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Question DetailsAsked on 2/8/2017

I am beeingi charge $1,233 to replace the evaporator coil. It seems way too high.

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If you check out the numerous previous questions with answers about A/C evaporator coil replacement cost (in the Home > HVAC link in Browse Projects, at lower left), you will find $1000-1500 is now the "normal" range for this. Can be less with some smaller or cheaper off-brand evaporators and more with large or high-end brandname ones or ones that are hard to get out (accessibility issues), but without any info on what part of the country you are in, brand or model, etc - sounds in the normal range for a central air (as opposed to mini-split) coil replacement.

As to whether it is "fair" in some cases yes, in some where the coil commonly costs in the $300-500 range and with some installations it can be changed and system recharged in about an hour probably not - but that is true of all service calls - you win on some, not so much on others, especially with flat-rate pricing (plus parts) becoming more common.

Only way to know for sure if this is "fair" in your area is to get several bids, making sure the bids include the same scope of work - usually replace coil, recharge/top off system (including regrigerant charge for X amount of gas), check for coil connection leaks, check performance, adjust TXV valve if necessary for proper performance. And that they are talking apples-to-apples on the replacement coil - OEM replacement, brandname after-market, or no-name import because that can make quite a few hundred $ difference by itself.

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