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Question DetailsAsked on 3/5/2018

Evaporator Coil Leak under warranty. How much for labor?

My AC tech diagnosed an evaporator coil leak on my Maytag AC. The unit is still under manufacturer warranty so the only cost is labor and whatever additional parts are necessary. Said the job should take about 3 & 1/2 hours and quoted $620 for the repair. Does this sound fair or should I get another estimate? I am aware of additional service call charge.

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From many previous answers here, expect at least $500 and count your blessings if less, miore commonly $500-1000 range depending on access and especially on whether the coil is a pull-out or connection-accessible type or if a bit of deuct disassembly is needed.

On the service call charge - ask about that - that usually includes the first half hour or hour of work also, so that might reduce your cost a bit.

One thing not mentioned which should be addressed BEFORE you go ahead with this, especially on a low-end unit - if the unit leaked off, so gas has to be replaced too, that can push the price up quite a few hundreds to well over $500, especially if a Freon (R-22) rather than R-410a refirgerant unit. If that is the case, especially if an older unit (which yours does not seem to be) or a bottom-line unit (which yours is, in my opinion - Rheem and Amana being the same units) many times replacement of the entire unit is a better choice than repair.

Many previous questions with answers on the repair vs replace issues, costs of refrigerant gases and the very high prices some vendors charge, and the economics of replacement versus repair (especially if you intend to live in the house for a long time) can be found in the Home > HVAC link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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