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Question DetailsAsked on 6/7/2014

10 year old trane ac unit 2 and a hailf tons. how much to recharge the refrigerant, it may need 12 pounds.

I have a 10 year old AC unit - Trane system. It leaked Freon I think. How much would it cost to recharge it completely.

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Assuming the leak is fixed for sure and has passed inert gas pressure test, depends on area and how much company is bumping up price because of the shortages - I have heard from $30 on up per pound for the raw gas in bulk tanks, and installed prices from $40-120/lb, so get several quotes.

If this leak was oer a short period rather than over many years, you need to consider the repair cost too - which might be high, expecially if worn compressor or leaking condenser or evaporator. Just refilling a leaking system is not only illegal, but also throwing money down the drain.

With 10 year old system you are half or more throgh its service life, so you might decide to replace it with new higher efficiency unit that will not be subject to the freon phaseout in a few years - several discussions on that in responses to questions about Freon and replacing A/C in the Home > HVAC link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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