This is the second time in 2 years that I had to fill my 3 ton unit
with 7 lbs of freon. I was charged 300 dollars. Was this excessive?
I was told by a repairman that he would have to charge me 97.00 per
hour to find the leak and that it would take over 6 hours to do. His
final assessment is that it would be easier to have the unit replaced
because I have a cheap Carrier builders model that would be nearly
impossible to repair. He wants to charge 4500 for a Ducane 4 ton unit.
He says that a 3 ton unit is too small for my 2500 sqaure foot
I have been trying to reasearch the internet to find any truth in what
he is telling me but details on pricing is hard to find.
I live in Illinois and only use it during super hot days.
If anyone has any comments I would love to hear it.
It depends on the time the tech took getting to site and works on site.
Domestic top ups vary greatly between tech as far as price goes.
This seems excessive. However finding a leak can be time consuming.
Have a general look yourself. Look for oil leaks (however small) as
they are a good indicator of gas leaks. If you can locate the leak
this could save time (read money). A small system (10.5kW) should only
take a couple of hours max and maybe another couple to repair and top
Lazy option by tech. To correctly size new unit, a heat load needs to
be performed. Sight unseen I cannot be precise on adequacy of current
unit size. However, based on experiance, the current unit is
undersized, as is the unit you have been quoted. This of course
depends on zoning (if any) as well as other factors.
Best to find a good (read not usually cheap or small) service tech.
Best of luck based on the attitude/experiance of some on the net.
On 27 Jul 2006 20:53:29 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Gezzhus H Christ man. Pick up the damn phone.
Call 3 reputable hvac contractors. Explain the leak situation and
pricing and see what they say.
Impossible to repair? Whats so impossible about replacing a leaking
Carrier evaporator coil? (Oops, I guess I let the secret out about
$4500? Thats fine. Now what did the other 3 reputable hvac contractors
say about replacing your system and their pricing?
3 ton is too small for your house but a 4 ton is better? Cool. Sounds
great. NOW, how is he going to modify all of your ductwork to handle
the additional 400CFM of air your system will need?
Oh my. Someone needs to make a few phone calls and do a little
Thanks for everyones input. At the time of my posting I was in the
process of setting up several appointments with different contractors
for a replacement estimate. I just needed more information so I can
make an intelligent decision. As I stated earlier the information on
the internet regarding central units is limited. I cannot find any web
site that discusses the reliability of the different brands, or which
ones to avoid.
And as I suspected, the second contrator that came through today told
me something different.
I have 4 more appointments set up within the next 3 days.
Find a repairman who will repair the unit or buy a new one.
The repairman you have is doing all he can to get you to buy a new
unit....he probably gets a 1/2 percent commission on new equipment
sales. He will make the leak search cost an arm and a leg in order to
encourage you to go ahead and replace the unit.
He is in fact "fucking you over" every time he comes by to gas the unit
up...he is trying his best to cheat you out of money.....think about
that the next time you see him.....have a large sharp knife ready
too.....he is sticking you...you might as well stick him back.
you are not a man if you let him do this to you and your family....he
is taking food out of the mouth of you and your family by not
performing an easy repair.....he is stealing from you.
call him back.....buy a nice large kitchen knife like the tv cooks
stop that bastard from cheating you and others...the courts will
understand your crime of passion.
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