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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2018

Is $1360 high for just labor and freon to change evaporate coil out. Parts are under warranty in florida

Trane ac manuf 5-12, leaking eval coul, most of freon leaked out. Part covered under warranty. $1360 just for labor and freon. Is thus high

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Here is an AL article on R-22 (Freon) cost FYI -

Raw R-22 in contractor size (30#) canisters runs about $25/lb right now - without markup. Large (125#) tanks run about $8-10/lb for the gas - wholesale cost. With markup by contractor (and depends a LOT on whether they are charging separately for the labor or rolling it into the gas cost), around $50-80/lb is pretty common, and some charge as much as $150-175/lb. Has become, with the planned phaseout, pretty much a free-for-all on pricing, and unfortunately because R-410a (the normal gas in new unit today) is also planned for phaseout on January 1, 2024 for new equipment designed for it, with the gas phaseout itself not yet set but they are talking about 2034-2039 timeframe, R-410a prices are starting to climb too what the market will bear too.

New gases after that time will likely be the R-500 series of refrigerant gases, or propane (R-290 or R-600 or blended varieties). Yes propane - some US units are running propane now - I really wonder at times where (on eBay maybe) the people in the EPA bought their brains. Let's see - one of the most common A/C leaks occurs in the evaporator coils, which are in enclosed ducting directly connected to a close-by gas or oil fired furnace - naw, nothing wrong with that ! Saw an insurance underwriting factor article a few months ago about a notable increase in appliances fires in the US from propane refrigerant leaks igniting/exploding.

Anyway, you can see some other previous questions about your issue in the Home > HVAC link under Browse Projects, at lower left - but $1000-1500 is a common range for evaporator coil replacement, INCLUDING the coil - with normal accessability. Usually, you would be under $1000 for the labor and gas replacement cost. So I might call around for another bid or two - have ready the make and model number and the amount and type of gas (R-number) it is rated for (on the manufacturer nameplate).

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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