Fair price for A/C evaporator coil replacement?
wessimo
9:19a, 04/03/12
wessimo
12910 posts, joined 04/18/2014
It's that time of year again. My evaporator coil in the attic has sprung a leak and the tech that came to check it out is recommending replacement. Evidently the part is under warranty but the repair quote is still $1150 - 10 pounds of R-22 at $32/lb, $800 in labor (two guys at $80 each an hour x 5 hours), plus misc materials.

My neighbor claims he got his coil replaced for about the same cost, except his was not under warranty so he paid $800 for the coil and ~$350 for labor.

So is my company trying to hose me? What is a fair price for this?

[This message has been edited by wessimo (edited 4/3/2012 9:52a).]
mm98
9:47a, 04/03/12
mm98
9342 posts, joined 10/15/2002
What size/brand is he quoting?
wessimo
9:48a, 04/03/12
wessimo
12910 posts, joined 04/18/2014
Amana 12 SEER.
mm98
10:19a, 04/03/12
mm98
9342 posts, joined 10/15/2002
What tonnage though?

From what I understand, Amana/Goodman are not the best products.

I had quotes for Carrier a couple of summers ago and and it ended up in the $1500 range, IIRC.
aggielax48
10:44a, 04/03/12
aggielax48
3067 posts, joined 01/13/2006
I paid $600 last summer for this same scenario and still felt a little ripped off after all was said and done. The coil was under warranty and included in that price was the initial service call (since it was free but obviously needs to get rolled into the final cost). Initially I didn't think it was a bad price and they said it would take two guys four hours to do it. They were done in two, thus why I felt a little ripped off. Mine was not in the attic so that definitely makes much more difficult, but all in all I think its on the high side and would get another quote.
mm98
10:52a, 04/03/12
mm98
9342 posts, joined 10/15/2002
I’m confused, aggielax.

Are you saying they replaced the evap coil with a new unit for $600, but the evap was NOT located in the attic?
sims05
11:36a, 04/03/12
sims05
630 posts, joined 06/10/2009
I had a coil replaced in a York last week. It was outside and under warranty. I think the total bill was $675 and included recharging the system since all of the existing gas had leaked out. There may be an adder for working in the attic though.
bkag9824
2:39p, 04/03/12
bkag9824
903 posts, joined 11/04/2010
Sounds fishy.

Warranty companies are supposed to pay the contractors to install the equipment. The contractors agree/abide by the rules/compensation for doing the work.

That means: the warranty company pays for the broken part (the evap coil in this case) plus the labor to install the broken piece.

The warranty co. doesn't pay for the other "incidental" pieces required to make the new piece work. I.e. Refrigerant, transition from the air handler or furnace, permits required (if any based on location), etc.

Some contractors are now making homeowners pay for the fix (parts, labor, everythkng) and then handle the "payout" fr the warranty company after the fact bc the warranty co. takes forever to pay the contractor.
aggielax48
3:36p, 04/03/12
aggielax48
3067 posts, joined 01/13/2006
Yes, the evap is not located in the attic. Its in a "closet" upstairs. And yes, it was $600 for labor, which indirectly included the initial service call and the freon. The part was covered under manufacturer's warranty.
sims05
4:56p, 04/03/12
sims05
630 posts, joined 06/10/2009
I was told York does not cover labor in their warranty but it could have just been a line to get me to agree to the work.
bkag9824
5:32p, 04/03/12
bkag9824
903 posts, joined 11/04/2010
All warranty companies are different obviously but most of them pay the contractors a set price for each service.

I.e. Condenser = $300
evap coil = $150
furnace = $400

those prices aren't necessarily accurate as they cover: service fee, labor, other covered parts, etc.

NEVER pay for anything without understanding the breakdown from the warranty as to what they are paying the contractor.
MrJonMan
7:18a, 04/04/12
MrJonMan
3471 posts, joined 09/05/2005
Gf's went out last summer, under warranty, she paid labor, $600.....but, it took them a whopping 1 hr. they said it was a flat rate charge. Fail
akaggie05
8:20a, 04/04/12
akaggie05
3091 posts, joined 10/05/2006
I thought 13 SEER was the minimum allowed for new installs now...
wessimo
3:10p, 04/04/12
wessimo
12910 posts, joined 04/18/2014
The job is done. It took two guys 4.5 hours. I don't know what made the job so difficult other than it was in the attic.
jcurtis2979
10:29p, 04/29/12
jcurtis2979
43 posts, joined 04/18/2014
A fair price on evaporator coil change out not under warranty would be close to $750-1000 depending upon tonnage including refrigerant that is saved by recovering the refrigerant or pumping the system down to the compressor. Unless the refrigerant is contaminated they shouldn't have to load with new freon.

If it took them 1 hour to complete a coil change out they did not due a proper pulling of vacuum on the line sets and left moisture and contaminants in the lines. This process usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour at the minimum after the coil is installed and the line sets are sweated in.

Sounds like someone got hosed by people doing cheap work and not following EPA regulations.

I'm an owner of an HVAC company in Dallas and the timing on the descriptions are completely unrealistic. 4 1/2 hours is what it should take to do the change out.

Jason

[This message has been edited by TexAgs staff (edited 4/30/2012 9:54a).]
BCOBQ98
11:39p, 04/29/12
BCOBQ98
2760 posts, joined 07/12/2005
$32 a pound for freon!!!!

I bought a 30lb tank last October for $120

Yes it was R22 virgin

[This message has been edited by BCOBQ98 (edited 4/29/2012 11:40p).]
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