11:46PM | 06/08/13
Member Since: 06/08/13
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After checking my AC unit, the contractor informed me that there was a leak in my unit and that my evaporator coil needed to be replaced. He mentioned that I should consider replacing the outdoor compressor unit since it may be difficult to find a compatible one if a problem develops in the future. My AC system is 9 years old. Should I put in a complete unit or just get the compressor for now?

Rachel Wright

07:14PM | 08/02/13
Member Since: 08/02/13
2 lifetime posts
The contractor should be able to provide you with a free quote for:

1. Cost of coil, compressor and installation fees.
2. Cost of an appropriate size unit and installation fees.

For both of the above, a contractor should be able to provide you with an itemized list. For a new unit, the contractor should also inspect your duct work before providing a quote, because he might find this too needs to be updated. But it might not (so don't freak out or get stressed).

I know it is a pain, but you should also get free quotes from other contractors to compare the:

* Costs.
* Warranty info.
* If the contractor has an additional individual warranty for his work on top of the warranty provided by the parts or unit company.
* Is the contractor licensed and insured?
* And you should like the contractor. In other words, did you get a good vibe and like the communication that occurred.

It is hard to say overall if one route will be better than the other without knowing the size of your home. Definitely a new unit will be more efficient, and you'll see a difference in your energy bills.

These resources will help:

Evaporator Coil Replacement: Prices, Quotes, and Tasks
AC compressor prices: an overview
Central Air Conditioner Prices: Pros, Cons and Free Estimates

Good luck! Hope I'm not too late in answering your question.


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