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Question DetailsAsked on 6/28/2017

how much should it cost to replace 2# of R22 in my central a/c

I've just had a complete a/c inspection done by a well-known company that my condo bldg uses. They said I need 2# of R22 at a cost of $200 per lb. Seems awfully high. Any recommendation for an honest, AFFORDABLE a/c service for regular (not high income!) person like me?

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Hello Mac2017,

Thank you for reaching out. If you have not done so already, please go to to set up a membership to access our list. From there you will have access to search our list for the "Heating and Cooling" category to find HVAC providers in your area. I would encourage giving 3 providers a call to get a couple of bids on your project.

Thank you for your question!

Iann M

Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


R-22 in the bulk bottles used by contractors runs about $30-40/lb range in most areas, so marked-up cost typically runs about $40-100/lb, though some are taking advantage of the phase-out of of R-22 to jack prices up. However, at that price there would be a service/ labor charge attached - commonly in the $100-250 range to do the addition of gas and adjusting the gas amount to obtain the desired operating pressures (which if done by a reputable contractor means an operating test to make sure the operating pressures are correct, though some slipshod contractors will just guess what the static pressure should be to give approximately the right operating pressures, a practice which can result in a good 10-20% reduction in operating efficiency in some cases.

Other contractors roll their labor cost into the gas cost and just charge a flat rate per pound for the gas, which includes the gas and labor - so more commonly in the $100-150 range, though $200 does sound pretty high to me.

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Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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