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Question DetailsAsked on 8/5/2015

Is $2,500 repair cost to repair leaking refrigerant line a fair price?

I have many air con companies coming to diagnose my central air con not cooling every couple of weeks, each giving me a different diagnosis. I had the condenser replaced and am now told that there is a leak in the refrigerant line which is underground. Was quoted $2,500 by one company to set up new lines up the side of my house and another company quoted $1,500 for new lines going underground, like the old lines. Not sure who to trust at this point.

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Sounds high to me - and someone is not doing their job, because it should not be too hard to isolate the leak location - using leak dye tracer on the above-ground lines should show where the leak is, and disconnecting lines and doing a pressure hold test will tell if it is underground.

Unless your lines are AWFULLY long, I can't imagine anything like that cost - typically about a few bucks per LF for the line and an hour or two to run it typically, so I would expect normal cost for a reline job to be under $500.

I can't imagine why they are underground - I would go above ground if at all possible, because underground lines are an invitation to trouble and eventual corrosion - and if someone gets smart and says they will encapsulate them in piope or tubing tat would usually be even worse, due to condensation in the tubing and bi-metallic corrosion risk.

As for who to trust - that is tough. All you can do is find a vendor with excellent referral from friends or neighbors, or highly rated with excellent reviews on sites like Angies List. I would talk to the OWNER (or manager if owner does not actively manage it) of the company you choose and explain your issue, and ask that he send his best diagnostician to find the location of the problem and firm-price a fix.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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