new coil, hard to say without seeing it for yourself.

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