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Question DetailsAsked on 8/21/2017

How much would it cost to replace a condenser unit and evaporator core in a R4 10A air conditioner

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You say condensor unit and evaporator coil - so assuming you are using the regional term "condensor unit" to include the compressor (not just the condensing coil) then you are talking a total new system, except sometimes the refrigerant tubing and of course the base slab or platform in most cases.

Cost depends of course on your locale, house size, how energy efficient your house is and how energy efficient a unit you choose, but generally averages, for a normal size house in normal climate A/C area, around $4000-6000 complete though sometimes you seen them installed for around $2500-3000 in easy access cases, and with difficult access and/or high efficiency units can get up to the $10,000 range and even higher - there is one unit out there pushing 30 SEER (so over twice as energy efficient at the standard units) which costs about $7,000 just for the equipment. And of course houses requiring more than about 5 ton cooling capacity (commonly enough for about a 3000SF or so house in most areas) may need a commercial sized unit or multiple units, so of course that can bump the cost up. For instance, some U-shaped Mission or ranch houses over 2000-2500 SF are so strung out they require two units because of the length of tubing run needed for one unit, so that can almost double the cost.

You can find a lot of previous questions with answers about typical cost, types of systems, some thoughts on brands, economic issues regarding repair-versus-replace and regarding getting a higher than minimal EPA-required SEER (effeciency) rating, etc - look in the Home > HVAC link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

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