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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2017

what is a fair price for a new condenser for Ac in chicagoland 1600 sq feet

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If you mean the condensor coil (the outdoor one the fan blows through to cool the compressed refrigerant), commonly $40-600 for the element itself, and maybe $150-600 labor to install depending on model - so about $200-1200, usually most commonly probably in the $600-1000 range.

If you are using the regional meaning of condensor, meaning the entire outdoor unit, then generally you have to replace the interior evaporator coil as well because the entire new unit has to be energy rated as a new unit, and it is fairly uncommon for a new comporessor/ condensor/ TXV (outside unit) to be compatible with an existing interior coil. The other way around, you can commonly find a compatible interior coil to match an older system, but not so often the opposite.

If looking at replacing the entire outside unit (say you burned up the compressor) you can find a fair number of previous questions with answers about ballpark costs (commonly in the few thousand $ range for normal efficiency units), the economics of repair versus buying a new system with new warranty, energy/$ savings with a newer higher efficiency units, the R-22 and R-410a refrigerant phaseouts, etc - look in the Home > HVAC link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

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