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Question DetailsAsked on 1/18/2018

Estimated replacement of 10 yr old GE Profile Compressor is $1600

GEPROFILE #PFCS1NJW/PFCF1NJW compressor is shot. Replacement estimate is $1600. I live in Southwest Mi 49117

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While this sounds in the normal range to me for a compressor replacement, the issues of whether the entire unit has to be flushed because the compressor overheaed and sludged or scorched the refrigerant/oil micture in the lines, whether this is a Freon (R-22) based unit which might better be replaced because of the gas cost, how old your coil is (that is another $1500 range replacement when it goes out after 10-15 years service typically), whether this includes replacing the gas or he plans on recycling it (which if it is scorched is not a good idea, and many HVAC firms will not reccyle the gas in the unit (if there is any left) for that reason.

To see if this is a reasonable cost get quotes from a few other Heating and A/C (your Search the List category) contractors.

You can find a lot of questions with responses about compressor (and evaporator coil and total system replacement) in the Heating and A/C link under Browse Projects, at lower left - including some input on the issue of R-22 versus R-410a gas systems, repair versus replacement costs and payback, and if replacing entire unit - economics of higher efficiency versus standard efficiency units. Certainly, with a 10 year old unit, unless the coil has been recently replaced, the issue of total replacement (for probably about double that cost, roughly) versus repair comes into play, because these days 10-15 years seems like the "life" of an A/C unit - the days of 25-30 year life are gone with cheaper materials and lower quality construction.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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