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Question DetailsAsked on 7/13/2014

best to repair or replace a 23 yr old ac condensor & fan?(the outdoor part) when wiring blew up spattered oil.

wiring blew up oil spattered metal on the cover (of outdoor part of ac unit). to repair $400 to replace $5800 i have new furnace and water heater gas forced air w duct work. also the concrete outdoor pad in place. the previous model worked fine until now. my home is 2300 sq ft ranch home built 1980 w daylight basement. don't know about prices.

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Outdoor part typically has the compressor, condensor, condensor fan, and a few gas regulating fittings and valves.


If oil splattered, then either the compressor or condenser coil blew, or you blew the tubing out - the refrigerant gas has lubricating oil in it.


If all you blew was a line then, depending on how many pounds of freon is needed, you could be talking $100-200 range for the repair plus maybe a couple hundred plus or minus a hundred or so to recharge it with gas - so this is what your $400 estimate sounds like. Certainly no major part blew.


If the technician says the system looks good other than that, AND that what failed was basically a fluke or local issue and not indicative of problems with the overall system, personally I would repair for that price difference - if it last for another year the repair has paid for itself. Usually the decision is a lot tougher - blown compressor or evaporator for $1500-2000 range versus maybe twice that for new, at which point if you are looking at staying in the house forever one would seriously consider the new unit. Of course, if you would just prefer to spend the money now rather than a year or few down the road, since you unit is well past its expected life, or if someone in the house has medical issues that make an A/C failure a major problem, then replacement now would be more viable as a choice.

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I would add one thing to LCD's answer. If as he said you are going to stay in this house for awhile it would pay and especially if you are in a warmer area of the country the newer units are way more efficient than yours and the payback may pay for itself in a short time in energy costs. In my own home mine is almost 15 years old and the advances in energy cost are large even for this unit.


Don

Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon




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