Is It Time to Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

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raju

Subject: ac

We purchased our home in Fall of 2013. Since then we have had to call for service every year for the same issue of the air not cooling properly. This summer was no different however our unit has stopped cooling properly before summer has ended. We have been told we have to pay another service fee for them to come see about the problem. Is it normal for the unit to be looked at for same problem and how long is the repaired item supposed to work.

Chuck

Subject: Reasonable replacement cost

We installed a Trane 3.5 ton heat pump in 1992. It's lightly used and has given 23 years good service. Lately, the annual servicing has diagnosed a clogged orifice in the evaporator coil and a possible R-22 leak. The technician estimates about $2000 to repair the thing with no guarantees.

Okay, 23 years is pretty good, but we know when things are probably limping toward the finish line. So we called in the same Trane dealer that installed the unit. Sticker shock? You bet. Their quotes range between $14K and $17K to put in a new unit. This apparently includes replacing the otherwise-fine air handler.

Are we being taken for suckers or is this really what a system costs nowadays?

Cpowell

Subject: Air conditioner unit

We purchased our home in Fall of 2013. Since then we have had to call for service every year for the same issue of the air not cooling properly. This summer was no different however our unit has stopped cooling properly before summer has ended. We have been told we have to pay another service fee for them to come see about the problem. Is it normal for the unit to be looked at for same problem and how long is the repaired item supposed to work.

glen plumlee

Subject: AC confusion

we bought are home last year-air worked great,the outside unit was put in 2007but recently the air did not blow cold.Guy came out and filled w/freeon and ac once again worked than a few weeks later-no cold air.Same AC guy came out and diagnosed a leak but couldn't tell where was coming from-so he had another service person come out with extensive knowledge apparently and after a 15 minute or so inspection he wrote up an estimate to replace the coil work-at a cost of 2200.00 dollars which shocked me-he also stated that even after that was repaired the problem could be the compressor-but there is no way to know until the leak is fixed-according to him.I am perplexed-can you please give me advice and yes I am already researching companys so I can get second opinion.Thankyou

bummer

Subject: You can ask them to put a dye

You can ask them to put a dye in the freon, which will help locate the leak. Definitely, get an opinion from another contractor.

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