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Question DetailsAsked on 8/5/2013

What is a fair price for a schrader valve in An AC unit?

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The valve is insignificant in cost, the labor,recovery cost of the refrigerant, new refrigerant, could be in hundreds of dollars.

Would need more details to comment beyond this.


Answered 6 years ago by BayAreaAC


Checked a standard pricing guide on this - appears the part is about $10-20 for a good brand (replace, do not try to fix), and replacement would take about 5 minutes (assuming it is accessible, which it should be for its purpose), so minimum visit charge - $60-120.

If system still has a charge (valve is frozen or only very slowly leaking), then labor probably more like $150, plus how ever many pounds of refrigerant you may need to be added to top the system off.

I would question how you know the schrader valve needs replacement or is bad, unless you have already had this done and are just checking what is reasonable.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Both answers seem rather misleading to me regarding what exactly is involved in such a job. It basically sounds to me like ac technicians trying to justify insane prices. Schrader valves literally cost pennies even for "good" ones. At most lets say that it is a $'s not, but we'll go with that since it's still irrelevant. Maybe if you just need one of them you might pay up to $5 at most for a single valve core or a small pack of 2-4 since you're not getting the price advantage of a large pack of them, but $5 is the absolute most that I will accept as a legitimate answer. As for the "labor", it takes 5 minutes or less, and it could not be easier. The tool required costs about $4 for one that requires the system to be discharged first, but they make tools that let you replace the valve core without discharging the system also. These tools range in price from about $25-$50, and there isn't much of a difference between them. Maybe....maybe...the best tool possible will last a little longer if you are a professional ac repair technician, but I'm not convinced it would be twice as long. I say just buy the cheapest decent one you happen to find. It saves you money up front, and rubber seals tend to wear at a set rate. To replace the valve you simply attach the tool; unscrew the valve core; close the valve on the tool; remove the valve core from the tool; put a new core in the tool; open the valve on the tool; screw the vale in; and remove the tool. There are plenty of YouTube videos that will show you how this is done, and the tools can even be purchased from Amazon with Prime 2-day shipping for about $30. If you are a home or car owner who wants to do this job yourself, then you're looking at a total cost of about $35 including 2-day shipping for the tool and valves. If you can operate a screwdriver, then you can do this too. You'll save yourself a bunch of money by doing it yourself if for no other reason than the fact that a company can't send out a tech for a $5 or $10 invoice. Basically, they should be charging you whatever their minimum service fee is, and if they try to charge you more tell them never to come back. Unfortunately, minimum service fees can be quite high. Do yourself a favor, and do it yourself. If you don't want to wait the 2 days, then you can probably find a store to sell you one nearby as well. At most you might spend $50, and now you'll have the tool and knowledge to do it again if needed. You can keep those car and home systems running smoothly.

Answered 3 years ago by Fallinggator


I think all 3 answers are pretty good so far. .

Except that it is illegal in the United States for anyone to handle or work on refrigerated systems that does not have the appropriate epa certifications to do so.

So I do not suggest DIY on a repair like this.

Answered 2 years ago by Cody44b

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