Yep... labor costs are kinda high. A repair person just quoted me
$500. for cleaning the evaporator coils in a 2 ton residential unit
with easy access.
He was going to quote an additional $500. for cleaning the condensor coil but
something like "Well, it probably doesn't need it as it looks pretty clean,
but I can
do it anyway for $500." I had just finished cleaning this coil myself.
Talon Industries sells both acid and non-acid coil cleaners at
a pretty reasonsable price. Wonder if it's worthwhile saving
$500 clams with $20 worth of chemicals and a few hours labor
(including turning power off, protecting electrical circuits, vacumning
and spraying chemical on evaporator. Might even rinse it off although
it says "rinse free".
With proper filter changes....how often do coils require cleaning anyway ??
i recently went on a call to give a second opinion on an evap coil
replacement. the tenant was getting water on the floor and the last service
company told them the drain pan was rusted through and it would be $1200 to
replace it. it ended up that the PLASTIC drain pan wasnt rusted at
all.......the drain line was plugged and a $10 shot of nitrogen (plus the
cost of the service call - $70) fixed it right up. know your service
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