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Question DetailsAsked on 7/21/2016

How much to change out the evaporative coil on a Carrier HVAC unit in the Los Angeles area?

I need to change out the evaporative coil on my Carrier HVAC unit and initially the technician said it would cost about $1000 and the part was under warranty. When I go to schedule the repair, I am now quoted $2500 for this job and the part is still under warranty. This price seems a little high, but we are in a condo building and the unit is up on the roof. Also, they quoted the part alone would cost $4500 if it wasn't under warranty.
Model # is 50VT-A24-30
Serial# 2609C09063

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Let's see - covered by warranty (typically 10 years on Carrier units) and $1000 replacement labor, then covered but $2500, then $4500 just to buy the part ? Can you smell a rat ?
I would DEFINITELY get at least one and probably 2 more Heating and A/C contractor bids - and I would also consider if maybe the coil may not really need replacement at all and he was scamming you (unfortunately a favorite and easy to do HVAC scam). You have a 2-ton (so very small) heat pump unit so evidently for your condo only - not a building-wide system. And assuming roof is easily accessible, and that the unit is on a flat roof (not installed on a sloping roof without a work platform in front of it), being on the roof should not affect the cost - easier to work on than one in most attics. Couple of price lists I checked show $195 and $350 for that evaporator (new price) depending on whether R-22 or R-410a gas - so contractor charge for it maybe $400-700 typically, plus $500-1000 labor say - I would expect around the normal evaporator replacement cost of $1000-1500 installed for this. BTW - that entire unit new lists at $4129 on Carrier website - so he is asking for about as much as a new coil as for a whole new A/C unit now - or someone screwed up and quoted you a new total unit rather than just coil when you called. Sounds like you are talking to different people or being scammed - maybe they think you are a soft touch. Either way - talk to other contractors for bids, and decide if you should have one of them check out your unit and tell you if the coil is actually bad or maybe you just have a leak somewhere or something else wrong, because these days a LOT of techs just say "oh yeah, bad coil - you need to replace it" without even checking WHERE any leak might be. Depends on how you feel about the first one - but sounds like he quoted normal price then on follow-up figured he had you hooked so he bumped the quote way up, so if he would do that I would not trust his diagnosis either.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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