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Question DetailsAsked on 2/9/2016

My air conditioner has been leaking freon. How much to replace the evaporator coil?

My air conditioning unit is only six years old. Two years ago we had someone come out to look at it because it stopped blowing cold air. They added freon and said it would probably be good for 5 years. The following year we had the same problem. Could only afford the freon. This year we're wanting to get it fixed. How much should we expect to pay to fix the leak?

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Assuming the leak is in the evaporator (as opposed to the tubing) and that it is not under warranty, then probably in the $2000-3000 plus or minus range - more like $1000-2000 range if the evaporator is under warranty and is replaced by the manufacturer. A good portion of that cost will be refill with refrigerant.

So - commonly (as some of the referenced Q&*A's note) you are into a tradeoff of whether to repair, or to replace with a new system (especially if running R-22 Freon) and gaet the advantage of a new warranty with it. At six years old you are in the tough spot - whether to spend maybe half the cost of a totally new system for another 5-10 years of service (maybe), or to double your payout and get probably 5 years warranty and hopefully 10-15 years of (hopefully) more reliable service. If in a high A/C use area or you have a resident who medially needs reliable A/C in the summer your choice is made easier by the probably about 15-25% more efficient systems today so you will be saving potentially quite a few hundreds of $ in electricity annually - a much tougher decision if in a low A/C use area or a marginal one where A/C is a nice convenience but not going to make you absolutely miserable if it goes out oryou decide to go without it.

IF not in the evaporator - but a tubing joint leak or such, probably more like $250 ballpark to locate and fix the leak (assuming it is not in a major component) - plus the gas refill, which can run typically in the $500 range at the low end to $1000 ballpark for larger systems or areas where the refrigerant markup trend is in the exhorbitant range.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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