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Question DetailsAsked on 10/9/2016

My AC repair man says I have 2 freon Leakages and I do need a new AC(My AC is bought 2012) . what should I do?

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Sounds like your leaks are in the evaporator coil so it needs replacing - which for an older unit commonly does mean the economic solution is a new unit. But 4 year old unit - first, I would be checking my warranty - you might get the parts as a free warranty replacement (or maybe free except shipping) so might only have $500-1000 labor for the repair/replacement instead of typically $1500-2000 or even more. Commonly warranty on major components run up to 5 years (occasionally even longer, usually upon added payment when installing).

Where the leaks are is critical - if at connections or in the tubing or control valves might readily be replaceable/repairable without coming anywhere close to a new unit cost. If in compressor or evaporator and not under warranty, quite likely a new (hence probably at least a bit more efficient) unit with new warranty commonly is a good move.

Of course, if evaporator, whether a matching evaporator coil is still available or not may also be an issue - many manufacturers are using slightlky different sized component in each model year, so finding parts for even 4-5 year old units can sometimes be a problem.

Lots of prior similar questions with answers/opinions on the issue of repair/replace can be found in the Home > HVAC link in Browse Projects, at lower left. However, most of them deal with about 10+ yesar old units, where the question is a closer call.

That link also has a lot of questions with answers on the R-22 (Freon) replacement/refill cost issue as R-22 is phased out in favor of (predominately) R-410a, an "ozone safe" gas (though it too is now scheduled to be phased out in a decade or so because it turns out it is not actually global warming "neutral").

Heating and AC is obviously your Search the List category for contractors for this.

This also assumes you trust the current guy - though a second opinion would likely cost you about $150 for a new diagnosis and repair quote.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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