I have a AC unite in a house I'm selling, the air conditioning side is not
working , the fist shop to look at it said the compressor is out they said
$1800 to fix . Dose that sound about right ? What can go wrong with a
Compressor? I will get some other prices but I have never dealt this kind of
If the unit is older than 10 years bite the bullet and replace the unit. Ya
I know, expensive. Add it to the house cost.
$1800 sounds a little steep, depending on the size and application. A remote
unit compressor take more labor to replace. Do a search on WW Grainer for
your compressor. 5 ton units cost about 800-1000 bucks depending, smaller
Compressors do go out in time. If you want to try cheap, get some one to put
a hard start capacitor kit on it. Might toast it right off and might be the
solution. Hard to tell from Arizona.
Good luck with your decision
Just replace the unit. It will be a good selling point for the house..
I do this when I'm selling a car or a boat.. I put in a fresh new battery..
It sure makes it start easy and the buyer is always impressed. Cost is a
small part of the sale.
How many BTU cooling is the unit? If it is under 50,000 btu you would be
getting ripped off. HVAC compressors are cheaper than refrigeration. My guess
is about $500 for the compressor and maybe 4 hours of labor at $65/hr so $800
is a fair price.
Ask them what they did to see if compressor is out? Get a second bid from
another company too. Normally to test a compressor they run a test from run and
start or common to the casing to see if it is shorted out. if not than the only
other way it is bad is if the internal valave is friend.
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