Was I overcharged on an Amana rcc42c2c SEER12 3.5 ton

The repair guy said the compressor was fried and I had to get a whole new cabinet that goes outside. He installed the Amana rcc42c2c SEER 12 3.5 in 45 minutes. He charged me $3426; was I overcharged?
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Similar condensers cost about a kilobuck:
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/productdetail.jsp?ItemId12842092
Which works out to $3426/0.75 = $4568/hour you paid for labor.
This assumes the diagnosis was correct. A common swindle is to remove- replace when you don't even need it to start with. How do you know you didn't just need a $10 part, or a push of a reset button?
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What about the first trip to the site and then the trip to the store to get the compressor. Sorta doubt that he had one on his truck...
Not defending the pricing in any way. Just disagree with the labor figure.

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SQLit writes:

He marks up the unit for that.
OK, maybe it was only a much more reasonable $1000/hour.
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We get rip too by HVAC contractors. Equipment is not all that expensive (under $1,000 perhaps) - you paid for their kids college education, vacation home, new truck, etc. There are good, honest HVAC contractors but hard to find.
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This is priceless ... obviously you're too ignorant to figure out that running a successful business requires a contractor to make a PROFIT, not a paycheck ... I might agree that the price is a bit steep, but there are many factors to consider ... the cost of living of the area, licensing/permit/inspection fees (which can run into the hundreds of dollars, depending on the particular locale), overhead, advertising, etc etc .... and yes, the contractor does occasionally have to buy a new truck, and they may have kids they want to send to college, and yes, their customers DO pay for that.

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Sounds high to me. Wonder how the heck he was in and out in 45 minutes? I've replaced outdoor units, but no where near that fast.
My parts houses are closed tonight (shazaam!) but it sounds like a lot of money to me. I'd have been happy to do it for about two grand, and I woulda took a bit longer to do the job.
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Sounds fast and expensive to me.
1) Is the indoor unit compatible with the new outdoor unit? 2) Did he do a whole house load calculation? (not in 3/4 hour!) 3) 3/4 hour is way too fast to change an outdoor unit, even in a good location. 4) Did he pull a vacuum and install a filter drier? 5) Did he replace the pad, thermostat or disconnect. Did he replace the metering device in the indoor coil? Did he recover the refrigerant? in 3/4 hour he couldn't have done any of that!
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Actually..yea he could have.
A whole house calc.....sucks for starters..a room by room manual J, or T...or not at all.. Without a room by room, his manual D is worthless....
But..as to swapping out a unit..45 min? Its possible. Two guys, one inside, changing out the metering device if needed, (now, considering the unit already isolated, and the lineset has been evac...
New pad, new unit, new thermostat (Free BTW..Honeywell VisionPRO) and all wiring and vac pulled...45 min is acceptable depending on lineset length, pump used, etc...and btw..you dont put line dryers on units that have 2 already...unless its a compressor burnout and then you go back in a week and change it out, or remove it. Its damn fast....granted..but it CAN be done.

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Talk about a gas and go....
Hey, be sure to wear full body UVA and UVB sunscreen, and blue blocker sun glasses, a wide brimmed hat, and long sleeves and pants for the next week. That's bound to be one serious ozone hole over your adress. Tell the kids, and the neighbors, too.
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